Moving to Spain | Moving to Puerto del Carmen
Matthew’s article this week concentrates on moving to Puerto del Carmen, Lanzarote’s bright lights.
Moving to Puerto del Carmen: resort Lanzarote
Why let only tourists reap the benefits of resorts? These areas developed, after all, because they enjoyed a location under the island’s balmiest skies and close to beaches the hue of gold. Puerto del Carmen is no exception, having grown from a humble port exporting the likes of handmade soap to England to one of the major tourist hubs on the whole of the Canary Islands.
Artist/activisit César Manrique’s vision of his native island was of traditional whitewashed properties draped in vivid bougainvillea. It’s fair to say that some of Puerto del Carmen’s newer apartments don’t quite match that colour scheme. This is non-prettified Lanzarote.
Ins and outs
Follow the LZ-40 to arrive at Puerto del Carmen in under 10 minutes from the airport outside capital Arrecife.
The British School of Lanzarote has been offering a UK-style education on the island for 30+ years. Students study SATS and IGCSEs before being given the option at 16 to continue with the British system or switch to the Spanish one. So, they can choose between A-Levels and the Baccalaureate.
Shop until you drop…
The Avenida de las Playas is home to a Fund Grube. One of five branches of this Canarian chain on Lanzarote, they stock brand-name beauty products, along with handbags and sunglasses. You can also pick up the latest releases from the world’s leading fashion houses. The Biosfera is home to big brands and independents with bargains galore for eager shoppers. The “Strip” offers a fair offering of electronics shops (buyer beware), gifts and clothing in among the many bars and restaurants.
Apartments are the most common properties for sale in Puerto del Carmen. Many come with a pool, although most of these are communal rather than private.
Apartments start just shy of €90,000 and villas can go for as high as €3,000,000.
Once you have bought your dream property in Playa Blanca, there will no doubt be some changes that you would like to have – to make your property perfect for you.
We can heartily recommend Mike from CWS Maintenance who will provide a super job, inside and outside of your new purchase. Everything from giving your pool and terrace a great new look, to fitting your new kitchen.
Mike covers the entire island and will be happy to chat yo you about your property needs and maike suggestions that will leave you thrilled!
We have had a relationship with Estupendo since we first moved to Lanzarote back in 2006.
This company was originally set up as a family business but its success and attention to client satisfaction has led to it being one of the leading estate agents on the island.
They cover the entire island, whether you are seeking a villa in Playa Blanca, an apartment in Puerto del Carmen, or a business in Costa Teguise – plus everything in between.
Make Estupendo your first port of call when seeking to purchase a property or business on the island.
In Praise Of
“Puerto del Carmen is situated towards the centre of Lanzarote, so nowhere on the island is more than 40 minutes away. As Lanzarote’s largest resort, it has a good number of restaurants and bars for the more discerning resident and tourist, such as La Ola and Vino Mas as well as being home to the island’s second largest shopping centre (CC Biosfera).” – Adam Simmons. Lanzarote Connect
- Are you an expat living in Puerto del Carmen? What do you like/dislike about it? Let us know below.
About your questions…Sorry – but we do not offer relocation advice on an individual basis through Spain Buddy. There are a number of relocation experts who are better placed to advise you on your new life in sunny Spain.
Matthew Hirtes has been an expat since moving to Las Palmas de Gran Canaria back in 2004. He's travelled extensively through Spain, covering it for such publications as Telegraph Travel, Metro, and The Independent. The author of Going Local in Gran Canaria: How To Turn a Holiday Destination into a Home, Matthew truly is a resident expert. He's also Mr Gran Canaria Local, the man behind the island's most discerning blog.