Puerto del Carmen - where traditional customs meet modern-day tourism

by Nicola Quinn
Puerto del Carmen
'Puerto del Carmen, Lanzarote' - Lanzarote
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The main tourist resort of Lanzarote, Puerto del Carmen is found on the south eastern coast of the island, half way between Playa Blanca and Arrecife. This resort is the busiest in Lanzarote and is divided into two distinct sections – Old Town and New Town.

Old Town Puerto del Carmen features a beautiful fishing harbour surrounded by a multitude of delicious seafood restaurants which pride themselves on serving fish which was caught by local fishermen that very morning. If you’re not a fish lover, you’ll be pleased to hear that there are plenty of international restaurants situated in this area, too.

In the Old Town you can sit back and enjoy a wonderful meal whilst watching the world go by or alternatively head to the harbour and try your hand at the plethora of water sports available. If you feel like indulging in a bit of retail therapy, a large shopping mall was recently built in Old Town where you can find a huge range of shops selling everything you can imagine – from clothes and perfume to electronics and sports equipment.

Although it doesn’t quite have the Canarian charm that the Old Town is known for, New Town Puerto del Carmen is the most popular place for tourists to stay. Here you’ll find an almost never-ending supply of hotels, apartment complexes, shops, restaurants, bars and nightclubs, ensuring there is something for everyone to enjoy.

One of the many highlights of the New Town is Playa Grande – the largest golden sandy beach in Lanzarote which is lined by a bustling promenade. Here you can choose to do little more than chill out on a sun lounger and work on your tan whilst reading a good book or feel the wind in your hair whilst having a go at one of the numerous water sports on offer.

There are plenty of things to do come sunset, too, thanks to the huge choice of cafes, restaurants, bars and nightclubs which are found scattered throughout the resort. If you’re in the mood to dance the night away, check out the Centro Atlántico. Here you’ll find an incredible collection of bars with live bands and nightclubs with DJs playing the very best dance tunes. These venues don’t get going until 10-11pm and regularly stay open until 6am – sometimes even later.

If you’re searching for a bustling tourist resort which offers plenty of daytime activities and a buzzing nightlife scene, Puerto del Carmen in Lanzarote is the resort for you.

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