Curiosity has got the better of me with regard to the dam that can be seen on the left when driving past Guatiza heading up to the north. I decided to park the car and take a walk to see what was behind it. Its a steep walk up on a gravel path and close to the top I got excited as I passed a construction which was owned by the local water authority. I wanted expecting to see a lake at the top, maybe being just a bit naive knowing that we have a severe lack of rainfall here on the island. Arriving at the top imagine my disappointment to find that behind the construction there was not a drop of water, not even a puddle. There was however evidence that the valley does collect a considerable amout of water as the trough was full of green trees. The dam has in fact never been in operation despite plans going back to 1950’s when it was first proposed to use the area for water conservation. It was worth the walk if not only for the panoramic views across the east coast of the island.
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Lanzarote is a great place for hiking and you can’t beat a walk along the beautiful Lanzarote coastline.
Some fantastic recommended routes would be as follows:
Puerto del Carmen – Puerto Calero- Playa Quemada.
You could start this walk in either Puerto del Carmen and stop off half way for some refreshment in Puerto Calero before finishing in Playa Quemada for lunch in only of the great fish restaurant at the seashore.
Set off from the village of Famara and head towards the stunning cliffs. You will pass a small white house which is the last occupied building and if you go far enough you will reach the “Casa del Agua” (the house of water) Enjoy the fantastic views!
For those of you who like a bit of plane spotting, you cannot beat the lovely coastal walk from Puerto del Carmen through to Playa Honda. In the middle you will pass the airport and you get really close to the planes landing and taking off. Playa Honda also has some great beachside restaurants for some lunch in the sun.
Charco del Palo to Arrieta
A beautiful coastal walk from the naturist village of Charco del Palo in the North of the island through to the village of Arrieta. It’s a flat walk but wear sensible shoes as the path isn’t paved. Look out for a small pebbled beach about half way there!
It looks very inviting but do you think you have the stamina to reach the beautiful beaches at the base of the Mirador del Rio. There are steps that lead you down the 600m drop to the base of the mountain. The deserted beaches and aqua blue waters make it look very worth while. This route used to be a regular causeway for the wives of fishermen who used to take this route to trade fish from the island of Graciosa many,many years ago
Situated on an incline in San Bartolome is one of the most important houses in Lanzarote which dates back to the 18th century. It was originaly owned by an influential militar but today stands as a museum portraying the history of San Bartolome.
With a budget of almost 50,000 euros, San Bartolomé is making improvements to this historical landmark concentrating on the exterior and it is planned to create a sports ring, in the space where palm trees were planted, which have now mostly dried up.
The project signed by Daniel González, to be executed throughout 2019, includes three new recreational areas, as well as the planting of trees to offer shade and shelter from the wind.
The Lanzarote Cactus Garden (Jardin de Cactus) is an award winning haven of beauty and tranquility.
It was the last work of César Manrique that he created in Lanzarote and the famous artist could see the potential of the old quarry in Guatiza being surrounded by such a large cactus plantation.
Today the Cactus Garden has around 450 different species and a variety of 13 different families of Cacti.
The garden, with so many amazing green plants, gives a beautiful contrast against the Lanzarote blue sky and this is a must see attraction for visitors to Lanzarote.
The photo is courtesy of CACT.
LanzaroteON are offering a free digital discount card which can be used in various locations on the island just by downloading their app. It’s a great aid with information on excursions, shopping, restaurants and bars. If you have booked your holiday and are looking for more information at hand then this app will help you explore the island. Acting as your personal tour guide listing the venues on the island with discounts. For more information or to download click here
Playa Blanca is a resort surrounded by many natural surprises, The volcanic landscape and nationally protected beaches of Papagayo are the well documented but Los Charcones is one of the unspoilt places that is not so well known. It’s about a 5 minute drive from the resort centre but worth a visit if you are looking for some downtime and complete relaxation. From the Pechiguera lighthouse there are some beautiful natural unspoilt pools stretching across the coastline for almost 2 kilometres. Ideal for taking a dip and enjoying the Lanzarote sunshine. It’s only accesible by dirt track which gives you an idea of how many people you will find there……. not many.