Puerto del Carmen
A little insight into Puerto del Carmen
Puerto del Carmen was the first tourist resort on the island of Lanzarote and it’s currently still the most preferred location by holidaymakers. And it’s easy to understand why - boasting over 6 kilometres of golden beaches, a luxurious port and plenty of daytime and nightlife activities, Puerto del Carmen seems to have it all. It’s also ideally situated on the south-eastern part of the island, 10 kilometres from Arrecife airport and fairly close to Lanzarote’s main tourist attractions, such as Timanfaya National Park.
Activities in Puerto del Carmen
Besides basking in the sun, there are many activities and sports available in Puerto del Carmen.
From cycling to extreme water sports, it’s guaranteed you will not be bored. There are many bicycle rental shops throughout the resort, so for a fair price, you can hire a bike and ride along the beautiful promenade from Matagorda all the way to Playa Blanca.
If you’re more interested in pumping up your adrenaline levels, then why not try some watersports. Paracraft Watersports is the biggest centre found on Playa Chica and it offers plenty of activities to chose from, such as parasailing, jet-ski trips, banana trips, flyboarding, scuba diving and many more!
Spend your afternoons in the over 100 bars and restaurants Puerto del Carmen has to offer or why not do some shopping? There is an upmarket shopping centre called Biosphera, where you’ll find anything from designer clothing to tax-free electronics and even local arts and crafts.
When it comes to dining, a local favourite is La Tegala, a restaurant offering traditional Canarian cuisine, excellent wine and a tapas bar. If you’re looking for more international dishes, then we recommend La Cabaña, a restaurant that makes unique dishes by combining recipes from all over the world.
Nightlife in Puerto del Carmen is said to be the best on Lanzarote, with a great selection of disco bars and clubs. Centro Atlantico is the main nightlife hotspot as you’ll definitely find a place that suits your musical taste and satisfy your thirst for parties.
A must to visit would be ….
The picturesque old harbour of Puerto del Carmen is definitely a must see if you’re visiting Lanzarote. It offers a large variety of restaurants, but most importantly it offers an insight into Puerto del Carmen’s past as a small fishing village. The traditional fishing houses and wonderful surroundings will make it worth your while.
Beaches of Puerto del Carmen
All the beaches in Puerto del Carmen proudly wave the Blue Flag for cleanliness, water quality, available facilities and environmental management. The main beaches in the resort are Playa Blanca (also known as Playa Grande), Playa Chica, Playa de los Pocillos and Playa Matagorda. Playa Grande and Matagorda are the largest, stretching for over a kilometre and have plenty of sunbeds, sunshades and nearby parking and restaurants. Playa Chica and Playa de los Pocillos are more popular with watersports and snorkeling, being a bit more wild and have less amenities available.
If you’re passionate about golf, then we’re glad to announce you that Lanzarote Golf Resort is just outside Puerto del Carmen, on the way to Tias. It was inaugurated in 2008 and it offers a 18 hole course, spread across 6 square kilometres and filled with beautiful gardens, palm trees and even a lake.
Rancho Texas Wildlife park is also nearby and it’s a great place for family entertainment and children's activities. It hosts daily western shows, flamenco nights, it has a large petting zoo and you can easily get there with the free buses from Puerto del Carmen.
Timanfaya National park is definitely something you shouldn’t miss if you’re visiting the Canary Islands. It’s a 20 minutes drive away and there are plenty of public transport options available, should you not have car hire. The park covers over 50 square kilometres and it is a unique biosphere reserve, having over 100 volcanic cones, now called Montañas del Fuego. Cesar Manrique’s statue - El Diablo - has become the symbol of Timanfaya National Park.