8 ene. 2014


This is clearly not the best beach of Lanzarote: far from everywhere, windy, coarse sand, dangerous waves... but it is so beautiful that you shouldn't miss it in your visit to the island. This attracts loads of people, specially in tours that arrive in the morning, but out of these peak hours, you will have the opportunity to relax in a beach almost entirely for you.

Last visited: december 2011

How to get there

In the main road in the island, LZ-2, take the exit toward El Golfo/Las Breñas. Go straigth in the roundabout and follow the road a few hundred meters. You arrive then to the best spot to see the Janubio salt flats, where you should stop to admire the view. Sunsets here are magnificent, with the sun reflecting on the ponds, each of them glowing in a different color.
The best option to the beach is to continue a kilometer along the same road until you reach a large parking lot (unpaved) at the north end. From there you only need to go down a short slope.

You can also access it from the south. In this case, turn left in the roundabout and follow the road until you get to a narrow road on your right. This path takes you to a smaller parking place close to the see. Yours will probably be the only car there.

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The beach

It is 800m long and very wide. Janubio is one of the few black sand beaches in Lanzarote (Playa Quemada and El Golfo are also black). The beach closes a small bay, creating a lagoon that provides water for the salt flats. Behind them, you can see in the distance (not so far, in fact) the silhouette of the volcanos in Timanfaya National Park.
Apart from the landscape, there is little that Janubio can offer. The grain of the sand is very coarse at best, with patches of peebles.
Strong currents and waves make extermely dangerous to go for a swim here (there are warning signposts), but even if you only want to walk along the shore, then you have to go up the huge step in the beach.

Video by: Almudena Cruz


Nothing in the beach. An old restaurant close to the salt flats, but I don't know if it is still open.


If you find some people sunbathing in Janubio, it is not strange that they are naked. I wouldn't say that this is a particularly nudist beach, but you a free to take off your clothes. Remember, it is huge and I have never seen here more than 10 people at the same time. If you prefer avoiding the ocasional walkers (maybe totally clothed), you'd better move to the south end, where the chances of coming across any other human are minimal.


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I like:
  • The views
  • The solitude
I don't like:
  • Uncomfortable and dangerous

About the Author

Nat Biss

Author & Editor

I have dedicated most of my free time in the last years to discover the world, and beaches offer some of the most stunning landscapes on Earth. The next step was to enjoy them as naturally as possible, which obviously mean without clothes. Now I think it is time for me to share this liberating experience and try to help others to discover it.

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