Puerto del Carmen
Puerto del Carmen is a resort in Lanzarote.
Puerto del Carmen is well signposted from the airports, and most areas of the Island. There is no direct bus service from the airport. Buses from the capital Arrecife run every 20 minutes and cost aprox. 1.50€ (as 2007).
Hire cars, electrobikes, mopeds and buses are all plentiful here. Buses to places other than Arrecife and Costa Teguise are scarce. Plente of rent-a-cars at reasonable prices.
About 15 minutes drive from Arrecife airport, Puerto del Carmen boasts around 5km of broad, sandy beaches as well as a wide variety of places to eat and drink and it remains a popular destination for holidaymakers from far and wide. With a wide range of activities on offer for all, it is suitable both for couples, and for families. Made up of a ‘new’ and ‘old’ town, Puerto del Carmen has no tall buildings and almost all of them are white and unpretentious. It's the ideal holiday resort for sun worshippers, with the beautiful Playa Grande beach, And as for the party-reveler who loves wining, dining and dancing... there is a massive selection of bars & eateries, tavernas and discoteques.
Do the beaches. Don't forget to take a tour to the islands main sights (Jameos del agua, Cueva de los Verdes, Mirador del Río, Jardin de Cactus, El Golfo, Fundación César Manrique). A couple of Discos and pubs can make for shorter nights.
Plenty of gift shops full of souvenirs and the like. Avoid, at all cost, the Hindu electronic shops. With a few exceptions (ask a local or a guide) they are all very shady "business", experts in the bait-and-switch practice and other even less decent tactics or just plain fraud. If you need to buy a camera or something, ALWAYS ask first, as there is basically only 2 or 3 out of the 20+ shops that are not like that. Other than the hindu electronic shops, all the others are decent business that you can safely buy anything from. Many of the smaller supermarkets have prices highly inflated for tourists, so it would be to your advantage to buy from larger supermarket chains. International press is available in several newstands and supermarkets. Plenty of floating toys, snorkeling gear, towels and stuff for the kids on the beach. The Biosphere is a shopping center on the outskirts of the Old Town with curious architecture built into what was previously a hugh hole in the volcanic rock. There are a handful of bars and restaurants and a decent array of highstreet branded fashion outlets including Zara, Footlocker, Benneton, Timberland all generally retailing cheaper than the UK equivalents.
The entire front-water strip is packed neck-to-neck with bars and restaurants. There are 2 McDonalds and 1 Burger King in the town. The main strip has a cosmopolitan range of restaurants mostly catering for the tourist trade and of a reasonable standard and price.
The entire front-water strip is packed neck-to-neck with bars and restaurants. Most of them would charge under 3€ for a beer (as 2007).
Plenty of 3 and 4 star hotels and apartments available for rent. It's not hard to find stays for under 60€ a day (as 2007) with very high standards of quality and service.
Puerto del Carmen lays claim to being the most popular tourist destination on the island, and has a diversity that will suit most tastes. The Old Town has managed to retain it's traditional Canarian atmosphere. Most nights you can see the locals playing boules in the streets, sample some of the finest seafood known to man, or simply enjoy a glass of the local wine as you gaze across the harbour. The New Town (or "strip" as it's more commonly known) is bustling with activity. Again, this has a wide range of bars and restaurants available, as well as discoteques for working off some of those excess calories. The Biosfera is certainly worth a visit, with 4 floors of shops and bars. An impressive area which really comes to life when the sun sets. There's even a kiddies' play area to keep them occupied whilst you haggle with the shopkeepers.