A sophisticated number
You can thank José Calero for Puerto Calero, on the southeast coast of Lanzarote. Back in the Eighties, the developer put together this upmarket place with a marina surrounded by sophisticated restaurants and designer shops. There’s a quiet air to it – though you’re very close to Puerto del Carmen with its beaches and bubbly nightlife.
A line-up of beaches
Puerto Calero doesn’t come with a beach, but there are several nearby. In fact, there’s a trio at Puerto del Carmen, about 10 minutes away by bus. Playa Grande streaks along a prom filled with cafés, bars and restaurants, while Playa Pocillos is a breezy stretch enjoyed by kitesurfers. And small-sized Playa Chica is by the old harbour – it’s more about watersports than sunloungers here though.
The marina hub
Millionaire’s Harbour, as it’s known, is filled with expensive-looking yachts – and rather a lot of grey mullet, which like to be fed breadcrumbs by visitors. It’s here that everyone comes to take in the waterfront views over coffee, lunch and dinner, perhaps with a browse round the shops in between. There’s also a little art gallery and a dolphin museum here.
Daytrips around the island
Timanfaya National Park – all Dr Who-style lunar landscape – is the island’s top attraction, and you can be there in less than half an hour. Then it’s about 40 minutes to Taro de Tahiche, where Lanzarote’s famous architect, Cesar Manrique, has made a house out of volcanic lava. And 10 minutes on, you’re in the capital Arrecife, for shopping and a seafood dinner around El Charco lagoon.