The three main resorts in Lanzarote are Puerto del Carmen in the south, the oldest and liveliest, Costa Teguise on Lanzarote's east coast just north of the capital Arrecife, and finally Playa Blanca, the smallest and friendliest although fast developing, which is also in the south of Lanzarote. Each of these holiday resorts has a different flavour. Puerto del Carmen is distinctly British, or popular with the Brits and has three very attractive beaches, the best of which is Playa Grande or Playa Blanca with it's long expanse of golden sands, ample bars, cafes and restaurants adjacent and a choice of banana boat rides and watersports. If you're looking for a friendly home from home then Puerto del Carmen fits the bill for the Brits, with a lively although not too wild nightlife and a choice of restaurants from Italian to Chinese, although you'll be hard pushed to sample Canary Island food here. A good base for families, couples and young groups and it benefits from a short transfer time from the airport.
Costa Teguise endeavours to be a little more upmarket. There's a mix here of Spanish, English, German and a growing Italian holiday visitor here. Popular for it's windsurfing, and with five glorious sandy beaches Costa Teguise offers a wide choice of watersports, numerous restaurants, bars and cafes, and is ideally close to some of the best places to visit on Lanzarote including the Manrique Foundation and inland Teguise's popular Sunday morning market. Costa Teguise is a laid back resort, ideal for families and couples looking for good beaches and quieter bars and restaurants. Finally, Playa Blanca is an excellent choice for families.
Lanzarote's oldest and largest resort, Puerto Del Carmen is a good choice for both family holidays and couples, as well as those looking for a little nightlife. It's a good choice for stag and hen dos too, with loads of things to do local attaction wise including Rancho Texas Theme Park, three great sandy beaches with watersports galore, karting locally and boat trip and diving choices!
Playa Grande or Blanca as it's sometimes known is the favourite beach in this resort, and a fine family sheltered beach it is too with pedalo rides, paragliding and banana boat rides all available and safe swimming for families. The promenade lines the three beaches of Puerto del Carmen - Playa Grande beach, Playa de los Pocillos beach and at the eastern end of the resort Playa de Matagorda which is less crowded. Diving excursions are no problem - there are numerous diving excursions on offer in Puerto del Carmen.
Lots of laid back bars line the promenade - Avenida de las Playas (the beach avenue). This road is the main centre of activity in the resort, and restaurants, hotels, shops and fast food centres line this promenade. Puerto del Carmen is popular with British holidaymakers - the blue flag nice beaches are a big attraction, and English is widely spoken here - a home from home, with guaranteed sunshine, ample facilities and many bars, restaurants and nightclubs.
There's more of a bar feel to the nightlife in Lanzarote's top resort Puerto del Carmen - but there's plenty of live music and clubs on offer. Puerto del Carmen is definitely the liveliest Lanzarote resort - ideal for young holiday groups, families looking for lots of close to hand attractions and beach watersports/activities, and couples who like to whoop it up - young and old. Friendly, and very British in parts, bargain holiday packages are numerous in Puerto del Carmen, with some excellent all round bargains!
Costa Teguise has three main beaches allowing for plenty of space so you'll never feel too penned in. The best beach is Playa de Las Cucharas Beach with it's expanse of 640 metres of stunning golden sands. You won't be short of a sunbed on this Lanzarote beach. Why not try your hand at windsurfing. Las Cucharas is the perfect windsurfing location, and there's a choice of windsurfing schools in Costa Teguise, especially near Las Cucharas beach. You'll find a few windsurfing and surfer bars too. Although Las Cucharas gets the wind, it's sheltered too with protective breakwaters - so perfect for relaxing sunbathing. Low rise hotels and apartments (mostly apartments and studios) line Costa Teguise's coast, but not in an oppressive overdeveloped way - it's a pleasant coastline with an attractive promenade and a few promentaries where fishing is popular.
Top watersports in Costa Teguies include windsurfing and diving - why not try your hand! There's a scattering of windsurfing schools, mostly near to Las Cucharas beach so you can learn to windsurf during your stay. Diving trips are also popular in Costa Teguise and likewise there are a few diving outlets offering trips out. Check out Calipso Diving in Costa Teguise, one of the most popular and long-standing. Calipso Diving offer a choice of courses, from becoming a qualified Scuba Diver in just two days to a 'Try Dive' for complete beginners. Family snorkelling excursions are also offered, as well as daily dive expeditions to various locations around Lanzarote and BSAC and PADI courses.
Slightly upmarket, with more of a bar and restaurant scattered scene - no particularly pumping nightlife here. Ideal for beach family holidays, with attractions such as a waterpark and excellent golf course nearby - you won't be short of things to do here. Beaches are excellent, with a particular emphasis on windsurfing - nice cooling winds here in Costa Teguise.
Perfect for family holidays, laid back couple holidays, low key group activity holidays (especially windsurfing lovers) and those looking to relax. A clean and pristine Lanzarote resort, with superb family beaches.
This little gem of a resort in Lanzarote retains it's fishing village roots well, and is perfect for quiet family holidays, with easy access to day trips to Fuerteventura. Good for all round relaxing sunshine and beach holidays too, Playa Blanca is perfect for those looking to really relax - no booming clubs and nightlife here, just wonderfully laid back beach view restaurants, bars and a nice choice of shops too.
Only a hop skip and jump from Lobos and Fuerteventura (maximum 30 minutes on the boat trip over to Fuerteventura), Playa Blanca is an excellent base to access catamaran trips too or diving around Lobos. Playa Blanca has a selection of it's own cove like beaches, but it's also conveniently close to some of the most if not the most beautiful beach on Lanzarote - Papagayo Beach!
If you like walking combined with a low key beach resort holiday, Playa Blanca is perfect. Coastal walking here is excellent - you can walk all the way to the west of Lanzarote, and east along the coast to beautiful Papagayo. You've also easy access upto the Yaiza and Timanfaya Volcano region. They're working on a promenade (pretty much already finished) which will eventually run all the way to the western tip lighthouse - but it's perfectly walkable now. Also, if you take a walk inland during the first week in July you'll coincide with the fantastic San Marcial del Rubicon (the patron saint of Lanzarote) celebrations - an image of the saint is to be found in the village of Femes inland from Playa Blanca.
This Lanzarote resort has an appeal for many different types of holidaymakers, from those who want to get active and take boat trips, to lazy couple beach holidays, to low key family holidays to great coastal and inland walking holidays! Think small and tranquil, yet with all the essential amenities expected in a good holiday resort. Playa Blanca also has it's own little castle - the Castillo de las Coloradas, built in 1769 on the order of King Carlos III of Spain. Another preventitive pirate invasion measure. There's an upmarket feel to this resort as well, with it's attractively small harbour, wonderful promenade for evening strolls and small bay beaches - all are blue flag beaches. Beaches in Playa Blanca include the central Playa Blanca beach (blue flag), Playa Flamingo just to the west and peerfect for families and Playa Dorada, also a blue flag beach and slightly to the east. Also, why not hop on a sea taxi up to Papagayo - these run regularly from Playa Blanca harbour - fantastic!
Discos (with a family approach) on Lanzarote include: King Arthur DiscoPub.C.C. Punta Jablillo, local 4 - Costa Teguise. Tel: +34.647.835.509. Cerveceria la Tropical, Avda. de las playas, 19 - Puerto del Carmen, Tel: +34.928.510.959. Disco Pub La Panaderia, Jose Antonio 69-71 Arrecife +34.609.417.213.
For adult clubs head for Curva Night Club, Puerto del Carmen - C/. Juan Carlos I., 29. Tel: +34.928.511.513 y +34.608.929.448. Club Venus, Puerto del Carmen - C.C. Costa Luz, Local 5. +34.928.512.851. Lucky Luck, Puerto del Carmen - C.C. Mar’timo, Local 18. +34.928.512.851. Barbarella Play Girls, Costa Teguise - C.C. Toca Centrum. +34.928.590.696. Night Club Top CatÕs, C.C Tabaybas, avda de las Playas, Puerto del Carmen. +34.928.510.969 / +34.628.107.227.
There are so many bars and restaurants lining the Lanzarote resort promenades, and scattered across the resorts it's not worth mentioning them all - it's all there though from fast food outlets, to Chinese, to Tex Mex, to probably everything you can think of except perhaps traditional Canarian food - for this you'll need to head inland to the Bodegas or to some of the delectible Manrique restaurants at Jameos and the particularly good one at Casa Monumento al Campesino in San Bartolome. Also Teguise, which is conveniently close to Costa Teguise has a superb selection of Bodegas!