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Things to do in Puerto del Carmen, Lanzarote

27 February, 2019

Puerto del Carmen, located to the southeast of Lanzarote is one of the main tourist areas of the island, just ten minutes from the airport and visited every year by many tourists in search of the perfect place to spend their holiday in Lanzarote.

Puerto del Carmen is a tourist town with everything you need for your pleasure and entertainment: it has water sports, beautiful beaches, varied shops, hiking routes, bicycle lanes, bars and restaurants, apartments and even a zoo! The amount of activities on offer is the most complete on the island. Especially if you have in mind a holiday for the whole family in Lanzarote.

At Lanzarote Experience Tours, we have prepared a small guide on the best places to visit in Puerto del Carmen, it includes one of our most popular tours. We hope your visit to Puerto del Carmen, Lanzarote is truly unforgettable!

What to see and do in Puerto del Carmen

1. The beaches of Puerto del Carmen

Puerto del Carmen is a privileged location with 8 km of wind-protected beach. This makes the area very attractive for a quiet day at the beach with all services available: sunbeds, toilets, a promenade with shops, restaurants, etc. Everything ready, so the visitor enjoys an idyllic holiday.

The beaches Puerto del Carmen has to offer include Playa Grande, the most popular in the area. Don’t miss on this large urban beach of quiet waters and golden sand, it’s perfect for children. Among its many services available there are showers, toilets, sunbeds, parasols, a lifeguard service, bars, restaurants, shops, etc. Playa Grande is set with everything you need for a fantastic day at the beach!

We invite you to round off the guided tour experience we offer, with a sunset at Playa Grande. You won’t regret it!

Things to do in Puerto del Carmen, Lanzarote: an extensive list for tourists to pick from. Image via puertodelcarmen.com

As a counterpoint to Playa Grande (big beach), there is Playa Chica (small beach), not as large as its sister, as its name suggests. Nevertheless Playa Chica is not inferior in charm: more than 60 meters of fine golden sand, calm waters and many services make it a recommended Puerto del Carmen beach, one you shouldn’t miss. The solidified lava flow stretching into the sea is a beautiful reminder of the volcanic origins of the island of Lanzarote.

Playa Chica is also an important spot for scuba-diving, with several centers of underwater activities located there. The interesting sea floor of the location is home to a rich wildlife.

Besides Playa Grande and Playa Chica, another beach that makes it in our list of things to do in Puerto del Carmen, Lanzarote is Los Pocillos, located in the residential area of the same name. Los Pocillos is a calm beach of transparent waters and golden sand. Its name means the small pools of water left by the tide in the sand, kids will love playing in them!

It is definitively a more windy beach than others in Puerto del Carmen, but it has all the same services available in the area: lifeguard service, sunbeds and parasols, toilets, bars and restaurants, et. Los Pocillos is an ideal beach for the practice of sports like windsurf and kitesurf.

Other beaches in the area of Puerto del Carmen include: Matagorda, Peña Grande, Playa de Lima, Pila de la Barrilla, and Los Fariones.

2. Sports: Scuba-diving, Windsurf, Cycling…

Puerto del Carmen is one of the main areas in the island for the practice of all kind of sports. If you wish to board a pleasure boat you may find them at the El Varadero leisure harbour.

The El Varadero leisure harbour is a perfect place for pleasure craft. Image via puertodelcarmen.com

On the other hand if diving into the beautiful waters of Lanzarote is what you’re after, you will find several scuba-diving centers in town ready to help you learn the basics of the sport. The area of Veril de la Tiñosa might interest you the most, it’s in Playa Chica and its crystal-clear waters are home to a plethora of sea creatures and interesting places, sunken boats included!

If riding a bicycle is your preferred method of transport, Puerto del Carmen has a cycling lane, 20 km in length, connecting it to the town of Teguise. Nothing tops enjoying the light of the sun, the wonderful landscape and the magnificent weather while riding a bicycle along the coast of Lanzarote.

Things to do in Puerto del Carmen, Lanzarote: the extensive system of bike lanes is just perfect for bicycle riders. Image via puertodelcarmen.com

The wind in Los Pocillos beach makes it ideal for the practice of windsurf and kitesurf. Don’t worry if you’re no expert: there are centers in town where qualified teachers will help you have a great time riding a board.

And since you’re there, why not give parascending a try?  This particular variety of paragliding is performed at sea, propelled by a boat and everyone will tell you it’s ridiculously fun. Lanzarote Experience Tours offers you the Water and Fire Tour, which includes a visit to Timanfaya National Park, parascending and jet-skiing for two at Puerto del Carmen. No better time and place for you to enjoy the two big elements of the island of Lanzarote!

Dare give parascending and jet-skiing a try, in our Water and Fire Tour.

3. Nightlife and shopping

Shopping in your travel destination can give you plenty of great moments and souvenirs to remember your holiday by. To this effect, Puerto del Carmen has what you want: there are modern shopping malls and gallerias all along the coast of the town. In these shops where you can find renowned brands and small and local artists, you can buy all kinds of souvenirs, fashion, perfumes, and handcrafted products.

Wondering what to do in Puerto del Carmen, Lanzarote? Don’t miss its beaches and its shops. Image via puertodelcarmen.com

4. Zoo

One of the many fun things to do in Puerto del Carmen, Lanzarote, is to visit its zoo, Rancho Texas Lanzarote Park. Adults and children will observe a great variety of animal species from all around the world, meerkats, armadillos, Komodo dragons, tigers, turtles, horses, donkeys… The zoo offers the chance to swim with the park’s dolphins, interacting with such kind and intelligent mammals will be an unforgettable experience.

Dolphins are one of Rancho Texas Lanzarote main attractions. Zoo pictured above.

Do you wish to visit the iconic locations of Lanzarote? Check our great variety of guided tours, for small groups and with transport included. Lanzarote Experience Tours.