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
Puerto del Carmen is on the southeast side of Lanzarote. It first got going in the Sixties and since then it’s upped the tempo from its fishing village roots to become a very lively holiday hub. The waterside promenade doubles up as the main strip – it’s packed with bars, clubs and restaurants, and it also looks out over a trio of beaches. You still get a bit of Puerto del Carmen’s former charm, though, as you’ll see from the authentic eating places in the old town.