Lanzarote in the winter
The fourth biggest of the Canary Islands, with temperatures in the 20’s all year round Lanzarote is the perfect destination for a winter break. Prices are similar to that of Tenerife with beers going for around 2 euros.
Tias, one of the islands seven municipalities, includes the islands main holiday resort of Puerto Del Carmen and boasts a succession of beaches, along its 6km of southern coastline, separated only by short rocky elements.
Beaches in Puerto Del Carmen
The first of three man-made (and thus ‘family-friendly’) beaches in the Puerto del Carmen area is known as the Playa Grande. This is the most central beach and has a magnificent promenade of bars and restaurants running along its kilometre of golden sand (100m wide). The placid waters in this part of the island make it ideal for windsurfing. If you don’t want to use the bars and restaurants, it won’t be long before a ‘beach seller’ offers you drinks, ices or fresh fruit. One of the most popular beaches on the island, it has lifeguards, showers, changing areas, washrooms, rentals for beds/parasols, boats and water sports equipment. You can get to it by guaguas , a bus to you and I. Parking is very limited in this lively part of the island.
Playa de la Barrilla
The second beach is known as Playa de la Barrilla (also in the Puerto Del Carmen area), consists of fine golden sand and offers good parking, a scuba diving centre, has a lifeguard present, has first aid on site and is accessible by bus.
The third beach is a small cove known as Fariones , consisting of fine golden sand and calm waters. It is also accessible by bus.
Playa de Los Pocillos
The fourth beach at Playa de Los Pocillos, is located at the more exclusive end of Puerto Del Carmen. The beach has fine golden sand and forms part of the development known by same name. High tide leaves pools of sea water on its flat surface. It is quieter than the main beaches, but there is a still a good choice of quality bars and restaurants on hand. When the wind picks up this beach is popular with windsurfers. Windy on occasions, but with calm waters, it is very popular and offers good wind surfing conditions, it has rentals beds/parasols, good parking facilities, a boardwalk, showers, litter bins, has good access for wheelchairs and has first aid and washrooms on hand. You can also get to this beach by bus.
Playa de Matagorda
The fifth beach at Playa de Matagorda, part of the development by the same name has a windy beach measuring 850m and 40m wide, consisting of fine golden sand and calm waters, which make it a popular resort for windsurfing, particularly those of limited capability or beginners. Due to the airport being so close and the occasional noise from aircraft taking off and landing, it is not as crowded as the other beaches in this area, but it is nevertheless worth a visit. This beach has rentals for beds/parasols and four wheel bikes galore for rent. This beach cab be accessed by bus. The Sol Lanzarote is right opposite the beach offering an all inclusive experience.
The sixth beach is at Lima, consisting of fine toasted sand (mix of fine golden sand and small lava stones), this is a windy beach with calm waters, again ideal for first time windsurfers. This is located alongside the Matagorda development.
Finally, our seventh beach is a small cove at Peña Grande, consisting of fine white sand (and the odd pebble). Despite it’s small size, it is nevertheless a windy beach with calm waters and offers full services including lifeguards, showers, first aid, bars/restaurants, showers, parking and telephones. It also has a small promenade which again can be reached by bus.