Set on Lanzarote’s south-east corner, Costa Teguise is a purpose-built resort that sprang up in the Seventies. Back then it drew crowds of wealthy Spaniards – and it must be doing something right because the King of Spain still has a bolthole here. It’s not just popular with the royals, though. With the friendly vibe and a line-up of sandy beaches, families give this place the thumbs-up, too.
Set on Lanzarote’s southwest tip, Playa Blanca may be the third largest tourist place on the island but it hasn’t got too big for its boots. It’s all about laid-back sophistication here and the classy marina and local fishermen get along just fine. As for the name of the resort – it means white beach.
Playa de los Pocillos
Resort-wise, Playa de los Pocillos is a bit of an introvert. This purpose-built place on Lanzarote’s east coast is all about toned-down holidays that put the emphasis on R&R. You don’t have to dial things down all the time, though. This spot is big on windsurfing and away from the beach you’ve got lively Puerto del Carmen just down the road.
Take 1 classy marina, add in a clutch of luxury hotels, boutique shops and waterfront restaurants, and Puerto Calero is what you get. Set on the southwest coast of Lanzarote, this purpose-built resort has been taking shape since the Eighties and now it’s a picture of quiet sophistication. Despite its air of exclusivity, though, it’s still a hit with the tourist crowd.
Matagorda is a 5-minute drive from Puerto del Carmen, where Lanzarote is at its biggest and loudest. But this gentle giant has worked hard to avoid being swallowed up by the heavyweight next door. It’s got a unique character all of its own. You can expect a low-rise resort with a great beach line-up, and bars and restaurants where the volume’s turned to low. Everything clusters around the town’s wide promenade, which traces 6 kilometres of toasted sands.
Puerto del Carmen
A party animal’s paradise, Puerto del Carmen serves up the whole nightlife kit and caboodle, from karaoke bars to cocktail lounges, and everything in between. Avenida de las Playas is the head honcho – it’s lined with bars and clubs, and links the town to Arrecife and Playa Honda next door. There are no less than 40 Irish pubs, too.