The largest of the resorts in Lanzarote, Puerto del Carmen, is where the partygoers head to. It is split predominantly into 3 distinct areas: Old Town, New Town (including “The Strip”), and Los Pocillos / Matagorda.
The Old Town is nestled around a quaint harbour, with plenty of fish restaurants and a children’s play area. It is here that you should head to in the early evenings, for a great atmosphere focused on food and socialising.
Puerto del Carmen is very popular with families, but also with groups of hens and stags looking for a few days of partying. Don’t let the wild nights of the resort fool you though, Spain Buddy knows a large number of solitary travellers who head to the resort frequently and who will tell you how safe and welcome they always feel.
Los Pocillos and Matagorda are at the northeastern end of the town, and just before the airport. There is a spot here where you can watch the planes coming in to land, very low over the water. You may also get a bit more of an eyeful than you were expecting though, as there is also a small nudist area in this vicinity.
It is of course good manners to learn a bit of Spanish before you travel. However, Puerto del Carmen is geared up for the British and Irish, and with so many non-Spanish bars… you won’t struggle to make yourself understood.
The Strip is a seven kilometre long area straddling the beach. It is here that you will find plenty of bars, restaurants and the famous “Centro Atlantico” which is where the revellers aim for after midnight.
Puerto del Carmen is very popular with Irish travellers, and this is made apparent with the quantity of Irish bars on The Strip and in the Old Town area of the resort.
Snorkelling, diving, and other watersports are popular in the resort – especially at Playa Chica in the Old Town… and the sea is warm enough to get into all year round – although some might not be brave enough. The main beach stretching from almost to the old town right up past Matagorda and Los Pocillos has a shallow bed making it popular with families. There are pockets of rock pools along the coast for some exploring too.
Because it is located in the Canary Islands, the weather in Puerto del Carmen is warm all year round. Rainfall is very low – although when it comes it REALLY comes!
Restaurants, bars and clubs in Puerto del Carmen
Centro Atlantico on The Strip, is where you should head to after midnight, as it is here that the late night discos and clubs are concentrated.
Puerto del Carmen holds the crown for the sheer quantity of bars and restaurants in the resort. Whether you stop for a bite to eat and some people watching on the promenade, wish to dance the night away, enjoy some live music, or simply while away a few hours over good food and wine, Puerto del Carmen has what you need.
We highly recommend you visit our sister website, Canary Nightlife, and have a look at more places to eat and drink in Puerto del Carmen
Shopping in Puerto del Carmen
On the outskirts of the Old Town is the Biosfera shopping centre. It contains such brands as Zara and Mango, whilst also a surprising couple of British shops such as Claire’s accessories. There is also a supermarket for those last minute food essentials if self-catering – though you will struggle to do a “proper” food shop there.
If you do want to do a big food shop, then you are better to head out of town on the Macher road, and stock up at Eurospar, just off the Macher roundabout. Alternatively, head north to Playa Honda and shop at the large Hiperdino and Ropers on the opposite side of the dual carriageway to the Deiland shopping centre.
- Avenida de Las Playas (The Strip). Tlf: 928 513 351. The office is located about halfway along the Strip, and is on the beach side of the road, facing inland. It is open Monday to Friday from 10am to 2pm and 6pm to 8pm. They will speak English, albeit basic.
- Head one street back in the Old Town and find Mardeleva restaurant. It has great views across the harbour, and serves up great fish dishes… but at lower prices than its counterparts in the harbour itself.
- Also worth a visit is Bodegón de Juan, which is located almost opposite the Casino on Avenida de Las Playas – fabulous estofado (stew) and pickled anchovies.
- One place that we always pop into is Spenders Bar on Calle Anzuelo (behind Centro Atlantico). Great little bar for a spot of banter and to watch the footie. Be sure to say “Hello” to Geordie John for us – top fella!