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Puerto del Carmen For Fitness Fanatics

Playa Grande, Puerto del Carmen, Lanzarote

Playa Grande, Puerto del Carmen

So the holiday’s booked and you are heading for the resort of Puerto del Carmen – and why not as this is both the biggest and the oldest resort on the island.  But aside from basking on the beach what else is there for more active holidaymakers to do here?

Puerto del Carmen has expanded rapidly from its original roots as a small fishing village and has since blossomed into a full blown holiday resort with plenty of attractions and things to do.  And if you´ve just been inspired to get fit by the recent Iron Man contest – or simply want to maintain current levels whilst on the island – then here´s more information about what´s available to you.

If you like to combine sunbathing with a bit of sporting activity and exercise then Puerto del Carmen is certainly a great choice.

Cycling

One of the best ways to get around the resort is by bike, and there are plenty of hire shops dotted around where you can rent from.  Mountain bikes are the best type of two wheeler to choose, especially if you are planning to venture outside the resort, where the terrain can be quite challenging.

We recommend contacting a company called Renner Bikes, whose rates start from as little as €10 per day.

Golf

Until fairly recently there was only one golf course on Lanzarote in Costa Teguise.  But a newer course has opened in the last couple of years on the outskirts of Puerto del Carmen and s proving very popular with both tourists and locals alike.

This 18 hole 72 par course was created by the American Ron Kirby and the cost for two players which includes their green fees plus a ahsred buggy comes to €155.  Visit the Lanzarote Golf Resort website for more information.

Swms and Gyms

Sure, you are staying in a coastal resort and there´s plenty of decent spots for a dip.  But a lot of serious swimmers prefer the regimen of a pool, not least as it is far easier to swim without being buffeted by waves and the waters around Lanzarote are pretty cold during the winter months (this is the Atlantic remember and not the Med).

Of course you may also have your own pool if you are staying in a hotel or one of our holiday villas.  But even then these may be either to small or too crowded to enjoy a proper lane swim.  So if that´s the case head for the Los Fariones sports centre, which you can find right in the heart of the resort close to the Los Fariones hotel.  You can’t really miss it as there´s a large replica lighthouse in the middle of it (Faro means lighthouse in Spanish which goes some way to explaining the name!).

This is a great spot for a swim, especially if you can get in there before 11am – and costs €7 for adults.  There´s also a full gym on site if you prefer pumping iron to lapping lanes.

Diving

Lanzarote´s undersea terrain is almost as interesting as it´s landscapes, thanks to the influence of the volcanic eruptions that hit the island during the 1730´s.  The best way to explore this up close and personal is to learnt to dive – and Puerto del Carmen is just the place for this.  Especially on Playa Chica, close to the Los Fariones Hotel, as it’s easy to get into and out of the water and all of the sites here all well sheltered, so can still be accessed even when the weather´s not at its best.

 

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Clash Of The Titanas – Here Come The Iron Men

On your marks, get set, go……Lanzarote is gearing up for the launch of the 2012 Iron Man contest, as 1800 super fit athlete assemble to take part in what is widely regarded as one of the toughest endurance tests in the world.

‘Normal Limits Do Not Apply’ is the slogan attached to Lanzarote’s grueling Iron Man contest.  And little wonder, as the surreal volcanic scenery and year round heat on Lanzarote push entrants to their physical limits each year, as they battle it out across a course that comprises a 3.8km swim, a 180km bike ride and a full marathon.  With all eyes on the prize of a slot in the Iron Man grand final which takes place later this year in Hawaii.

All of the action will be taking place on May 19th from 07.00 onwards when the first competitors hit the waters on the main beach of Playa Grande in Puerto del Carmen.  With the race leaders expected t break the finishing tape some eight and a half hours later back in the same resort, having traversed the island in the meantime on their cycles. 

Over 4000 volunteers will help man the course as many roads on the island shut down for the athletes, with entrants hoping to beat the record time set by the German Timo Bracht of just over eight hours and thirty minutes in 2011.  Many will of course take much longer and it is normal to see exhausted entrants limping over the finish line in Puerto del Carmen well into the evening.

The original concept for Iron Man was born back in 1977 in Hawaii, the events spiritual home, dreamt up by a navy commander called John Collins.  And has since mushroomed to become the best known triathlon event in the world.  The first Iron Man on Lanzarote took place in 1991 and has evolved over the years as one of the major annual events of any kind on the island.

Indeed the contest has helped to drive sports related tourism on Lanzarote and it is now commonplace to see large groups of cyclists touring the island, whilst many athletes visit the La Santa Sports Centre to enjoy warm winter training.

The best place to watch the event is in Puerto del Carmen, along the main Avenida de la Playa, which runs parallel with the beach.  As here tourist can enjoy the spectacle of both the race start and finish.

 

 

 

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