3 Places I would avoid in Lanzarote

Areas to avoid

It is said that you either love Lanzarote or you hate it. In our case, it was very clear from the beginning that we loved it. Nonetheless, we found some spots around the island that we would not recommend visiting. They are usually crowded with tourists and the ironically so-called luxury resorts have conquered the space, where youngsters go to get drunk thanks to the well-known Spanish cheap alcohol. In some cases, we stumbled upon picturesque sceneries and paradisiac beaches, but the crowds trying the get to the same spot would kill our wish to discover those spots.

In general, the south is the area that locals try to avoid. The biggest cities and resorts are settled on the south coast. The strong winds are usually more frequent (and with more power) on the north coast and they tend to diminish their strength significantly in the south, this is why all the biggest urban and touristic areas are found in the south.

If you are really looking into finding the authenticity of the place and the local culture, I would definitely try to avoid the south coast. On the other hand, if you are looking for a more agitated atmosphere, sand beaches with masses, and the opposite of isolation, then the south coast is your place.

 

 

 


 

1. Playa Blanca Area.

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It is a bit quieter than Puerto del Carmen but just because there seem to be more luxury resorts and way less drunk people. There is a bunch of private urbanizations and vacation houses. The urbanized area is quite huge and it takes almost all the south-east coast. People come here to relax in a villa, resort or private house.

It seems that Playa Blanca is consolidating as the main touristic hub on the island.

 

 

 

 

 


 

2. Costa de Papagayo.

This place is not really urbanized as it belongs to the protected “Parque Natural de Los Ajaches”. There are paradisiac beaches with crystalline waters. I wouldn’t include this place in the not-to-go list if it wasn´t because it addresses masses. During the last years, it became very popular among tourists since the beauty of the nearby beaches fits with the idea of what most people hold as a paradisiac place. However, this idea of paradise directly translates into an inferno reality of crowds, traffic, pollution, and dirt. The 3-euro entrance to the Natural Park doesn’t stop hundreds of tourists from visiting this emblematic site.

On top of the negative things, we should add the new campground managed by the government. Why is it negative? The camping is a filthy and crowded place. We approached the entrance to ask for information, but we didn´t even bother to leave the car because the smell was too intense. The enclosure of the camping is a simple big square where people just stack tents and caravans altogether. The camping creates a nasty visual impact to the protected natural park. I would spend 0 nights there!

Suggestion: I would only go back during the low season and very early in the morning.

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3. From Puerto del Carmen to Costa Teguise.

photo by https://www.tuigroup.com

Even though Arrecife is included in the places where I wouldn’t go to, what I really meant are the surroundings of the city. Arrecife is the capital of Lanzarote and as such, it deserves some attention.

But let me actually talk about the places you need to avoid. From Puerto del Carmen to Costa Teguise you’ll find the most touristy places for the masses. The coast is either filled with villas, resorts or private vacation homes. The constructions’ impact on what Cesar Manrique fought for  environmental value and harmony between art and nature —, a concept that you can see throughout the entire island but that is not noticed here.

Puerto del Carmen is especially atrocious, although you’ll be fine if you are looking for partying and doing mainstream activities. From Arrecife to Costa Teguise it improves a bit (if you compare to Puerto del Carmen) but you can still expect villas, big hotels, and English pubs.

 

 

 

 

26 thoughts on “3 Places I would avoid in Lanzarote

  • Marta
    October 8, 2018, 6:33 pm

    Good to know! I was planning to go next month and I always try to avoid to crowds.
    thanks a lot!

  • jon
    September 16, 2019, 1:54 pm

    hahahahahaha terrible article

    • joan
      September 16, 2019, 2:52 pm

      Hi Jonny,

      Why do you think is terrible,
      I would love to know your opinion.

      Thanks for taking the time to comment.

      Take care!

      • G .Gallagher
        October 5, 2019, 3:05 pm

        We loved PDC and have booked a return visit.
        Both in our sixties and felt that it was quite safe and tranquil.
        We visited the main strip most evenings no sign
        of a party resort.

        • joan
          November 27, 2020, 3:10 pm

          Thanks for the update!

      • Paul Musker.
        September 26, 2020, 5:35 pm

        About two hours ago I posted a comment stating that the article was nonsense, questioning if the writer had actually been to Lanzarote. It now appears that my comment has been deleted. If whoever considers that my post was inaccurate then respond appropriately, don’t just delete it because you don’t appreciate what was stated. Such action does little to justify the original comments.

        • joan
          November 27, 2020, 3:21 pm

          Sorry about that. A lot of comments were deleted after we updated the anti-spam plugin and I didn’t realize until today… That doesn’t make us look very professional, so we apologize.

          We welcome all opinions, and we think they make us better communicators. We think we failed to target this article to the right audience. We are focused on travelers that like to travel off the bitten path and avoid mainstream areas.

    • sean o connor
      October 20, 2020, 8:46 pm

      I have to agree With Jon, I have been to all the Isle’s and the Lanz is the best of all paces & places My children loved this place best of all and they are adults now and they still love the place as i do. In my 40 years of holidays 20 years going to the Canaries I have never seen a fight or an argument … only in Tenerife.

    • joan
      November 27, 2020, 3:22 pm

      Sorry to hear that.

    • December 3, 2020, 11:49 am

      Exactly. It is obviously written by someone who comes here on holiday and has no idea what the *real* Lanzarote is like. I have lived in Puerto del Carmen for 27 years, and it’s just ridiculous to generalise that the whole area is crap. Also, to say that the whole south should be avoided, when there are places like Playa Quemada with its unspoilt non-touristic beaches, is just so much BS. I do hope that people who read this article will not take it at face value and make up their own mind where to go.

    • Rob Morton
      January 10, 2021, 3:13 pm

      I agree Jon , i don’t think who ever wrote article this has ever been there, i agree Playa Blanca doesn’t have Black Beaches is quieter doesnt have the Same amount of Night life , but there’s still plenty of Bars and Club’s and geared more to Families and older people than Costa Teguise but absolutely Stunning and the breeze is refreshing in the Sunshine , but Costa Teguise is geared up for Family Holidays, The Old town in Costa Teguise is Stunning with the tapas bars and Stunning Scenery.
      I think the variety of Landscapes on Lanzarote are not matched anywhere on the Canaries absolutely stunning.
      Rob.

  • Jay
    September 25, 2019, 3:45 am

    I would say that if anyone wishing to visit Puerto Del Carmen, please don’t be put off by this dreadful article. It seems the only reasoning for prescribing a “place to avoid” is solely based on the footfall of an area which isn’t anyway near as bad as it makes out.

    The place itself has an array of nice restaurants and a beautiful selection of beeches from Costa Teguise to the Harbour end of Puerto Del Carmen. Yes, there are a few of the bustling watering holes like many tourist destinations, but this doesn’t detract from the area at all. This is not a crowded area full of drunks as the article would have you believe. In my opinion it was a nice family friendly area with a multitude of options for all ages.

    I would disregard all information in the article and simply go have a look. With the island being so small and transportation links being so aboundant and easy you will quickly discover these places arnt “places to avoid” at all ??

  • Elise
    September 25, 2019, 10:18 pm

    What a load of rubbish obviously this was written by people that have never been because its a great place to visit its full of lovely friendly people and the beaches are stunning I would definitely recommend going and making your own options

    • Elise
      September 25, 2019, 10:19 pm

      Opinions even

    • December 3, 2020, 11:53 am

      Thank you for this comment. I live in Puerto del Carmen, and this is total BS. Tbh, as a longstanding resident, there are only two places I would say to avoid, and that is certain areas of Tías and Arrecife (what we would call “rough areas”), but apart from that, this island is the best place on Earth.

  • James
    October 7, 2019, 10:22 pm

    I think it’s a terrible article, also. It’s so negative and quite inaccurate.
    We have an apartment in Playa Blanca. It’s a fabulous spot. Relaxed, quiet, a promenade that stretches for many kilometres.

  • george stirling
    October 12, 2019, 7:50 pm

    Just returned from the Playa Blanca area and found it absolutely fine , it is October but didn’t witness any drunken teenagers.
    Presumably they were all writing reviews for laconic voyage !

  • Paul
    October 14, 2019, 5:48 pm

    I have only been to playa Blanca in low season and cannot see the point of travelling 4 hour flight in high season when you have more beautiful locations nearer home. Our experience in low season ( Jan to March) is fabulous. Quiet, peaceful and convenient. Great weather most days, long walks or cycle rides to a quiet costa papagayo and very little drinking and partying culture. Sound like a diff end island off season. The north is definitely more unspoilt but the weather is less reliable in low season

  • Wanderlea
    November 6, 2019, 6:54 pm

    I didn’t like Lanzarote, too many black stones, some sand beaches are made by removing stones and put sand around the area . The black rocks and very few trees (all planted , it doesn’t grow naturally there) makes Lanzarote a quite depressing place.

  • Count Dracula
    August 21, 2020, 10:41 am

    Hi Jonny
    Have you actually visited Lanzarote???🤣🤣

  • Paul Musker.
    September 26, 2020, 4:01 pm

    What absolute nonsense. I note that whoever wrote the piece, I won’t dignify it by calling it an article did not attach their name, did they actually visit Lanzarote? I visit Lanzarote on a regular basis, and did not recognise any of the location descriptions from those detailed. If you are going to provide a description of a location at least make it accurate.

  • Dee bee
    October 4, 2020, 9:53 am

    Clearly you have no idea on how to describe this island
    I have been to Lanzarote approx 18 times, have never been drunk, never seen dirty areas and the Canadian folk are friendly
    Your opinion is so farfetched that you need really to give an accurate report
    Glad to know you wont be going back

  • Steve Dowsing
    October 13, 2020, 2:51 pm

    Someone has delusions of grandeur here me thinks

  • joan
    November 27, 2020, 3:29 pm

    Please, before you post a negative comment about the article, I would encourage you to read the first paragraph of the article as it is stated to whom this article is addressed.

    • Stephen Handforth
      January 4, 2021, 10:38 am

      First paragraph….”where youngsters go to get drunk”

      Absolute rubbish.I have been about 10 times.I am 67 years old.Travelled all over the world.Very inaccurate article written by someone who seems to dislike other people especially if they are a so called tourist.South Tenerife is beautiful ,peaceful ,safe and in the main very smart.

  • David Beechey
    December 30, 2020, 12:50 pm

    You have obviously never been to Lanzarote so my advice to anyone reading the article is take absolutely no notice whatsoever

    Carmen is split into 3 areas old town new town and matagorda all are very nice, good food good company and good hotels. Plays blanca is for the older generation but same as above

    The island is one of the safest places to holiday with more regular sun than most other popular destinations.

    Everything is reasonably priced and to a very high quality, I have been going for 25 years, I take my family young and old and would highly recommend.

    The author is an absolute tool

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