Doris Visits Lanzarote
Lanzarote is another volcanic island with the darker black, red and white sand beaches and the moonscape parks that you can tour or drive through. The landscape is best seen from the Fire Mountain in the Timanfaya National Park which is famous for the fantastical shapes created by solidified volcanic lava. These have steaming hot natural holes or wells which the guides enthusiastically show that if you throw a bucket of cold water down it gets spat back up as steam.
Camel rides are available in the National Park, and tours here will also take you to the lush wine country of La Geria to sample the heady local vintages.
Head north instead of southwest and you will discover wonderfully verdant Haria – ‘the valley of a thousand palms’ and can enjoy panoramic views from Mirador del Rio.
Equally fascinating is a visit to Jameos el Agua cave, an oddly shaped volcanic cave overlooking a saltwater lagoon where you will find a colony of white crabs unique to the island.
Puerto del Carmen
I used to have a small bungalow on the beach here in Puerto del Carmen many years ago when my children were small, but the island has developed much since then. However the attraction to re-visit was too great. We got a bus and went on a trip down memory lane to Puerto del Carmen and had a delicious lunch in one of the gorgeous restaurants overlooking the sea.
We arrived in Lanzarote on a Sunday so Arrecife the port was mainly closed although there was a triathlon beginning in the town. It was very easy to get the bus though to either Teguise where there is the famous Sunday market or Puerto del Carmen the main tourist town. We had to be back on board by 4.30. There was so much more we wanted to do. Next time!!
If you were on the cruise with us please share your memories and photos.
Tours available from your ship will probably include
- Mountain of Fire
- Transfer to Puerto del Carmen
- Camel Ride and Fire Mountain
- The Magic of Manrique
- Hidden Lanzarote – Sunday Calls
- Discover the North – Sunday Calls
- Teguise Sunday Market
Which one would you like to see us cover on our next trip.