This is the area of Puerto del Carmen which runs alongside the main beach – Playa grande.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. It has life quard stations, and toilet facilities. This area just has a single lane of one way traffic running between two pedestrian pathways. One side is a buzz of activity with souvenir shops, bars and restaurants. The other side is a walkers and cyclists delight with a smart well-paved walkway that stretches on for a few miles, much of which overlooks palm trees, beach and sea. It is a predominantly flat area, ideal for buggies, young children and slower walkers. At night time this area becomes very lively with the casino, bars and night clubs open well into the early hours.
The zig zag path brings you down from our Risco Prieto villas to the harbour boardwalk. From there visitors are often seen sauntering along the boardwalk, spotting for fish swimming in the waters below. The boardwalk leads you to the Old Town restaurants with sea views that go round the headland.
You’ll find a bustle of locals and relaxed tourists in this enchanting harbour area. Fisherman come and go in the early morning, but by day it is a throng of relaxing entertainment, restaurants and bars are a plenty. It is set behind the harbour that you’ll find the Old Town centre with its tightly packed in shops and residents bars, a more productive area with plenty of local residents busying about their day.
Walk through the back alleys up from the harbour and you’ll find peaceful residential areas where the locals lunch at home and hang their washing when not at work. There are also back roads with the occasional small taverna or bar frequented by regulars.
Wander along the boardwalk and admire the rock and cactus gardens in front of the little harbour-view houses. Walk around and there are restaurants and bars in abundance with panoramic sea views and the comings and goings of people around the harbour to watch whilst you dine, sometimes the local men are playing boules.
This is a relatively new, stylish yachting resort for those who prefer a smaller peaceful area with a luxurious harbour scene. The shops along a quiet lane reflect the classy yachting interests of those who frequent the town. You’ll find some quality branded stores for those with designer dress sense.
Puerto Calero is just a 5 minute drive from Puerto del Carmen and its beaches. It is also connected to Puerto del Carmen Old Town by the popular water taxi which runs regularly throughout the daytime providing a pleasant way of travelling if you’re time-rich on holiday! There is a large choice of restaurants with harbour views. Also for the more energetic it is possible to walk along the coast to Puerto del Carmen.
This is a popular choice for those visitors who would like a smaller. sleepier resort but one which is still well set up to provide for visitors needs, especially for young families and seniors.
Playa Blanca has three beaches with a promenade which is perfect for a seaside stroll. The town beach is the most central, the Flamingo beach is to the west and the Playa Dorada beach to the east. These are all sandy beaches. Further to the east is the Rubicon Marina which is another popular eating and shopping area. This area is also well known for the Papagayo beaches a short drive out of town.
The village or small town of Tias is a locals place! it is a delight to see the regular activity of this far smaller, more rural town than its neighbouring Puerto del Carmen, which is only 5 minutes away by car. Tias centre is the main administrative town for the municipality of Tias. There is a traditional bakery here, a hugely popular authentic tapas restaurant among other traditional eateries and an atmosphere of casual, un-rushed happy productivity. Tias is a good place to get a sense of real Lanzarote culture. Tias is an ideal location with an excellent road network for getting to other parts of the island.