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the view from the restaurant on the first day

So, i'll admit it, this was a beach holiday.  The goal in mind was to get a tan, relax on the beach and have some fun.  I do however, also want to see the places that i go to and see what the place is all about.  So while we spent many a day at the beach reading magazines and ....well....sleeping.

We did a bus tour of the southern tip one day, and discovered the volcanos, the national park, the coast, and the vineyards that are used to creatively grow the grapes that make unique lanzarote wine.  I couldn't help but think that much of the landscape looked like the moon or something.  I'm used to the lush scenery of the scottish highlands, and Lanzarote is a very dry, baren place due to the many volcanos that created it.

kinda gross but this chicken was cooked using heat from the volcano
  Vegetation is rare since there is no ground water source on the entire island.  What is grown is done so using rain water - a small ditch is dug around the plant like a funnel and a wall is placed in a half moon shape around it to block out the wind.  This creates a very interesting look for the landscape where there are farms. 

We stayed in Puerto del Carmen, which is nice, but very much a touristic place from what i saw.  Even though we were in the "Old Town" section, just about everything that was available was translated to both english and german atleast, and often italian as well.  Most pubs were English or Irish themed, and while this was a good thing on St. Paddy's day, the rest of the time we tried to get to some more traditional places though they were surprisingly few and far between.  

Playa Blaca was gorgeous, beautiful sandy beaches and nicer restaurants.  Puerto Calero was also very nice, although we only went for dinner one night and by the time we got there it was too dark to see very much.  You could tell the place was posh though, yachts everywhere and beautiful hotels and restaurants.  I would go back there for sure. 

I liked Lanzarote, and would definately go back for another beach holiday, and go to see the more northernly part of the island including Teguise. 

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the view from the restaurant on th…
the view from the restaurant on t…
kinda gross but this chicken was c…
kinda gross but this chicken was …
one of the volcanos
one of the volcanos
how they grow the vines
how they grow the vines
view from the beach
view from the beach
a beach view from the bus tour
a beach view from the bus tour
a stunning beach
a stunning beach
the lagoon - created from sea wate…
the lagoon - created from sea wat…
National Park and the camel ride!!!
National Park and the camel ride!!!
we named our camel Mel.  He was am…
we named our camel Mel. He was a…
it was so hot just below the surfa…
it was so hot just below the surf…
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