Continuously voted ‘best sun holiday destination’ at the annual travel trade awards, Lanzarote ticks all boxes for Irish holidaymakers. It has year round sunshine, plenty of sightseeing and a great choice of bars and restaurants. One thing that differentiates Lanzarote from the other Canary Islands is that there are virtually no high-rise buildings. The planning laws ensure that apartments and hotels are built no higher than four stories – making it seem much more attractive than some of it’s neighbours. It is however, very easy to visit the other Islands once settled in your preferred resort of choice. Check out the different resorts below and keep an eye out for Little Miss Sunray’s upcoming travel deals!
Puerto del Carmen
Puerto del Carmen is the largest and liveliest resort yet it never seems ‘too’ busy. It is quite spread out and in fact the newer part of the resort now stretches into the neighbouring towns of Los Pocillos and Matagorda. The old town, near the harbour houses excellent local restaurants and it is the perfect place to watch the sun set behind the small marina. There is also some great duty free shopping here and household names like Zara and Mango have large outlets with prices about 25% less than at home.
Matagorda or Los Pocillos
Matagorda or Los Pocillos are the perfect choice if you are looking to be close to Puerto del Carmen, but want a little less action. Ideal for families as the beaches are less crowded and the paths less hilly for buggies. People to walk along the promenade all the way into Puerto del Carmen (about 30 minutes) and then depending on the mood either walk back or take a taxi, which are very inexpensive. There is a good selection of bars and restaurants here too so you don’t have to go into Puerto del Carmen, but the option is there.
Playa Blanca on the opposite side of the island is becoming almost as popular as Puerto del Carmen. Once a small fishing village it now houses some of the best five star hotels on the island and has a modern marina filled with designer shops and trendy restaurants. Perfect for couples or families, although much more developed in recent time, it has still managed to stay relatively quiet at night time. You can also take the ferry from Playa Blanca to nearby Fuerteventura and visit the stunning picture postcard beaches there.
Costa Teguise is the other popular resort with families and over 50’s. There is a nice selection of beaches here, some perfect for small children while others are aimed towards the water sports enthusiasts! Costa Teguise is also fairly low key with a good choice of restaurants and bars but would not be suitable for those looking for a lively night scene. There is a great open- air market every Sunday here, the largest on the island so be prepared to haggle!