Puerto del Carmen is situated on the East coast of Lanzarote approximately half way down the Island set at the foot of a range of hills and is approximately a ten minute drive from the airport. Puerto del Carmen originally a fishing village, is the main tourist resort of the Island, from the old town with it’s old worldly charm, one will find the quaint old harbour where there are excursions to Los Lobos, Fuerteventura and also a glass bottom boat. There are also fishing trips, a water taxi and a multitude of different restaurants. In the evening you may see the locals playing French boules in the area of the old harbour, quite interesting and they do appear to be very competitive.
Away from the harbour in the old town there are also many restaurants and bars to relax in and enjoy the local cuisine together with entertainment in the evening.
The nearest beach is a five minute stroll from the old harbour, Playa Chica which is a small beach, very friendly and relaxing. It is normally quite sandy with numerous volcanic rocks and quite well sheltered from the wind. It also is very a popular place e for snorkeling and scuba diving with a diving centre situated at the side of the beach. There are also water sports activities including banana boat rides and jet skiing.
On leaving the old town traveling up the main street you will see one of Lanzarotes newest buildings, the biosphere where you will find many shops, bars, internet cafe and amusements.
Turning right and following the main road you will come to the new part where there are a good selection of shops, restaurants and bars together with beaches of golden sand. If you fancy a flutter the casino is situated in the new part, traveling on one will reach Los Pocillos and Matagorda again with lovely beaches, the Playa Blanca beach and Los Pocillos are the largest, there are also a good selection of shops restaurants and bars. Most of the Islands nightlife is in the new part of Puerto del Carmen.
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