Arrecife, on the east coast of Lanzarote, is the island’s capital and is where you’ll find the island’s airport. This area is the perfect place if you’re seeking more of a city break in Lanzarote, and it has a cinema and shopping areas as well as the relaxing El Reducto beach. If fine white sand and calm waters are your thing, this beach is the one for you! Other sights to see include the bustling port, San Ginés church, the Bolas Bridge and the Castle of San Jose. Head down to the harbour to find the tallest building in the Canary Islands, the 5 key The Arrecife Gran Hotel & Spa, which you can see in the picture below.
Puerto del Carmen is just 10 minutes away from the airport and is unsurprisingly a bit of a tourist hot spot given its 6km of beaches! This is a lively resort as it is the centre of the island’s nightlife, and so is great if you’re a group of mates going away together. Although not quite as boisturous as on other islands such as Gran Canaria or Tenerife, pubs and clubs offer a bit of something for everyone. You’ll find plenty of things to see and do on the main strip, Avenida de las Playas, and in the old town by the harbour. The beaches here are amazingly clean and they have been awarded the blue flag for continues cleanliness. One of my favourite hotel’s in Puerto del Carmen is the Atlantis Las Lomas as it offers plenty of activities for families, as well as having some great pools for relaxing in the day!
A short walk down from Puerto Del Carmen or Puerto Calero is Playa Quemada, which means the ‘burnt beach’ in Spanish. This is a small sleepy fishing village- think Lanzarote pre tourism – and has a couple of nice restaurants for you to visit (say hello to José , the welcoming owner at 7 Islas!). The main attraction here however is a visit to the beach- not quite for sunbathing, but to see the volcanic landscape as it is black and rocky. It is not usually very busy apart from a few locals and so is a good choice for swimming or taking children to play in the rock pools.
Playa Blanca is ideal for families and couples looking for a relaxing holiday, with calm beaches that are perfect for sunbathing. If you fancy exploring, you should take one of the regular ferries over to Fuerteventura- there are three different companies offering ferries over to the neighbouring island and this will usually cost between 28€- 35€ for an adult’s return ticket, although discounts are available if you’re a resident of the island. At the beautiful Marina Rubicon you’ll find plenty of trendy bars, cocktail lounges and restaurants (tapas lovers will love it here!) as well as a market on Wednesdays and Saturdays.
Costa Teguise is on the north eastern coast if the island and is a purpose built resort with four natural beaches. This sea side town caters for everyone’s tastes with restaurants offering food from every corner of the globe as well as plenty of bars for evening drinks. This is the place for you if you love waterparks as you’ll find the Aquaparque here, full of amazing water slides that make a great family day out. Costa Teguise is where you will find most of Lanzarote’s windsurfing schools as wind blows right across the beaches and into the piers providing a brilliant place to start surfing- if this blows you away (quite literally) get over to Las Cucharas beach now.
Congratulations to Bob Kellaway who has won a £25 voucher for their answer of Lanzarote for this week’s Where in the World Wednesday Competition.