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Lanzarote in tandem 

 

 

Lanzarote is the fourth largest island in the Canary Islands and the most fascinating in terms of landscapes. Here, volcanism asserts and exhibits itself. It spreads its black, red, ocher colors even on the tiniest pebble.

Arriving in Lanzarote, we immediately took the bus going to Costa Teguise where we booked and rented our tandem for the trip….

So our adventure begins…

 

Along the way, we stopped by the vineyards in Geria.  In Lanzarote, the vines are treated like Kings. Each has its own cozy nest, dug into the black soil and surrounded by a horseshoe-shaped stone wall to protect against the wind blowing in the region. The result of this unique style of cultivation is a particularly famous wine. A wine of character, a volcanic wine.

Now we are in the natural park of the volcanoes, The Timanfaya park. It was a nice experience! The trip is done on a bus through the park. It is not possible to hop off the bus for safety and ecological reasons, so the photos must be taken inside and so the result was not so good, however the view was incredible. You can see a demonstration of how to activate a geyser by pouring water into the ground. There is a short visit on a trail outside of the park, but with the camels (we missed it, because we were on a bike).

Geyser

We had lunch in a nice restaurant “El Diablo” inside Timanfaya park, which grills meat for BBQ using the heat under the ground (as you can see on the picture).

The heat from the underground is very high reaching 400 ° C

After Timanfaya, you will find this small white village by the sea built on lava flows, El Golfo. Here we stayed at the El Hotelito del Golfo. The village is very quiet and away from tourists.

 

In Lanzarote, nature expresses itself strongly. Some steps lead us to the Charco de Los Clicos, also called the Green Lagoon. A biological mixture makes this large pool of water completely green, which is separated from the sea only by a bank of black sand. You can go and have a walk on the seashore but you can’t go really close to the lagoon (of course, it is preserved). The Lagoon is fenced all around it.

We continue the road to the south, often stopping to contemplate the landscape and take photographs. The ground is black like coal. Vegetation does not exist. On the seaside, the magma formed by the freezing of sea caves called Los Hervideros, where the waves crash with great noise.

Arriving at the Janubio salt pans, we leave the lava fields behind us. The soil is much lighter and brighter shades. Some ponds have a beautiful purplish red color, due to the presence of algae. The view was spectacular and breathtaking! Never seen a salt pan with this lovely colors.

Going straight to Papagayo beach (Playa de Papagayo), on the southernmost tip of the island.  The turquoise color of the water is very picturesque and draws everybody’s attention to dive into the water!

It is impossible not to notice, when you arrive in Lanzarote, that all the buildings and other structures are white. A white color that contrasts with the black of the volcanic rocks. This tradition continues thanks to César Manrique. Born in Lanzarote, this painter and sculptor went to live his art in the United States. In 1986, at age 49, he returned with an idea in mind, to make his island one of the most beautiful places in the world.

Arriving in Arrecife, the main city of the island, we visited Il Monumento al Campesino (San Bartolome). Museum and monument dedicated to local agricultural history, with a souvenir shop and an underground restaurant.

We stayed in Arrecife for the rest of our trip. Below is the view from our hotel room. 

In the northern part of the island, three sites developed by César Manrique attracted our attention. Let’s start with the Jardin de Cactus (for a fee), a nice place that collects cactuses of all shapes.

The caves of Jameos del Agua are lava tunnels. One of them hosts a translucent lake, at the bottom of which you can find small white crabs, blinded by the lack of light. Manrique  constructed a staircase to access this natural curiosity, he also sculptured and plastered the place to grow plants, established a restaurant and an underground concert hall, and installed a beautiful pool in an open-air section. It is forbidden to swim!

Albino crab of Jameos del Agua

 

A little further, we visited the Cueva de Los Verdes (for a fee). This is another access to the lava tube. If you look carefully at this cave, you see a deep hole but in reality what you see is a reflection. The water is so still that it looks like a mirror. So do not be fooled!

To conclude with the creations of Manrique, let’s go to the Mirador del Río. This point of view is located at the top of a cliff of 475 meters and offers an unobstructed view of the island La Graciosa, a small volcanic island as its elder sister.

 

Now we go to the wide beach of Caleta de Famara, located at the foot of a beautiful cliff. It is a small fishing village on the north coast of Lanzarote, within the Chinijo Archipelago Nature Reserve, away from the more touristy areas of the south of the island.The beach is reserved for water sports because of the strong winds that constantly blow in this area.

Our review on Lanzarote

Beautiful and completely exotic. Lanzarote has resources that makes it an ideal destination for a short but unforgettable stay. Being a small island, the 10 days spent in the island  allowed us a thorough discovery. It is also a destination accessible to small budgets. Flights are not expensive, just plan it at least 3 months before, and also we have used the kitchen of our apartment when we can. In short, if you dream of wild landscapes, think of Lanzarote!

 


Fuerteventura an island of sand dunes

Having some more time we did a quick trip to Fuerteventura, taking a rental car to get around the island. We took the ferry from Playa Blanca to the port of Corralejo in Fuerteventura; There are two ferry companies to choose from: Armas and Fred Olsen. The journey takes 35 minutes.

Corralejo is very touristy, lots of shops, restaurants and pubs on every corner of the street. The dunes of Corralejo are truly spectacular and beautiful, the golden beach with crystal clear sea.

The Tower of El Toston ( El Cotillo, Fuerteventura ) – a defensive tower of the XV century coinciding its construction with the conquest of the islands by the Crown of Castilla. The sea view is wonderful and you can enjoy the silence and peace on this place. 

 


 

Travel guides on the Canaries and Lanzarote