PUERTO DEL CARMEN
Tourist center par excellence of the island and, therefore, of the municipality of Tías, which extends along the coast of the municipality.
Puerto del Carmen has a fishing and recreational port, shopping centres, a golf course and a wide range of leisure and essential services such as banks, supermarkets or medical services. The lively Avenida de Las Playas is its vital center, the most dynamic and crowded place in Puerto del Carmen and where we will find a wide variety of restaurants specializing in local, national and international food, as well as good nightlife.
Originally, Puerto del Carmen was a fishing village around which the most important tourist center of Lanzarote was formed. The starting point was the inauguration of the Fariones hotel in 1966.
Puerto del Carmen is made up of two well-differentiated areas. The first coincides with the old part, known until the 1960s as “La Tiñosa” and which is formed around the port of the same name and the residential area. The second, strictly tourist, is located around the beaches as a border.
The first historical reference to Puerto del Carmen is that of a fishing village around a pier where its inhabitants developed a fruitful fishing and commercial activity, thanks to the favorable characteristics of the coast in this area. Later, it was a commercial port through which products such as barrel (soap-making plant in the 18th century), wine, tomatoes, onions, etc. were exported. Today, it continues to function as a recreational and fishing port.
The second historical reference to Puerto del Carmen refers to the area known as Pila de la Barrilla (today Playa Chica). Around it, in the 1960s, the first buildings were built that became the embryo of the tourist industry, the mainstay of the island’s economy. Over time, the area of influence was expanded along the coast where its well-known beaches are located. More than seventy percent of the island’s tourist activity is located around this town in Puerto del Carmen.
Fishing pier in the fishing village of Puerto del Carmen and an emblematic place on the southeast coast of Lanzarote. Located in the area originally known as La Tiñosa, it is the nerve center of Puerto del Carmen, where the hustle and bustle of the sea workers in charge of bringing the delicacies of a Costa rich in fish and shellfish to our tables continues.
El Varadero preserves old traditional buildings that highlight its seafaring character. It offers its visitors a wide variety of restaurants and terraces where they can enjoy the tasty gastronomy of the land and good music, the particular saltwater ducks, the ball game and the native customs that are still they share with the visitors how to play ball.
Designed by the artist D. Ildefonso Aguilar, it is a quiet promenade area located next to Playa de los Pocillos. It is ideal for skating practice. Beginners and experts meet in the Plaza de las Naciones to make routes, train, practice slalom, hockey or figure skating.
Throughout the year various events are held in the Plaza that animate and fill the avenue of beaches with life. In March we welcome spring with the Holi Festival. Gastronomy, Dance and Colors in the most popular festival of the Hindu community and in April St. George’s Day Festival, England’s national holiday with food, drink and live music.
Avenue of the Beaches
Main artery of Puerto del Carmen that connects the town with the neighboring towns of Playa Honda and Arrecife. Since its remodeling in 2009, it is the kingdom of pedestrians and athletes. Also leisure, sports and rest. There is a constant coming and going of people with ice creams, pancakes or fruit, who walk with their pets, sit down to read a book or contemplate how the sun / king star sinks into the horizon. There is a bike lane for a good part of its 6 kilometres. It never loses sight of the sea and is well lit at night.
Location: tourist coast of Tías, south of the municipality.
Population: 11,060 inhabitants.
Not to be missed:
- The transparent waters of our beautiful beaches and bathing areas.
- A walk along the Avenida de las Playas connects the entire coast, flat and close to the sea. Walking or on the bike path. An unforgettable experience.
- The restaurants, shops and nightlife of Avenida de Las Playas.
- La Tiñosa, a small town where traditional buildings are preserved that stand out for their seafaring character.