This vibrant resort on Lanzarote’s southeast coast boasts sandy beaches stretching more than 7 kilometres, activities for all the family and legendary bars – so it’s no wonder that Puerto del Carmen is the island’s most popular place for holidaymakers. Once a small fishing village, the resort is now a thriving modern mecca for fun in the sun. By day, Puerto del Carmen holidays centre around the seaside for swimming and sunbathing – it’s also the place to zip around on jet skis, take a bouncy banana-boat ride or simply kick back and watch the kids build sandcastles.
Water-sports fanatics should head to Playa Chica, where there are dive centres on hand for snorkellers and scuba divers. For a lazy lunch of fresh seafood on holidays to Puerto del Carmen, check out the area around the Old Town Harbour on Avenida del Varadero. When the sun sets, the streets of Puerto del Carmen come alive. The wide variety of restaurants serve Canary Islands favourites and British classics alike, while the pubs and bars buzz with live music and club classics.
Get lost in lava fields
In Lanzarote’s Timanfaya National Park, ancient lava eruptions have created a dramatic landscape. See geothermal demonstrations at the visitors’ centre and take a guided bus tour of the Montanas del Fuego.
Take a camel ride
At the edge of Timanfaya National Park, you’ll find rows of friendly camels waiting to take you on a lurching ride around the sand, surrounded by the volcanos and mountains rising in the distance.
Hike a volcano
Head north to the pretty town of Yaiza, then drive south to discover the craggy wilderness that is the Los Ajaches Natural Monument – an ancient volcanic massif with guided hikes, around which you’ll find cliffs, coves and beaches.