Lanzarote has stolen our hearts and each time we go on our family holiday to Puerto Del Carmen we love it a little more.
If you have never been let me tell you why you should and what we as a family love most about Lanzarote. The flight is quite long taking 3hours 45mins. That being said when you arrive at the airport you can jump in a taxi and its only 10 mins to Puerto Del Carmen so no long transfer or bus journey with the girls on tour gang or the boys gone wild crew.
We have been seven times staying in both the old and the new town areas of Puerto Del Carmen. So let me get on and tell you the things we loved to doing, places we loved eating and the bars we enjoyed for a drink whilst doing the all important people watching.
This time round we booked a private apartment that was more homely, had a proper double bed. Sometimes holiday complexes only have two single beds which you end up pushing together and falling between when you roll over during the night, not fun believe me. All the TV channels, speedy wifi, a washing machine which is so handy as you get the dreaded holiday wash over before you head home #winning. Depending on the apartment booked you may even get deck chairs for the beach, umbrella, all the basics in the cupboards, clingfilm, tinfoil, containers for packing a beach picnic etc.
First up we hired a car bike which is fantastic value €15 for 2 hours for a 5 seater. We headed out along the bike path towards the airport perimeter where you can stop right underneath the approaching aircraft and get the most spectacular view as they approach just before touch down. The cycle path runs all the way along by the sea and is a fab way to see the other little resorts along the way, get some exercise and just do something other than sunbathe for a few hrs.
We also took a trip to the marina in Puerto Calero. We opted to get a taxi down and then purchase our tickets for the boat trip back up to Puerto Del Carmen old town harbour. This boat trip takes about 25mins and is a really lovely thing to do.
Part of our daily routine was to head out for a leisurely morning stroll with the kids and stop off halfway at our favourite cafe in all of Lanzarote Dos Mil . Incredible coffee and sweet and savouries to die for, sure ain’t it the perfect holiday right there. Just remember the walk back knocked off the cake I ate previously hehe!!!! well that’s what I’m telling myself .
Our favourite places to eat are as follows, first up is La Casada which is in the old town. We have eaten here over the years and always enjoy it, fab food, good value and great service. It is a big thumbs up from me but even more so because the toilets are so gorgeous and pristine. I’m kinda OCD about toilets and if they are bad that’s it I’m out the gap no matter what the food is like or anything else.
My Kitchen Julius is another of our favourites. It is situated in the old town and as holiday value restaurants go it is a tad more expensive but so worth it. The fillet steak is like butter, seriously it just melts in your mouth. I would advise booking in advance as it is a small space and gets booked up fast !
An old reliable up next, Pinocchio’s . We have been eating here since our first trip to Lanzarote in 2004. It is family friendly and we have never had a bad meal there which says a lot. It aint fancy but great value and lovely staff. The only thing I can think of as a criticism is the narrow stairs down to the bathroom which is a metal spiral one and I’m a little freaked on open staircases. The elderly or heavily pregnant might find it an issue, and of course not to mention those who may have over indulged at the pool bar earlier on.
Another place that most certainly gets a mention and thats the The Codfather. If you like a good chipper feed ,they most certainly do the best fish and chips in Lanzarote. No faff or fuss here just simple food and the portions are huge. Amazing value also which is an added bonus.
Favourite places to have a glass or two of vino are ;
- Scotch Corner – the view, the music, the people watching – NO BETTER PLACE we go here every single time and LOVE IT !!!
- The Tiny Bar – cause its tiny and the VIEW – Its all bout that VIEW
- El Kiosko – again fantastic for people watching and cheap drinks. Great deals and happy hour (if you aint got the kids with you)
- The Hotspot is another bar that is nice to chill out in of an evening, owned by an English couple and the staff are so friendly.
We rented our two bed apartment which was privately owned, if anyone wants further info pop a question in the comments below.
x Marie x