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The vibrant and vivacious resort of Puerto del Carmen has undergone a radical transformation from sleepy fishing village to a lively and luscious resort. A shimmering ocean unfurls into a golden sand beach, progressing onto a packed promenade upon which bustling bars and cheerful restaurants reign supreme. Puerto del Carmen’s prominent allure is undoubtedly its energetic atmosphere and tantalising trinity of beaches, making it an ideal destination for holiday makes seeking an even mix of revelry and relaxation.
Playa Grande is undoubtedly the social and spiritual centre of the resort; crowded with sun loungers, water sports stalls and beach bars, this sandy sprawl is undoubtedly the place to be. Those desiring a little more down time will delight in the seclusion and relative serenity of Playa Chica, a quite bay whose crystal clear waters and fascinating flora and fauna make it an ideal spot in which to swim and snorkel.
Just a short drive from Puerto del Carmen is one of the island’s most legendary historical landmarks; the flagrant fortress of Castillo San Gabriel extends into the sea upon a stone splinter that can be traversed upon a slender bridge. Within, cultural contributions continue with its small archaeological museum that displays excellent collections of excavated relics.
Rustic remnants of the sleepy fishing village Puerto del Carmen once was can be discovered in the welcoming eateries of the old town. A rustic treat that comes highly recommended by locals is Taberna de Nino, a traditional tapas restaurant in which small plates of regional specialities can be savoured. (Calle Tanausu, 13, Calle Ntra. Sra. Del Carmen, 6 (Varadero), 35510 Puerto Del Carmen, Lanzarote, Spain)