PLAYA QUEMADA – A LOVELY WALK
Located on the Southern East coast you’ll find this unusual volcanic lava beach, thus the name Playa Quemada, which means” burned beach”.
There is a lovely walk from The Puerto Calero Marina to Playa Quemada.
It takes aproximately 45 minutes trekking along the sea side and I recommend you wear comfortable walking shoes.
When you arrive to the fishing village you will find two restaurants directly next to the sea. They have an absolutely fantastic sea food menu.
Playa Quemada is a popular weekend spot among the locals and is definitely worth a visit.
Visiting El Bosquesillo is a breathtaking experience. The amazing blue sky together with the colour of the turquoise sea is such a peaceful experience.
You will find barbecue facilities and a small playground for your children.
This is an unusual and refreshing place to spend a perfect day enjoying the beautiful nature and breathtaking view with your family.
Your children will totally love it, just make sure to keep an eye on them, when they are exploring the surroundings. There are some steep falls.
There’s a path leading down the mountain to a wild untouched beach below. It’s quite a stroll and will take approximately 30 minutes to get down and 45 minutes to go up again. I recommend wearing trekking shoes.
If you go in Winter season make sure to wear a warm sweater as it can be somewhat windy up there.
VOLCAN DE LA CORONA
THE MOST INCREDIBLE WALK
VOLCAN DE LA CORONA (THE CROWN VULCAN)
Lanzarote offers many different tours throughout its mysterious landscape, but Volcan De La Corona/The Crown Vulcan, is definitely one of my favorite trekking tours.
It’s exciting, it’s adventurous and it’s so out of this world.
When you reach the top you are presented to the most FANTASTIC PANORAMA view. You can see all the way to The Island of La Graciosa, The Virgin Island of Alegranza and the entire Northern coastline of Lanzarote.
I have walked to the top of the Vulcan on sunny days and on cloudy days. Every time the experience has been priceless.All I can say is, breathtaking!
The walk to the edge og the crater itself takes two hours approximately.
There is a parking lot located by the church of YE, the small village next to the crater, and then it`s literally straight up – all the way.
Tip: Don’t forget your camera, comfy trekking shoes and water. And above all, don’t litter – help keeping the island clean with us.
Montaña Caldereta & Volcan de Caldera
LANDSCAPE OF LAVA
The Mountain of Caldereta and The Volcano of Caldera Blanca
This tour is an excellent trekking tour and if you love going off road I highly recommend visiting this vulcano too.
It’s located in the midst of the barren lava landscape on the Southern part of the Island, which is unlike anything else you have seen before.
Rocks and sculptures of lava as long as the eye can see.
If you have been able to walk the hole way up and reach the top of Volcan Caldera Blanca you will receive a well deserved prize, the view. It’s all worth it. The view at the top is simply astonishing!
You can walk around the edge of the entire crater, where you can see The Timanfaya Natonal Park to the South and and to the North as far as the eye reaches. That’s when you realize that Lanzarote has a lot of Vulcanos!
I have to be honest and say that this trekking tour is medium to high so it’s really important to prepare well before you start.
I did the walk in 5 hours, because I went the hole way around the bottom of the vulcan to take some photos, before I went for the top.
When you park your car at the assigned parking space the vulcans may seem to be pretty far away, but when you start walking towards them you’ll see signs on the path showing you where you are, so don’t worry.
Remember to bring along your camera, good shoes and plenty of water. You’ll need it!
Famara Beach and The village of Caleta is a must when you come to experience Lanzarote.
Famara is one of those places that will make you feel magic exists. An almost untouched landscape of 3 kilometers beach with golden sand.
Famara is a paradise for surfers and for people like myself who wish time would stop once in a while.
A stroll on this magnificent beach at the foot of the hovering cliffs on any day of the year will surely make you feel time stands still.
However, on the slopes of the hills “El Risco de Famara” there is an unusual urbanization of round houses built in the 60e, bungalows Famara they are called.
The tiny fisher village of La Caleta, where most of the roads consists of sand, you’ll find some charming restaurants serving lots of delicious seafood and fish dishes.
The beach can be treacherous and has strong currents, so be careful when taking a swim and don’t go too far off shore.
MIRADOR DEL RIO
The Mirador del Rio is one of Cesar Manrique`s most exceptional architectural creations representing his talent.
The site is camouflaged with rocky vulcanic stones straight on the cliff overhanging the stretch between Lanzarote and Isla de La Graciosa in a way in that only a genius of Cesar Manriques magnitude would think off.
There’s a restaurant built inside the site where you can enjoy a glas of refreshing Lanzarote produced white wine.
From The Mirador del Rio, a translation would be “The viewpoint of the River” you will experience a total amazing PANORAMIC view stretching from the lonely Island of Alegranza, La Graciosa and all the way to Famara beach.
In 1986 La Graciosa, also called the “Archipielago Chinijo”, was declared Natural Park and a marine reserve of 700 km2, the largest in Europe actually and also a special protected area for the regional birds.
The two small lonely islands you can see behind La Graciosa are Alegranza and Roque del Este.
They are both untouched and rarely visited.
At the bottom of the majestic cliffs of el Rio, the reddish shades of the Salinas Del Rio stand out. It’s the oldest salt reservoirs on the Canary Island.
JAMEOS DEL AGUA
Jameos del Agua consists of caves and a lake and is my absolutely favourite tourist attraction. I have visited this place more than thirty times at least and I’m not exaggerating.
And when family and friends are over on holiday we do take time to visit Jameos del Aqua every time. Its “that special place” on earth than can be seen and enjoyed over and over again.
Merely seeing photos and video will never feel enough or even show what this place offers. It has to be seen and experienced in person to really get that magic feeling when walking down into the cave itself.
You enter the Jameos del Agua walking down a stone-staircase into the first cave known as ‘Jameo Chico’. Inside this cave you’ll find an unusual volcanic bar and restaurant with views over a natural small lake.
This natural lake has extremely clear water coming from and regulated by the Atlantic ocean running from a never ending tunnel.
The lake is home to a species of blind albino crabs known as ‘Jameitos’, which are specifically found on Lanzarote. These crabs are actually the symbol and logo of the Jameos del Agua.
Walking alongside the lake you walk on a narrow footpath through the cave until you reach a huge open air cave filled with tropical plants, palm trees and the most fantastic open air manmade pool with crystal clear turquoise water.
Sadly no one is allowed to use it for swimming or bathing like in earlier days. Except the King of Spain if one is to believe the rumours..
This “open” cave is called ‘Jameo Grande’.
From the far end of the ‘Jameo Grande’ you can access an auditorium built inside another cave, which has been used for many wonderful concerts over the times, because it has excellent acoustics. It has even been used for cinematic events.
Walking up the stairs again in this end of Jameos del Agua situated just next to the auditorium there is a cafe where you can enjoy the amazing view over the open cave and pool area and also out the other side to the Atlantic ocean nearby.
Jameos del Agua represents the beauty of art and nature in harmony with each other and is naturally a creation by Cesar Manrique.
JARDIN DEL CACTUS
“El Jardin de Cactus” in Guatia was the last work that Cesar Manrique laid his hands on.
When you arrive to Guatia you will easily recognize the logo of The Cactus Garden from the road. It`s a giant green Cactus!
When enter the garden you will notice straight away the respect and love Cesar felt towards the natural surroundings and his amazing ability to integrate his architectural skills into nature without destroying or degrading it.
The white windmill standing tall at the far end of the Garden stands out against the black and brown colours of the volcanic rocks.
This is the perfect spot to shoot plenty of photos of the entire Garden. From the windmill spot you can also enjoy the landscape of the Guatiza country side.
Cactuses as far as your eye can reach!
Inside the cactus garden there is lovely cafe where you can enjoy a chilled glass of authentic Lanzarote white wine overlooking the amazing Garden displaying more than 1400 species of cactuses from all over the world.
When I visited the garden for the first time back in 1992 it was easy to see it was brand new in every way. Nearly all the Cactuses were tiny cute little pieces of plant art.
Today it’s a completely different story.
I have to say it’s been a delight watching how The Garden has developed throughout the years and see how well maintained italways has been and still is.
The Cactus Garden inspires a total kind of peacefulness and respect for mother Nature. I absolutely recommend that you pay Jardin El Cactus a visit.
FIRE & MOUNTAINS
If you come to Lanzarote as a Tourist one of the “Must see” is definitely The Fire Mountains, a volcanic park in the Southern part of the island.
If you don’t, you are going to miss a great opportunity to experience an ” out of this world” landscape.
It’s interesting to note that on Mother Earth there are few any Volcanic Parks.
Whatever your age, I am sure you will find this specific park amazing and fascinating and the experience may print itself into your memory forever and leave an impact on you.
Here is some facts about The Fire Mountains: The Fire Mountains, Las Montañas del Fuego, were created between 1730 and 1736 with more than100 volcanoes rising from an enormous eruption and devastated the Southern part of the island.
The affected area of 50 km2 was swallowed up by hot molten lava enclosing several villages, their houses, plants and farm animals left behind.
This area looks much the same today as it did just after the eruptions 280 years ago.
In 1968 the area was declared national heritage and named “Parque Nacional de Timanfaya” by the Spanish goverment.
From the moment you pass by the road sign with “The Devil” in Yaiza you are on the right track.
It`s straight forward following road the whole way through and the scenery will change many times colourwise, before you reach the Timanfaya Ticket office. Enjoy it and let yourself be filled with joy and astonishment.
Once you arrive at the visitors Car Park you will be showed two demonstrations of how “Hot” the area is.
Really high temperatures are just few meters below the surface and can reach between 400°C and 600°C. A bunch of dry tumbleweed will be thrown into the hole in the ground and you see how it catches fire immediately.
Just after they’ll pour water into another hole and it erupts seconds later in spitting out a geyser of steam.
The landscape is an impressive backdrop to therestaurant ‘El Diablo’ which was designed by my hero Cesar Manrique. It serves a variety of Canarian food cooked using geothermal heat and on a cast-iron grill placed over a large hole in the ground.
You’ll also find a Cafeteria where you can enjoy a Coffee or Tea whilst admiring the view over the park through the floor-to-ceiling windows.
While you are not allowed to walk freely around the volcano park by yourself there’s a coach trip tour through the National Park and it’s included in the entry fee.
On the bus tour there will be an audio commentary playing that includes excerpts from the diary of a local Priest who was an important and unique eyewitness to the devastating eruptions nearly 300 years ago.
Listening to the background music and the tale of times forgotten while driving through this amazing volcanic nature will surely do a trick to your imagination.
The chauffer will stop once in a while to let you shoot photos from the bus.
EL MONUMENTO DEL CAMPESINO
AVANTGARDE ART & HISTORY
The “Monumento del Campesino” (The Farmers Monument) is located in San Bartolome, a village more or less in the center of the island.
It was created by Cesar Manrique as a tribute to The Farmers of the Island. The men and the women who worked
under the most miserable conditions bringing the land to life.
The Museum of El Campesino (The farmers museum) is a visual and emotional display of the past and it pays special attention to
the courage of local farmers. The museum consists of a series of buildings that look like traditional Lanzarote farmer homes with white walls and green painted wood. You’ll see different combinations of the most characteristic housing elements from the different areas of the island.
The guardian of the Museum is the majestic “Monumento de la Fecundidad” (The Fertility Monument, a fifteen meters tall sculpture designed and created by Manrique. He used boat water tanks, iron and cement objects to assemble this exceptional and iconic sculpture.
This monument is truly one of Cesar’s cubism creations and a magnificent iconic symbol of the of the farmers on the island.
The museum compound naturally includes a cafe and restaurant that offer a variety of traditional Canarian food and tapas cooked from original recipes. The staff is also real Canarians and the atmosphere is friendly and relaxed.
You will enjoy your meal surrounded by the history of the farmers of Lanzarote.
The wall decoration are authentic farming tools used by the farmers on the island.
There are also old photos showing the farmlife from earlier periods. Really interesting actually!
While walking around the inside the buildings you might not have noticed this…. The Monumento del Campesino has a staircase so you can walk half way up the structure and watch the most amazing sunset – completely free of charge!
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