Puerto del Carmen is the oldest resort of Lanzarote. It is located on the southeast coast of Lanzarote, just 30 minutes drive from Lanzarote capital Arrecife. It has three beaches, a lot of shops, bars, restaurants. There are a lot of things to do – it offers everything that you can expect during all week holidays.
Puerto del Carmen is the most visited town in all Lanzarte island. More than one million tourists visit it every year. So it is quite obvious that most of the towns’ economics is based on tourism. Many tourists to Lanzarote take flights from Britain, Ireland, Germany.
In Puerto del Carmen there is famous avenue called Avenida de las Playas. It stretches 4 miles along the coast. It has bars, restaurants on one side and golden beach on the other. If you like shopping or just want to find a place for dinner it‘s a great place. Here you also can get traditional Spanish dishes like paella or some Canarian seafood.
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There are a lot of hotels in Puerto del Carmen. It covers area from the coast to one kilometer inland. Also the town has its’ old town and new town. Old town has harbor with docks, some restaurants with views to the sea, volcanic mountains and also Fuerteventura can be seen from there. There are many terraces in restaurants with beautiful views. But remember that it is not recommended to go to the beach at night because of groups of pickpockets. But the majority of residents are really friendly and helpful.
In the new town you can find a lot of restaurants and clubs. Some of them are popular between young tourists as they are opened till 6 am. You might want to spend nights in the new town and you will not be disappointed. Despite nightlife in the new town there are a lot of tourist oriented products, tourist shops. Also there is a Biosfera Plaza – big shopping centre where you can find many international brands and get some entertainment.
The most popular activity in Puerto del Carmen probably is scuba diving. There are a lot of diving centres in the town. The sea is perfect for scuba diving every season. Water temperature during winter is about 19 degrees Celsius and in summer it reaches 23 degrees Celsius. And visibility in the water reaches 25 – 30 meters. Could there be better conditions for scuba diving?
As you can see, Puerto del Carmen is nearly perfect resort in Lanzarote to spend your holidays. But remember that it is very popular and can be a little crowded during holidays season.
Puerto del Carmen weather
Weather in Puerto del Carmen is really mild. Weather is suitable for all year round travelling. Coldest months are January – February, when temperature can drop to 14 degrees Celsius or even more. The most warm period in Lanzarote is summer, July to September. Average high temperature reaches 30 degrees, sometimes can reach even 40 degrees Celsius.
Puerto del Carmen restaurants
Emma’s Cantina Mexicana.It is high rated Mexican restaurant in the city. Not easy to find, but the place is quiet and food is delicious as staff is really attentive. For those who love Mexican food.
Restaurante Casa Roja.Relaxed atmosphere, helpful and friendly staff and lovely place on the harbor. Food is really delicious but not really cheap.
Taberna da Nino. Here you can taste great tapas and other meals. It is set on the harbor and has nice views from the terrace.
Things to do in Puerto del Carmen
Overall, here are the most popular activities in Puerto del Carmen. Try to choose the most interesting for you, unless you do not have time for all of them.
- stay for week in one of plenty hotels offered in this resort
- go for a walk in long sea side promenade
- visit oldtown with harbor
- eat at the restaurant with beautiful views to sea and coast
- go shopping to Biosfera Plaza
- enjoy nigthlife
- go scuba diving in clear and warm water
- try surfing and other beach activities
- go fishing with skilled guides
- take a tour to Timanfaya national park, Los Hervideros or El Golfo
- go to Wild West and animal park
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Puerto del Carmen Shopping
There are several places in Puerto del Carmen for shopping. The most popular and well – known is Biosfera Plaza. It is big mall that has 5 floors. Here you can find basically anything. Also, there are a lot of shops in the main street of Puerto del Carmen – Avenida de las Playas. Here you can find electronics, formal and sports clothes and many more. For those who are interested there is diving shop in Puerto del Carmen called Island Watersports SCP. Here you can find diving equipment, you will be advised by professional divers and also in the shop you can take diving courses. Esennia is a shop where you can find a lot of stuff for women: perfumes, clothes. Men also can find here something they might need. The shop is very nicely laid and has high quality products with low prices.