Just a Dip in the Ocean!
A stunning island with numerous sandy beaches, Lanzarote offers ample opportunities for open water swimming.
The more sheltered east coast beaches offer the best conditions for getting in the crystal-clear waters for a dip, from the northernmost point of Orzola to Papagayo on the southernmost tip. Keen long-distance swimmers should head to La Cucharas beach in the holiday resort of Costa Teguise or La Garita at Arrieta. These are great for traversing in the lee of the bay and both beaches have shower facilities for a rinse off after your swim.
For anyone interested in a social catch up with local swimmers (more of a dip than a serious swim), take a look at the “Lanzarote Bluetits” cold water swim group (not so cold here in Lanzarote of course!). Anyone is welcome to join the Facebook group to see more information on their weekly Sunday morning swim. The mixed group is always happy for new members to come along and enjoy the fun get-together. Members of the Bluetits also swim in smaller groups during the week in Puerto Del Carmen and Arrieta, get in touch for details.
Another great spot for getting in the ocean is at the village of Punta Mujeres, perfect for snorkelling. This rugged volcanic coastline is home to plentiful marine life, there is a large variety of fish to see and it’s easy to access the water via the numerous stainless-steel steps along this coast. Locals swim every day of the year either in the natural sea pools or out in the main bays.
The Health benefits of wild swimming are plentiful. They range from boosting your immune system to decreasing inflammation and activating endorphins for a natural high, improving circulation to burning calories. It reduces stress, calms the mind and helps with deeper sleep. There is even speculation that it increases your libido!
Have fun exploring Lanzarote’s best beaches and as always make sure the ocean is safe on the day when you do decide to go for a swim.
Many thanks for the photos supplied by Marcos Knight – Deboer Wetsuits and Lanzarote Bluetits