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Thursday, 13 October 2016

Exploring Lanzarote

We arrived at the airport with plenty of time to spare before the flight. As the flight time got nearer they said that the flight was delayed, it ended up being delayed by 1.5 hours, not a great start to the holiday. When we eventually landed in Lanzarote we picked up the car and made the trip to the Casa Tomaren without any problems.
Although it was dark when we arrived at the hotel it looked very grand and we were met by one of the staff who showed us to our room, which looked very old and quaint. As it was late when we arrived we drove to a nearby 24-hour shop at a petrol station to get a snack before retiring for the night.

Casa Tomaren pool


Part of the Casa Tomaren gardens
Casa Tomaren was in a beautiful quiet location in the middle of the island, with only a 20-minute drive to anywhere on the island. Very helpful staff who were able to tell you all you wanted to know about everywhere. Nicely decorated throughout both inside and outside and a great breakfast buffet. We would definitely stay there again as you can explore the whole island in a week.


Los Hervideros is a series of pathways, designed by Cesar Manrique, on the cliffs above the sea and when the waves are big the water forces it's way into underwater caves and blowholes, very similar to Pancake Rocks in New Zealand's south island.




From there we drove to El Golfe which is a quaint little village where there is another cliff walk with amazing views of the ocean and beaches and one of the beaches has a green lagoon caused by the algae which live there.





The final destination of the day was a visit to Salinas de Janubio which are salt flats and the piles of white salt look strange in this environment which consists mostly of black lava

Salt flats

That evening we decided to try the Teleclub de Tao for a meal. It was great value for money. It is a social club for the village but don't let that put you off as the food was really good.


Busy day ahead sightseeing went to Casa Museo Monumento al Campesino first. As it says in the name it is a house, museum, and monument. The 15-metre monument was built in 1968 to represent Fertility and was made of old water tanks.

Bit late my dear

It was designed by Cesar Manrique and built by Jesus Soto, Cesar's designs are featured all over the island. The house (museum) is a reconstruction of a typical Canarian farmhouse. Below ground is a fine restaurant which would make an ideal location for weddings, unfortunately, it is not open in the evenings so we did not eat there. The buildings are surrounded by agricultural land including a typical Canarian vineyard.





Next up was the Cesar Manrique Foundation which is located in Taro de Tahiche and was the home and studio of the artist and was built in 1968 on top of 5 volcanic bubbles left by the eruptions on the island during 1730-36. These bubbles form part of the living space. The foundation is a non-profit organization where the money is used for conservation and art projects on the island.









After this, we went to the Jameos del agua, another of Cesar's projects, which is a grotto containing an underground auditorium used for musical concerts.




Today we visited the Cueva de los Verdes which are caves going through lava tubes about 2 kilometers were developed for tourists in the 1960's and is also used as a concert hall with seating for around 500 people.






Just up the road from here we visited the Mirador del Rio, another Cesar Manrique project created in 1974, with marvelous views down sheer cliffs to the sea below and across the strait of Rio to the island of La Graciosa.




During the later part of Cesar Manrique's life, he moved from Tahiche to Haria and this house is where he lived until his tragic death in a road accident in 1992, the house still contains his clothes and slippers beside his bed. It is another beautifully designed house where you are only allowed to take photos outside.




That night we went for a meal at La Cantina in Teguise which was very good.


Before the meal
After the meal

Today we went to The Fire Mountains (Timanfaya National Park). The only way to see these mountains is by bus and it gets very busy, good job we went early as there were queues of traffic waiting as we left. The area is where the last volcanic eruptions took place in the early 1700's and is devoid of any animal or plant life.

Roasting potatoes using heat from the volcano

View from the coach

and another

last one from the coach

They put some grass into a hole

Moments later!

A walkway from the vistors centre into the lava field



We walked around Montana Colarada on a circular route of about 4 kilometers which takes you inside the crater of the now extinct volcano.



Drove to the coastal village of La Santa which was very quaint but a little run down.


Tonight we sampled fine dining on the island at Caserio de Mozuga Restaurant which was very elegant and pricey.

Posh restaurant

Today we went to LagOmar museum which was a beautiful house built into the rocky cliffs which was conceived by Cesar Manrique and designed by artist Jesus Soto. At one time the house was owned by Omar Sharif who unfortunately lost it in a card game, hence the name LagOmar, today it is a museum and restaurant and open to the public.







After this, we took the ferry across to La Graciosa island where we had a nice walk around for a couple of hours, not much else to do unless you were camping there for the night.




Had a walking day today so we drove to El Golfe and walked along the coastal path amongst the lava fields for a couple of hours. We then went inland and walked along a track through the vines.


More vines


Our last day in Lanzarote we went to Caleta de Famana which is a small village with a beautiful beach which was full of surfers,



then we drove to have a look around the main town on the island, Arracife, which was very busy not at all what we had been used to all week.


The flight home was delayed so we did not arrive back until 2am, but had a nice holiday anyway. 






8 comments:

  1. Quiet and with such a beautiful pool area? I've just noted it down for future reference. Lanzarote is still on our bucket list!

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    1. Casa Tomaren was a fantastic base for exploring the island. Highly recommended.

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  2. Waoo I haven't heard about Lanzarote before but it looks like such an amazing place! Thanks for sharing such nice pictures, I loved Jameos del agua, so cool that a grotto containing an underground auditorium exists!
    xoxo, Pilar
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    1. Yes this was our first trip to Lanzarote and we were not expecting it to be so beautiful, and because of it's size you can see everything in a week.

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  3. Wow, how have I never heard of Lanzarote before?! It looks amazing! I love all the different scenery, and would really like to see it in person now.

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    1. We had not heard how beautiful it was. We only went there because we had difficulty getting flights to Madeira. It was a surprise to us.

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  4. What a magical place! Beautiful scenery and gorgeous accommodations. Though I'm most intrigued by the underground grottoes/concert halls!

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    1. A lot of the attractions were designed or influenced by the artist/architect Cesar Manrique who I had not heard of until our trip. Some fantastic attractions to visit.

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