Lanzarote beaches come in many colours. There is an exhibit in Jameos del Agua that shows all the different colours of Lanzarote beach sand with over 30 in all. Somehow people think of Lanzarote as only having only black sand. There are black beaches, such as the secret beach that we visit, and it if very attractive in its own right with turquoise waves and white foam breaking on lava rock. In the north of the island there is white sand but colour is not the main factor. Beaches here are clean with great swimming opportunities and Famara beach is nearly always ideal for surfing. Generally speaking, beaches on the Northern side of the island have bigger swell and not so suitable for swimming, whereas the southern side is more protected from the weather and places like Puerto del Carmen, Costa Teguise, Playa Honda, Playa Quemada are ideal for swimming. You can learn to surf on your day off, subject to availability and surfing conditions (waves being too big!!) Some of the beaches featured here are of neighbouring La Graciosa, a 20 minute boat trip away.
Beaches of La Graciosa, close to Lanzarote
While Lanzarote offers some lovely beach situations, La Graciosa, with its quiet remote setting has some of, arguably, the best beaches in the world, such as Playa de Las Conchas, Playa del Ambra and a small beach under Montana Amarillo. None have lifeguards so swimming not recommended