Back when it was built in the Seventies, Costa Teguise – on Lanzarote’s southeast coast – attracted affluent Spanish families, and today King Carlos of Spain has a place here. But thankfully visitors don’t have to wait for royal appointment to enjoy the sandy beaches, top-class windsurfing and the buzzy but family-focused nightlife.
Playa Blanca is backed by volcanic mountains on the southwest tip of Lanzarote. It’s one of the island’s biggest resorts but it’s still quietly sophisticated. The smart marina covers cocktails, upscale dining and boutiques, while the promenade is lined with excellent seafood places. Meanwhile, livelier karaoke and disco bars can be found in the shopping centres. And on top of this, there are 3 different beaches to mess about on.
Playa de los Pocillos
Playa de los Pocillos, on the east coast of Lanzarote, was developed in the early Nineties. It has shops, bars and restaurants – not to mention a great sandy beach – all neatly put together with a low-key vibe. And it’s connected by a promenade to neighbouring Puerto del Carmen, about 15 minutes’ walk away, which offers a buzzier night-time atmosphere.
You can thank José Calero for Puerto Calero, on the southeast coast of Lanzarote. Back in the Eighties, the developer put together this upmarket place with a marina surrounded by sophisticated restaurants and designer shops. There’s a quiet air to it – though you’re close to Puerto del Carmen with its beaches and bubbly nightlife.
Matagorda is a fun little town on the south-eastern coast of Lanzarote, a volcanic island in the Canaries. It started life as a suburb of the island’s liveliest town, Puerto del Carmen – but today it stands on its own with a two-tiered complex of restaurants and bars set around a cute town square. And there are waterside bars, too. The major sights of the island are within striking distance while the busy capital of Arrecife is literally down the road.
Puerto del Carmen
Puerto del Carmen is on the southeast side of Lanzarote. It first got going in the Sixties and since then it’s upped the tempo from its fishing village roots to become a very lively holiday hub. The waterside promenade doubles up as the main strip – it’s packed with bars, clubs and restaurants, and it also looks out over a trio of beaches. You still get a bit of Puerto del Carmen’s former charm, though, as you’ll see from the authentic eating places in the old town.