“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”, there are a number of sporting events held here each year, the largest and most prestigious being the Ironman Lanzarote. If you’re a scuba diver or want to experience a try dive, then Playa Chica near the Old Harbour is a great place to start, this beach is very popular with the islands divers exploring The Cathedral and The Blue Hole amongst others. Golfer’s don’t have far to travel to try out Lanzarote’s newest Golf Course situated on the outskirts of the resort, a short drive or taxi ride will deliver you to the course for a round of golf with spectacular views to Fuerteventura.
There is no shortage or British or Irish bars in Puerto del Carmen, along the front, up the side streets, at the pool bar if you want to eat pub grub and watch the latest football matches and catch up on your soaps it’s all here. There’s no shortage of Chinese restaurants too but you can find some truly stunning restaurants dotted amongst them.
A few of the beaches in Puerto del Carmen are lined with rows of sun beds and umbrellas but you can find quiet spots if you visit the smaller beaches a little bit off the beaten track. There are also coastal paths stretching for miles, some are suitable for cycling and roller skating whilst others towards the South aren’t paved but very comfortable to walk.
If you like shopping there is the Biosfera Plaza with high street shops such as Blanco, Zara, Bershka, Mango, Pull and Bear, Pimkie to mention a few.
Holiday accommodation is mainly apartment complexes and hotels with some villas available for rent.
Puerto del Carmen is central, easy to access, very British and a great all rounder, whilst some have likened it to Blackpool in the sunshine, it does have all the ingredients for a great holiday.
Costa Teguise was Lanzarote’s second resort to be developed, this rocky coastline was transformed in the late 80’s to offer a selection of sheltered beaches. The resort was built to include a Golf course, Aquapark and Aquarium attracting families as well as the surfing dudes who enjoy windsurfing from Playa Las Cucharas in the afternoon.
There are a number of windsurfing and dive schools here so it’s easy to get on or under the water. Whilst Playa Las Cucharas is the main beach in the centre of the resort, Playa Jablillo is shallow and sheltered making it really popular with young children and snorkellers.
The square of Pueblo Marinero is very popular, there is a Friday evening market here which starts off the weekend nicely. Over the last couple of years Costa Teguise has become popular with Spanish residents which has created an opening for some excellent tapas bars and restaurants to thrive.
Costa Teguise is a great gateway for exploring the North of the island by car. If you don’t fancy driving then you can either take the coastal bus service connecting Arrecife and Puerto del Carmen or the bus link from Costa Teguise to Famara allowing surfers to enjoy surfing and kite surfing on the magnificent beach there too.
The King of Spain owns a sea front villa complete with helipad along from Playa Bastian in Costa Teguise, the royal family have used the property several times over the years and more recently by Spanish Prime Minister José Luis Rodríguez Zapatero and his family.
Holiday accommodation tends to be apartment complexes, duplexes, hotels and some villas to rent.
Costa Teguise is fit for a king whilst maintaining a relaxed Spanish surfing feel with a sprinkling of British bars offering the Great British breakfast, karaoke and Sky sports.
The newest resort of Lanzarote is Playa Blanca. Situated on the Southern tip of the island this resort exploded in the last decade and is just starting to catch up with the info structure now. The planning for this end of the island is different to the other tourist areas, thousands of private villas were built on plots with private pools as opposed to apartments and even the complexes are bungalows. Tipped to become the premier destination of Lanzarote this resort has an up market and exclusive feel.
The resort is stretched along miles of coast from the beautiful beaches at Papagayo to the lighthouse El Faro. The town centre and old harbour are located in the centre of the resort, from here to the lighthouse are the larger style villas on plots, from the centre to the Marina Rubicón the property is smaller and closer together with duplex style town houses.
There are two fabulous beaches Playa Dorada and Playa Flamingo within the resort but no trip to Playa Blanca is complete without a day spent exploring the several beaches at Papagayo. The resort is that spread out there is a circular bus service every 30 minutes making it easy to get around if you’re not planning on driving.
If you do decide to get out in a car, the volcanic region of Timanfaya and El Golfo are just along the coast and a short drive away. Walkers like to explore Montaña Roja with views over the Bocaina Straits to the neighbouring island of Fuerteventura, as well as the Natural Parque of Los Ajaches.
Marina Rubicón draws the tourists, this up market marina offers a fantastic location for sampling the local food and drink as well as designer shopping outlets and the weekly market.
Holiday accommodation is mainly hotels, bungalow complexes and many villas for rent.
Playa Blanca is slightly remote from the rest of the island, rumoured to have a warmer climate and currently being groomed for a five star resort.
What do you think?
Which resort in Lanzarote is your favourite and why? Which areas would you recommend for first time visitors to Lanzarote?