Puerto del Carmen Holidays
Puerto Del Carmen – The liveliest resort on the island
Bustling, boisterous and full of life, Puerto del Carmen is the largest and most popular resort on Lanzarote. This is a great resort for anybody who likes a lively nightlife scene and plenty of dining and drinking options to choose from. The town has its own long sandy beach, as well as numerous other beaches nearby to explore. While Puerto del Carmen has come a long way from its coastal village roots, traces of the original town can be found to the far west of the beachfront at El Varadero harbour, which retains some of the fishing village charm with is gently bobbing boats and gorgeous ocean views. Puerto del Carmen tends to attract a good mix of families, older couples and groups of young people here for the nightlife; considered to be the best on the island.
When to go
As the largest and most popular resort on the island, Puerto del Carmen remains busy throughout the year. The summer high season between July-September will see huge numbers of visitors, and the winter sun season between November-April is also consistently busy. This is a great destination for anyone looking for a sunny break during the UK winter.
Locals consider spring and autumn (May-June and late September-October) the best time for weather on the island, as daytime temperatures however between the low-mid-twenties and evenings are pleasantly cool. These periods are also likely to be the least expensive, as they are considered ‘off peak’.
The weather in Puerto del Carmen
Puerto del Carmen is located in one of the flattest areas of Lanzarote, meaning it generally has a hot, dry climate with little rain throughout the year. Rain in the summer months is virtually non-existent, and even during the winter period will only average around 4 days a month.
The weather is reliably sunny enough throughout the year to make Puerto del Carmen a year round holiday destination. Temperatures in the summer months hover between 25-30°C, and in the winter between 17-25°C. Night time temperatures during the peak summer months can be sweltering at around 20°C, so it pays to book a room with a fan or air conditioning. During the winter the opposite applies – temperatures can drop to 10°C in the evenings, so it’s wise to pack some warm clothing.
Getting the best deal
The best deals to be had on Puerto del Carmen holidays tend to be available during the island’s off-peak periods of May-June and October-November. You can also save money by booking as early as possible and making sure you travel outside the school holidays period (Easter and July). If you intend to travel during the busiest periods, it may be worth checking out accommodation in the nearby resorts of Matagorda and Playa de los Pocillos, which are a short walk from Puerto del Carmen town centre and may yield some cheaper options.
Another great way to make savings on package holidays to Puerto del Carmen is to check out our late deals page here, or see if there’s anything that takes your fancy in our selection of best deals below.
Airport and transport need to know
Puerto del Carmen benefits from being situated close to Lanzarote’s sole airport, the Lanzarote Arrecife (ACE). Lanzarote Arrecife is the 10th busiest airport in Spain, despite being relatively small. A second terminal has recently been added to the airport. Terminal 1 is where international flights land, and is also where the majority of the airport shops and restaurants are located.
Brits can fly to Lanzarote from a number of airports, including the major London hubs, Birmingham, Manchester, Liverpool and a variety of regional airports such as Exeter and Humberside.
It takes between 20-30 minutes to get to Puerto del Carmen by car from the airport. The best way to reach the airport is by taxi, as there is no direct public bus service. Taxis are metered and seat up to 4 people. The taxi rank is found outside the arrivals hall at Terminal 1.
The best beaches in Puerto del Carmen
Puerto Del Carmen has a number of excellent beaches that stretch for miles along the coast. The sea is warm throughout the year and generally safe for swimming in, with relatively calm waters. There is a 4 mile promenade which runs behind the beaches, the Avenida de las Playas, on which plenty of taverns, shops and restaurants are located. Windsurfing is a popular activity here.
Playa Grande Beach
The most popular beach in Puerto del Carmen, Playa Grande beach is located alongside the Strip area of the resort. It attracts a mix of tourists and locals, and has good facilities including toilets, showers and ice-cream stalls. If you prefer to lie on a sun bed, it’s worth getting here early (especially during peak summer), as the beach can get very busy. Sunbeds are hired out for a small fee. The beach has a selection of pedalos for hire and there is the opportunity to go scuba diving here.
Matagorda beach is a long, golden stretch of sand found to the east of Puerto del Carmen. At one end it is very close Lanzarote Arrecife airport, while the other end stretches all the way to Playa de Los Pocillos. There is a wide promenade behind the beach and numerous shops, bars and restaurants. This beach is a great choice for those who find the bustle of Playa Grande Beach a little overwhelming; Matagorda is more tranquil, less crowded and quieter. It can get very windy here, making this a great spot for windsurfing.
Centrally located in the heart of Puerto del Carmen’s Old Town, the compact Playa Chica beach is a small half-moon cove surrounded by volcanic rock. It is an excellent spot for diving and snorkelling, with a dive school located right on the shore for those looking to explore the subterranean depths. Jet skiing, parascending and banana boating can also be organised from here. There is an attractive harbour just 5 minutes’ walk away where you’ll find an array of attractive bars and restaurants. This beach can get fairly busy in peak season, so get here nice an early to reserve a good spot!