Welcome to Puerto del Carmen
With sunshades four lanes deep, this is the island’s most popular beach and its oldest purpose-built resort. If you are seeking an iota of Canarian atmosphere, head for the El Varadero harbour, at the far west of the beachfront, which still has a faint fishing-village feel, with its bobbing boats and uninterrupted ocean views. Otherwise the centre remains a primarily Brit-geared resort with restaurants and bars competing for the cheapest bacon-and-eggs breakfast and the largest (and loudest) Sky Sports screen. The main street is Avenida de las Playas, a gaudy ribbon hugging the beach with shops, bars and restaurants.