Puerto Del Carmen - What We Know
Puerto del Carmen holidays tend to revolve around the beach and it is one of the most popular tourist destinations in Lanzarote.
Although Lanzarote does not have the reputation of being a party island, unlike some of it’s other neighbours in the Canary Islands, Holidays in Puerto del Carmen do tend to be lively, but not wild.
With this in mind, the area is very popular with the younger crowd.
The holiday resort of Puerto del Carmen is located in the municipality of Tias, situated on the eastern coast of the island, next to the capital, Arrecife and a short “hop” from the airport.
More than Lazing Around the Beach
Lazy days on the beach in Puerto del Carmen are the order of the day, with around 12km of some of the cleanest and most beautiful beaches in the Canary Islands.
Many of these beaches are blue flag, such as Playa Grande or Playa Blanca (not to be confused with the resort Playa Blanca in south of the island), Playa de los Pocillos, and Playa de Matagorda.
Playa Blanca (Grande) is the central beach of Puerto del Carmen about 1200m long. They all offer the perfect environment for relaxing and basking in the sun without being too far off the beaten track.
The warm, pristine waters mean that holidays in Lanzarote are very popular with water sport enthusiasts wanting to try their hand at everything from diving, windsurfing, snorkelling and jet-skiing to deep sea fishing. Windsurfing in Puerto del Carmen is particularly popular. It is relatively easy to find diving and windsurfing lessons, a perfect opportunity to learn something new whilst on your Puerto del Carmen holiday.
If you’d like to explore the rest of the island, Puerto del Carmen provides the perfect base to enjoy a range of other activities such as Camel riding in the Timanfaya National Park, seeing the lava flows that formed Jameos del Agua, going to the amusement park Rancho and the Aqualand water park.
Golfing fanatics can enjoy the recently opened 18-hole Golf course designed by Ron Kirby. The climate and the backdrop of the Atlantic Ocean make it one of the most beautiful golf courses in Spain. The dry climate is not naturally suited to lush green fairways and so the course was constructed to minimise the impact on the environment. The irrigation system is designed to make use of recycled water.
The locals are keen to maintain the unspoilt natural beauty of the island and this can only add to the enjoyment of your trip to Puerto del Carmen. The island has been declared a Biosphere Reserve by UNESCO. Additionally there are no ugly high rise buildings to spoil the view in Puerto Del Carmen or on the rest of the island.
If beaches, nights out or golf don’t appeal then many of the self catering complexes in Puerto del Carmen that provide additional facilities such as keep fit, Tennis and squash. Bicycle hire is readily available all over the island and is a great way to see the Martian landscape in its full glory!
Great Nightlife, Restaurants & Shopping
The nightlife in Puerto del Carmen is clearly an attraction for the younger tourists. Caesers and Centre Atlantico are popular nightime venues and competition is high, with a number of discos, bars and nightclubs offering a wide variety of choice.
Puerto del Carmen was originally a small fishing village which means sea food dishes are always on the menu. This is true of many of the resorts on the island. However, if you have to cater for fussy eaters whilst on your holiday to Puerto del Carmen, choice is not limited and the restaurants in the resort serve British, local and international cuisine, especially on Playa de las Avenidas.
If you book your holiday at the right time, you can take in one of Puerto del Carmen’s many festivals, such as the Fiesta de Carmen, which takes place at the end of July and the Carnival, which is held in February are the biggest parties on the island.
Beware of maxing out your credit card whilst on your holiday, as Puerto del Carmen is a shopaholics dream, the Biosfera Centre in Puerto del Carmen is one of the more upmarket shopping areas. On the plus side, Lanzarote retains duty free tax status within the EU, so Items including; cigarettes, alcohol and perfumes are a lot cheaper than other parts of the Euro zone.
Weather and Climate
Rainfall is rare unless you visit Puerto del Carmen during the winter months, with typically no more than 16 days rainfall between the months of December and February. Holidays to Puerto del Carmen mean guaranteed sunshine nearly all year round, with average summer temperatures at around 28°C, whilst the temperatures during winter typically remain above 20°C. June, July and August are the hottest months, while January and February are the coldest. Even during the winter you will typically enjoy 7 hours of sunshine every day.