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Puerto Del Carmen

Puerto del Carmen Holidays

Puerto del Carmen, with good reason, is the main resort on the island of Lanzarote. If you're looking for a good old-fashioned British holiday with all the amenities and activities you could possibly want, then this busy, charming town will probably be at the top of your list.

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Playa Grande

On the Avenida de las Playas, the town's main street that stretches for 7km along the coast, you'll find bars, shops and restaurants on one side and Puerto del Carmen's stunning beach on the other. It's here at Playa Grande where most visitors choose to spend their time.

For your big holiday you're going to need a 'big beach'. Playa Grande is the main beach of Puerto del Carmen, so you can expect it to get busy during the holiday season. With its soft expanse of sand, perfect blue waters and mountain range looming in the near distance it's not hard to see why most of the visitors to Puerto del Carmen choose to spend their time here.

Along with all its near neighbours Playa Grande enjoys Blue Flag status and is known for being a safe and inviting place for families or anyone else who visits.

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Nights out

Puerto del Carmen is Lanzarote's nightlife hotspot. No other resort has its range of restaurants, bars and opportunities to dance until the small hours. Like most of Spain you can expect nights out to start and end later than we're used to at home, with things not really getting going until midnight and often lasting until that magical time of 6am. So take your time with dinner and enjoy your siesta the next day!

Shopping

We love to shop when we're on holiday and, as you'd expect from such an important tourist hub, Puerto del Carmen offers you the chance to find pretty much anything you might be looking for. Along the Avenida de las Playas there are plenty of Lanzarote-themed gifts for the folks back home.

If you're looking to treat yourself to something special then head to the Biosfera shopping centre, where you'll find designer shops alongside electronics outlets and more. While you shop your partner might want to slope off to the pool hall and mini golf on the top floor and you can meet them in one of the restaurants to catch up after.

Days out for family and friends

If you'd like to drag your party away from the sunloungers for just a little while, there are lots of activities on offer in the resort and nearby. Scuba diving is extremely popular as the water temperature off the coast is just right. Family days out are taken care of by the Rancho Texas Lanzarote Park.

While it might be tempting, you don't have to spend all of your time on the beach during a holiday in Puerto del Carmen. Rancho Texas Lanzarote Park is a particularly popular destination for families. A Wild West themed zoo and waterpark, here you'll get the opportunity to see remarkable animals and expert wildlife exhibitions. And if you're up for venturing a little further then a 30-minute drive will take you to the Timanfaya National Park, where you'll experience the best of Lanzarote's incredible natural beauty.

Exercise

We know it's good for us, and believe it or not it can also be excellent fun. If you fancy being a bit more active during your stay in Puerto del Carmen, there's lots of physical activity to be found near the sunloungers. Bicycle hires are a staple of the resort, and the incredibly calm and temperate waters make Puerto de Carmen an ideal spot for swimming and scuba diving.

Carnaval!

Many visitors to the Canary Islands choose to time their visit in order to experience Carnaval, which happens every February to March. If you decide to join the Puerto del Carmen locals in their celebrations, you can expect colourful displays and strangers dancing together in the street.

July brings another important festival, the Fiesta de Nuestra Señora del Carmen, which celebrates the patron saint of Puerto del Carmen. A highlight, which marks the festival's end, is the touching sight of decorated fishing boats going to sea to pray for another year's good catch.

Eating out

Whether you're excited to explore the local cuisine or have a family of fussy eaters on your hands, Playa del Carmen has all your bases covered in terms of eating out. Being such a popular destination for Brits abroad you can expect to find all of our local dishes on offer – from bacon and eggs in the morning to fish and chips at night. Spanish food is obviously also well represented, and all in all you will no doubt find a different place to suit your family's taste buds and budget every night.