Puerto del Carmen
Puerto del Carmen is the busiest resort on the island with a great selection of shops, restaurants and bars. The transfer time from the airport is aproximately 10 minutes. Puerto del Carmen started life as a fishing village and has now grown to be approximately 3klm long stretching from the old town to Matagorda which is closer to the airport. There are 4 areas which are refered to as the old town, new town, Los Pocillos and Matagorda. The old town and new town are busier and hillier where as Los Pocillos and Matagorda are flatter and quieter. The beaches are sandy, there is a small cove in the old town area called Playa Chica and the rest of the beaches are larger separated by smaller rocky areas. Sunbeds and parasols are provided for a charge on the larger beaches and showers can be found in some areas. Shops are duty free and there are plenty of souvenir shops, shops selling electrical goods and clothes shops. A commercial shopping centre can also be found near to the old town.
Activities include: Theme park, golf course, shopping centre
Costa Teguise is the furthest north of the tourist areas. It has been developed specifically as a resort. The beaches are white and sandy. There are shops,bars and restaurants but no traditional areas although there is a small square where a souvenir market is held every week.
Activities include: golf course and water park
Playa Blanca originated as a fishing village. It has grown steadily over the years and now dominates the south coast of the island. The beaches are smaller than Puerto del Carmens but the sand is fine and white. The national park of Papagayo which boasts 5 sandy coves is close by . These are some of the best beaches in Europe. There is a small shopping centre where you can find your duty free shopping and there are also a good selection of fish restaurants. The ferry port has a regular ferry service to the nearby island of Fuerteventura where there is a water park and sand dunes. The resort also has its own marina with a good selection of restaurants. Markets are held here twice a week
Activities include: Papagayo beaches, trips to Fuerteventura