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Puerto del Carmen

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A beach with a view to Avenida de las Playas.

Puerto del Carmen (Pto. del Carmen) is the main tourist town on the island of Lanzarote, Canary Islands, Spain. It is part of the municipality of Tías. Most of Lanzarote's over 1 million visitors per year choose this town as their destination. As a result, almost all of the town's economy revolves around tourism.


It attracts tourists from all over Europe, particularly Ireland, the United Kingdom and Germany as well as from Scandinavia and Spain. The Avenida de las Playas, the main street/avenue in the town, extends some 7km along the island's southern coast, with beaches on one side and many restaurants, bars, shops and other tourist attractions on the other. Apartments, villas and hotels cover a kilometre or so inland from the coastline. The quaint and peaceful old town includes the harbour and docks, the Puerto Tinosa. Here there are a smaller variety of restaurants and bars with views across the harbour and the sea to the volcanic mountains of Papagayo beyond to views of the next island of Fuerteventura.

Shopping and dining

Puerto Del Carmen hosts a variety of shops which sell mainly Tourist Oriented products. The New Town hosts Bars, Restaurants and Tourist Shops. The Old Town has many restaurants with outdoor terraces that overlook the marina below and the distant volcanic peaks. The Biosfera Plaza is a newly constructed shopping plaza, which includes many international brands and has entertainment facilities.


There are several clubs in the open until 6am which are often popular with many. Many tourists come to Lanzarote for the nightlife, the year round sunny weather and the cheap drink and cigarettes.