Taking advantage of ski week in February we decided to go to Lanzarote. Lanzarote is one of the Canary islands and where my parents go frequently. I have been to Gran Canaria and Tenerife growing up but never to Lanzarote. It never striked me as a place that I would want to visit. However, it turned out to be a great week away from Barcelona. We booked our flight with Ryanair and our apartment called Luz y Mar with Atrapalo. We arrived pretty late on Saturday night so we didn’t do alot. We did venture down to a bar and had a drink.
Sunday – Puerto del Carmen, Honda Bay, Old town
The next day we walked down by Puerto del Carmen and on to Playa Honda. There’s a footpath and bike path that goes on for many kilometers so its easy to get from one resort to the next. Along the beach there are plenty of bars, shops and restaurants. We also checked out the old town, down by the harbour. Very pretty down there. Near to our apartments there is a Lidl so we bought our groceries for the week in there. Below shows Puerto del Carmen and a beautiful house by the port.
Mon – Cycled to Arrecife
The plan today was to go to Yaiza and to to the national park of Timanfaya. However, the buses that passed us seemed to be all full. So, in the end we changed our plan. We rented bikes from a place called Revolution bikes on the same street as out apartment (opposite Lidl). The bikes were mountain bikes (specialized) and cost 10euro for the day, a helmet being 1euro extra. A deposit of 50 euro is needed in many places and is returned when you bring back the bike. We cycled along the bike path all the way to Arrecife, the capital along the way passing some nice quiet beach towns and stopping off to see airplanes fly over our heads. The houses in Lanzarote are all white with green rims on the windows and green doors. Houses rarely exceed 2 floors which makes a change from other developed beach places. We got hit with all kinds of weather on the bikes. At one stage there was a downpour that we got caught in, other times it was sunny and windy. We ate lunch in Arrecife and cycled back to Puetro del Carmen to return the bikes by 5pm. Edgar had a problem with the chain of the bike so we ended up walking the last 20 mins.
Tues – Timanfaya National Park
We had prebooked to do stand up paddle (sup) with Surf Sup & Yoga School3S school located in Pueto del Carmen. However, it was cancelled for the next day due to the weather being too windy. So, instead we decided to go to Timanfaya park. We were earlier this time and managed to get a bus to Yaiza (bus 161). Cost: 1.40euro. Once we got off in Yaiza we got a taxi to the national park. Cost: 15euro. The weather wasn’t the best and there was a few showers along the way. Once we arrived, we bought our bus tickets (9 euro). Getting a bus tour is the only real way to explore the park. I thought it would be a bit difficult to see everything out of the bus but it was actually fine. We had a bit of an adventure on the bus as one of the buses ahead of us got stuck on a hill which in turn effected our bus and all the buses behind. With just a narrow road we ended up stuck for about an hour. The landscape of Timanfaya is really unique and covers 1/5 of the island. Once the tour was finished we ate in the restaurant there. On the way in, there is a gigantic well where fire from the ground cooks the meat. It was impressive. We also watched a man pour water into the ground and a few minutes later it was shooting out like a geyser. After lunch we decided to walk out of the park and make our way to Yaiza. This was a bit of a walk, 13km in which we got soaked along the way by a crazy shower. We stopped off to see the camels along the way and kept going. Once in Yaiza we took the bus, 161 back to Puerto del Carmen.Below are some pics of Timanfaya Park.
Wed – Surfing at Famara beach
Wednesday was our day for what we thought our first time trying stand up paddle (sup). We got picked up by Diego and picked up another man from Donegal, Ireland (turns out he knows my dad) who was going surfing. We were talking for awhile in the van, we were explaining that we were doing stand up paddle etc.. After some time in the van Edgar was asking Diego about paddle surf and how it was compared to surfing etc.. it was at this moment Diego asked but you are surfing? Our faces dropped, as we never planned to try surfing ever and seeing big waves in the distance ..well we decided to do it! Got our wetsuits on and Diego explained the movements to get on the board. First wave, Tracy was on the board! We spent about an hour an a half trying the catch the waves. It was brilliant. I think the mix up of surfing and sup was a good thing, otherwise we never would have tried it, and we really enjoyed it. Once our time was up, we drove back to Puerto del Carmen ate lunch and walked on a trail to Puerto Calero, 2.2km each way, stopping off to have some papas arrugadas along the way. Below: Edgar catching the wave and some papas arrugadas.
Thurs – Cycled to El Golfo
We took the bus to Playa Blanca 161, 5.50e with the idea of renting bikes there and to cycle up the coast to El Golfo. Once in Playa Blanca we walked down by the beach along the front. It took us a while to find a place where we could rent bikes but in the end we found one called Papagayo bikes. We rented the bikes for 12euro. Before we set off we had some lunch nearby and off we went. The first 9km are a bit boring as its flat and not a lot to see. The good thing is that it is a bike path so no traffic to deal with. The bad thing was the wind. Once passed the 9km, the landscape started to get interesting. Smooth tarmac cutting through the rough volcanic landscape and big waves crashing into the cliffs. First stop was the salt plains, salinas de janubio. Another few kilometers and we were at los hervideros (the boiling pots). We stopped here to walk around and see this interesting place. Finally, we made it to our destination, lago de los clicos (green lagoon). This is quite impressive with amazing contrasting colours, black sand and red, orange and yellow backdrop of the crater. The green colour of the lagoon is due to the presence of Ruppia-Maritima algae. All of these sights are free to enter. In total we cycled around 16 km each way. We returned the bikes in the evening and took the bus to Puerto del Carmen making an appearance in Murphys bar, where my dad is quite famous. There are pictures of him behind the bar.
Fri – Jameos del Agua & Cueva de los verdes
We decided to venture north of the island, unsure of going to the little island La Graciosa or not. We took bus no.3 to Arrecife (3.40euro both) and connected to another bus going to Orzola, bus, no. 9 (7.20euro). It was at this point we decided not to go to La Graciosa as the weather was not great, but instead to go to other sights which were on the way. They were Jameos del agua and cuervos de los verdes. We got off at Jameos del Agua and decided to visit Cueva de los Verdes (also 9 euro) first. This was interesting. The caves are quite big, 6km in length made from lava. The explanation by the guide was also good. There is a surprise at the end of the tour which is cool. Once we had finished there we walked down the road to the other attraction, Jameos del Agua (9 euro entrance). This was developed by the local artist Cesar Manrique. He created concert audotorium, pool, house, restaurant and bar by using what the lava created. Its quite impressive. After seeing both sites we walked to Punta mujeres, 2 km down the road to catch the bus, no.7 changing in Arrecife to get no.3 to Puerto del Carmen. We booked sup for our last morning.
Sat- SUP and fly to Barcelona
We decided to try sup as it was part of the plan since the beginning. We did sup with the same company as the surfing. It cost: 30e/hr. We had an early start at 8.30am and stayed for 1 hr doing sup in Puerto del Carmen. It was so much easier than surfing. When we finished up, we checked out and spent a few hours sitting and watching until it was time to make our way to the airport (bus.161).
Overall, a great trip to Lanzarote!
A useful website for all information about Lanzarote that I came across is: http://www.lanzaroteinformation.com/, along with the company we used to do both surfing and stand up paddle: http://www.school3s.es/en/