Centred on one of the world’s most exclusive and impressive marinas, Lanzarote’s pristine resort Puerto Calero is the place to relax, unwind and spoil yourself with a taste of pure luxury.
Sheltered from the island’s north easterly winds by the nearby mountain range, Puerto Calero is tucked away on Lanzarote’s south-west coast and boasts heavenly year round sunshine.
Dubbed a ‘Millionaire’s Harbour’, the 420-berth marina at Puerto Calero plays host to some of the most beautiful yachts in the world. Sit and watch at one of the many cafés and restaurants that line the promenade as the boats venture in and out.
If that awakens your seafaring spirit, a Catlanza Catamaran trip gives you the chance to try your own hand at sailing around the stunning coastline, with an expert skipper by your side. You could explore the underwater world with a submarine excursion, go Scuba diving with one of the PADI certified dive schools, or pit your wits against the bluefin tuna and marlin on a fishing adventure.
Back on dry land, Puerto Calero is home to an impressive range of upmarket boutiques to satisfy your shopping urge, as well as plenty of top class restaurants serving the freshest of locally caught seafood, along with traditional Spanish and Italian cuisine.
A Puerto Calero holiday is a brilliant place to lose yourself for a little while. Bliss.
Puerto Del Carmen
Just 15 minutes from Puerto Calero, Puerto Del Carmen is a beach lover’s dream, with its stunning golden sands stretching for over six kilometres. The longest established resort on Lanzarote, it has something for everyone—luxury shopping experiences, bustling nightlife, calm, clear waters and world-class golf courses. Originally a tiny fishing village, you can still dine in retro and homely seafood restaurants in the old harbour before trying out the host of top nightclubs in Centro Atlántico.
Water sports enthusiasts have long called the island of Fuerteventura their spiritual home. Surfers, kite surfers and Scuba divers have been enjoying the perfect conditions for years, and the PWA World Windsurfing Speed and Slalom event is held there every July. The closest Canary Island to Africa, Fuerteventura is blessed with over 3000 hours of sunshine every year and manages to cram in over 150 beaches. There are plenty of boat trip excursions leaving Puerto Calero every day, to let you explore this fascinating island.
Lanzarote’s metropolitan capital, Arrecife is a thriving hub of boutiques, beaches, parks and nightlife. Nicknamed the ‘Venice of the Atlantic’, the picturesque port’s skyline is dominated by two castles, Castillo San Gabriel and Castillo San Jose, standing guard over Arrecife’s natural harbour. Once the victim of dastardly pirate attacks in the 17th and 18th centuries, Arrecife is now home to the Canaries’ largest fishing fleet as well as the high-brow Museum of International Contemporary Art.
Exploring Puerto Calero…
Explore Timanfaya National Park
The most popular tourist attraction on the island, Timanfaya National Park is a bizarre and surreal lunar landscape of more than 100 (now dormant!) volcanoes. You can take a coach trip to explore this unique panorama where movies such as ‘One Million Years BC’ and ‘Journey to the Centre of the Earth’ were filmed. Dining in the El Diablo Restaurant could be the only place you can eat where your food is cooked over geothermal heat.
Mirador Del Rio
Bring along your head for heights! This vantage point sits 479m high at the end of the Risco de Famara mountain range, and gives breath-taking views across the El Rio channel to the islands of the Chinijo Archipelago. Originally used to watch for marauding pirates in the 16th century and later as an artillery emplacement during Spain’s war with America in 1898, today the old gun battery has been transformed into an architectural marvel that blends in perfectly with the stunning vista.
Rancho Texas Lanzarote Park
A great family day out, Rancho Texas Lanzarote Park is a fun-filled theme park that has something for kids of all ages. Housing the largest zoo on the island, Rancho Texas features amazing animal shows, with sea lions, parrots and birds of prey—you can even get up close with rare white tigers. Explore the Indian village, pan for gold and enjoy the cowboy lasso show before getting your adrenaline fix on the spectacular water slides and splash pools in the 60,000m2 water park.
Lanzarote cuisine has a flavour all its own. Vegetables, and especially potatoes, grown in the black volcanic soil of the island retain a unique nutty taste. Papas Arrugadas—or ‘wrinkled potatoes’—are boiled in seawater and served with Mojo, a sharp salsa of garlic, herbs, vinegar and paprika.
With influences of Spanish, Latin American and African cultures, the food of the Canary Islands contains plenty of fish, most commonly sea bass, parrotfish and sea bream, as well as rabbit, goat and beef.
For a truly authentic taste of the region, you’ll need to try gofio, a flour made from toasted maize that is used to make soups and stews as well as some desserts.
Puerto Calero restaurants
The restaurants at Puerto Calero cater for just about any taste or craving. You can savour the island’s freshest seafood, brought in by local fishermen the same day. Or, if you prefer a more international cuisine, the town is home to an overwhelming range of options. Everything from pub grub to traditional Italian restaurants and genuine Canarian cooking, all while drinking in the stunning views and maybe a few cocktails.
The idyllic harbour town of Puerto Calero has something for everyone—all served up with a dash of opulence. An up-and-coming destination, the beautiful climate means it’s a fantastic choice for a holiday at any time of year. The busy marina, with its sailing boats and super-yachts, give an atmosphere of the high life, while the town’s relaxed pace of life will soon have you feeling laid-back and carefree.
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