[PARQUE EOLICO - wind at work]
Lanzarote is a windy island. Obviosuly it doesn't mean that (cos of wind) temperatures there are similair to Arctic and everyday thousends of broken plants lie on streets and squeres :)
But sometimes wind can be annoying (especially - it's the weather malice - when you are on the beach:)
However Lanzarote citizens knew how to use these - bad for tourists - conditions. They built in the picturesque landsape of central part 2 spectacular parks of windmills called (from Spanish and mythological Greek) Parque Eolico.
The biggest one is located between Teguise and Haria near the road LZ10 and the landscape reserve Teneguime. You can see about 10 giant machines (very close-up view) more than 20m high each. From this place You've got also superb panorama of eastern coast.
For me special attraction was the sound of moving propellers... low-voiced: bruuuummm, bruuummmm, bruuuummmm :)
Second Parque Eolico is situated between San Bartolome and Tahiche near the road LZ34. Going to Bartolome turn you car left (narrow but hard-surfaced road) about 1 km before the town. Here are 5-6 wind-towers and lovely view of Arrecife.
- Adventure Travel
[CALDERA BLANCA - giant crater]
I found this crater usin the Google Maps (flying and/or satllite pictures): big hole in the lava ground north of Timanafaya. The trekking trip was planned.
First part of expedition led off the ground road between lava rocks: beige ribbon between black stones. How they did it in this inhospitable landscape?
After driving several km by the very dusty road I stopped the car and started walking uphill. The path was not too difficult. From the top I saw the big hole about 500-750 meters wide. The view was magnificent. The difference between crater's top and bottom is over 300 meteres, so this also good - coast and the mountains - point of view. How it looked like during the explosion - I was thinking? Wow!!
Unfortunately after 30 minutes rainy clouds covered the earth and the storm forced me to go back.
Going to Caldera you have to find the road from the town of Tinajo towards western coast. Drive about 4-5 km (road is not bed, first part asphalted) and turn left towards the house called Casas de Islote - you will see it on the horizon just before Caldera slopes. Park car near the house and go about 0,5 km by the ground road to the small crossroads from where pathway is climbing to the top of Caldera.
Good luck and amazing views :)
- National/State Park
- Hiking and Walking
Short hike to two volcanos
This visit to the volcanoes and lavafields of the 1730 eruptions was one of the highlights of my Lanzarote holiday. It was even better than the guided volcano tour we did afterwards, although that was a bit more educational!
The hike is about 9 km, 2-3 h.
Follow the road through La Geria, and take the road north to Mancha Blanca. On your left you will see a closed dirt-road, park your car here. The volcano on the left is called Montana del Cuervo (Montana de las Lapas o del Cuervo), the one on the right Montana Negra.
Follow the road to Montana del Cuervo, and follow the volcano around to the north where you can easily enter the crater. We had a nice picnic here, where once the lava was flowing...we also climbed to the top of the volcano, from where the panorama over the lava fields is truly unreal.
Walk back to the asphalt road and continue climbing Montana Negra. Orientation point is an old cistern, a little white building once used for holding water. Follow the steep path up the volcano.
The view at the just visited Montana del Cuervo is amazing, as is the sight at the reddish Caldera Colorada.
This hike is adapted from a hike described in the hiking guide in my general tips section.
- Hiking and Walking
Hike from Yaiza to Femes
This hike takes you over a high mountain ridge and has some very good panorama points. About 9 km, 3-4 h.
In Yaiza, you walk south from Plaza de los Remedios near the church in the direction of Degollada. Take the road to the left, about 50 m before the cemetery. The road goes up the mountain, orientation point are the ruins of an old windmill. Go right at the first and the second branching of the path. Walk to the antennas that disfigure the top (Atalaya de Femes). However, the view is superb here.
Walk back from the antennas and descent to Femes (keep right).
If you have parked your car in Yaiza, walking back would be about one hour, but you better take a taxi...
This hike is adapted from the hiking guide described in my general tips.
- Hiking and Walking
[CALDERA ZONZAMAS and the modern civilization]
It was one of biggest suprises during my stay on Lanzarote. Browsing the islands map I found the symbols of past eruption - big crater of Zonzamas. THis place was near my way to Timanfaya so I decided to stop there and relax in this amzing scenery.
ABout 1 km before Zonzamas I saw that the thousends of flying wastes (above all bags) covered the road and hills. Hmmm.... Something happened. And smell was not too pleasent. Hmmm...
Caldera Zonzamas is the giant post-volcanic hole with the lovely redish-beige rock but on its bottom Lanzarote administration located island's waste dump! Natural monument and wastes. Tragedy! Why!
I was rerally angry! But after the moment I thought: We are living in civilization of thrashes. The throwaway things, tendencies for changing everything which is older than a month or a year, the need to pack all the products (sometimes even single apple has its own nylon bag :) are - we want or not - basis of our times. It was perfectly descibed over 30 years ago by by the sociologist and futurologist Alvin Toffler in his fundamental book "Future shock".
And the Lanzarote residents must gather somwhere these "relics" of the present times On this island the crater is as well normal place as in other country is empty field or lonely valley. So why not put the wastes to it :( Sad but true.
- Road Trip
- Arts and Culture
[beaches: PLAYAS DE LA MADERA and DE LAS MALVAS]
These beaches are located on the western coast about 6-7 km from Tinajo. You can go there partially by the same road as for Caldera Blanca.You sholudn't turn left (as for Caldera) but go forward up to the ocean.
Beaches are sandy-pebbled and lonely. So they are good places for romantic trip and comfortable swimming far from noizzy childreen and annoying families :) La Madera is also the start point for walking route (Ruta de Litoral) along the west coast of Timnfaya National Park.
- National/State Park
[beaches: CHARCO DE LA NOVIA - azur lagoon]
This is one of the most pleasent beaches I visted. About 2 km before Orzola, near the road LZ1, lava rocks created blu lagoon, with crystal water and white sand.
Water is not too deep and the temaperature is usually a bit higher than in the other island bays, so this playa is very comfortable for babies. The colour of water is really wonderfull - small blu waves and reflections of the Sun create unforgetable impression. Enjoy it!! You will not be dissapointed!
And... ending this descrpition: Charco de la Novia means more or less "The pond of fiancée". Maybe someone know why?:)
[ERMITA DE LOS NIEVES - views from the clouds]
In my opinion the Spanish word "ermita" (eng. hermitage) has something mystic and supernatural in it. So when I found on tha Lanza map small sign called "Ermita de los Nieves" (Hermitage in the Snow) nobody can stop me to see this place directly.
Driving by LZ10 towards Haria you have to turn left 2-3 kilmeteres after Los Valles. The road is narrow and not so good preserved but - don't worry - every normal car can reach the final place.
Ermita in real is the small and unfortunately close chapel located on the hill. Honestly nothing special. But the view from this place, the giant panorama of Famara Bay is breath-taking.
Visting de los Nieves I first (and last) time on Lanzarota was in clouds. They appeared suddenly and totally covered uphill valleys and ocean. Maybe because of this clouds - like during the snowstorm - this place was named "in the snow" :)
- Hiking and Walking
- Adventure Travel
Beware of Local Lizards
The most common species is the Atlantic Lizard which can be anything from an inch to 10 inches in length.
You may see them on some beaches, they can become quite tame. We hand feed the ones in our garden on carrot cake and cheese - they dart off if they see our cats.
you will need to hire a car to visit the beaches at papagoyo, but it is well worth it. these beaches are on the Playa Blanca side of the island, you travel through the national park to reach them, bit of a bumby ride, you actually think you are going nowhere, eventually you reach what is like a security gate, you have to pay about 3 euro, this is for the park upkeep, keep going and you come to a huge car park, you then have to climb down some hillside, so this is not a trip for people with mobility problems, you then reach a lovely clean beach, with clear blue water. There are no facilities there, except one cafe at the top of the hillside, so please ensure you take everything with you for a day at the beach.
This five hour walk along the cliffs and to Famara beach is mentioned in some walking books.
When doing the walk in December 2004 I found much of the cliff face had broken away in the previous months rains storms. The walk is now treacherous and not recommended. There are no warning signs anywhere, and you risk falling straight into the sea if you attempt it and lost your footing.
In 2005 two local people were airlifted off the cliff, one was dead on arrival at the hospital.
- Hiking and Walking
El Castillo, Arrecife
Also called Castillo de San Jose.
Ceser Manrique waved a magic wand over the castle and it is now an exhibition area for modern art (Picasso, Miro etc) and an upmarket restaurant/coffee bar
The building dates from 1776 when the King of Spain ordered it to be built even though island was suffering volcanic eruptions and much of the island was starving.
Gallery Open daily 11.00-21.00
Free entrance to explore the castle and view artworks
Restaraunt open 13.00-15.45 & 20.00-23.30
- Castles and Palaces
Haria - the valley of the thousand palms
Haria is a small town in the northern part of Lanzarote. It is not so touristy as it is not at the coast and doesn't offer great attractions.
But if you pass it (maybe on your way to the nearby Mirador del Rio) make a stop. Walk through the streets of this town and have a drink in one of the bars.
The area around the town is known for the lots of palmtrees and therefore called "valley of the thousand palms". I haven't counted the trees but it's an impressive number.
Haria is located in the northermost part of the island - halfway between Teguise and the viewpoint Mirador del Rio.
The former capital Teguise
The town of Teguise was the former capital of Lanzarote before Arrecife. This town isn't located at the coast so you'll find no tourist resort there. In its streets you find the typical atmosphere of a indigenous town.
Every sunday there is a market in the streets of Teguise. Unless you are interested in shopping you should visit Teguise on another day to get the original atmosphere of this normally calm town.
Teguise is located in the center of the island, about 15 km north of Arrecife
- Historical Travel
Winegrowing in La Geria
La Geria is the winegrowing region on Lanzarote. The grape vines are planted into small dents in the ground and protected against the wind by small round stone walls.
The wine-growers use a lava granule for the irrigation of the plants. The poros stones store the moisture during the night and give it to the roots of the grape vines. This unique method allows to grow wine in this arid region without carrying water to the vineyards.
Another effect is the picturesque landscape that arises from this agricultural method and the contrast of the green plants against the black soil. When I visited the plants were still small however.
On the road through the area you'll find several wineries where you can taste the wine and buy it.
La Geria is located between the villages Mozaga and Yaiza.
- Wine Tasting
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