The island of Lanzarote is the most northern of the Canary Islands and popular for tourism. Lanzarote is the third most populated behind Tenerife and Gran Canaria. This island has around 140,000 permanent inhabitants. The climate here is among the best of the islands in this part of the Atlantic Ocean.
Top Attractions & Things to do in Lanzarote
For land mass, Lanzarote is smaller than Tenerife, Gran Canaria and Fuerteventura. Nonetheless, this island still attracts millions of visitors each year. In 2008, Lanzarote recorded over 5 million visitors to it’s shores. This popular island continues to attract high levels of tourism each year.
Top Holiday Resorts in Lanzarote
Lanzarote has some fantastic holiday resorts that welcome millions of visitors each year. Below we provide some information about a few of the most popular for tourism.
Puerto del Carmen
Puerto del Carmen (Carmen Port) is by far the busiest of all the resorts in Lanzarote. This resort is more established and lies on the east coast of the island to the south of Arrecife airport. The main beach here at Puerto del Carmen is known as the Playa Grande which means big beach in English.
The nightlife for this resort is without doubt the best on the island. Here there are plenty of bars, restaurants, discos and great entertainment on offer. The old town of Puerto del Carmen is where you will find the beautiful fishing port. There is also a beautiful marina with many more fine cafes and restaurants. The food and breakfasts available here vary. The main cuisines on offer Canarian, Italian, British and Irish cuisine.
Playa Blanca – White Beach
Playa Blanca was once a small fishing village. It’s now Lanzarote’s second biggest resort. Playa Blanca is actually the newest resort in Lanzarote. It has since grown in status in a little over a decade. Located in the extreme south of the island, Playa Blanca boasts a decent nightlife. There are now plenty of bars and restaurants to enjoy yourself during your visit.
There are many beautiful beaches which include Playa Blanca and the gorgeous Papagayo. From here you can take the 20 minute ferry across to the island of Fuerteventura.
Like most of the Canary Islands, Lanzarote is volcanic in origin. Much of the coastline is rocky but there is also around 10 km of beautiful sandy beaches to enjoy. Lanzarote has many great beaches to choose from. These beaches range from golden sand to volcanic black sandy beaches.
The top beaches include, Playa de Papagayo, Playa Francesa and Playa Flamingo. Lanzarote is also home the largest underwater volcanic tunnel in the world. La Cuerva de los Verdes extends for over 6 km above sea level.