Tourist resorts in Lanzarote

A guide to help you choose which of the main tourist resorts in Lanzarote is the right one for you.

Costa Teguise

This is the most northerly of the main resorts of the island and was purpose built for tourists, in the 1970’s. Costa Teguise has a large number of All Inclusive Hotels along with Villas that are available to rent. The artificial sandy beaches of Playa de los Charcos, Playa de las Cucharas, Playa del Jabillo and Playa Bastián are a great place to relax, with calm waters, but enough wind for wind-surfers to enjoy too. This is a much quieter resort that neighbouring Puerto del Carmen, offering bars, restaurants and cafes but limited night life.

Best for:
  • All Inclusive Hotels
  • Beaches
  • Windsurfing
Windsurfing in Lanzarote, Canary Islands
Windsurfing in Lanzarote

Puerto del Carmen

This is the biggest and oldest tourist resort on the island. The area is split into two sections, with the old port area to the south and newer tourist resort lining the beaches of Playa Blanca, Playa Grande, Playa de los Pocillos, Playa Matagorda and Playa Chica. Although this is the largest resort on the island, no hotel reaches higher than 4/5 stories. Puerto del Carmen offers the best selection of nightlife on the island for tourists, along with a large selection of restaurants, cafes and bars. There is a good selection of hotels, apartments in villas, with many visitors opting for self catering given the many dning choices offered in the area.

Best for:
  • Self Catering accommodation
  • Restuarants
  • Nightlife
Playa Grande - One of Puerto del Carmen's many beaches in Lanzarote
Playa Grande – one of Puerto del Carmen’s many beaches

Puerto Calero

A relatively recent addition to the selection of tourist resorts on the island, Puerto Calero is a purpose built marina development, designed to entice the more ??? clientelle. Along with its marina and associated facilities, the area boasts a 5 Star Hotel and many luxury villas. Although there is no beach in the area, it is a relatively short walk to the nearest beaches in Puerto del Carmen.

Best for:
  • Peace and quiet
  • Luxury Accommodation
  • Yacht Owners / Yacht Holidays
Sunset in the Marina
Sunset in the Marina

Playa Blanca

The most southerly of all the tourist resorts, Playa Blanca is spread out over a 10 kilometer long coastline. Attracting a slightly more upmarket visitor, Playa Blanca has a number of 4 and 5 star hotels, along with a great choice of apartments and villas. It is not known for its nightlife, but does have a number of late night disco bars along with a good selection of karaoke, cocktail bars, restaurants and cafes. There are a number of beaches in the area, all linked by seafront promenade which runs from one end of the resort to the other. The main beaches are Playa Dorada, Playa Blanca and Playa Flamingo although there are a number of smaller beaches and coves.

Best for:

  • Beaches
  • Restaurants
  • Families
Playa Mujeres, the first of the 7 'Papagayo Beaches' in Playa Blanca
Playa Mujeres, the first of the 7 ‘Papagayo Beaches’ in Playa Blanca

Further Reading

Lanzarote Guide Website