The heart of Lanzarote's clubbing scene, Puerto del Carmen is popular with partygoers and those looking for a buzzing, action-packed holiday. One of the main advantages of staying here, besides the Puerto del Carmen nightlife and easy access to beautiful beaches, is that you'll only be a 15-minute drive from Lanzarote International Airport, so those transfer times are cut to a minimum and you'll have more time to have fun in the sun! It's got some pretty awesome nightlife too, and with dozens of bars in Puerto del Carmen, it's the best place to be in Lanzarote after dark.
Bars and clubs in Puerto del CarmenYou'll find numerous cocktail bars and lounges around Avenida de las Playas, which is also home to a casino if you're feeling lucky. Many of the venues in this area remain open well into the early hours, although bear in mind that most dance floors don't get busy until after midnight, and a lot of clubs in Lanzarote don't even open until 10pm or 11pm. Many of these Puerto del Carmen nightlife venues have a cosy, casual theme, such as laid-back The Scotch Corner pub, or The Island Bar, both of which are on Calle Tenerife. The area known as The Strip or New Town has several clubs plus other bars and restaurants, and is particularly popular with party lovers, especially in the Centro Atlantico area with its big show bars. Bars often provide entertainment in English, too, thanks to Puerto del Carmen's popularity with us Brits!
The Old TownIn Puerto del Carmen's picturesque Old Town, you'll find the bars and restaurant are more traditionally Spanish and are where the locals eat, so you know you're getting authentic Spanish food. One of the most popular venues is San Miguel, which operates as a café in the morning before turning into a tapas joint after dark, when many locals dine here. Order a delicious cocktail and enjoy great live music, which varies from disco hits to pop rock.
Other things to do in Puerto del Carmen and the surrounding areaVisit the spectacular Rancho Texas Lanzarote Park, a water and animal attraction with shows, waterslides, birds of prey and much more. Or head to the historic port city of Arrecife, the capital of Lanzarote, and see its 18th century San José Castle, home to the international Museum of Contemporary Arts. If you're looking for something more adventurous and a break from partying hard at Puerto del Carmen nightclubs, go on a day trip to the Timanfaya National Park, which has over 100 volcanoes that were formed under 300 years ago. It's home to the amazing El Diablo restaurant, where you can enjoy great food cooked from the heat generated by the lava! You'll also get some dazzling views of the remote, moon-like landscape. Don't forget your camera!
Special events in Puerto del CarmenIf you're visiting bars in Puerto del Carmen at the end of July, you could attend the Fiesta de Nuestra Se ñora del Carmen festival, which includes singing, folklore performances and dancing well into the night. The event finishes with beautifully decorated boats being set out to the sea. Another big event is the Puerto del Carmen Carnival in late February or early March, which includes dazzling costumes, live music and unforgettable fireworks.