Although these taxis do all operate on a fixed price basis, this "fixed price" can,
and often does, vary slightly depending upon the number of suitcases, the time of day
or night of the journey, and of course the number of passengers carried, however, as a
very general guide the short trip should normally cost somewhere around 7€.
Taxis on Lanzarote can instantly be recognised as being the eggshell/white cars with a large red
stripe on each front door.
However please be aware that a standard taxi on the island is only licenced to carry a maximum of 4 passengers plus
a "reasonable" amount of luggage, so for larger groups of travellers, or those with special needs, it is our recommendation
to make provision for a pre-booked taxi to be waiting for you at the airport, and clearly specify at the time of booking
that a larger, or specially adapted, vehicle is needed for the journey.
For those visitors who have pre-arranged for the collection of a hire car from one
of the numerous agencies based at the airport, driving over to the resort is also very
The shortest and most direct route would be, as you leave the airport
grounds to join the main LZ2 heading south, before then quickly joining the LZ-40
and LZ-504, passing through the resort district of
Playa de Los Pocillos,
before arriving in the centre of Puerto del Carmen.
If needed, a more detailed version of this route, complete with links to maps where
appropriate, is available from the
link on the left hand frame of this page.
Although the close proximity of Puerto del Carmen to the airport does have the
benefit of a very short transfer time, it does however also mean that some visitors
are likely to experience some degree of aircraft noise during their holiday here,
and it will certainly be worth while checking the comments of previous visitors
to the resort before making your final choice of accommodation.
Both Puerto del Carmen and Playa de los Pocillos are very popular with British
visitors, and in recognition of the high numbers of private holiday villas' and
self catering apartments in the area, the resort does have a good selection of shops
and SPAR type supermarkets, and these should certainly cater for the everyday holiday essentials
with most also stocking a wide selection of UK recognised branded goods, albeit at slightly higher prices than
you would expect to pay back at home in the UK.
The underlying principle of consumer choice was once explained to me by a local shopkeeper as "if you don't like the
price, you don't have to buy". However, the reality is that unless you have access
to your own transport, and are prepared to travel out of the resort, "you do have
to buy", which of course the shopkeepers are only too fully aware of.
Puerto del Carmen has almost 6 kilometres of golden sandy beaches, with everything on hand to part you from your money,
including watersports, glass bottom boat trips, as well as countless shops, bars and restaurants located
along the Avenida de Las Playas.
For those on self catering breaks, you will never be more than
a few hundred yards from either a McDonalds, Wimpey, Burger King, KFC, Pizza Hut etc, and you will never
starve as long as you have money in your pocket. If you do ever tire of fast food, and in all fairness to
the resort, you'll also find a number of more traditional cafes and restaurants along the seafront.
The original fishing harbour and Puerto del Carmen "old town", still exists towards the
southern end of the resort, where you can spend a very relaxing afternoon watching the fishing boats come and go and
the few remaining locals playing boules in the nearby square.
All this however, is overshadowed by the newer and more modern tourist resort, most of which was only developed
in the early 1990's to accommodate the increasing demand for holiday accommodation on the island. Building
work is still going in some parts on the outskirts of the town, and undoubtedly at some time during their stay, visitors
will certainly witness some degree of construction works going on, although in all fairness much of this is now low key
and should not spoil a holiday.
In recent years development funds from the European Union have also been used to
create a wide traffic free promenade connecting the Puerto del Carmen resort centre to the Matagorda district,
some 5km away to the north.
During the day, or early evening after dinner, it is a very pleasant stroll
through Playa de Los Pocillos towards Matagorda, although for those with mobility problems,
or simply wishing a night out, a taxi ride is obviously much quicker and costs around 3 - 4€ each way.
Puerto del Carmen is widely recognised as being the most lively resort on the
island, with numerous bars, clubs and restaurants centred around the Centro Atlantico
area of the sea front "strip" Avenida de las Playas, and this is certainly the place
to make for if you wish to dance 'til dawn.
Although less than a mile away from the action, Playa de los Pocillos is however far quieter and more relaxed than its
neighbour, which in turn is then reflected in its popularity with families with children who prefer to sleep before dawn.