Lanzarote's first city and my first look at the landscape
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Donâ€™t you just hate really early travel mornings, I do!
I was up at 4:55 (not that I slept much). I gobbled down a bit of breakfast, showered, and checked out by 5:35. I really needed to be at the airport, car returned, and checking in by 6:00, or so I thought.
I raced to the airportâ€¦..there wasnâ€™t much traffic on the highway at that time of morning so, I made good time.
The plane was larger than I expected, about 100 seat turbo prop. It shuttered when they revved the engineâ€¦..comforting!
The flight mostly cloudy with just a few mountain tops peaking throughâ€¦..until we approached Lanzarote. The clouds parted and a sky of blue showed this barren paradise, yet for me to discover.
Landing was a breeze and the tiny little airport produced my luggage in record time. I even didnâ€™t heave to wait at the car rental counter. When I got to the parking lot, looking for the carâ€¦.
I headed for Costa Teguise, just north of Arecliffe by 15 minutes. The roads were really good and so, I was easily able to find my way.
I arrived at my â€śresort apartmentâ€ť and tried to check in, however, it was only 8:30. I knew that it was only a possibility. The reception told me that they were full (almost 400 apartments). I had asked about upgrading as they had a sign about a promotion were it would only be 16 euro additional to have a beachfront.
I had a plan for the day already to go so, I hopped in the car and headed for Teguise, the original capitol of the island, made so by the conquistadors in the 15th century. It stayed here until 1852. It is thought to be the most attractive Spanish colonial town on Lanzarote and the best example of its kind, as well.
Ok, Iâ€™ve gotten ahead of myself, I have to get there first, right. I drove across desolate lava fields with white washed cubes for villages. The whole look reminds me a bit of Gozo and a bit like The Faroe Islandsâ€¦.
Everywhere you look the landscape is littered with hollowed out volcanoes. It does look like most all of them were side blast like Mount St. Helensâ€¦â€¦interesting. I stopped for bit to explore some interesting plateau erosions, sculpture like.
I continued on and soon made it to the town center of Teguise. I decided to do a walk that was recommended by one of my travel guides. It was really a good overview of the heart of this island.
I started with the Church of Nuestra Senora de Guadelupe, built in 1420 with gothic decorated interior.
Across the square is the Palacio Spinola, built between 1730 ďż˝ďż˝" 80, is the official residence of the government of Islas Canarias.
The alleyways beckoned meâ€¦.and so I went. In one, lone passageway, I came upon a friendly cat, we chatted a bit and he rubbed upon my leg. He let me take his picture and then I was on my way.
I had a quick stop at the Convento de Santo Domingo, and interesting building but, closed!
Ok. A brief note, it was now after 10:00 and only a very few of the townâ€™s people were out and about. I guess they arenâ€™t morning people.
The Convento de San Francisco was my next stop and surprised me in that it was empty of almost everything religious and is now used as an art gallery.
I stopped for a corner park and its amazing gate. Many of the villageâ€™s parks had elaborate gates. I would see this again.
Having seen much of this great capitol, it was time to move onâ€¦.lotâ€™s to see!!! Only, I didnâ€™t make it very far.
Across the street is the Castillo de Santa Barbara, a 16th century creation as a watchtower, became a refuge for towns people who hid here from the frequent pirate raids. It serves as The Museo de Emigrante Canario. It tells the story of who emigrated to these islands and where they emigrated to in later centuries. Also, it tells a shocking story about San Antonio, Texas as much of itâ€™s oringal governmental make-up was from these little islands.