Lanzarote – a guide to the popular resorts
Home to around a third of Lanzarote’s population, Arrecife is a modern
Spanish city with a thriving port that earns its money from things other
In Arrecife, you will find a Mediterranean-style promenade and a wonderful urban sandy beach washed by the Atlantic waves. Away from the seafront, you have a hotchpotch of bars and restaurants, busy shopping streets and places of tourist interest. Places of touristic interest include a couple of castles an art gallery; you’ll find the most historical appeal in the narrow back streets around the Iglesia de San Ginés.
Main Holiday Resorts in Lanzarote
Lanzarote has three main tourist areas that include Puerto del Carmen,
Costa Teguise and Playa Blanca.
Puerto del Carmen
Located just a 10-minute drive southwest of the airport, Puerto del
Carmen is Lanzarote’s purpose-built resort aimed primarily at British
tourists. Packed with ample bars, restaurants and everything else you
would expect to find in a Spanish beach resort, Puerto del Carmen is the
most popular holiday destination on the island.
If you want to experience how Puerto del Carmen was before the tourist
hotels were built, head to El Varadero harbour, in the west of the town
where you can have a wonderful seafood lunch while watching the
colourful boats bob up and down in the harbour.
In Puerto del Carmen you will find accommodation that suits all tastes
and budgets and a golden sandy beach that stretches for six kilometres.
This resort is also a great central base to tour the island.
If you do decide to get a rental car, then the airport itself has some of the best deals for car hire Lanzarote has to offer.
Built in the 1970s under the guidance of Canarian architect and artist
César Manrique, Costa Teguise is not the place to go if you are looking
for historic charm. If however, you are looking for a family beach holiday,
there’s clear warm waters for swimming and snorkeling. Here you’ll also find a great beach that has plenty of bars, restaurants and places to shop.
Another reason you might want to stay in Costa Teguise is the fact it is
ideally situated for getting out and exploring all of Lanzarote’s main
attractions. Accommodation throughout Lanzarote is quite competitively
priced, so you’re sure to find something within your budget.
Happily gazing out at the neighbouring island of Fuerteventura, Playa
Blanca has seen rapid growth in the last ten years that has been
restricted to low-rise developments. Despite the growth, Playa Blanca
remains more upmarket than Puerto del Carmen and Costa Teguise with
a pleasant seafront on the sunniest part of the island.
Although the island itself is relatively small, when exploring it yourself,
you’ll always seem to find many interesting places that you missed last
time you visited.
There’s an abundance of nice hotels to choose from including the large
four star Occidental Lanzarote Mar which has almost 8000 reviews on
Tripadvisor. However if it’s a break with a large group or family staying
together that you’re looking for, then why not get a good deal on a luxury
villa in Lanzarote?