Puerto del Carmen, Old Town.

The charming Old Town is set around the harbour and has bars and restaurants to suit all tastes.  Some restaurants specialise in freshly caught local fish. By the restaurants you can watch the locals play boules in the evenings and there is a children’s play area.  A variety of boat trips can be taken from the harbour including fishing trips and pleasure cruises. Catch the water taxi from here to Puerto Calero which is just along the coast - much more fun than going by car. Walk west and you can enjoy a stroll along the harbour edge via the new boardwalk. Further on and up the zig zag and you are on the coastal path to Puerto Calero.  The Biosfera shopping mall in the old town hosts such well known names as Zara and Timberland. There are a choice of restaurants  and lots for the children to do on the top floor of the shopping mall. It is a pleasure to visit and a good place to cool off on a hot day because it is air conditioned.

A variety of sports including tennis and squash are available at the sports centre near the Fariones Hotel which is located between the new and old town. Also here is the popular Chica Beach. This beach is used by the dive schools to teach beginners. It is a small cove style beach and is very popular with families. It has a useful restaurant just alongside.

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Puerto del Carmen, Central.

This area is the “New Town” often called the Strip. It has shops, bars & restaurants  along one side of the road with the long Playa Grande beach along the other side. This  is a big, wide , sandy beach that offers a variety of water sports for hire or for those who prefer to relax, sun beds and umbrellas.  There are 6 kilometres of golden beaches in Puerto del Carmen of which the Playa Grande or main beach is a large part. 

This beach benefits from lifeguard stations, showers, changing & toilet facilities. The Puerto del Carmen beaches fly the Blue Flag awarded by the EEC for cleanliness and lack of contamination.

This part of Puerto del Carmen has undergone changes over the last few years. The traffic is now one way along the beach road which has made room for a wider pavement for those shopping or strolling along the promenade as well as gaining a very popular cycle lane.

At night time this area becomes very lively with the casino, bars and night clubs open well into the early hours.

Head East and the Rocas Negras beach before you get to the San Antonio hotel is popular with children for the rock pools.

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Los Pocillos, Puerto del Carmen.

Further east is the Los Pocillos beach a vast wide expanse of sand. There is an area of outdoor, free to use, gym equipment on the promenade. This beach is edged by a promenade that is perfect for a long stroll right around the bend to the next beach which is Matagorda. All along there are restaurants and bars where you can eat, drink & relax. A host of water sports are available on this beach.

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Puerto Calero

The Marina resort of Puerto Calero is less than a ten minute drive from Puerto del Carmen or about 20 minutes by water taxi from the Old Town harbour. A classy place with upmarket boutiques and expensive yachts. A very good choice of restaurants of all types are along the waters edge. An excellent place to have lunch or dinner with a view.

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Playa Blanca

This used to be just a small fishing village but has grown enormously over the last few years with a large selection of places to stay. Still known as a village by the locals.The smaller white sandy beaches of this resort are particularly safe for children but venture a little further and you will find the ruggedly beautiful beaches of Papagyo. The village beach is central with  Playa Dorada next along the promenade heading East. Beyond that is the Rubicon Marina and then further on Papagayo. Head West from the village centre and there is  the well known Flamingo beach. The promenade goes all along the waters edge from east of the Rubicon Marina right round  to the lighthouse at the western end of the resort. Also at the western end is Montana Roja (Red Volcano) which has great views from the top if you fancy a climb. The village centre has an excellent choice of restaurants and shops.

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Tias

This resort is less than a ten minute drive inland from Puerto del Carmen. For those  who wish to be out of the main resort but still have it easily accessable Tias is a good choice. Tias has been less touched by tourism but still has an excellent supermarke t, a few shops, a good bakers and some very good restaurants. This location is ideal for touring the rest of the island.

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