Puerto Calero has a spanking brand new Marina, where millionaires "park" their magnificent yacht's. There are Lot's of boats to drool over .
Why not take a trip on the Yellow Submarine, which takes you out to sea, were you can see fish feeding from the boats glass bottomed, befor you set off you have to sit through a safety video. You can also hire a yacht and be a millionaire for a day.
The harbour front is lined with cafes, bars and restaurants, all of which are of good value.
This is a very nice place to just sit and people watch.
Just back from the front, you will find a nice range of designer shops....................
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- Sailing and Boating
- Whale Watching
Timanfiya National park
Timanfaya (fire mountain), tells the sad history of this magical Island, when, some 100 years ago it experienced Volcanic eruptions lasting up to 6 years. There are around 36 volcano's in the National Park and to throw up it's fiery, bubbling mass of lava for all that time, has left it's scars on the Island, and changed the landscape for ever.
The area looks very much like the moon surface, and I understand moon landings were practiced here on the Island, in this very baron, vast wilderness that is called Timanfaya.
Before you set off on the trip round the National Park, you are treated to a demonstration of how hot the Earth below really is ,water is poured down a hole in the lava rock, and only seconds later it erupts like a geyser into the air, you feel the hot ash and see straw set alight by the heat.
Only buses are allowed around the Park, so park your car near the restaurant and take the guided tour bus and listen to the atmospheric music that plays on your trip round the Volcano's.
There's a restaurant and toilets, BUT ,don't forget to take plenty of water with you, as it can get very hot.
They also do Camel Rides for the not so faint hearted at certain point's in the park.
The Restaurant El Diablo, is where you start your journey ,the restaurant was designed by Cesar Manrique. BBQ are held a couple of evening's a week, with the food being cooked by the heat from the Volcano.
Just a word of warning here, CHECK that the food from the BBQ is cooked through, as we had some that wasn't cooked properly cooked through.
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- National/State Park
- Arts and Culture
Arrecife Salt Carpets every June
Unique to the Canaries the traditional multi-coloured salt carpets or alfombras de sal. They are lovingly created, for Corpus Christies, the day before the process around the church of San Gines in the island's capital. Many are 26 - 32 foot long, apx 16 ft wide.
Procession from the church at mid-day. Although Corpus Christi is celebrated throughout Lanzarote it is not a fiesta day (bank holiday).
Please, please, dont forget this is not fiesta. It is a serious religious occasion, (Corpus Christi). Respect the local traditions of this island and do not come in beach wear!
- Arts and Culture
Arrecife Market, Wed and Thursday
Every Wednesday and Thursday 9-3pm
Mens, women's / children's clothes, handbags, jewelery, artisans items, toys, beachwear, local wines
Arrecife itself is bustling with shops, restaurants and bars and of course the gorgeous beach near the Grand Hotel.
Teguise Sunday Market
The old capital of Lanzarote has a bustling Sunday market. The usual tourist gifts, cheap watches, handbags and t.shirts are mingled with speciality food & wines, African crafts, and local artisans goods. Dont miss the oriental emporium stuffed to bulging with artefacts from China.
There is typical Canarian dancing and singing in the town square at certain times. Canarian wrestling is held in the marquee. If you don't have a car, most of the resorts have a return coach trip, well worth 5-10 Euros.
It is a 10-15 minute car journey from Costa Teguise, many local buses from the resorts run a special bus service for the Sunday market and it is much cheaper than paying for an organised trip.
Teguise town has many small cafes and restaurants for every taste serving local tapas and more substantial meals, as well as a fast food area in the food market selling nuts, churros, sweets. burgers, German sausage, drinks etc
Playa Honda Beach and Shopping Mall
Playa Honda is the second most populated town on the island.
It contains Dieland, the islands's biggest shopping mall with multiplex cinema, bowling alley, food hall and childs play area. Many other shops, restaurants and bars on the streets around the mall.
A 5 min walk from the shopping mall towards the sea and there are spacious sandy beaches. The generously wide promenade that goes all the way to Arrecife in one direction and Puerto Del Carmen in the other is active with walkers, cyclists and people chilling out, yet its never ever crowded. There is a street market on the promenade every other saturday. There are a dozen restaurants and tapas bars to choose from overlooking the ocean. My personal favourite is Mercedes bar on Saturdays because they have a special BBQ but there are lots of things on the menu.
Cesar Manrique Foundation
The Cesar Manrique Foundation is in the village of Tahiche, easily reached by the drop off tourist bus, car, local bus from Arrecife or taxi.
The Foundation was originally the artist's home, set on two levels with a lagoon. It is built into a series of lava bubbles within the volcanic lava fields. It is a showcase of his inspired work as well as paintings of other artists of his generation (Picasso, Miro). This is one of Spain's most popular tourist destinations and can get busy after 11pm.
The foundation promotes conservation and study of the work of César Manrique. It promotes artistic and cultural activities with regular exhibitions, and helps with the development of anything that respects the natural environment and the landscape.
Open Mon-Sat 10.00 -18.00 and Sun 10.00 - 15.00
Tip: Get there early to take the best photos, as it gets very busy all year round.
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This town, overlooking Puerto Del Carmen has a history that dates to 1493. It was featured in a census carried out by Alonso Fajardo, the Governer of Gran Canaria (still the island’s main governing body), who decided that the town should be named after his two favourite aunts, Francisca and Hernan hence Tias Spanish for aunts.
It is bulging with small private shops, bars, restaurants, hairdressers, florist, gift shops, clothes shops, health food and banks. There are 4 supermarkets, an English supermarket (Macy's) and a large DIY store.
There is a recreation area with an outdoor arena and indoor theatre, and a saturday morning fruit and vegetable market. The old church (Iglesia) hosts regular art exhibitions.
The House and private library of writer José Saramago, the Nobel prize winner/writer in Lanzarote opens as Museum.Visits every 30 min. Minimum group: 10-15 people. Monday - Saturday, 10 a.m.- 2 p.m. / Residents: 2€. Visitors: 8€
June is a good time to visit Tias, as it is fiesta time, with the festival of San Antonio from the 1st to the 13th and culminating in the island wide Festival of San Juan, where bonfires send out plumes of smoke across the island.
Many villas and apartments are for rent in Tias. It has a wonderful array of shops, bars and restaurants. A half hour walk, a 5 min taxi ride or local bus will get you to Puerto del Carmen.
Look close at the giant catcus outside the garden.
The garden in Guatiza is not as boring as you think. It was designed by the famous Cesar Manrique and contains over 10,000 cacti and 1,450 different species in a multi level fascinating setting with a windmill. There is also a restaurant, and shop.
The opuntia cacti in this area was once very wide spread and used commercially to raise the cochineal beetle, it used all over the world for its bright red dye and particularly to create Martini. Now there is only one small farm.
Open 10.00-17.45 daily
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Mancha Blanca market, Yaiza
Mancha Blanca: Agricultural and organic produce, fresh fish and local cheeses. Every Sunday 9-2.
You will need a car to get here. If you can, find the local Sociadad where they produce amazing tapas and drinks for half the price you pay in tourist resorts.
Costa Teguise Market, Friday evenings
Every Friday night 6-10pm.
Stalls selling hand made jewellery, bespoke clothes and bags, silk scarves, local artisans work in the square. It is surrounded by bars and restaurants and is a very popular meeting place in Costa Teguise.
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Famara Beach & Cliffs
Famara beach itself is spectacular and can be reached by car, bus and tour bus. It is very un-commercial, so take everything you need for the day. However Caleta de Famara, a short walk away is the village where you can get a whole range of cafe bars and restaurants and a supermarket.
It is a very popular surfing beach and many surf & body surfing shops offering lessons are also in the village. The beach is so huge, you can always find a cosy spot of your own, even on the busiest of days.
I loved the view from the top, you can walk up the cliffs but it does take some time, allow two hours and dont go walking if the mist surrounds the cliffs it could be very dangerous!
Second hand and bric a brac
Gúime Sociadad (community centre) has a car boot sale every last Saturday of the month, 10-1pm. Mostly English stall holders.
For cheap second hand clothes, household items, books and bric a brac, furniture.
Cakes and pies. Bar and snacks.
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Catch the camel train
Near the entrance to Timanfaya National Park is an area where visitors can experience a close encounter with a train; the four-legged humpbacked dromedary camels, all of which will be the more placid and tame females. For 6Euros (2010 prices) each you can share a camel and be taken up, around and down the dry, volcanic ash cone located near the car park. It's important to be evenly matched in weight with your partner on the other side of the hump. If not you'd experience a very lop-sided ride. Indeed the men will provide sand bag ballast to even up the load. It's also essential to remain seated. I am sure you would very quickly be reprimanded by the many camel attendants should you decide to do any bare-back stunts.
If you decide to save your money then you can while away the time looking in the small museum or having a drink in the small cafe dug into the lava from which the car park has been created. It's also a good opportunity to closely inspect the lava rock. In the walls you will see the small holes or vesicles which trapped the volcanic gases in the molten rock. You will also appreciate why it is prohibited to walk out onto the lava fields. It would be impossible to get very far. That stuff is so jagged and irregular you would easily injure yourself on it.
Our coach tour stopped at the camel ride for about 45 minutes. Most of the folk who took a ride seemed to enjoy the experience. Don't forget to have your photo taken.
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Timanfaya National Park
Timanfaya was declared a National Park on August 9, 1974. It occupies an area of 51.07 km² in the south west of the island and the entire park is of volcanic origin. The most recent volcanic eruptions took place in the 18th century, between the years 1730 and 1736. Among its most well-known volcanoes are La Montaña de Fuego (Fire Mountain), la Caldera del Corazoncillo (Little Heart Cauldron) and Montaña Rajada (Cracked Mountain). There is still a great deal of volcanic activity, with hot points that can reach up to up to 100-120°C on the surface, and 600°C at a depth of 13 metres.
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