There are lifeguards on this beach. Perhaps the most well known of all the beaches around Playa Blanca are the Papagayo coves. In reality this is a collection of smaller beaches that are separated by high cliffs, forming a number of sheltered bays. This area has been protected and is now a national park which can be accessed by a rather bumpy dirt road. The coves can also be accessed on foot, via Los Coloradas. Signs point from next to the Papagayo Arena hotel, traversing over a sandy path down to the first of the coves.
There are three ferry lines to choose from in which to make the journey. Firstly there is the Fred. Olsen Express ferry, called the 'Bocayna Express' which makes the trip in 20 minutes.
The second ferry is the Naviera Armascalled the 'Volcan de Tindaya', which makes 7 daily crossings each way, each one being of 35 minutes duration. There has been emotive local Playa Blanca for some time about enlarging the harbour to allow it to take larger cruise liners such as the RMS Queen Elizabeth 2 which has visited the port, but which had to moor just off the coast.
Playa Blanca is overlooked by the dormant volcano Montana Roja. The walk up to and around the rim of the mountain is not too difficult and there are views over Playa Blanca, to the North of the island and across to Fuerteventura. Within the crater itself, many people have arranged rocks into names and messages.
To the north and east of Playa Blanca, there is a protected area named Los Ajaches. It is a triangular area of some 3, hectares bounded by: the mountain village of Femes, the small coastal fishing village of Playa Quemada and the Papagayo beaches.
The highest point is the Ajache Grande aka Hacha Grande at metres, which affords views of the whole island and also of Fuerteventura. There are defined paths when entering the area from Femes. The walks start from the goat farm up on the ridge behind Emilianos Restaurant.
This is on the right as you enter the village from Playa Blanca. Los Ajaches was declared "Natural space" of the Canaries on June 19, The volcanic landscape of Los Ajaches has an impressive beauty. It includes areas of scientific interest with the presence of fossils of the Pliocene period. Just a minute drive north of Playa Blanca is El Golfo.
The beach at El Golfo is within a half-submerged cone of a volcano, which over time has been eroded by the sea, leaving behind only the striated wall of the crater. At the foot of the crater wall is Lago Verde, a half-moon-shaped lagoon of a striking green colour, said to be caused by the volcanic minerals Playa Blanca micro-organisms that are believed Playa Blanca be unique in this lake. The beach itself is made of black volcanic pebbles spattered with fragments of the semi-precious olivine.
The scenery is further enhanced by the large finger of rock which sits just off the beach and causes the sea to crash around it. This was used as a filming location for the adventure film One Million Years B. The lagoon is adjacent to El Golfo village, separated only by a steep cliff with loose scree. At its height the Salinas produced around 10, tons of sea salt per year, with the water originally being pumped into the lagoon by wind power, which has been replaced by electrically driven pumps.
The main part of the salt production was used in the fish industry for preservation and processing but with the invention of the refrigerator, the production decreased considerably and reaches around 2, tons per annum today. A small part of the production is still sold as high quality table salt. Each year, during the Corpus Christi festival in June, tons of dyed salt are traditionally used in the creation of magnificent decorations in the streets and squares of Arrecife, the capital.
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