Saturday, November 29, 2014

Lanzarote, Canary Islands. November 2014.

 

Dear Friends,

How first looks can be deceiving… What at first glance appeared to be a barren, lunar, dry landscape, had some nice surprises instore for us.

The reception at the Puerto Calero Marina was outstanding. We spent time on internet issues and the like, and had lunch in one of the many restaurants in the marina. The next day we rented a car and checked out some spots on this island. The lack of rain water is obviously and issue, but we noticed very well designed irrigation systems, and the soil being volcanic, very fertile therefore is producing tomatoes and other veggies. The towns and villages are picturesque, and scattered around the hills and mountains.. all white.. looks peaceful.

We went to check out Playa Blanca (understandable why so many northern Europeans go here…), then we went to the National Park Timanfaya… Adventures as we are, did the Camel back thing and went to see the Mountain of Fire… Very impressive to be face to face with the energy stored in the earth’s core…We then drove to Arrecife (capital of Lanzarote) and walked around in the city centre for a while. Then, on the way back stopped at a EuroSpar supermarket and re stocked for our 9 day trip to Cape Verde.

There is much more to do and to see, not only on Lanzarote but also the other Islands.. Unfortunately for us, no more time, but certainly would like to return.

The next day, rental car returned, diesel topped up and of we go to Mindelo, Cape Verde, 950 nm south…

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        Arriving at Lanzarote                                 Salt makes thirsty….

 

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Puerto Calero Marina… Top notch                        Our instant neighbour

 

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    Playa Blanca Lanzarote                                                 Ditch the diet

 

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   Arent we dare devils….                                          Me and Rafael…

 

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Walking on the moon?                                             Last eruption was in 1824

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      Geothermal forces

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And on our way to Cape Verde…

All the best

Pieter

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