Puerto del Carmen is the biggest and busiest resort on Lanzarote. Arrecife, the island capital is 12km north, has been given a makeover and is now well worth a visit. The new face of Puerto del Carmen begins along the beachfront at the landmark hotel Los Fariones (Roque del Este).
The old port, busy with fishing and pleasure boats, is a picturesque spot overlooked by restaurants and bars. The main town beach, Playa Grande, is a broad stretch of dark sand which stretches for over 3km along the Avenida de las Playas, running almost seamlessly into the satellite resorts of Los Pocillos and Matagorda. Diving is the principal watersport there.
The Canary Islands offer a wide range of yacht charter including bareboat yacht charter, skippered yacht charter, luxury crewed yacht charter, monohull and catamaran charter and both sail and motor yacht charter.
The swish marina of Puerto Calero is 5km west of Puerto del Carmen and it offers excursions by yacht, submarine or catamaran and it also offers diving opportunities. In settled weather it is possible to anchor off to make a good daysail destination from other marinas. The original and tiny harbour lies about half a kilometre east of the main harbour.
At Puerto del Carmen, there is a full service marina and arriving yachts should tie up at the reception dock in front of the control tower, located near the end of the main breakwater. Security is very good and it is a good place to leave a yacht unattended.
A trip aboard the Yellow Submarine from Puerto Calero, or the Rancho Texas Wild West theme park are good options close to Puerto del Carmen. Further afield, AquaPark at Costa Teguise offers younger children plenty of watery thrills and spills, while all ages will enjoy a camel trek in the extraordinary Timanfaya National Park.
Puerto del Carmen has everything from beachside arcades to Casinos and luxury private villas. If sun and sea is your thing, then the 6 kilometre stretch of golden beaches washed by the waters of the Atlantic should be enough to tempt you.
If you are in Lanzarote during the right time of year, you may just find yourself in the middle of a huge, free party. Carnival is amazingly popular here, and runs each year from the end of February to early March. It is a little crazy, but a lot of fun.
At the end of July the Fiesta de Carmen is held in Puerto del Carmen and the city streets swell with dancers, singers, and lots of wonderful food.