It’s been a couple of weeks since I got back from a trip to Lanzarote and I wanted to focus on getting this post up sooner, rather than later. Main reason being, it was such a good trip, surpassing any expectation I had for the place and there’s some serious content lacking online!
My only previous experience with the Canary Islands was a trip to Tenerife when I was 9 years old. Safe to say, it was a world apart. I was a child, staying in a family villa in a popular tourist area. We had on-site facilities and kids club (I was a dolphin!), three swimming pools and rarely left the resort other than to go the coast and the best water park (some bias here).
I’ve been lucky enough to travel a lot in the last few years, and through that – had some great adventures. But this time round, I wanted a relaxing break. One base where we’d stay the whole week and have some guaranteed sun and what didn’t cost the earth. Lanzarote came up trumps, with all-year round sun and only 4 hours from Manchester we packed our bags and headed off.
Lanzarote is the most eastern of the Canaries. Although it’s part of the Spanish collective, it’s a closer proximity to West Africa. The landscapes were the first things I noticed. Unlike Tenerife, it was more dusty and volcanic. The drive from the capital Arrecife wasn’t much to shout about but the further out we got, the more dramatic and surreal the Island became.
AirBnb, Charco del Palo – NE Lanzarote.
Pro’s: seclusion, quiet coastal town, rock pools & great hosts.
Cons: well-known nudist area (as it’s not my thing, but pro’s outweighed this!).
Unlike the other Canary Islands, Lanzarote has a distinct lack of high-rise building thanks to the influence of César Manrique, a native architect who recognised its tourist potential. His work is all over the Island so you’ll see more of his name come up throughout this post.
Do – Jameos Del Agua
The first instalment by native artist César Manrique. Knowing little about him before my trip, but getting mentioned several times from our hosts list of ‘top things to visit’, we knew we’d be visiting. Once in, you’re welcomed by tropical plants and a dining area…in an open air cave! Botanical plants make me happy and it’s no secret that my apartment is covered in plants. So this was a real treat. We had lunch, which was a little more expensive then average – but you’re paying for the setting. Past the restaurant you walk down a dark tunnel to come out to the sea water pool. Beautifully clear and bright. Well worth the €9.
Do – Teguise Market
The drive from our AirBnB was around 25 mins, to this town. We first visited on Sunday also known as market day. The little streets come alive with visitors, different arts & craft stalls. It’s a nice way to spend the afternoon, even if the items for sale aren’t your thing – the center has plenty of bars and restaurants.
Do – Ferry to La Graciosa
An island 2km North of Lanzarote. We drove to Orzola and got on the ferry. Running frequently everyday and only taking 25 minutes, it took us a more remote part of the Canaries. A laid-back and unspoilt way of life. With only a small community and sandy roads – the easiest way to get around is by 4×4 or to walk. We got off and walked for around 20 mins on the coast to Las Conchas beach. Stunning, stunning views.
Do – Jardin De Cactus
Yes, I love plants. But even so – I think most people could appreciate this place. In a little sunken part of the Island lies 1000’s of cacti and succulents. This was another instalment created under Manrique’s vision. Disclaimer: this place is the perfect sun trap!
Do – La Geria Vineyard
Although Lanzarote isn’t a huge island, most our week was spent on the Eastern part. We decided to head West to visit a couple of coastal towns on en-route went via some picturesque vineyards. Le Geria was a great drive and we stopped off for a few snaps amongst the volcanoes. If you drink wine, then you can also stop off and take a wine tour/sample it from Bodega – a famous wine supplier on the Island.
Do – El Golfo & The Green Lagoon
Another unspoilt beauty. We walked along the cliffs, watched the sea crash against the rocks and dipped our toes in the black sand (it’s the same feeling as white sand). A shorter walk across and you come to the green lagoon. From our apartment, this was the furthest drive and even so it took just over an hour!
Eat – La Cantina, Teguise
Food to match the insta-worthy interiors. A mix of tapas and artisan faves done well. I opted for the bean burger with sweet potato fries. Not very local I know, but so damn tasty and I swapped the ketchup for some mojo sauces. You have to try these at EVERY restaurant.
Of course, I indulged in more food then the above but unfortunately I’m not very snap happy when I’m hungry. It wasn’t difficult to find a good spot to eat, our host was great in giving us some recommendations for some of the areas we visited and they were all fab.