Descending from the volcanic heights at Femes down the switchbacks to the plain and the ramrod straight highway into the resort is perhaps the most spectacular way to arrive at Playa Blanca, with stunning views along the way. Once you get closer you realise how much there is to the resort, how much it has to offer and just how pretty it is with the stunning hotels and resorts festooned in towering king palms, it’s quite breathtaking.
The Papagayo peninsula in the east is a natural park set up to protect the traces of ancient civilisations that once lived there and the fabulous unspoilt white sand beaches you can enjoy today. Either walk from near the Papagayo Hotel or take the unmetalled road and pay €3 per car to enter and park next to your preferred beach.
Los Corallados and Costa Papagayo in the east of the resort is closest to these natural beaches and the long distance paved promenade gives easy access to the marina and the old town, its traditional lively heart full of shops, boutiques, restaurants and bars.
Rubicon Marina is the latest addition to the resort’s attractions with a stunning marina for all types of luxury cruisers, leisure yachts and fishing smacks, plus a shopping and dining complex that’s a popular draw in the evenings.
Playa Dorada is the main beach in the middle of the resort and close to the old town with a range of watersports and plenty of eateries and watering holes close by. Beyond Punta Limones is Playa Flamingo beach, a beautiful stretch of golden sand within easy reach of the villas here and in the Jardines del Sol area. Aqualava waterslide park is close to the beach and again, there are loads of restaurants and bars nearby.
The very pretty and nearby town of Yaiza is worth a visit for a potter around the galleries and shops and perhaps a relaxed lunch or dinner in one of the charming restaurants. Combine it with a drive up to the Timanfaya national park to see the amazing volcanic region that’s still gurgling today after its last eruption in 1824. You can get close to the main sights on a tour bus or from the hump of a camel, perhaps one of the island’s most famous attractions.