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Lanzarote – Coastal Plonking   13 comments

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A phrase we used from our university days to describe messing about by the sea when the weather was too bad to walk in the mountains. Lanzarote has some great coastal scenery and two visits either side of a lunch back at the apartment shows the variety on offer. In the morning (minus TJF who elected to laze in bed) we headed a few miles up the coast to El Golfo. It’s on the fringes of the Timanfaya National Park where the major eruptions of the 16th and 17th centuries took place and devastated this corner of the island.

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It’s a pretty white stone village perched on the coast at the edge of the area of the most extreme devastation. The lava from Timanfaya flowed right into the sea and obliterated everything in its path. It left behind some remarkable scenery

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El Golfo is best known for this curious green lake, El Lago Verde, between the sea and the lava cliffs of Charco de los Clicos. Something to do with the minerals in the rock and a peculiar kind of algae that lives on it

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Compared to the dark blacks and reds of the volcanic rocks it’s an arresting sight

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You can’t go down to the lake any more as it’s a treasured site and the paths and cliffs are highly unstable

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You can wander about on the beach next door so we took a stroll and scramble on the rocks admiring the crystal clear water and weird shapes of the eroded lava

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A short drive away is another sight worthy of a detour. We parked up on the coast and looking back you can see many of the dozens of small volcanic cones that spewed lava, ash and all sorts of other stuff. Hard to imagine what this must have been like when it was on fire

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The coast is spectacular with jagged rocks in all directions.

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The real sights are however the caves of Los Hervideros. As the lava slowly tumbled in to the sea it created a network of caves and blow-holes.

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They have constructed a series of walkways and viewing platforms above the caves and cliffs where you can look through the holes to the sea below. Its pretty impressive

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You can see the columns of lava as it cooled, not dissimilar to what you see at The Giants Causeway

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The sun was in the wrong place to properly see the extent of the caves underneath where we were walking. You can make out the viewing areas and people in the images below

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When it’s particularly stormy and the waves are big apparently it shoots water out through the places where people were standing. That must be a sight to behold

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After lunch we headed over to one of Lanzarotes most famous beaches at Papagayo. It’s only a short drive from Playa Blanca but a fun one along a few kms of bouncy dirt tracks

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This is the next door beach of Playa de la Cera

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But this little beauty is Playa del Papagayo

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Its pretty much perfect. Golden sand, clear water and views to die for

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Another basalt Dyke running across the back of the beach

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I’m not entirely sure why but we didn’t take swimming stuff so while the others lazed on the beach I went for a wander along the cliff tops

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The views across the chain of beaches backed by the mountains we’d walked in the day before were immense

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The water is stunningly clear. These beaches must be mobbed in summer but at this time of year there was just the right amount of people to give a happy family atmosphere

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A look along the beaches of Playa de la Cera, Playa del Pozo and Playa Mujeres

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A beach well worth visiting more than once so we saved it for another day

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A beach that often appears in lists of the worlds best beaches and it’s not hard to see why

 

 

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Lanzarote – Montana Roja   15 comments

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Playa Blanca sits at the bottom of the island at end of vast expanse of volcanic desert called the Rubicon Plain, that’s pretty flat and featureless. What it also has is its own volcano or least a relic of one, Montana Roja, that overlooks the resort. A tempting target for a walk so first afternoon we headed out to take a look.

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We stopped off at the tip of the island near the lighthouse for a coastal stroll first. Not one of the best walks, it’s all a bit untidy with loads of half-finished villas and roads

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It gave a different view of Montana Roja. It looks deceptively big from here even though its only 194m above sea level

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Add to the fact you can drive a good way up the slopes and it makes a very easy and very splendid short hike. On the way up the views across the old volcanic peaks above the village of Femes opens out, the outskirts of Playa Blanca in the foreground

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A panorama looking north towards the rest of the island

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TJF wasn’t greatly enthused by the walk and chose to sit on the rim of the crater with her phone pressed to her face. The rest of us chose to walk around the crater to the high point.

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The sun was close to setting so the light was stunning, turning the rocks and peaks a deep golden reddish-brown

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The walk around the crater is superb, albeit quite short. Nothing better than elevated views above the coast.

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A nice contrast between the stark landscape and the gleaming white buildings of the resort

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Had TJF not been sitting waiting for us (and we had food shopping to do) we’d have stayed to watch the sunset

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As it was, we enjoyed the short stroll and the changing colours. Lanzarote does reds and browns (and black) pretty well

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A last lingering shot of Fuerteventura across the water

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I meant to walk up here a few times as its such a wonderful viewpoint but we never seemed to get the chance. We did head up on last evening to watch the sunset but there was more cloud about and the views not so great. We did get a few interesting cloud effects though

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A small sunny patch on the village of El Golfo

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And the Timanfaya National Park (more on both places in later posts)

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A sunset hole in the clouds

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Fading light on the Femes Hills (my name – they don’t seem to have a name of their own)

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There seemed to be thin strip of oddly coloured yellow cloud hanging above Fuerteventura. You can just about make it out in the photos below.

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No idea what it was. My guess is sand in the atmosphere from the sand dunes on the north of the island

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Our first Lanzarote volcano. More to come

Posted January 10, 2018 by surfnslide in Lanzarote, Spain, Walking

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