If Arrecife is the administrative and commercial centre of Lanzarote and Villa Teguise the islands historical capital, Puerto Del Carmen is undoubtably its tourist mecca. Puerto Del Carmen stretches 20 kilometers from Arrecife with low-lying coast and the islands most beautiful and inviting beaches.
Puerto Del Carmen
Puerto Del Carmen is the most important centre in this area and offers the visitor comfortable hotels, sports facilities, nightlife and shopping centres. Puerto Del Carmen is flanked on either side by the beautiful easily accessed beaches of Playa Grande and Playa Quemada, with elegant wooded residential areas stretched along the sea front. Just to the north of Puerto Del Carmen is Lanzarote’s only airport, capable of handling both transoceanic flights and the domestic traffic linking the island to the others in the Canary islands archipelago and to mainland Spain. The airport is modern, comfortable and hospitable and reflects the style of Lanzarote’s great artist Cesar Manrique, who participated actively in design and decoration.
In spite of the fact that most of the tourists visiting Lanzarote prefer to stay in the area around Puerto Del carmen the town’s open spaces and careful design and distribution of its hotels, residential developments, sports and recreation facilities and shopping area allow visitors to enjoy their holiday in comfort, without the crowds so typical of many other tourist centres, even costing a lot more.
To the North West of Arrecife is the resort of Costa Teguise, the islands most important selection of tourist Shops, Restaurants and Bars. As well as five-star hotels, bungalows and apartments. Costa Teguise is a mecca for water sports including Scuba Diving and a vast array of other water sports.
This part of the coast is known as Costa Teguise because a large part of it is located in the area known as San Miguel De Teguise one of the seven municipalities of the island and previously the municipality of the old capital.
Costa Teguise begins a few kilometers from Arrecife and is dotted with coves of golden sandy beaches separated by headlands of black volcanic rock. Los Molinos, Playa Bastian, Punta De Tope and Playa De Las Cucharos are just some of its splendid beaches, bathed by warm crystalline waters that boast a particularly rich treasure of marine life and swept by waves and wind that seems to have been created especially for those daring souls whose pleasure is to ride the waters on a board driven by a sail. Costa Teguise has in fact become famous throughout the world for the exceptional conditions it offers windsurfers, even beginners.
The hotel and tourist centres are first class and the heart of the town is a square called Pueblo Marinero, designed by the artist Cesar Manrique. Build between 1979 and 1982 this little fishing village houses a band stand with nightly entertainment on and various markets throughout the week including the only night market on the island. Costa Teguise is also the town where you’ll find the Royal Residence, owned by the previous King of Spain Juan Carlos this villa has recently been refurbished and we now awaits royal visitors to the island, wander around the rear of the villa to see the helicopter landing pads and the security cameras. This year the King if Spain donated the palace to the people of lanzarote and it will soon become a museum.
Along the promenade you’ll find the outdoor gym equipment used by locals and visitors alike, as well as a host of restaurants, shops and bars. Why not follow our guided walk post and get a better understanding of the area.
At the southern tip of Lanzarote is Playa Blanca one of Lanzarote’s finest tourist areas. Playa Blanca, originally a small fishing village, has been transformed in recent years by luxurious residential developments and modern hotels, built to take full advantage of this areas benign climate and quiet transparency of its waters. The cliffs found in other parts of the island give way here to ample beaches of golden sand. Playa Blanca offers the visitor everything necessary for tranquil but fun packed holidays in a setting of comfort and quality. First class hotels, developments surrounded by splendid gardens, restaurants and bars where all languages of the world maybe heard, sports complexes, all this is an invitation to the visitor to get away from the bustle for a few days and spend his time at sports or just relaxing.
The quiet, limpid waters off Playa Blanca are ideal for exploring in safety the fascinating underwater world, or for indulging in the exciting adventure of skimming across the surface on the wings of the wind. From Playa Blanca it is easy to sail across to the nearby island of Fuerteventura on one of the ferries that make the crossing daily.
Near to Playa Blanca at Punta Pechigueras, is the islands only lighthouse. Papagayo is the name given to a string of golden beaches and sandy coves among the coastal cliffs between “Playa Blanca” and Punta del Papagayo. Clear calm waters and quiet solitary coves, a world removed from time without any sense of rush, ideal for fishing, swimming, diving, sunbathing or simply enjoying the pleasure to be derived from doing nothing. On one of these beaches stands the castle of Las Coloradas, constructed in the 18th century, which closed the island’s defence system to the south. Destroyed on several occasions and then rebuilt, the castle has recently been restored once more. Papagayo is a world of peace and restfulness, of smooth beaches and quiet waters in which to get away from things and discover the pleasure of contemplation.
Set in the valley of a thousand palms, Haria is a beautiful white washed village nestling besides the islands most extensive palm grove. The first thing that catches the visitors eye is the profusion of flowers of all colours that adorn the balconies and windows of the houses.
Haria does not boast any monuments of particular historical or architectural importance but what is immediately outstanding is the good taste of the towns buildings and the way they blend into the landscape.
It is recommended to visit the museum of popular sacred art, which abounds in wonderful works springing from the imagination of the people of Lanzarote. Also recommended is a short excursion to the Mirador of Haria, from where visitors may contemplate the grandiose spectacle of the Corona Volcano which created Jameos Del Aqua and the Cueva De Los Verdes, as well as view the pastoral landscape of Haria valley, with its oasis of palms and white houses.
Club La Santa
The western coast of the islands boasts a particularly beautiful spot that is worth a visit. La Santa. The ancient fishing village now nestled alongside an impressive tourist and sports complex where the visitor may bump into some of the idols of European sport.
Club La Santa brings together a wonderous natural landscape of lagoons and top quality sports facilities where the visitor’s stay is made pleasant and relaxing by the centre’s well-distributed installations, tree-lined avenues, gardens and colourful flower beds.
Club La Santa is a favourite venue among professional footballers, basketball players, athletes from the North of Europe for their pre-season or winter training, both for its top quality sports facilities and for its peaceful, relaxing atmosphere and exceptional climate.
Facing the development in the middle of the bay you can see a small rounded islet, an enchanted tropical isle surrounded by an underwater shelf offering excellent fishing, for both anglers and divers. This shelf is relatively shallow and boasts an exceptionally rich marine fauna. Another advantage is that the shelf’s absence of current makes it an ideal place for beginners to dive.
La Santa is also outstanding for the excellent conditions it offers windsurfers, due to it’s quite waters and steady breeze, numerous international competitions and tournaments are held here throughout the year.
Very close to Mirador Del Rio is Famara, long famous among gastronomy buffs for excellent fish to be found in the tranquillity of the old fishing village, and no less famous today among fans of Paragliding for the possibilities that its mountains and wide beaches offer for free flight.
Famara is a small fishing port along side which are ample beaches that stretch along the foot of the Penas Del Cache, magnificent vertical walls from which to launch into the breeze and descend slowly down, towards the long stretch of sand.
Famara is often overlooked by the visitor, however there is a regular bus service to this huge beach. If you are a water sport enthusiast then a trip to Famara will alow you to see what a long beach and a strong wind can bring, surfers from all the island over spend hours enjoying this vast expanse.
Known as the millionaires marina Puerto Calero is the Monte Carlo of Lanzarote. Situated just South of Puerto Del Carmen this small upmarket resort has only a couple of hotels. The area is known for plush villas and even a recording studio owner by Black Sabbath. Down in the harbour you will find some high quality food establishments and bars. Although these restaurants are high quality you’ll discover that they are reasonably priced.
A day at Puerto Calero is well spent and whether you walk along the cliff edge from Puerto Del Carmen or arrive by water taxi you are in for a real treat. Of course you can catch a bus to the outskirts of the port or catch a taxi from the Biosfere in Puerto Del Carmen. You can also enjoy a luxury cruise from here or adventure under the sea on a real submarine or just while away the hours sat in the sun with a cocktail in your hand admiring all the yachts.