Monday, 4 January 2016

Lanzarote – Last Days


We sat and watched this very talented young man creating art before our eyes. It was quite windy but still these stones stayed balanced and we gladly put some money in his tin!


On the outskirts of Puerto del Carmen we came across this fascinating Nativity Scene in the rocks of a garden  ………..


……. and further along there were some beautifully tended gardens growing out of solid rock!


One of the hotels sported a terrific Nativity display with lake, waterfall, salt beds and windmill. Plus a huge and well decorated Christmas tree. A reminder to us that, despite the sunshine and hot weather we’ve been enjoying, it’s still a couple of days to go to Twelfth Night!


Determined to expereince some of Lanzarote’s more remote and beautiful landscapes we took to the cliffs on the south side of the island for some serious walking (for us).


The sun’s intensity was made more bearable by the cooling sea breezes but it was still definitely ‘shirts off’ weather!


If it hadn’t been for the Atlantic Ocean nudging us on one side we could have easily imagined this to have been the moon ……….


………. there is virtually no sign of plant life anywhere but we did see some goat poo -  so there’s animal life around somewhere!


After some great walking (in flipflops!) we came to one of the most enchanting and unspoilt coastal settlements we have ever found. Playa Quemada is a remote little fishing village with just a few small restaurants servicing the tourists that manage to find the place. The speciality, of course, is the freshly caught fish.


For James, almost the only thing to eat which didn’t contain fish was an egg with the shell on it! For Doug it was heaven! Having said that, we both had the most delicious last meal of our stay – al fresco and with the Atlantic Ocean as a backdrop.


And, to finish our stay, Lanzarote pulled out all the stops with a sensational sunset for us.

Our first stay on Lanzarote really has been a memorable visit. The island has to be one of the most well kept we ever seen. The people who live and work on the island love and respect their home and this is typified in the way the land is worked and it’s buildings are presented. It’s evident that Cesar Manrique has had a major influence in the way the island looks today. Oh, and the volcanoes had some part in it as well!   We’d love to return one day and enjoy those parts we didn’t see.

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