Environment: Tourist location of Puerto del Carmen [MAP]

 

Puerto del Carmen beaches are in 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
Size: 700 meters wide.
Services: Surveillance, showers, umbrellas, toilets, hammocks.
Eat + drink: Terraces and restaurants in the shopping center.
Best feature: Uncrowded.

 

The first beach just north of Puerto del Carmen beaches 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
Size: 1.000 meteres kilometer wide.
Services: Surveillance, showers, umbrellas, hammocks, toilets, nautical rentals.
Eat + drink: Wide variety of terraces and restaurants.
 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
Size: 35 meters wide.
Services: No.
Eat + drink: Wide variety of terraces and restaurants near the promenade.
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
Size: 50 meters wide.
Services: No.
Eat + drink: Wide variety of terraces and restaurants near the promenade.
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

 

Size:1.190 meters long by 100 meters wide.
Services: Surveillance, showers, umbrellas, hammocks, nautical rentals.
Eat + drink: Wide variety of terraces and restaurants.
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)
Size: 60 meters wide.
Services: No.
Eat + drink: There are no establishments.
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

 

Size:70 meters wide.
Services: Surveillance, showers, umbrellas, hammocks, diving.
Eat + drink: Bar Playa restaurant, on the small pier.
Best feature: Great for diving.

 

The beach with most local flavour in Puerto del Carmen beaches, 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.