A few years ago one of my dearest friends moved to Lanzarote. As nice as Sardinia is, he wanted to be able to enjoy the sea, the sun and the good weather all year long. He’s also an avid surfer and wanted to live somewhere the waves are consistently good. I’ve not seen him much since he’s moved there: I travel around so much that when he’s in Sardinia, I am somewhere else.
He insists that with all the traveling I do, there really is no excuse for me not to have visited him in Lanzarote yet. It’s true, he has a point. So I’ve decided that after a much needed break from travelling (yes, travel bloggers get burned out too!), during which I’ll spend summer in Sardinia with my family and friends, I’ll finally head to this beautiful part of the world in October.
My plan once I’m on my Lanzarote holidays is to explore the island, soak up the sun on the beaches, swim in the warm waters and take in the gorgeous landscapes. Basically, I’ll be making the most of my time to see all the Lanzarote attractions, such as the Cesar Manrique Foundation, where the home of the island’s favorite son artist and architect lived. As well as a creative genius, Manrique was a staunch believer in conserving the environment and nature was a fundamental element in his work.
I’ll be making a beeline for the original capital of Lanzarote, Teguise, to take a walk along its cobbled streets and colonial mansions. I’ll also be calling at the Convento de San Francisco and Convento de Santo Domingo to admire the architecture of these churches that have established secured such a cherished place in Lanzarote life. More leisurely, I’ll be bringing some bathers to visit the Aqualand water park and cool off under the sun!
I’ll explore the Timanfaya National Park. How can you not want to explore a park that has mountains such as Fire Mountains? I’ll eat at the El Diablo restaurant, which prepares the food using the heat of the volcano itself, and appreciate the views from the top. I might even take a little tour of the restaurant and see how the food itself is cooked. Why not!
Since it’s only a quick ferry ride away, I’ll also be hopping across to the island of La Graciosa, which is roughly just 2 kilometers away. This is one of the few places in Europe where the roads aren’t tarmacked, which makes it perfect for me to hit the island with a mountain bike or just don some hiking boots and do some walking. The island is renowned for its beaches as well, so I’ll be sure to spend a little time pampering myself on them after all that exertion!
I’ll beg my friend to teach me how to surf. I’ll fail miserably, but I know I’ll still have a blast out on that surfboard. And finally I’ll relax staring at the amazing views the many lovely restaurants by the sea offer, have one too many beers with my friend (he owes me one!) and dine on “pescado” — fish, which is meant to be delicious there.
I can’t wait!