The largest resort on the island now stretches 4 continuous miles and centres around 3 beaches of golden sand. At its centre is the main beach, Playa Grande, backed by a promenade offering everything you could possibly need on your holiday. This main strip has souvenir shops, restaurants and bars overlooking the sea, mini markets and plenty of outlets for booking excursions and watersports. One end of the strip concludes in the Old Town and Harbour, which has its own small beach, Playa Chica, popular with snorkellers. This section of the resort is home to some atmospheric restaurants with great seafood options and views of the boats.At the opposite end is the largest of the 3 beaches, Playa Pocillos, much loved by windsurfers. After dark, the resort may be better suited to young people, but Puerto del Carmen also has a lot to offer to families, from animal parks to watersports and go-karting.
Local Markets and Shopping
The Old Town has some great shops to browse for souvenirs. It’s also home to the Biosfera shopping centre, a smart open air venue with shops spread over 4 floors. A shopper’s delight, it has popular high street brands, souvenir shops a well as a mini market. The main strip, Avenida de las Playas, is littered with a broad range of shops offering everything from sunglasses to inflatables. On Fridays you’ll find a local market by the Old Town Harbour offering crafts and fresh produce.
Bars and Restaurants
From traditional to classic British fare, you’ll find a wealth of options along the busy main strip. If you’re craving fresh seafood, head to the Old Town Harbour, where you can enjoy catch of the day accompanied by wine produced on the island. There are plenty of bars and clubs that stay open late, especially on the strip. You’ll find karaoke bars, live music and a couple of beach clubs within the resort.
Playa Grande Beach is at the heart of the resort and stretches just under a mile. Backed by the many bars and restaurants of the strip, this wide, sandy beach has calm waters and plenty of parasols and sunbeds available to hire. Playa Pocillos is at the eastern end of the resort, and is a long, open stretch of sand popular with windsurfers. If you’re around the harbour, there is a small beach known as Playa Chica.
Children will love the range of activities on offer in and around Puerto del Carmen. There are dedicated cycling paths along the coastal road in the resort and plenty of places to hire bikes. There are boat excursions on offer and watersports such as kayaking and diving to try. The much loved Rancho Texas Park is just a 20 minute drive away and is home to exotic birds and animals, a water zone for kids and falconry displays. At night, the place comes alive with Cowboys and Indians themed entertainment, with a BBQ, disco, line dancing and games – great fun for all the family! Lanzarote Karting is a popular go-karting centre, while Lanzarote A Caballo is a horse-riding venue offering many equestrian excursions across the island.
Places of Interest
Timanfaya National Park is not to be missed on your visit to Lanzarote. Easily accessible from Puerto del Carmen, this beautiful protected inland area showcases the volcanic landscape of the island. You can journey through the park on a guided bus tour or even arrange a visit by camel. The Cesar Manrique attractions in the north of the island are also well worth a visit. Explore the cactus garden or travel to the remarkable observation deck that is the Mirador del Rio.