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May 10th to May 31st we went to Lanzarote, one of the Canary Islands, belonging to Spain.
have been there will ask, "three weeks to Lanzarote, isn't that a bit
long?" At first glance indeed, the island is basic, bare and boring. However, after
closer inspection (which we did in our three week stay), I can tell you they
forget to mention the island is beautiful, peaceful and consistently warm. It
feels like spring, all year round. True, the rest and peace seekers will enjoy
Lanzarote the most. Especially in Playa Blanca, where we stayed. There is
hardly any nightlife, no disco's and not much to do for children.
Transavia Airlines from my favorite airport Amsterdam Schiphol, to the capital
of Lanzarote: Arrecife. From there by bus in southwestern direction to Playa
Blanca where we stayed in apartment building 'Playa Limones'.
try to live among and like the locals, that doesn't mean that we don't want to
see the sights as well. Therefore, we took a bus tour to see the entire island.
Among other things, it brought us to national park 'Timanfaya' with its montañas
del fuego as well as to the underground water caves 'Jameos Del Agua' in the
del fuego (meaning mountains of fire) is an adventure. Before entering the
park, there is the mandatory Camel ride. Camels are smelly beasts that have a
funny, sickening way of walking and an even more peculiar way of standing up
and getting to their feet. Camels are dressed with a couple of very
uncomfortable, wooden planks with iron rods. The camel driver calls it a chair.
After we had been shaken and stirred trough the gorgeous, unreal, volcanic landscape,
the bus took us on a route through the national park. The elementary colours (black, red, ochre) in combination with the hills and craters, give the
landscape a moonlike look. The bus drives close by these craters and more often
than not, you hope it doesn't fall in one. On one of the peaks (Islote de
Hilario) there is a restaurant called El Diablo, The Devil.
also took us to a wine tasting in La Geria. The farmers plant their grapevines
in holes in the ground. Half a wall that is about 3 feet tall surrounds the
holes. The black, grainy lava soil heats up during the day. When it cools off
at night, condensation forms on the granules. The plants use this water to grow.
The walls were built to protect the plants from the wind. The walls 'grow'
higher as the plant grows taller. The wine that came of these plants was
horrible. I've tasted vinegars that were better than this wine.
wine tasting, we went up north to the underground caves. On route, we passed
the salt beds of Janubio, large basins where they evaporate seawater to collect
sea salt. Janubio is the largest production saltpan on the island. During our
trip, we had a great view of Haria, an oasis in this dry land. The locals call Haria
'land of the thousand palm trees', you probably understand why. Finally, we
reached the caves 'Jameos del Agua'. A Jameo is a place where the
roof of a volcanic tunnel collapsed.
The 'Jameos del Agua' exists of a small and larger lake. These lakes have an underground connection to the Atlantic Ocean. In the cave lake water live tiny white, blind shrimps. White and blind of course, because there is no light in these caves. Attributes like colour and eyesight are obsolete. If you keep on walking through the caves, you reach the largest Jameo. There you'll find the beautiful garden with quite an extraordinary swimming pool. The garden and pool are an architectural highpoint in the career of local sculptor, painter and architect Cesar Manrique, who is also one of Spain's pioneers in modern art. The museum at the end of the garden tells the story of the history of Lanzarote and its volcanic geology.
As you have just read, there is plenty to see and do on the island, and I haven't even told everything. If you are a party lover, go to Gran Canaria, but if you are a nature and culture addict, go see Lanzarote for yourself.