By far the most common word you'll find associated with Puerto Calero is 'luxury'. Now boasting one of the most modern and impressive marinas in the world, Puerto Calero is Lanzarote's destination of choice for those who enjoy some of the finer things in life. You can expect some excellent restaurants and bars overlooking the marina, and if you decide to stay the night, its two hotels are among the best in Lanzarote.
The marina is at the centre of life in Puerto Calero. Instead of a beach you have amazing access to the sea and a range of interesting activities that revolve around it.
Highlights include the Catlanza Catamaran trips, where you can try your hand at sailing as experts guide you around the incredible island coast. There are also submarine trips that allow you to see what's beneath the surface of that clear blue sea, and sports-fishing boats that are willing to take you out to try your luck at catching bluefin tuna or marlin.
Having been rebuilt and developed three times since its conception in 1983, the marina now stands as a testament to what can be achieved on the back of one man's dream. Expanded from 200 to 420 berths in 1999, you're expected to take the opportunity to stand and stare at some of the yachts that give the marina its nickname.
If at some point you do find yourself missing the beach – and we'd understand if you did – then the Playa Grande at Puerto del Carmen is a 15-minute bus ride away. If you want to arrive in style, you can take a water taxi for a few Euros!
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Trips out on the sea
Because of its marina, Puerto Calero offers some unique seafaring opportunities compared to other resorts in Lanzarote. The most famous of these are the Catlanza Catamaran trips, where family or adults-only groups can be taken out to see the natural beauty of Lanzarote's coast.
Families can expect some fun activities to keep everyone occupied, and adults-only groups can expect the chance to relax and soak up the sun – and possibly even some champagne. Also available are submarine dives and the chance to see some amazing fish in their natural habitat, sports-fishing if you're feeling competitive, and the opportunity to try your hand at diving at one of the diving schools operating from the marina.
With only two hotels to choose from, you might think that accommodation in Puerto Calero is limited. But that's not so – the Costa Colero and Hesperia Lanzarote are two of the most luxurious and beautiful hotels in the region - and still surprisingly affordable.
Eating and drinking out
Despite its small size, Puerto Calero still has a lot to offer. Expect to find British pub grub if you're missing your home comforts, excellent pizza and pasta, plenty of paella, and a few less expected cuisines, such as Argentinian. And in contrast to some of its neighbours, nightlife in Puerto Calero is more likely to involve wine and people watching on an attractive terrace than a spectacularly late night spent on the dance floor.
A spot of shopping
Shopping in Puerto Calero is in keeping with the luxury theme. While not having the sheer selection of some other more tourist-dedicated resorts, Puerto Calero is home to some designer boutiques and upmarket souvenir shops that don't seem out of place in 'Millionaire's Harbour'.
Days out and about
When it comes to a visit to Lanzarote, a day on the beach is probably going to be on your holiday checklist. While Puerto Calero doesn't have a beach of its own, Puerto del Carmen's beaches are only a bus or water taxi ride along the coast. Other opportunities to explore include Timanfaya Natural Park, where you'll be amazed by a landscape more lunar than Canarian, and Ranchos Texas Lanzarote Park, which you'll find an interesting contrast to the more subdued atmosphere of Puerto Calero's marina.