I have been itching for another trip away and jumped at the chance when my friend asked me to spend four days with her in Lanzarote
The first thing that strikes you, especially if its your first-time as a traveller to the island of Lanzarote (which is in the Canaries), is the absence of any high-rise buildings!
It is no accident! It is as a result of the enlightened policy put forward by the late Canarian architect, Cesar Manrique, whose former home can be visited.
His idea of restricting all development to low-rise has been adopted and made law by the Government of Lanzarote.
Therefore, most tourist accommodation on Lanzarote comprises of pleasantly designed two-floor self-catering chalets.
We stayed in a beautiful two bedroom chalet with its own swimming pool. The weather was perfect and we got in some serious sunbathing.
The overall impression of Lanzarote is of neat and tidy buildings, with some interesting variations on”typical” and “traditional” themes.
The buildings are painted white, with either blue or green painted window frames, as set out by Manrique. The whole effect is pleasing on the eye.
The liveliest resort is Puerto del Carmen, which has an “old town” and a fine curved sandy beach backed by a very long promenade stretching for about three miles, with an amazing choice of good restaurants.
When people say Lanzarote you immediately think of english bars, beer and sunday roasts, but there is so much more to this place. Especially if you take time to visit the “non tourist” areas of the Island.
The smart resort of Costa Teguise, north of the capital, Arrecife, is also expanding very rapidly and offers a Casino, as well as everything else to suit visitors.
This resort has more hotels than Puerto del Carmen.
Timanfaya, or Fire Mountain, whose lava slopes and craters can be descended by camel, provides a very interesting and unusual excursion.
A nice day out is to catch the Fred Olsen ferry from Playa Blanca, a smart, quieter resort in the south of the island, for the short crossing to Corralejo, on the northern tip of the less-developed Fuerteventura, the Canarian island just to the south of Lanzarote.
Overall the weather was great, the food was great and my friend and I had some real, albeit short fun. Just what I needed to recharge the batteries. It’s not that expensive to stay there and I was surprised by how much I enjoyed the place. I will definately be back to sample some more of what Lanzarote has to offer.
Next week its of to sunny Madeira