If the classic holiday set-up ain’t broke, don’t fix it. That’s the mantra in Costa Teguise, where getaways draw on tried-and-tested ingredients. The little and large sandy beaches are popular with families, and there are enough bars and restaurants to bowl up somewhere new every night. The hotels buddy up to the beach, too, so it’s impossible to be more than a short stroll from the action.
The clue’s in the name on Playa Blanca holidays. It literally translates as ‘white beach’ – and what a belter it is. Resort-wise, it’s not on Puerto del Carmen’s level, but it’s got its own classy rep. You’ll find it at the bottom of Lanzarote, which means it’s easy to daytrip to Canary Islands must-visit, Timanfaya National Park.
Playa de los Pocillos
Playa de los Pocillos is named after its beach. And it’s no wonder when it’s this big and beautiful. There are enough bars and restaurants to go around, too. But you’ve also got Lanzarote’s king of package holidays, Puerto del Carmen, on hand for a boost. A 15-minute walk is all it takes.
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.
You get a lot of bang for your buck in Matagorda. The resort’s part of a bumper trio – Los Pocillos is just around the corner and you can walk to Puerto del Carmen in an hour. It’s up to its elbows in sand, with two beefy patches to choose from. And there’s a little town square full of bars and restaurants.
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.