About Puerto Del Carmen
Located on the eastern coast of the lanzarote, it is only a 10 minute drive from lanzarote airport and is a convenient place from which to explore the islands tourist attractions.
History and Development
Like many places in lanzarote, Puerto del Carmen was originally a small fishing village, and the old harbour is still a delightful place to visit, boasting some excellent seafood restaurants.
Although the resort has grown over the last twenty years, it now stretches along the whole 6 kilometres of golden sandy coastline, the town has been saved from the high-rise buildings that ruin so many other destinations due to the strict planning restrictions.
What To Do
Due to the fantastic lanzarote weather, Puerto del Carmen offers the ability to enjoy outdoor activities all year round.
If sun and sea are your thing, then the 6 kilometre stretch of golden beaches, washed by the waters of the Atlantic should be enough to tempt you. All of the beaches fly the Blue Flag awarded by the EEC for cleanliness and lack of contamination. The surrounding waters are considered to be some of the most tranquil in the Canary Islands, they are excellent for Swimming and other water sports.
Many Sports are available here, both on land and in the sea.
There are a large choice of diving schools and water-sports centres in Puerto del Carmen, if you fancy taking up one of these exhilarating sports.
For the more energetic amongst you; swimming, cycling and running are also very popular, with various bike hire shops along the main beach promenade. The Lanzarote IronMan triathlon, which is a major international athletics event, starts and finishes on the Avenida de Las Playas, lending an air of excitement to the resort every May / June.
The new golf course, just outside of Puerto del Carmen on the road to Tias has been open for many years now.
There are a wealth of shopping opportunities available, whether you want to peruse the tourist offerings of the main Beach Avenue or fancy something a bit more upmarket in the Biosfera outdoor shopping center. Everything is available from duty free electronics equipment, local arts and crafts through to luxury designer clothes and shoes.
Carnaval which takes place at the end of February to the beginning of March, attracts many visitors from all over Europe, joining the local residents in their celebrations.
The end of July signals the fiesta for patron saint of Puerto del Carmen. Visitors again make the population swell as folklore performances, singing and dancing fill the night until the early hours of the morning. Specially decorated fishing boats setting out to sea, to pray for good catches in the coming year, signals the end of this particular fiesta.
Where to Eat
There are well over 100 restaurants on the Avenida de Las Playas alone, with menus to suit all tastes and budgets from fast food, through to high class gourmet eating.