Puerto del Carmen is a popular seaside resort on the southern coast of Lanzarote in Spain’s Canary Islands. The town is edged by excellent beaches, including Matagorda and Playa Grande, with a lengthy promenade, offering restaurants, shops, and nightclubs. In the old town harbour, fishing boats jostle for attention with yachts and smaller pleasure crafts. Various water sports and boat trips are available to visitors. A little inland from the coast is the Rancho Texas Lanzarote Park, a popular zoo. Restaurants in Puerto del Carmen offer a range of delicious cuisine including the traditional local dishes and more international fare.
The following gives details of various popular things to see and do during a visit to Puerto del Carmen.
1. Rancho Texas Lanzarote Park
This western-themed animal park offers a wide range of entertainment, including a zoo, where interaction is possible with many of the resident animals. Eagle displays are held regularly. There is also a water park on site, where visitors can swim with the sea lions or try out the 100 m (328 ft) water slide. There are also cowboy lasso shows and children can enjoy pony rides. A free bus is available to take visitors to the park from the centre of Puerto del Carmen.
Rancho Texas Lanzarote Park
Address: Alcalde Cabrera Torres, s/n, 35510 Puerto del Carmen, Las Palmas
Website: Rancho Texas Lanzarote Park
2. Submarine Safaris Lanzarote
While scuba diving and snorkeling are available in Puerto del Carmen, there is a much more comfortable way to go under the Atlantic Sea and visit its inhabitants. Submarine Safaris are available from Puerto Calero on a regular basis, offering a different experience to visitors each time as the varied marine species pass by the windows of the submarine, 30 m (100 ft) below the surface. Each viewing window has its own television monitor, offering alternative viewing angles of the scene outside, as well as a digital display giving information about the submarine itself. Dives head down four times a day, six days a week.
Submarine Safaris Lanzarote
Address: 35571 Puerto Calero, Las Palmas, Spain
Website: Submarine Safaris Lanzarote
3. Water sports in Puerto del Carmen
A variety of water sports are available in Puerto del Carmen including scuba diving and surfing. The island of Lanzarote has volcanic origins, making the waters fascinating with spectacular underwater formations. All-year-round diving experiences include exploring the reefs, deep water, and caverns offshore, as well as exciting, almost-intact wrecks and drop off points. The various seasons of the year offer a different experience, especially in October when the angel sharks arrive in Lanzarote.
If you have always wanted to learn to surf, Lanzarote is a great location to start. Famara Beach is a popular location for the surf crowd, offering some of the best beach and reef breaks of the island. Famara attracts surfers from all over the world and is a remote stretch of sand and dunes on the Lanzarote coast. The beach is ideal for surfers, kitesurfers, and windsurfers, with plenty of space for everyone. Its numerous peaks are perfect for surfers at any skill level.
LavaFlow Surf & SUP School
Address: Tourist Ticket office, Av. de las Playas, 41, 35510 Tías, Las Palmas, Spain
Website: LavaFlow Surf & SUP School
Address: Harbour, Local 26, 35510 Puerto del Carmen, Lanzarote
Website: Island Watersports
4. Old Town Harbour
One of the most tranquil and picturesque spots in Puerto del Carmen, the Old Town Harbour has plenty to offer visitors. The harbour offers spectacular views down the coastline and out to sea. There are also several restaurants and bars, as well as the new open air Starlight Cinema. Every Friday, visitors can enjoy shopping at the market where everything from clothing and leather goods to local produce is on offer. A variety of exciting boat excursions are also available.
Old Town Harbour
Address: Av. del Varadero, 16, 35518 Tías, Las Palmas, Canary Islands
Website: Old Town Harbour
5. Beaches in Puerto del Carmen
Puerto del Carmen has several excellent beaches along its coastline, interspersed with rock outcroppings. The water is calm all year around and excellent facilities are available to visitors. Among the most popular, Playa Grande Beach offers lifeguards, changing areas with showers and toilets, hammocks, and sun parasols.
Los Pocillos Beach tends to be windy, but with calm waters, excellent surfing conditions, and fine, golden sand. Matagorda Beach also tends to be windy and cool, offering excellent conditions for windsurfing. Sun parasols and hammocks, as well as water sports equipment, are available for hire. For a different experience, Lima Beach is located next to Matagorda and offers a mixture of fine golden sand and small lava stones. This beach is excellent for windsurfing.
Beaches of Puerto del Carmen
Website: Lanzarote Tourism
6. Playa Chica
Playa Pila de la Barrilla, known affectionately as Playa Chica, is a small beach with fine golden sand and calm waters. The beach is popular for scuba diving and water sports equipment is on hire. The beach is a little off the beaten track but can still tend to get a little crowded.
Playa Pila de la Barrilla
Address: Playa Chica, Paseo Barrilla, 35510
Website: Lanzarote tourism
7. Timanfaya National Park
Timanfaya National Park is a volcanic park on Lanzarote, approximately 28 km (17 mi) from Puerto del Carmen, where the Montañas de Fuego (Fire Mountains) can be viewed. The park offers stunning and unusual scenery and covers 51.07 square kms (19.72 sq mi) and consists entirely of volcanic soil. The park was designated a UNESCO Biosphere Reserve in 1993 and the public can only access it on set routes, to protect the flora and fauna. The park can be toured on foot, using dedicated footpaths, or by camel. There is also a bus tour on offer from the public car park.
Timanfaya National Park
Website: Lanzarote Tourism
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