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Sightseeing In Puerto del Carmen – Lanzarote’s Largest Resort

Whilst most of the main attractions on Lanzarote are located outside of the resorts there is still plenty to do and see in Puerto del Carmen, the most popular holiday destination on Lanzarote. Especially if you´re a confirmed beach lover, as there are a number of perfect playas here, offering plenty of scope for exploration.

Los Fariones – Oldest Hotel on Lanzarote

 

Fariones Hotel, Puerto del Carmen, Lanzarote

The Fariones Hotel....Oldest On Lanzarote

 

Until the advent of mass market tourism in Lanzarote in the 1970´s Puerto del Carmen was usually referred to by locals as La Tiñosa. At this time there was very little here beyond the harbour – but that all started to change in 1967 when the Fariones Hotel first opened its doors for business.

The Fariones remains something of an island institution to this day and is perennially opular with tourists. Anyone who has had the pleasure of staying there will know why, as the hotel is ideally located in between the New Town and the Old Town on a small promontory with its own beach, as well as a delightful pool area which is set in mature tropical gardens.

Beach Life

Beach lovers are spoilt for choice in Puerto del Carmen. The most popular stretch of sand is Playa Grande, a wide ribbon of golden grains that runs parallel to the Avenida de las Playas. This is the perfect spot if you are travelling with kids as the sea is easy to access here and usually very calm whilst there are also toilets, showers and beach loungers all on hand.

Walking from Playa Grande in the direction of the San Antonio Hotel you will then come across a number of smaller coves and bays before reaching the much bigger beach at Los Pocillos, which is the largest in the resort. However it isn’t the most sheltered, so it can feel too windy here at times.

The Old Town Harbour

The Old Town harbour remains the organic heart of Puerto del Carmen and is a great spot for soaking up the atmosphere come nightfall, as there are loads of bars and restaurants here. During the day you can watch local fishermen bringing in their catch or take a trip on one of the many boats offering excursions along the coastline or across to the neighbouring island of Fuerteventura.

Yeeha…Wild West Themed Fun

If you´re travelling with any junior cowboys or Indians then they will love a visit to Rancho Texas, a good quality theme park located on the outskirts of the resort. As well as a petting zoo kids can also enjoy panning for gold or making a splash in the new water park area.

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Finding the Best Places to Stay in Playa Blanca

The resort of Playa Blanca at the southern end of the island is one of the most popular holiday destinations in Lanzarote, second only to Puerto del Carmen. And it´s little wonder, as this modern seaside town offers great beaches, excellent year round weather and wonderful views across to Fuerteventura, the neighbouring Canary Island that provides such a beguiling backdrop for a holiday here.

Former Sleepy Fishing Village

 

Playa Blanca beach, Playa Blanca, Lanzarote

Playa Blanca....the White Beach

 

As recently as the 1980´s Playa Blanca really was the sort of sleepy seaside village that holiday brochures used to love waxing lyrical about. And whilst it still retains some of that innocent charm in the heart of the resort it has in fact expanded enormously since those days, in the direction of both Papagayo in the west and the Faro de Pechiguerra lighthouse in the east. Indeed anyone who visited Playa Blanca say twenty years ago would be amazed at the scale of the resort today.

Good Quality Hotels

The seafront promenade that unites the three main beaches of Playa Dorada, Playa Flamingo and Playa Blanca (the small beach from which the resort takes its name) is now dominated by four and five star hotels, such as the Papagayo Arena and the Princes Yaiza. Whilst the Marina Rubicon, which first opened in 2003 is also home to the slightly tacky Gran Melia Volcan, with it´s faux volcanic dome cum entrance hall.

New Villas For Rent in Playa Blanca

There are also plenty of good quality holiday villas in Playa Blanca available for rent and we have been adding loads of new properties over the last week as the busy winter bookings season is about to get underway. These include some very competitively priced villas with pools such as Villa Alita, which is available from £500 per week.

Villa Alita is a great choice for anyone who wants to be based at the Marina Rubicon/Papagayo end of the resort, as it is just a five minute stroll away from the upmarket harbour area and a further ten minutes to the best beaches on the island. The property can accommodate up to four guests in comfort and boasts a private pool as well as BBQ, along with a satellite TV connection. So guests can keep in touch with their favourite shows and sports.

Casa Esther is another great value option – with rental rates also starting from just £500 per week – and is located very close to the delightful beach of Playa Flamingo, just past the main harbour where the ferries to Fuerteventura depart from. This well appointed self catering property has both a private pool and a Jacuzzi and is located on a frontline complex, which means that guests here can also make use of the on site communal facilities too.

Luxury Accommodation at Villas Hoopoe

At the other end of the price scale we also offer a selection of luxury properties for rent, such as Villas Hoopoe, which start from £1150 per week. These large four bedroom villas are seriously stylish and all boast private pools and landscapes gardens, along with lots of other luxury extras.

Number One For Sun

Playa Blanca is located some forty minutes from the sole airport on the island, but it´s well worth the slightly longer transfer time, as during the winter months especially it is the most reliable spot on the island for sunshine. The resort is also home to plenty of good quality restaurants and is just a short drive from the breathtaking lavascapes of the Timanfaya National Park, Lanzarote´s leading visitor attraction.

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Join The Wet Set In Puerto Calero

Puerto Calero has often been referred to as the Millionaire’s Marina.  Not least is it provides berths for expensive yachts from around the world and tends to attract a more upmarket visitor as a result. 

 

Puerto Calero Marina, Lanzarote

Puerto Calero - The Millionaire´s Marina

 

Villa Carlota – High Quality Accommodation

But you don’t have to own a boat or be fabulously wealthy to enjoy a break here, as we offer a good selection of quality villas in this port resort such as Villa Carlota, a luxurious four bedroom rental property that can sleep up to eight guests in total comfort.  This high quality holiday villa has been decorated to a high standard and boasts plenty of luxury extras such as a Jacuzzi, swimming pool and games room.

Lanzarote´s First Sports Marina

Puerto Calero is just a five minute drive along the south east shoreline from the island’s largest resort of Puerto del Carmen, but it’s a world away in terms of style and feel.  It is still only one of two sports marinas on Lanzarote and was first developed during the mid 1980’s, opening to the public for the first time in 1989.  The marina proved so successful and popular that within 10 years the owners decided to double its capacity from 200 to 400 berths, whilst simultaneously developing the on land amenities too.

Ideal Holiday Location

Today Puerto Calero is a bustling destination at all times of the day and night, offering a wide variety of things for visitors to do and see.  It also makes an ideal base for anyone seeking to book self catering accommodation as it is located just a fifteen minute drive from the airport at Arrecife and is also in close proximity to Lanzarote’s key tourist attraction, the Timanfaya National Park.

Shopping and Markets

Over the last few years the marina owners have also sought to increase the retail offering in Puerto Calero by creating the Paseo de Moda, or Fashion Walk, which is populated by top end clothing outlets such as Helly Hansen.  A new twice weekly market also takes place there every Tuesday and Friday, featuring a small but growing selection of stalls selling local produce and handicrafts.

Maritime Excursions

 

Yellow Submarine, Submarine Safaris, Lanzarote

Dive Dive Dive....with Submarine Safaris

 

Many tourists first visit Puerto Calero as a result of booking a trip with one of its two big excursion operators, Catlanza and Submarine Safaris.  Catlanza offer sailings down to the beautiful beaches at Papagayo on board their giant, luxury catamaran and guests can enjoy free food and drink all day, along with Jet Ski rides and snorkelling.  Submarine Safaris head beneath the waves on an aquatic voyage of discovery on board their yellow submarine, Sub Fun Tres.  Giving guests the opportunity to get up close and personal with the wonderful array of sea life in the waters around the island.

Meals in the Marina

Back on dry land there are also plenty of good places to eat in and around the marina.  For a really luxurious or special occasion head for Amura at the end of the marina which serves good quality international cuisine in wonderful surroundings right by the water.  Azure restaurant is also well worth a visit and is located in the first line of restaurants along the marina waterfront.

So Near, So Spa

As well as good quality villas the marina is also home to a couple of good quality hotels in the shape of the 5 star Hesperia and the 4 star Costa Calero.  The Costa Calero boasts a great spa which is open to the public as well as guests and is ideal for anyone seeking a spot of serious pampering.

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Southern Comfort – Exploring The Resort Of Playa Blanca

If your primary concern when taking a break here on Lanzarote is to simply soak up the sun (and why not, given the foul weather in the UK) then you should take a closer look at Playa Blanca, the second largest resort located right at the southern tip of the island.  As it offers the best microclimate and weather – especially during the winter months.

Great Beaches + Wonderful Weather = Happy Holidays

 

Papagayo beach, Playa Blanca, Lanzarote

Glorious Beaches at Papagayo

 

Playa Blanca is named after the small white beach that is located in the heart of the town and until the early 1990´s this really was still just a quiet little fishing village, serving as the gateway to the neighbouring island of Fuerteventura.  Playa Blanca´s great beaches and climate though made it an obvious contender for tourist development and in the following twenty years the town rapidly expanded into a bustling holiday destination, with hotels and apartment complexes extending from the beaches at Papagayo in the west through to the Faro de Pechiguera lighthouse in the east.

The resort is located about forty minutes drive from Arrecife airport and it retains the feel of a town apart from the rest of Lanzarote, thanks to its slightly isolated position and proximity to Fuerteventura.  That being said though it offers everything that holidaymakers could need, such as good quality restaurants, shops, bars and of course excellent beaches.

Life´s A Beach in Playa Blanca

There are three good quality beaches within the resort, including the aforementioned town beach which is the smallest of this trio.  The largest and most popular of these sands are at Playa Dorada, which also offers plenty of facilities such as sun loungers and shades as well as safe bathing.  There are also a number of bars and restaurants to the rear of the beach making this a great spot for watching the world go by.

Playa Flamingo is another great beach, located just a short walk from the ferry port and set in delightful gardens.  This is another excellent spot for swimmers as the beach here is protected by large breakwaters made out of giant volcanic stones and there are also plenty of amenities

Visit Papagayo

The real jewel in the crown though is Papagayo – a set of bays and coves located about fifteen minutes walk from the centre of the resort.  The beaches here are entirely all natural and widely regarded as amongst some of the best in the Canaries, regularly winning plaudits in travel magazines and polls.  There´s not much here in the way of facilities though so do remember to take along your own shade and water.

Day Trips To Fuerteventura

 

Jandia Peninsula, Fuerteventura

Explore Fuerteventura´s Beaches Too...

 

If you´re staying in Playa Blanca then it´s easy to hop onto a ferry in the harbour and make the short crossing to Fuerteventura.  The brightly coloured buildings in Corralejo provide quite a contrast to the uniform white of Lanzarote and the Dunas National Park is a real must see, as there are some 16km of sand dunes to explore here.  Ferries depart throughout the day and you can read more about the island by visiting our Day Tripping in Fuerteventura page.

Moon Landing

Playa Blanca is also the nearest resort to Lanzarote´s number one tourist attraction, the volcanoes and lava fields of Timanfaya.  This sight is well worth getting up from your sun lounger for and is only a ten minute drive away. 

Rubicon Marina

Playa Blanca is also home to one of only two marina´s on Lanzarote.  Rubicon Marina opened in 2002 – adding a touch of glamour to the resort – and is home to a good selection of shops, bars and restaurants as well as a popular market every Wednesday and Saturday.

If all of this has whetted your appetite for a holiday in Playa Blanca then we offer some high quality holiday villas for rent in the resort, such as Villa Papagayo, a two bedroom property which can be rented out from as little as 525 per week.

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Exploring The Resort Of Costa Teguise

 

Playa Cucharas, Costa Teguise, Lanzarote

View of Playa Cucharas in Costa Teguise

Costa Teguise is the close coastal relation to the former island capital of Teguise and is an entirely man made creation, in contrast to say Puerto del Carmen, which was formerly a small fishing village called La Tiñosa before being revamped for tourism.

Development of the resort started in earnest in the 1980´s and the initial plan was to create a more upmarket destination along the coastline to Puerto del Carmen.  In order to achieve this the development was anchored by the five star Gran Melia Salinas hotel, part of the prestigious Melia Hotel Group, which sits just off the main beach of Playa Cucharas.  Along with the creation of the Pueblo Marinero, still the organic heart of the resort, which is essentially a recreation of a traditional Canarian fishing village.

For a period this strategy proved very effective – and Costa Teguise began to attract affluent tourists from the Scandinavian countries and Germany in their droves.  A golf course was created just outside the resort (called Costa Teguise Golf, which is still operating today) and even King Hussein of Jordan piled in as an investor, funding the building of the Las Maretas Palace, which he has since donated to the Spanish crown.

Today the resort separates neatly into two halves.  There´s the original and main section, focused around Playa Cucharas.  And the more recent development which has grown up around the beach at Playa Bastian.  Both zones offer a wide selection of accommodation options as well as an abundance of shops, bars and restaurants.

Beaches are of course the principal attraction for most tourists and Costa Teguise certainly doesn’t disappoint.  There are five main beaches in total, running from the Sands Beach development through to El Ancla on route to the capital of Arrecife. Most of these are united by a pleasant seafront promenade which has been improved considerably in recent years.  And all bar El Ancla offer the usual facilities and amenities such as sun loungers and umbrellas.

There´s also a very good selection of restaurants in Costa Teguise (you can read more about these on our Eating Out Page) and these include some must visit establishments such as Oscars and El Navarro.  There are also plenty of cheaper options available in the form of tapas bars which are dotted around the resort.

As well as offering golf Costa Teguise is also home to Lanzarote´s only water park and the island´s only Aquarium.  So the resort is a good choice if you are visiting Lanzarote with children as there is plenty to keep them occupied.  Windsurfing is also particularly popular and you can learn this for yourself at the main beach at Playa Cucharas.

Costa Teguise is also located close to some of the best loved attractions on the island, such as the Cactus Garden and the Jameos del Agua, both of which were developed by the well known local artist César Manrique.

We offer a selection of accommodation in Costa Teguise for rent and if you would like any further information about this destination please feel welcome to contact us.

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