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Located on the southeast coast of Lanzarote, Puerto del Carmen blends traditional charm with modern accommodation and amenities. Set amongst crystal clear waters next to stunning golden beaches with a backdrop of striking volcanic hills, this resort is a permanent hit with holidaymakers of all ages.

From laid back beach days to discovering incredible national parks, the year round sunshine in Puerto del Carmen means you can enjoy all the resort has to offer. The former fishing village is still home to the El Varadero harbour where you can enjoy uninterrupted sea views, alongside bobbing boats. Aside from the old town that has authentic eateries, the rest of the town has been transformed into a purpose-built holiday resort. Meaning you can make the most of the restaurants and bars on the Avenida de las Playas, the main street which hugs the beach.

With a trio of clean and quiet Blue Flag beaches to chill out on, holidays to Puerto del Carmen are made for sun worshipers. The crystal clear waters and plenty of small coves will also open your eyes to a range of water sports on offer here.

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Top Hotels in Puerto del Carmen

Los Pueblos Apartments
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Los Pueblos Apartments

Puerto del Carmen, Lanzarote

from £163pp
Atlantis Las Lomas Apartments
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Atlantis Las Lomas Apartments

Puerto del Carmen, Lanzarote

from £185pp
Rocas Blancas
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Rocas Blancas

Puerto del Carmen, Lanzarote

from £190pp
Puertocarmen
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Puertocarmen

Puerto del Carmen, Lanzarote

from £213pp
Los Hibiscos Apartments
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Los Hibiscos Apartments

Puerto del Carmen, Lanzarote

from £268pp
Relaxia Olivina
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Relaxia Olivina

Puerto del Carmen, Lanzarote

from £396pp
BelleVue Aquarius
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BelleVue Aquarius

Puerto del Carmen, Lanzarote

from £192pp
Vista Mar Hotel
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Vista Mar Hotel

Puerto del Carmen, Lanzarote

from £219pp

At a Glance

  • Currency: Euro
  • Language: Spanish
  • Time Zone: GMT +0
  • Average flight time: 4h 25m

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Top Attractions

From beautiful traditional architecture to award winning beaches, Puerto del Carmen holidays have a lot to offer you. More than just a sight-seeing and sunbathing destination, this resort has the best of the outdoors and shopping.

If you want to do some shopping and find some authentic Canary Island products, head to the Plaza Varadero near the old harbour. Each Friday a vibrant street market descends on the square, offering around 100 stalls featuring locally sourced fruit, vegetables and flowers, as well as handmade craft items, jewellery and clothes.

For music lovers, plan your holiday to Puerto del Carmen at the end of July to watch the vibrant Fiesta de Carmen which has folklore performances, plus singing and dancing. Or visit the legendary Music Hall Tavern which hosts shows every night, including a drag show.

Lanzarote Golf offers you the chance to tee off on a splendid 18 hole course. Close to Puerto del Carmen, the American designed golf course is flanked by lush greens, palm trees and lake, set with the dramatic backdrop of volcanoes and the Atlantic Ocean.

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Wine and Dine

The cuisine of Puerto del Carmen is like many of the other Canary Islands, combining Spanish dishes with Latin American and African influences. Tapas is popular in most restaurants and Lanzarote staples like Las Torrijas which consists of sweet maize fritters with honey and aniseed are speciality desserts.

The local wines made with grapes cultivated on the volcanic grounds are delicious accompaniments to your meal. 

For the most authentic meal, feast in the Old Town and enjoy views of the Los Ajaches Mountains. As one of the best restaurants on the island, Tegala serves traditional Canarian cuisine with a twist. Also in Old Town, near the harbour is Los Marineros which specialises in Spanish cuisine and hosts a nightly barbeque.

Casa Roja’s waterfront location means that fish is definitely on the menu and you can also enjoy your meal in an atmospheric setting. Still in the harbour, Puerto Bahia has brilliant views across to the neighbouring island of Fuerteventura, with modern interpretation of classic Spanish dishes on the menu.

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For Families

Both the adults and children will lap up the Puerto del Carmen family attractions. From the huge theme park of Rancho Texas with its diverse wildlife and wild west theme, to go-karting on the nearby track, this resort will suit all ages.

If you fancy taking a family hike, only 15 minutes away is the natural wonder of Timanfaya National Park, formed from volcanic ridges and rock formations. Or if you want a unique experience, take a camel ride through the lava fields of the National Park to see why they’re known as the Fire Mountains.

If everyone in your family is over the age of eight then they can walk underwater. Sea Trek allows you to see the wonderful sea life without getting your hair wet. All you have to do is but on a futuristic helmet and go on a 45 minute underwater tour.

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Action and Adventure

Puerto del Carmen is an adventurers dream. With high volcanic peaks and deep waters with an abundance of marine life, there is lots for you to explore.

Because the sea has remarkable visibility in Puerto del Carmen, scuba diving is very popular. Get close-up to moray eels, rays and groupers, whilst you explore the reefs in the shallows before diving down to underwater canyons as well as the wrecks of Los Erizos.

If you’d rather fly high, then go hang gliding or paragliding off the beach. You’ll enjoy views of Lanzarote as you’re carried by the wind from all directions.

As every year Puerto Del Carmen hosts the Lanzarote IronMan triathlon, many holidaymakers get into the event’s spirit and hire mountain bikes or hike the international course.

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Life's a Beach

The resort is famed for its Blue Flag beaches, so you can relax on clean golden sands on your Puerto del Carmen holiday. With over six kilometres of beaches and plenty of sun loungers and parasols, you can enjoy the beach in comfort.

As the largest beach in the area, Playa Grande is equipped with lifeguards, along with restaurants and shops on the waterfront. To the east, Los Pocillos is exposed to the elements, making it the ideal spot for windsurfing.

For a quieter setting, Matagorda beach is ideal for sunbathing and playing in the sand with little ones, and also offers bike hire. Also ideal for soaking up the sun, El Barranquillo is a small sheltered, picturesque beach.

Ten minutes away from Puerto del Carmen in the old town is Playa Chica which is much more secluded and peaceful. There’s a dive centre making it popular with snorkellers and scuba divers.

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Nightlife

Puerto del Carmen comes to life by night with bars, nightclubs and casinos to keep you entertained into the late hours. The resort has the busiest nightlife on Lanzarote with lots of live music and disco bars.

The main centres of Centro Atlantico on the main strip of Avenida de las Playas have the greatest amount of clubs, as well as the Old Town near the harbour. Club 18-30 is also in the town, enhancing Puerto del Carmen's lively reputation.

Take a walk down The Strip to see what Puerto del Carmen has to offer after hours. Dance the night away at the Rumm disco or rock out at Route 66.

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For Couples

The idea of being on an island where the sun shines all year will make your couples holiday to Puerto del Carmen. It is no wonder that many proposals, weddings and honeymoons occur on its beaches.

You will both enjoy a trip to the Jardin de Cactus, 20 minutes outside of Puerto del Carmen. This cactus garden, located in a disused mine, is designed by artist Cesar Manrique where you will find 10,000 cacti from all over the world on display.

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Culture

Puerto del Carmen has a packed calendar full of holy days, festivals and carnivals. If you're planning a holiday in late February, revel at the Carnival, or if you’re visiting in July, then don’t miss the folk singing, dancing and vibrant processions at the Feast of St Carmen, patron saint of the city and fishermen.

Iglesia de Nuestra Señora del Carmen is a stunning piece of architecture built in a typical Spanish ecclesiastic style that sits in harbour of the old town.

Nearby and new to the area is the Museum of Canarian Whales and Dolphins at Puerto Calero. The small museum is free to enter, as is the art gallery next door.

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