Hi gals , I had so many questions about my trip to Lanzarote , where we stayed and our recommendations so I’ve put together this little post.
Flights and Accommodation
So firstly we booked through http://travelrepublic.ie in March and paid a deposit of €96 and the total cost was €1098 for 12 nights flights and accommodation .
We flew with Ryanair and stayed in http://www.atlantislaslomas.com/en/Home.aspx
Atlantis las lomas apartments are about 10-15 minutes from the airport and it costs about €15.The apartments aren’t much ,they are pretty basic which is all you need really , they are self catering with all the usual facilities , a fridge , cooking hob and a microwave. There are 3 different pool areas and a bar and restaurant , they have great cocktails to. We didn’t actually eat at the bar area but I tried the pancakes and they were pretty tasty.
The pool area doesn’t open until 10am and there’s usually a scramble for the loungers so be quick.
The location of the apartments is really central , once you walk down the hill outside the apartment complex the beach is right in front of you. If you take a left it will lead you along the promenade and its filled with bars and restaurants and little shops , take the right and it will lead you towards biosfera shopping centre and then into old town and onto the harbour.
This is the dreaded cardiac hill as they call it , its quite steep but really manageable especially after a few cocktails , but if you want to avoid it heading towards old town you can , once you leave the apartment complex , take a right and just keep walking and you’ll end up at biosfera shopping centre and head straight into old town.
Bars and Restaurants
We tried out a few places while we were in Puerto del Carmen and my top picks are as follows :
Its a little family owned Italian restaurant and the food is amazing , its a little hidden gem and hard to find . Its located just past the American Indian bar up a flight of stairs. The staff are really lovely and bring the specials board to your table and talk you through everything . I had pizza and bruschetta and it was delicious.
ok so Ill be totally honest we went here like 3 times , I’m not a massive fan of Chinese food usually but this place is amazing. The service was next to none , the waiting staff are impeccable and so attentive , you couldn’t ask for more. The portions are really sizeable , you could order a main between two people with 2 sides and you will be stuffed. My favourite dish by far was the crispy shredded chicken in honey sauce , the duck pancakes , the chicken curry and also the salt and pepper chips.
This is a little gem we found along the harbour in old town Lanzarote , it has amazing views of the sea and according to Paul the best club sandwich he’s ever tasted. I had a hamburger and never usually finish them but I cleared my plate and the after dinner shots were delicious.
Cantina Don Rafael
This is a beautiful Mexican restaurant and the food is sensational , its right on the sea front with beautiful views. We ordered nachos with chilli con carne to share , the portions are massive , the chilli con carne and rice , the chicken sizzler and the pizza , everything was really amazing . The litres of Margaritas are only €11 and taste amazing.
ok so this one wasn’t great , I had the steak and it was very tough so I wouldn’t recommend it however the garlic mushrooms are divine and the cava sangria was amazing so fruity and the staff were lovely .
I would give this one a miss to be honest , the food was below average here and I wouldn’t even recommend it for drinks.
Smooy frozen yogurt
This was my daily go to for a sweet treat , the frozen yogurt is amazing with great topping , the Avella crunch is similar to kinder beuno and the portions are very big , definitely one of my favourites.
El patio chiquito
This is definitely a miss for me , first of all the waiting staff were so rude ,seriously , I asked for a straw and got an awfully rude remark from the waiter , secondly the food was terrible , the nacho starter was burnt and had no taste and the chilli con carne main tasted as if it had been cooked a week ago! definitely don’t waste your money here.
Café la Ola
This place is beautiful , set right on the sea with beautiful views and great seating , you can sit on loungers right on the cliffs edge . The cocktails are delicious here and you can get sheeshas here to , we tried them and it was an experience.
The Island bar
Is a live music venue run by Rory from Donegal , not only does he own the bar he always plays live music every night. We went here 3 nights and the atmosphere was amazing , everyone was singing along and really enjoying themselves. I would definitely recommend coming here at least for one drink .
This is a great cocktail bar however the music was not to our taste , its all really old 80s music and not good music from the 80s either so for that reason I would really recommend it.
I wouldn’t rate this bar either to be honest , the drinks were expensive and didn’t taste very nice either. They do have live music some evenings which is good.
This is an Irish bar and they have great drink offers , like buy 1 get 1 free , we went here a few nights and really enjoyed it.
We went on tour with last minute transfers to the south of the island , now to be honest the short south tour would have been enough , the full tour was too long and very dragged out. The first part of the trip was a camel ride up a small mountain and then we headed to Timanfaya national park to see the lava fields and geothermal experiments.
Then we went to el Golfo to see the green lagoon and the stunning bay area , and then to see the salt beds and to learn about the historical extraction. There is lunch but it costs extra and also wine tasting which is pretty poor to be truthful , the whole trip cost €33 but like I said the short tour is much better.
Is a little beach were all the water sports take place , we went out on the jet skis for about 20 mins and it cost €30 each , there is also a scuba diving school where you can learn to dive for about €55 per person. Its also great for snorkelling as there are tonnes of fish right along the shore , it beautiful.
Starlight outdoor cinema
This is a great experience , its cost €20 each for your ticket , popcorn and a drink but they have buckets of beer for €12 . The setting is really luxurious and relaxing , your provided with blankets ,your own table service and a head set to hear the movie.
There is a market on the harbour down in old town every Friday , they have food and drink stalls aswell as the usual fake designer handbags , souvenirs and leather goods. I picked up a few handbags myself and they are really great quality so its worth a trip.
Walk from Puerto del Carmen to Puerto calero
We started our walk near the harbour , if you look for steps to the side of the island watersports diving centre and follow the little streets along the harbour you’ll come to the series of ramps and if you follow this all along the coast it will take you to Puerto Calero.
There are beautiful views along the way and great places to stop and take in the scenery . Its a long walk so make sure you bring water and sun screen.
I hope this post helps out anyone heading to Puerto del Carmen and if you have any questions feel free to message me on facebook , Instagram or snapchat.
You can also check out my Lanzarote Vlog for more.
Thank you for reading
Love Lorna Jane xoxo