Puerto del Carmen, Lanzarote

Think of Lanzarote, and Puerto del Carmen on the east coast is likely to spring to mind. Being the island's most popular resort, it has grown to accommodate something for everyone. With secluded sandy coves, unspoilt beaches interspersed with small rock outcroppings, a host of day and night-time entertainment, and year-round sun almost guaranteed, it's no wonder. Ten miles south of the capital Arrecife, and only 5 miles from the airport, makes it all the more appealing.

Originally a small fishing village, the old harbour is still there, presenting a typical image of old-world charm and a variety of fantastic bars and seafood restaurants. Here you'll benefit from splendid views across the harbour to the volcanic mountains of Papagayo.

In contrast, the modern stretch, known to locals as The Avenida de las Playas, and 'The Strip' to its regular visitors, extends some 7km along the island's southern coast. With beaches on one side and restaurants, bars and shops on the other, there's no end of entertainment to while away the days.

Up behind the main resort is Los Mojones, one of the most exclusive areas in Puerto del Carmen is where you'll find more traditional houses built in Canarian architectural designs with volcanic stoned walls, wooden roofs and pretty gardens. An oasis of peace this may be, but with a host of shops, restaurants and beautiful beaches only 5-10 minutes away, you are never far from most things you’ll need.

Out and About

Wander around the main beach, Playa Grande. As its name suggests, this is the largest beach on the island, boasting a long strip of restaurants, bars and cafes, with hammocks, boats and water sports available. Or for a more peaceful affair, there’s always Los Pocillos, a quieter beach, more popular with families and windsurfers, and the petite cove of Pena Grande with its fine white sand and a lovely seaside boardwalk.

The original fishing harbour and 'old town' still exists, and is a splendid place to sit back and watch the fishing boats come and go. You might even catch a few locals playing boules in the nearby square. Or why not take an excursion on a submarine to the bottom of the Atlantic Ocean and experience the true beauty of the marine life that Lanzarote has to offer.

Then, indulge yourself and take a trip to the Biosfera shopping complex, overlooking the old town of Puerto del Carmen. With four floors, not only is there every shop you can imagine including Zara, Mango, Timberland, Foot Locker, Swarowski and Gala Perfumes to name a few, there’s also an amusement arcade, a children’s play centre and an array of cafes and restaurants to keep the family entertained.

Hand-picked villas

Whether it's a traditional Canarian style villa or modern residence you're looking for, Puerto Del Carmen will not disappoint.

Away from the hustle and bustle of the main strip, you will find secluded fully-equipped, spacious villas set in attractive landscaped gardens with their own heated swimming pools, pretty covered terraces for the ultimate al fresco dining experience and maybe even a jacuzzi.

Going away with family? Look out for the particularly family-friendly swimming pools with shallow ends, table tennis tables and barbecues for those early evenings spent around the pool, all within easy access of the main town or harbour from Los Mojones.

And then to the view. Spoilt for choice, there’s sea views, mountain views, open countryside or perfectly manicured gardens in which to appreciate the famed Canary Island sun. Sun-Hat Villas has something for everyone. Picture your perfect Lanzarote holiday and we will help you make it a reality.

Things to do

With the sun shining down on this wonderful island, Puerto del Carmen is the perfect place to enjoy any number of outdoor sports and activities. From windsurfing to scuba diving, hang gliding to paragliding, fun banana boat rides, cycling and trekking, this particular region makes the most of its ideal setting. Just walk along the Avenida des las Playas and you'll be spoilt for choice. You don't have to look too far for windsurfing centres, bike shops offering daily hire and friendly Canarians willing to take you out for an enjoyable, relaxing boat ride.

Nightlife, where do we start? The main centres of nightlife in Puerto del Carmen are the Centro Atlantico on the Avenida de las Playas and the area near the Harbour. With over 40 Irish bars, pizzerias, karaoke bars, tapas restaurants and nightclubs, take your pick. For a more laid-back slice of nightlife, head on over to the Old Town and enjoy a relaxing glass of wine with a fresh seafood supper overlooking the harbour. To experience a livelier scene, The Strip is the place to be, with a variety of disco bars, restaurants and night clubs.

With a new golf course just outside Puerto del Carmen, there’s even more reason to visit, if golf is your thing of course. Already gaining a great reputation, this 18-hole course set in stunning landscaped grounds with fantastic ocean views stretching out to the island of Fuerteventura, is the ideal place to relax and enjoy a scenic round of golf.

Not to be missed

Fiesta de Carmen. If you're visiting at the end of July, be sure to visit this lovely festival with its music, fireworks and fairground rides, and watch the specially decorated boats sail out to sea, to pray for good catches in the coming year - an impressive sight.

The old harbour is well worth a visit. Stroll along the boardwalk, and listen to the sounds of the waves breaking, enjoy a morning coffee in silence or an early evening glass of refreshing local wine amongst friends.

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