A close-knit Spanish resort on the southern coast of Lanzarote, Puerto Calero has a surprising amount to offer British holidaymakers who travel to this sophisticated town.
Developed in the 1980s as an upmarket resort, Puerto Calero enjoys great success as a tourist favourite while maintaining an air of exclusivity. The centre of the resort is the marina, nicknamed Millionaire’s Harbour, where visitors can grab a bite to eat, people-watch, and admire the luxurious yachts that dock there.
Located just 10 minutes’ drive from Puerto del Carmen, Puerto Calero is ideal as a quiet base from which to explore the island.
Within the Canaries, each island tends to have its own distinct microclimate. As Lanzarote is closer to the African coast, it has a semi-desert environment. This means that anyone holidaying there can be sure to get lots of sun during their stay, as well as relatively higher temperatures all year round.
While the town itself does not have a beach, there are several just along the coast that can be reached with ease. What it does have is a modern marina, which is filled with restaurants, bars, and stores. Those on cheap Puerto Calero holidays will also be able to while away the hours at the marina, while enjoying the view of the yachts in the harbour.
Holidays in Puerto Calero are all about getting out on the open water; catamaran tours, sailing lessons and fishing trips are common ways to pass the day. Visitors can also explore beneath the surface of the waves at the scuba diving school, and submarine tours are available from the marina. If you want to get outdoors while enjoying beautiful sea views, don’t miss the coastal walk from Puerto Calero to Puerto del Carmen.
There is also a small art gallery in the town.
Timanfaya National Park is less than half an hour from Puerto Calero, so visitors should definitely make the short trip to see the volcanoes and breathtaking lunar landscape. This lunar landscape has been used in various programmes and films to represent alien worlds. A coach trip is included in the entry price, and visitors can also enjoy camel rides and free guided walks around the national park.
Another day trip worth the effort is to the house of famous architect Cesar Manrique, made from volcanic lava.
With a number of eateries in the resort, providing for a range of budgets, holidaymakers are sure to find something to their taste. There is a wide assortment of culinary styles to choose from, including Argentinian at La Portena, Japanese at Sushi Bar Minato, and Italian at Il Bistrot del Mare.
Of course, both Spanish and English cuisines are catered for in Puerto Calero, with a number of establishments serving tapas alongside of more recognisable dishes, such as at Café Milla. For a different experience, you may want to try a little Mojo sauce on your plate to help spice up your meals.
The marina is the life and soul of Puerto Calero, and the site of most of the resort’s finest bars and restaurants. Seafood is popular here and there’s a range of international cuisine, while a truly unique dining experience awaits you at Timanfaya where the El Diablo restaurant serves up Canarian cuisine cooked by geothermal heat.
While Puerto Calero does have more of a relaxed atmosphere than its neighbours, there are still a number of bars and restaurants in the area where tourists can enjoy a pleasant drink with friends and family, especially by the marina. However, if you are after a more raucous night, the clubs of Puerto del Carmen are just a short journey away.