Lanzarote is a beautiful island, that honestly doesn’t need much introduction.
I’m pretty willing to just let the photos do the talking, and not just because I’m feeling a little lazy with my content writing right now.
Windy, warm, welcoming and unusually beautiful. Lanzarote seamlessly morphs from beach paradise to sandy desert, brightly coloured from centuries of volcanic activity. So much so that it hardly seems like the same island…
Puerto del Carmen
We stayed in an AirBnB in Puerto del Carmen – this one, in fact! It’s a stunning apartment, and I highly recommend it. It seems it’s quite the touristy area, and the restaurants reflected this in price. But the food was excellent so you can hardly complain about that. The walks along the cliffs revealed stunning houses far out of our price range, that had uninterrupted views of the bluest ocean.
Jameos del Agua
Jameos del Agua, (like the Cueva de los Verdes) is a naturally occurring volcanic tunnel with an underground salt water lake. Found within the lake are blind albino crabs known as “Jameitos”. So as not to disrupt the delicate eco-balance of the lake, you of course can’t swim here – unfortunately, at some point tourists decided to throw coins into the lake which are slowly corroding and poisoning the crabs. You can see them sparkling below…
Island born artist and architect, Cesar Manrique transformed this underground lake and the surround caverns into a breathtaking tourist attraction, complete with restaurants, concert halls and lobster shaped door handles. But don’t worry – the magic of this place is still there, and if you go in the afternoon, you can easily avoid the bulk of the tourist buses.
We pulled into Arrieta, just searching for some cheap burgers and beers to enjoy by the seaside. Instead we found a busy seafood restaurant (more on that to come in a later post), island locals braving the crashing waves, and some truly stunning blues. Even if you don’t like seafood (I have two questions: why not?, and who even are you?), I still recommend stopping by Arrieta just for the scenery.
La Geria Wine Fields
What you see here is grape grower ingenuity at it’s best. Lanzarote has punishing trade winds, that, while great for renewable energy, are not so good for growing grapevines. The solution is to plant them deep in the fertile volcanic soil with guard walls to protect them. If you drive through this region you can stop at a number of bodegas, restaurants and wineries to sample to results – which, I can say as a huge wine enthusiast, will not disappoint.
Mirador del Rio
Island born artist and architect Cesar Manrique, who I mentioned earlier when talking about Jameos del Agua, is also responsible for Mirador del Rio. Set deep into the volcanic rock atop a vertigo inducing cliff, Mirador del Rio offers panoramic views of the crystal clear ocean and surrounding islands. This was not such a clear day, with strong mist obscuring the view, but you can just imagine what it must be like on a clear day!
Timanfaya National Park
Finally, Timanfaya National Park is not really like any National Park I’ve ever been to. Where you expect green spaces and tall trees, there are stacks of volcanic rock and ash as far as the eye can see – and it’s beautiful in a very different way. I couldn’t take my eyes of the intricate and detailed colours the ashy soil produced, in stark contrast to the bright blue sky.