Beaches and a Moonscape
You may never actually get to the moon but you don't need to because you can visit Lanzarote in the Canary Islands and experience everything the moon has to offer (sort of) plus you can chill out at some beautiful beaches. There is night life and fun too Lying on the beach - 2 and a half hours from London, in May and the weather is sunny, 28 degrees and perfect....life sure was tuff...
Didn't really want to visit a place where every tourist went but this was well worth the effort. Go into the national park, find the main entrance and pay only 8E to get in. Drive up to the viewpoint and take the free bus journey(you need your ticket) around the volcanic landscape. You will be amazed by the scenery and you can listen to the commentary as you go. Not allowed to get out of the coach but you can take as many photos as you wish. Not to be missed!
Lanzarote and its stunning landscapes
Most accomadation is on the south coast because that side is sheltered from the strong trade winds.The trade winds gust from northwest of Lanzarote and Lanzarote is 645km from the tropic of cancer.Trade winds only blow in tropical locations.Lanzarote is a very dry island and can only have around 16 days of rain a year.Thats only 130mm or so a year.
Spanish is the main language of the island although English is also spoken in most places.Because Lanzarote is unspoilt the nature and flora and fauna of the island are fabulous.I loved the dramatic landscapes and volanic patterns everywhere.Lanzarote has stunning unspoilt beaches and im so glad its being protected from being over developed. Because it has been protected from over devopement it is a very pretty and peaceful island.Tourist resorts are confined just to a small part of the island.So that leaves massive parts unspoilt and very pretty and peaceful.
There are lots of fiestas and festivals on throughout the year and here is a list of some of them.
Carnival brings two weeks of music,dancing,partying at Arricife and Puerto del Carmen.It finishes on Ash Wednesday with the Burial of the Sardine.
In January its the Cabalgata de los Reyes Magos Festival(Three Kings Parade) held on the 5th of January at Teguise.
Febuary on the 2nd is the Fiesta de Nuestra Senora de Candelaria.This is a massive festival is some villages and towns.
March-April is Easter so there will be fiestas and events happening everywhere during Easter week.
June has the Fiesta de San Juan held on the 24th June.This celebrates midsummer in Haria.
August is the Fiestas de Carmen held over 2 weeks from the 1st of August.This is in Puerto del Carmen.Fishing boats are decorated and sailed out to sea on last Saturday.
And the Fiesta de San Gines is celebrated for a whole month and has parades, processions and dancing in the streets.
December .Things happen all over from plays to dancing and processions.
This is just a taster of what goes on and there are many other things happening.
Although many Spanish people in the resorts speak some English, it is appreciated if you at least try and speak Spanish as a courtesy. In the villages they only speak Spanish (or Canarian).
The islanders use a short greeting when meeting or parting. Hola - pronounced Olah - hello
Buenos Dias - good morning
Buenos Tardes - good afternoon
Buenos Noches - good night
Go on, dont be bashful
If you can only say 'Gracias' (thankyou) use it. Please.