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“Good Walk to Puerto Calero” 4 of 5 bubbles
Review of Puerto Del Carmen

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Newtownabbey, United Kingdom
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51 reviews
67 helpful votes
“Good Walk to Puerto Calero”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 25 November 2008

Not being particularly good at spending all our time by the pool we are always on the look out for somewhere different to stroll. There is a very good walk from behind the harbour along the cliffs to Puerto Calero. The overall distance is about 3 kilometers. The way to it is by Calle Teide, on to Los Infantes and then up the walkway to the cliff path. On the whole it is not too difficult but there is on point about a kilometer out where they have had to cut steps down to sea level and then back up again.

Puerto Calero is an up-market Marina development with a very nice water front, a few cafes and all the top boutiques, Hugo Boss, Lacoste, YSL etc. etc. You then have the choice of walking back or getting the Water Bus to Puerto del Carmen harbour. Cost single is €8 and it takes about half an hour. Of course you can do it the other way round and take the water bus to Puerto Calero and walk back. First bus from Puerto del Carmen is 11.00 and there is one from Puerto Calero at 13.30 and 15.00. Cannot remember the other times.

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devon
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5 reviews
3 helpful votes
“Only if you are desperate”
1 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 11 November 2008

If it's tacky bars, perfume shops, photo shops, naff people and dreadful gift shops, then this is the place for you. What happened to nice traditional places to eat and drink? Why is it all tacky "English" bars?
We went this November, so God knows what it's like in the Summer Season.
The only light were 2 restaurants "Montmarte" and "New World" Chinese. Lovely service and people. Don't bother going to Playa Blanca - it's just a smaller version.
Never again!!

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Nottingham
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3 reviews
3 helpful votes
“Excellent locationfor all”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 28 September 2008

I have just returned from Puerto Del Carmen for my third holiday there.

The town is easy to navigate as it basically runs along the main sea road - although traffic is surprisingly light.

The main beach is large and has 2 sun beds and a brolly for day hire of 8 euros. There are also several little coves - although you have to look for them as they are often quite hidden, but quiet. The sea is lovely and clean and full of tiny fish!!

There is a very large abundance of bars and restaurants of all styles. There are a few discos, but most of the bars are suitable for all ages - even babies and small children! Due to the weak Euro it isn't that cheap, but there are still some good offers to be had if you look around. Just be wary of places that do cheap food, as they often charge a lot for the drinks. Try the Diamond Cocktail bar near the casino - 6euros for lovely cocktails!

There are loads of trips running from the town, and it is well placed to explore the rest of the island.

The only slight downside is that some nights you are completely bombareded by people trying to get you to go to their bars/clubs/restaurants. They are mainly British and some are that persistant they will follow you down the road. The easiest thing to do is to walk on the opposite side of the road adjacent to the sea.

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plymouth
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3 reviews
10 helpful votes
“puerto del carmen holiday review”
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 20 September 2008

We spent two weeks in puerto del Carmen from 04/09/08 in villa valyann. The villa was great, the pool was good however there is no shallow end for non-swimmers or small children. The beaches are great plenty of sunbeds, beds cost 8 euro's . Not many beach bars more of a strip on the main road adjacent to the beach. Lanzarotte is nothing like mainland spain, if you enjoy the tapas culture. The bars vary in price drinkwise. If your holiday is mainly about sea, sun and the pool you will love it. If you like Spanish culture and sightseeing it wont suit. The places to visit are very similar the same sort of strips of shops and beaches varying in size, the cactus garden and volcano's are a visit but dont expect to spend a day, the places are very small. The best resturaunt we found if you are a foodie is the Hanover 2 it doesn't look much
but the food is very good.(the salt fish is half the price of the Canada place and just as good) The touts are a nuisance and constantly badger you to go into their bars. However the waether was great the beach was bliss and the people freindly.

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Belfast
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33 reviews
51 helpful votes
“Vista Mar - Great Apartments! Puerto Del Carmen - Great Holiday!”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 31 March 2008

Myself and my husband spent a week at the Vista Mar Apartments and have to say they were excellent. It was rated 2*, and was self catering. However, the location of the apartments and the cleanliness were excellent. It was also quite a small complex - I think there might only be 18 apartments - which I thought was great as you could go to bed at night and there was no rowdiness. We had a sea view (I believe all the apartments in this complex do) which was great. There was a spar behind the apartments, also what I think might be P del C's only petrol station (handy if you hire a car), and Netto was only about a 5 minute walk away - also behind the apartments. We got fresh bread every morning and enjoyed breaky on the balcony looking across to Fuertoventura....bliss. There was only a small pool at the complex and my husband told me it was colder than the sea (which was pretty cold in March) - but when you've got the atlantic on your doorstep I don't think you can complain really.

We were a couple of minutes walk (down a gentle hill) from the old town - the Biosfera Shopping Centre was approximately 250m away from the back of the apartments. The old town was great - we loved it in the evenings as it had more of a traditional feel and there were plenty of lovely restaurants (although some were a bit hit and miss) and plenty of pubs which we prefered to those in the new town. There was also a play park down there for kids so we could definately see the attraction for families as the adults could relax in one of the many bars or restuarants that opened out to the play area.

During the day we headed for the new town as this is really where the beaches are. I would say that the beach was only about 500m away as the crow flies. However, since we aren't actually crows, we had to walk which was approximately 10minutes downhill. We did find a shortcut later in the week, but it was 6 of one and half a dozen of the other really. The walk was fine - although the hill is quite steep coming home again, and the calves and thighs were definately a bit tighter by the end of the week :) The new town has pretty much all of the shops that you'd want - there were a lovely few shops that sold locally made stuff like vases, jewellery, gifts to take home - I thought these were the best. There were also loads of places to buy cosmetics and perfumes, as well as loads of places to buy tobacco and alcohol - I would really advise you to shop around as there was a good bit of variety in prices - you can also haggle. The new town also had loads and loads of restaurants - catering for every taste and nearly were all reasonably priced. There were also plenty of bars in the new town, although these weren't as cosy as those in the old town - but in general the beer was cheaper. Beer varied in price from 1.50euro to 4.50euro for a large glass of Tropical (beer my husband liked). 4.50 in Mulligans (New Town) - not to be confused with Mulligans (Old Town) we thought was taking the preverbial as most of the other bars around New Town were around the 2.00 mark. Needless to say, we didn't stay there long... Although have to say the grub was lovely (and reasonably priced) and the staff were very friendly, but when you can get twice the amount for your euro down the street...

The beaches were great - I would advise heading further down the beach to some of the smaller coves to avoid the crowds, but really, there's plenty of space for everyone.

We did a tour of the island with Last Minute Tours and would recommend them - they weren't brilliant - but I was handed a flyer advertising a cheap tour of the island from someone else and there was a bit in it that said you had to go and listen to a sales person try to sell you a matress... That wasn't one of the things on my souvenir list so I went to a proper tour organiser. We did the full island tour - which I thought better value than either the north or south island tours as I think it was only 5euro more and you got your lunch. Now the lunch wasn't great, but it was edible and it was in what appeared to be quite a traditional restaurant. Basically, we thought the tour was good to have a look araound the island and next time we go we will know where we will spend more time. It also reassured us as to Puerto Del Carmen as Costa Teguise appeared to be pretty quiet in comparison - bearing in mind that Puerto del Carmen was by no means noisy or rowdy, we were happy that we were staying there.

All in all we loved it and will definately be going back. We would hope to stay at the same apartments - we just hope that they maintain their levels of cleanliness and maintain the place well as it would be such a shame if it was let go.

Hope this has helped you :)

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