Best Places To Stay On Lanzarote
Lanzarote is the popular holiday island located in the Canaries chain, just off the coast of Morocco on the west coast of Africa. And attracts millions of tourists every year with its glorious golden beaches, year round great weather and variety of fascinating attractions.
The island was conquered by Spain in the early 15th century and became a bit of a magnet for pirates and privateers such as Drake and Raleigh. Who attacked Spanish galleons docking here laden with Inca silver and gold in a bid to disrupt the growth of the Spanish empire.
Today British visitors tend to arrive by plane instead – all of which land at the only airport on the island which is named after the capital city of Arrecife which lies about 3km away. From here visitors are transferred to their accommodation in the islands three main holiday resorts, Puerto del Carmen, Playa Blanca and Costa Teguise.
Where are the best places to stay? There are hundreds of hotels and thousands of villas in Lanzarote. With something available to suit all tastes and budgets. Apartments in Lanzarote also offer excellent value for money with a week’s rental on a typical complex starting from as little as €180 for seven nights.
Puerto del Carmen is the largest of the three resorts and attracts the bulk of visitors. It is home to a number of very good quality golden sand beaches as well as great nightlife. The resort evolved around the Old Town harbour which still lies at its heart. But these days you are more likely find pleasure craft and excursion vessels there than fishing boats. Although it´s still a great place to head for if you fancy a fish supper as there are a number of good quality restaurants here.
Villas in Puerto del Carmen are very popular as a result, with the best properties located in areas such as Los Mojones and Risco Prieto. Both of which manage to retain a very villagey feel despite the fact that they are located just a few minutes from the heart of the resort.
It´s certainly a great time to visit Puerto del Carmen it has just enjoyed a 16 million euro cash injection. As the local tourist body bring it up to date in order to maintain it´s edge against newer destinations coming onto the market, such as Egypt and Dubai. With improvements to the Old Town harbour and main strip along the Avenida de las Playas planned.