The oldest resort on Lanzarote is called Puerto del Carmen. Tourism first took off here in 1970, and is still very strong today. Thanks to the fact that Puerto del Carmen has a wide range of hotels, restaurants, shops and long beaches, as the aptly name of Playa Grande. Plus a large selection of apartment complexes that offer accommodation without spoiling the views of the sea, since none of these are built higher than the palm trees on Lanzarote. Puerto del Carmen is located at approximately a ten minutes drive from the airport in Arrecife, and can best be explained as a six kilometers long beach, with the city lying on the side of the road, but not so far inland. The city was like most cities on Lanzarote, one time a fishing village, and the old harbor is still a beautiful sight, with some of the best fish restaurants on the island.
The beaches in Puerto del Carmen, has like others on Lanzarote, the characteristic black lava sand, but has received environmental designation as recognized with the blue flags. The characteristics of beaches that are of good hold when it comes to cleanliness and environmental friendliness. The sea here is pretty calm to be in the Canary Islands, and is very suitable for swimming and other types of water sports. There are also several dive centers based in Puerto del Carmen, and if you have the opportunity to scuba diving while on Lanzarote, it is highly recommended. A trip under the water gives you experiences and memories. Other sporting activities include; deep-sea fishing, windsurfing, cycling, tennis, jetskies and a golf course under construction just outside the city.
If you are thinking about some shopping, it's in Puerto del Carmen as the rest of Lanzarote and the Canary Islands, always good to check that you get what you buy. Remember that many things like electric articles, is about as cheap as home, and be well assured of at least a good a guarantee. On the new Biosfera shopping center you can find any number of good offers, and your money will move fast. Lunch and dinner you will enjoy in one of the hundred different restaurants and eateries that the town has to offer. There is something for every wallet and taste. Canarian tapas dishes can perhaps best experienced at one of the local bars, and otherwise as mentioned you will find many good places to eat at the Old Port in the Old Town.
The city has been a regular haunt for many european tourists, and some have also chosen to settle here, many at least in the winter. This is however a great resort and Puerto del Carmen should be highly considered for your next trip to Lanzarote.