Environment: Tourist location of Puerto del Carmen [MAP]

 

Puerto del Carmen was the first tourist area in Lanzarote. Before visitors began to arrive, it was a relatively insignificant area but one blessed with spectacular beaches which were almost always empty. Today, these same beaches are surrounded by a bustling tourist resort, but they still provide the thousands of people who visit them each year with a place to sit back, relax and have fun.

Matagorda Beach

Tamaño: 700 metros de ancho.
Servicios: Vigilancia, duchas, sombrillas, aseos, hamacas.
Comer + beber: Terrazas y restaurantes en el centro comercial.
Best feature: Uncrowded.

The first beach just north of Puerto del Carmen is long and bordered by a lovely pedestrian promenade. Hotels shield it quite well from the wind. You are close enough to the airport to see the planes arrive, but far enough away not to be disturbed by their noise. Many tourists walk 20 minutes to end of the runway for a close-up of the planes overhead.

Los Pocillos Beach

Tamaño: Un kilómetro de ancho.
Servicios: Vigilancia, duchas, sombrillas, hamacas, aseos, alquileres náuticos.
Comer + beber: Gran variedad de terrazas y restaurantes.
 Best feature: Huge space, ideal for beach sports.

 

It’s Puerto del Carmen’s widest and second longest beach. At high tide much of the beach is covered which makes it slightly clayey once the sea’s gone back in. In its favour is that it is usually less crowded than Playa Grande but it is less sheltered from the wind. It’s an ideal place for jogging along the shore at low tide.

El Barranquillo

Tamaño: 35 metros de ancho.
Servicios: No.
Comer + beber: Gran variedad de terrazas y restaurantes en el cercano paseo marítimo.
Best feature: Popular with locals in summer.

Small beach which attracts locals and tourists in good weather. It is well shielded from the wind and is usually quite quiet.

La Peñita

Tamaño: 50 metros de ancho.
Servicios: No.
Comer + beber:Gran variedad de terrazas y restaurantes en el cercano paseo marítimo.
Best feature: Ideal for flitting between a quick dip in the ocean and a sip of a cool cocktail.

Considered a secret hideaway in Puerto del Carmen as it is not visible from the busy seafront promenade so it provides a cosy spot away from the hustle and bustle of the resort. It’s overlooked by some recently refurbished luxury apartments and a couple of terrace bars with great sea views.

Playa Grande

Atardecer en Playa Grande

Tamaño: 1.190 metros de largo por 100 de media de ancho.
Servicios: Vigilancia, duchas, sombrillas, hamacas, alquileres náuticos.
Comer + beber: Gran variedad de terrazas y restaurantes.
Best feature: Large, lively beach.

It is undoubtedly the jewel in Puerto del Carmen’s crown – its sheer size and large number of facilities attract tourists and locals alike. It is not the best place if you’re looking for isolation but then again, because it is so extensive you’re unlikely to experience overcrowding.

At low tide it’s ideal for an early morning or sunset jog when there are a lot fewer bathers around. Speaking of sports, this is where Ironman Lanzarote starts every year and also the location of its epic finishing line.

Playa de en medio (Middle beach or Doña Juana’s Cave)

Tamaño: 60 metros de ancho.
Servicios: No.
Comer + beber: No existen establecimientos.
Lo mejor: Poder apartarse del bullicio en una pequeña cala.

Best feature: Being able to get away from the hustle and bustle in a small cove.
A small white sandy cove in front of hotel Los Fariones. Years ago it was the hotel’s private beach but now it’s open to all the public and is accessible by crossing the rocks from Playa Chica.

Playa Chica

Playa Chica

Tamaño: 70 metros de ancho.
Servicios: Vigilancia, duchas, sombrillas, hamacas, buceo.
Comer + beber: Restaurante Bar Playa, en el pequeño muelle.
Best feature: Great for diving.

The beach with most local flavour in Puerto del Carmen, so named because of its small size. It is also the most important place for diving in Lanzarote. It’s protected by two natural lava breakwaters that shield would-be Cousteaus as well as swimmers.

Outside these reefs, the seabed drops into a precipice that runs parallel to the coast where renowned caves have formed, delighting divers with the variety of sea life that inhabit their nooks and crannies. Most dives start from the beach itself or from a small jetty next to it. The restaurant has been around since the year dot and it’s a great place to enjoy the best sunset in Puerto del Carmen.