Sheltered under impressive desert cliffs in a small crescent shaped bay is one of Lanzarote's most spectacular beaches: Papagayo Beach. Its untouched golden sands and impossibly turquoise waters make it a landscape of unreal beauty.
One of a number of remote beaches on the Papagayo coast, its location in the protected area of the Ajaches Natural Park and its impressive desert surroundings make it one of the best beaches in Spain.
Papagayo is the ideal place for those seeking a back-to-basics beach day. This near-unspoilt beach boasts few services, but at the top of the cliffs near the car park you'll find two small restaurants in case you haven't brought any food with you.
It's important to note that Papagayo Beach has barely any shady areas, so if you plan to spend the whole day there make sure to bring plenty of sun cream and an umbrella.
Best beach in Lanzarote
Not only has Papagayo Beach been called the best beach in Lanzarote, it's also one of the most popular beaches in the Canary Islands as a whole. Its calm, crystal-clear waters are ideal for diving, snorkelling and swimming before relaxing on its soft yellow sands.
How to get to Papagayo Beach
The only way to get to Papagayo Beach is by car. If you drive through Playa Blanca in the south, you'll reach the end of the buildings and a sign saying "Playas de Papagayo" leading to a dirt track. 4.5 km from the sign, you'll find the Papagayo Beach car park. This is a very bumpy road, so we advise driving slowly and carefully, but it should be easily accessible with almost any car.
The beach is located in the Ajaches Natural Park, so you'll have to pay € 3 (US$ 3.20) to enter the reserve.