“I am coming to Lanzarote for the first time – which resort should I stay in?”
This is a question I am asked a lot, each of the three resorts in Lanzarote are very different from each other. It’s hard to know where to start as all the resorts are loved by the full range of visitors from teenagers, families, couples, sports enthusiasts and pensioners.
Puerto del Carmen
This book is a great guide to Puerto del Carmen: The Camel Guide to Puerto del Carmen and Tias
Puerto del Carmen is Lanzarote’s original resort and closest to Arrecife Airport. What started out life as a small fishing village called La Tiñosa now stretches for 6km along the coast with natural golden sandy beaches.
Puerto del Carmen is probably best known for it’s lively nightlife, just ask for Centro Atlantico which is situated on the main avenida opposite Playa Grande for a plethora of pubs, nightclubs, disco pubs etc. Don’t let this put you off though, there is much more to this resort than dancing the night away.
You will always find sports enthusiasts swimming, running or cycling along “The Strip” read more »
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As you all know, we enjoy island hopping from time to time, and we recently spent a few days exploring Gran Canaria and we discovered an amazing hotel there!
For this trip, we decided the take the car, so we headed over on the Naviera Armas ferry, which was comfortable and good value for money.
Playa Del Inglés
After docking in Las Palmas, we drove down to the south of the island, to Playa del Inglés – the roads are fast and the traffic light, so we covered the 60KM in about 45 minutes. PDI is a huge resort, with loads of hotels and apartment complexes, all encircling the main beach, which is fabulous. There are several large shopping centres, and many smaller ones close to the beach, full of souvenir shops and bars and restaurants. The famous Maspalomas sand dunes separate PDI from Maspalomas, which is quieter and has a more upmarket feel.
Bohemia Suites and Spa
The hotel is pretty special – it’s read more »
We have two main advantages on other resorts when it comes to holidays – Lanzarote, along with the other Canaries, is the only truly all year round destination, and we also offer every possible type of accommodation for our visitors, from basci, cheap “hostals,” to super luxury five tsar hotels.
Hostals or Pensiones
These are the most basic type of hotel, which offer a small bedroom and usually a shared bathroom. Most don’t offer any catering facilities. There are a few in Arrecife, one in Puerto del Carmen and one in La Graciosa.
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We carried the news this week that the new letting law has been passed through The Canarian Parliament, but with a last minute change excluding properties in tourist areas.
The hope was that the new law would give the right to owners to holiday let their properties. For communities, a vote was required, the property would have to meet certain standards and local taxes and a licence fee would have to be paid. All eminently sensible.
Until the vast majority of properties were excluded from the new legislation.
Properties here in Lanzarote are on land designated “touristic,” “residential” or read more »
Sun Park Living is the retirement community in Playa Blanca we have visited a few times. An unusual place, and one that is quite hard to describe, it offers incredible value accommodation for the over 50s and a communal lifestyle that suits the people who stay there. This piece is written by a visiting journalist and captures what Sun Park is all about very well.
I didn’t know what to expect from my visit to a ‘retirement community’ in Lanzarote. As someone at the younger end of the 50+ age range, I welcomed an escape from the tired toddlers on the plane – but I wasn’t ready to just doze in a deckchair all day!
But the moment my foot touched the tarmac I knew I’d come somewhere special. The sea sparkled and the sky was cloudless. As we drove towards the pretty seaside resort of Playa Blanca, no ugly high rises spoiled the view.
And then there was Sun Park; just five minutes walk from the beach.
A magical place…
Passing through a security gate under drifts of bougainvillea I came to an airy reception room. read more »
The Alberque Juvenil (youth hostel) situated in the village of La Santa opened on the 6th May 2015.
The hostel accommodation is available for schools, associations and sports clubs, offering dormitory accommodation and single rooms. Managed by the company Lude, the facility has been renovated and the accommodation price ranges from 12 to 28 euros, depending upon the services required.
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Where can I print my boarding pass in Lanzarote? Is just one of the many questions we get asked on a daily basis, so we thought we’d publish details of the places that we are aware of, who offer this printing service in one of the holiday resorts on the island.
We’ve found a selection of local bars and book shops who are more than happy to print off boarding cards / passes, if you buy a drink in return, or pay a small fee to cover the cost of printing.
Puerto del Carmen:
Academia LILS, C.C. Costa Luz, Avenida Las Playas
Arthur’s Bar, C.C. Maritimo, Avenida de las Playas 49
Bookswop, corner of Calle Timanfaya & Avenida de las Playas read more »