Puerto del Carmen is situated in the southern-central part of the island, some 10 minutes away from the international airport, and is Lanzarote’s main tourist area. It grew from just a small fishing village with few inhabitants to become one of the most popular tourist destinations in the Canary Islands. The boom began in the 60’s when the Hotel Fariones and the Hotel San Antonio were built, which would mark the future of the area. It was named in honour of the Virgen del Carmen, the patron saint of fishermen. The Day of El Carmen’s festivities involve carrying the Virgin on board a ship and sailing a short route along the coast of Lanzarote.
Puerto del Carmen’s success is largely owed to the more than 6 km of beaches that line its coast, its calm and peaceful waters and its rewarding natural surroundings. Running parallel to the coast is the Avenida de las Playas, a broad promenade that combines all kinds of tourist services on the one hand, such as shops, businesses, cafés, restaurants and leisure arcades, and miles of peaceful beaches on the other.
If you’re looking for the ideal holiday, come and discover a destination that not only offers great weather in a unique setting, but also a wide variety of activities to guarantee your holiday is a real success. Whether you want a relaxing break, entertainment, unbeatable landscapes, beautiful beaches, great weather, sport, leisure, fresh air, charm or traditions… Puerto del Carmen has it all. Puerto del Carmen covers the coastal area of the municipality of Tías, one of the island’s seven municipalities. It is a town laden with history and shaped by the unforgiving power of nature, Lanzarote’s geographical position and its volcanic origins. So too are the villages of Conil, Mácher, La Asomada, Masdache, La Geria and Tías itself, which all together form this municipality that embodies the identity of Lanzarote’s people, their rich and challenging history, and their traditions, beliefs, lifestyle, past and legends.
Puerto del Carmen lines the coast of the municipality of Tías and is the island’s main tourist area. It is home to some 21,000 inhabitants. The municipality of Tías is located 12 kilometres away from Arrecife, Lanzarote’s capital, in the central-southern part of the island. Its land covers all the volcanic ranges found in Lanzarote over an expanse of 64.61 square kilometres, with a perimeter of 37.72 kilometres. It borders: to the north with Tinajo, following the volcanoes that lie between Juan Bello and Peña Paloma; to the south, with the Atlantic Ocean; to the east, with San Bartolomé, from the Juan Bello Mountain to Guacimeta; and to the west, with Yaiza, ranging from Peña Paloma to the summit of Guardilama and disappearing into the sea by Barranco de la Pila.