Holidays to Puerto Calero serve up head-turning sea views, a glamorous marina and top-dollar shopping.
A cut above the rest
Take a classy marina, add a clutch of luxury hotels, boutique shops and waterfront restaurants, and Puerto Calero's what you get. This purpose-built resort's plonked on the south-west coast of Lanzarote, and has built a sophisticated reputation since its birth in the 1980s. Despite its air of exclusivity, though, it’s still a hit with the tourist crowd.
The marina's the resort’s piece de resistance. Nicknamed Millionaire’s Harbour, it’s packed with yachts with seven-figure price tags. You can easily spend a couple of hours here relaxing over a coffee at one of the waterfront cafés. It’s also the jump-off point for catamaran cruises that will take you along the coast to neighbouring Playa Blanca and the beaches of Papagayo.
Neighbouring Puerto del Carmen takes the baton when it comes to beaches. It only takes five minutes to drive to a trio of sunbathing faves, including roomy Playa Grande. This sandy stretch has a stash of sunbeds, and vendors will come round selling ice-creams while you catch a few rays. Playa Pocillos, meanwhile, is popular with kite flyers, while pokey Playa Chica's a secluded spot with shallow waters.
Out and about
A 40-minute bus ride gets you to Lanzarote's capital, Arrecife. It’s a cosmopolitan kind of place with high-end stores and bijou boutiques. You’ve also got a couple of museums and two forts to look around. For a taste of something unique, take a 20-minute drive to Taro de Tahiche. Here, you can visit the former home of popular architect Cesar Manrique. His pad's a real one of a kind, as it's made from volcanic lava.
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