The granddaddy of Lanzarote resorts still has plenty to offer for all visitors.
Puerto del Carmen is the biggest tourist town, and the oldest tourist resort, on the island of Lanzarote. Like all resorts, there’s quite a large bias towards British travellers, with bars competing to offer the best full English and the biggest screens to show football from back home.
The New Town
Often known as ‘The Strip’, the main street – Avenida de las Playas – snakes its way along the coast past the 6km of sandy beaches that form the focus of the resort. Along here you’ll find everything you could possibly need. Shops, selling everything from food and drink to clothes and souvenirs, bars and restaurants with great food from all around the world and for the night owls there’s also nightclubs and casinos.
The Old Town
If that all sounds like your idea of hell then you’ll probably want to head towards the old town. Centred around the harbour – El Varadero – the Old Town has managed to retain much of its Canarian charm. Instead of tourists fuelling themselves on lager you’re more likely to see locals sipping on local wines as they watch the boats bobbing up and down in the water. Often you’ll even catch people playing boules and generally enjoying the more relaxed pace of life.
The Old Town is also where you’ll find the very best food that Puerto del Carmen has to offer. Incredibly fresh seafood is the order of the day on any island and PdC’s Old Town has it in spades.
With 6km of beaches, Puerto del Carmen certainly has plenty to choose from. The main beach – Playa Grande – is a 1.2km super-beach with a gentle sloping shelf into the ocean that makes it perfect for families with small children. It gets very crowded during peak season but it’s also cleaned daily and kept in great condition.
If you prefer something a little more relaxed then head to the beach in front of Los Fariones which, even though it’s in front of a major hotel, is a public beach that’s separated from the main drag of Playa Grande.
Sports and Recreation
For most people, a Lanzarote holiday is about relaxing, sitting by the pool or on the beach and catching up on the reading we don’t have time for when we’re back at home. For those who like their holidays a little more active then Puerto del Carmen has you covered.
If watersports are your thing then head to Playa Chica – a small cove in between Playa Grande and the Old Town – which has a SCUBA school and a watersports centre offering jetskiing, parascending and banana boat rides.
If you fancy getting on your bike and looking for tourist attractions then there are plenty of bike hire shops along the Avenida de las Playas.
Finally, if golf is your thing then the Lanzarote Golf Resort on the road to Tias, about 5 minutes’ drive from the beaches, offers 18 holes for as little as €40. They also hire clubs and buggies and offer everything you could need – apart from talent!