Puerto del Carmen belongs to the Municipal Council of Tías, which operates under environmentally friendly guidelines to guarantee sustainable tourist development. The aim is to offer a sustainable tourist model that is competitive from a social, environmental and economic standpoint, based essentially on differentiation.
We would like to invite you to join the growing number of tourists that consider environmental and social factors when planning their holidays. I.e. those who believe in sustainable tourism and who seek to support not only the environment, but also local communities.
Here, you will learn that it is possible to travel in a more sustainable way, allowing you to discover Lanzarote and immerse yourself in its cultural diversity while respecting its values and minimising your environmental impact. We will also show you how to recognise sustainable accommodation.
Remember, the decisions you make for your holiday can help improve your surroundings.
And if you work in tourist accommodation, you can also learn how and why to make your hotel more sustainable.
We all want to help change the world and make it a place where we can fully enjoy the good things in life. What we do as “isolated” individuals has an impact on the environment, so it is important that we know how to behave in order to promote a healthier environment.
As a responsible person, don’t forget the rule of the three Rs: always try to Reduce, Reuse and Recycle, wherever you are and whatever you are doing.
- Try and drive efficiently and moderate your speed when driving on our roads.
- By parking at the entrance to our small towns you will help prevent congestion in the centre’s narrow streets.
- This municipality has a number of petrol stations supplying Spanish biodiesel. If you use this type of fuel, you will help minimise greenhouse gas emissions.
- Whenever possible, travel on foot, by bicycle or using public transport to reduce your CO2 emissions.
- By planing your journey you can optimise your energy consumption. For instance, if you programme the best route (the shortest, least busy or at a better time) you could waste significantly less time and petrol.
- Try and make sure you close taps properly once you’ve finished using them.
- Close the taps between rinses and use only as much soap as you need.
- Close the tap while doing other things such as brushing your teeth or shaving. Using a rinsing cup helps you save up to 90% of the water you use to wash.
- Don’t use the toilet as a dustbin or flush the chain unnecessarily.
- Have a shower instead of a bath.
- Support the tourist establishment you are staying in by following their recommendations to help reduce water consumption.
- Try and switch of the lights when you are not using them.
- Before leaving a room, make sure there are no lights left on or devices plugged in unnecessarily.
- When using the fridge, avoid opening it needlessly.
- Make sure the doors of any domestic appliances are shut properly.
- Use but don’t abuse the air conditioning; it involves a huge energy consumption. A temperature of 20 ºC should be fine.
- Turn off the TV when you are not watching it or it has been left on stand-by.
- Only use the washing machine and dishwasher when full and at a low temperature. Make the most of the sun to dry clothes.
- Don’t waste the hot water.
- Where possible, use the microwave as opposed to the oven, as this reduces energy consumption by 60 to 70 %.
- Follow the recommendations of the establishment you are in to help save energy.
- Over 65 % of the waste we produce is recoverable or recyclable, so it is important to get involved in recycling.
- Always use the bins provided in your accommodation.
- When shopping, take a bag made of any kind of reusable material and turn down any unnecessary bags or packaging offered by the establishments.
- Use tin foil or cling film sparingly and cut back on the amount of packaging you use.
- Don’t use the bin to throw away waste that might harm the environment (alkaline batteries or button cells, cleaning products, paint, medicine and so on).
- Use the special containers available at your accommodation or in the town.
- Avoid disposable products. Returnable packaging is preferable.
- Where possible, choose a glass container instead of a metal, paper or plastic one.
- Use rechargeable batteries.
- Use natural fibres; they are less contaminating and easier to recycle.
- On your trips around the island, take a bag with you to throw away any rubbish and put it in one of the bins. Leave nothing behind you.
- Make sure the noise levels on your car are in keeping with current legislation.
- Try not to shout or talk loudly in public places such as restaurants, cafés or the like.
- Don’t put the sound system on too loud in your car.
- Try and keep the volume down on your stereo or TV when inside your accommodation.
- Always respect other people’s right to rest.
- Do your bit to support ecological farming in the countryside surrounding our towns by consuming local, seasonal products. Keep an eye out for products bearing the EU eco-label that marks eco-friendly products.
- If possible, choose products with a sticker reading “recyclable material” on the packaging.
- If the shop has a system to return or deposit packaging (glass bottles, vegetable boxes, etc.) us it!
- When buying food, choose products packaged using glass or paper as opposed to metal or plastic.
- Make sure any aerosols you buy bear the “ozone friendly” eco-label to prevent such a vital layer of the atmosphere from deteriorating. We encourage you to purchase arts and crafts in the villages you visit and
- Ttry some of the local dishes while you are there. Not only will you experience their exquisite flavours – an expression of the culture –, but you will also be helping support the local economy.
- Keep up your five a day. This helps keep you healthy by following a balanced diet, but not only that: producing meat causes more CO2 and methane emissions, and requires more water.
- Be aware of the labels or certificates on the products and services you use. Accreditations such as Marca Parque Natural (the Natural Park Brand), ISO 14000 and ISO 9000, EMAS or Certified Brand Quality are a guarantee of optimal features in terms of quality and protection of the environment.
- You’ll find plenty of tourist information regarding Puerto del Carmen on the Internet. Don’t waste paper. Print only what you need or use alternative means (mp3, PDA, GPS…) to store the information you require for your travels.
- Please enjoy our Historical, Artistic and Cultural Heritage respectfully.
- When visiting churches and other religious buildings, respect the local people’s times of worship. Refrain from taking photographs inside, except when specifically authorised to do so, and keep your voice down at all times.
- Don’t follow the trend of leaving a souvenir of your visit engraved or written on natural or cultural features such as rocks, tree trunks, walls and so on.
- Avoid making disturbing noises when walking down the street or visiting monuments, for instance. Respect local resting times and the lifestyle, which can often clash with the leisure pursuits of visitors.
- When given the chance to attend a local celebration or folkloric event, be sensitive to the feelings of the people even if you do not share their beliefs and rituals.
- We hope you enjoy visiting the local farmland and countryside, but don’t stand on the crops or pick them without the owner’s permission.
- It is best to avoid certain kinds of active tourism that could harm the surroundings. Find out what activities are allowed at tourist centres or information points.
- Please do not remove any objects (animals, plants, fossils, minerals, etc.) as a souvenir or for the sake of collecting them. If you want a keepsake, take a photograph.
- When out walking or on cycling routes, follow the guide’s instructions. If you are alone, stay on designated paths and follow their specific instructions.
In recent years, Puerto del Carmen has taken measures to improve tourism for everyone. After an initial phase of adapting the streets to meet accessibility requirements, new projects are being implemented to bring further improvements to the tourist area and increase accessibility.
With the aim of giving everyone the chance to enjoy a swim in the sea, Tías Municipal Council has acquired amphibious wheelchairs that are available for people with reduced mobility on some of Puerto del Carmen’s beaches.
To make use of these chairs, contact the security staff and lifeguards on the beaches of Los Pocillos and Playa Grande.