Our guide to the best beaches in Puerto del Carmen
Head to the beaches in Puerto del Carmen if you are looking for that ideal mix of soft golden sand, clean facilities, lots of water-based activities, and safe swimming.
This popular holiday destination, and the home of Club Las Calas, has over six kilometres of sandy beach, great facilities, and good swimming so it’s hard to choose the best beach as it’s such a personal choice.
So here is our guide to each of the beaches in Puerto del Carmen so you can visit them during your holidays and decide for yourself.
Playa Blanca (Playa Grande)
One of the most popular beaches in Puerto del Carmen, Playa Grande as it is fondly known is over 1.2 kilometres in length so it certainly lives up to its name. The beach has been awarded a European Blue Flag for the quality of the seawater and the services offered which include lifeguards, toilets, hammocks, and children’s playground.
The sea is generally calm throughout the year so it is ideal for families with small children, especially as the shops and restaurants of the Avenida de las Playas are just 50 metres away.
Pila de la Barrilla (Playa Chica)
Small and cosy, Playa Chica is close to the old town of Puerto del Carmen and offers excellent conditions for swimming and diving. It takes its name (Pila de la Barrilla) from the custom of locals washing their clothes with soap obtained from saltwort plant.
The beach and bay at Playa Chica are perfect for divers who swim out from here to enjoy the breathtaking underwater scenery including the Shrimp Cave, manta rays and sunken wrecks.
About 20 meters deep lies a great find for divers – Mero Felix a 50-kilo grouper who has become the most sought after fish among divers. The beach can be accessed from the Calle Bajamar or Calle Harimaguada.
Located between the Hotel San Antonio and Jameos Playa, Los Pocillos is the second longest beach in Puerto del Carmen. It is perfect for water sports beginners, especially windsurfers, and is equipped with showers, bathrooms, umbrellas, and sunbeds.
The water here is very safe and there is an amphibious wheelchair so that people with reduced mobility can enjoy a dip in the sea too. The beach is popular with walkers and after high-tide it is ideal for pottering around the natural sea water pools formed on its golden sand.
Matagorda beach is located between Playa de Los Pocillos and Playa de Guacimeta (see below). There is usually a constant breeze at this beach which is a blessing on very hot days and makes it a popular spot for surfers and windsurfers.
This is a really pretty beach lined with a pretty promenade and an ample selection of restaurants and shops. It also has a parasol and sunbed service.
Located not far from the famous area of La Peñita, this small beach on a promontory has become one of most popular for swimmers and is perfect for sunset viewing.
On clear days you can see the rounded profile of the Monumento Natural de los Ajaches on the horizon, which is the oldest crag of the island located in Yaiza, south of Lanzarote.
This is a hidden gem for swimmers looking for tranquillity and amazing sunsets. There are no official signs for the beach, but you can find it off the Avenida de Las Playas between the first buildings built by the sea.
After ambling through some alleyways, you’ll reach this small sandy paradise. It’s discreet, romantic and perfect for a yoga session in low season. The atmosphere is that of a discreet, family beach, with a touch of romanticism in the late afternoon.
Guacimeta Beach is situated close to Lanzarote Airport, which is why, in addition to its pleasantly warm swimming waters, it has become a popular spot to watch hundreds of planes land as they fly into Lanzarote’s Arrecife airport.
The 900-metre beach has a long promenade where the planes can be seen flying in to land barely 100m overhead, and is popular with walkers and cyclists who walk between Puerto del Carmen and nearby Playa Honda. It’s really one of the spectacular beaches in Puerto del Carmen.
This small 70-metre beach is an oasis that can be accessed from neighbouring Playa Chica beach through a rudimentary stone staircase or through the hotel Fariones.
It offers golden, fine grain sand, calm waters and plenty of natural charm.
The beaches of Puerto del Carmen, Lanzarote
Posted on December 13, 2016.
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