As I grew older and my wanderlust became stronger, Lanzarote was never at the top of my travel to do list. That was until a few years back when Tim surprised me with a short break to Puerto Calero....the island stole a piece of my heart and I had been itching to go back since. This month we spent 10 beautiful days there and I fell in love even more. We stayed in a stunning villa on the south of the island, with our own pool and views out across the ocean, it really was the perfect place to be.
We didn't want to waste a single minute whilst we were there so our adventures started on day one. We jumped into our hire car and drove all the way up to the north of the island, here lies the most stunning coastline with chalk white sandy coves and nestled at the end of a long windy road is the beautifully calm village of Orzola. From here we caught the ferry over to La Graciosa, a gorgeous island filled with whitewashed houses and roads made from sand. Only 600 people live on the island and whilst sat on the almost deserted beach I couldn't help but feel a pang of jealously at their simple and laid back lifestyle.
Tucked away on the Southwest coast of Lanzarote is the tiny fishing village of El Golfo, filled with authentic restaurants and stunning scenery it is the perfect place to hide away from anything touristy. Thanks to my parents who had visited the island earlier on the year we already knew about Lago Verde, a mysterious green pool sat in the middle of a volcanic beach. After a slightly treacherous climb down I spent some time trying to capture the amazing contrast of earthy colours on camera but it was just too difficult so we retired to the waves. I have never seen waves so big..at times they were about 8 feet high, amazing for any thrill seekers out there!
We spent hours wandering round the tiny whitewashed streets of Teguise. Our senses were spoilt with the amazing smells and colours coming from the quaint stalls at the market and I watched with admiration the locals brimming with passion for their trade. Every corner we turned there was something new to see, I love the guy sat in his window playing guitar to the crowds.
We did some island hopping and sailed over to Fuertaventura for the day. With a drink in hand we spent hours relaxing on the vast sand dunes of Grandes Playas beach, when we got too hot we dipped in and out of the crystal clear sea.
When the sunshine decided to stay behind the clouds one morning we took a daring drive up to Timanfaya national park. Here we rode camels and took a bus tour down the meandering volcanic roads, it was easy to feel like we were lost on the surface of mars...it's a shame we couldn't get out and explore more as the landscape was incredible.
Some nights we took a trip up to Puerto Calero marina and over dinner talked about what we would do if we had enough money to own a super duper yacht.
By accident we stumbled across an amazing abandoned hotel which was miles away from anywhere. We probably shouldn't have but neither of us could help stepping inside and stopping to imagine what the place could have been like if it had been completed all those years ago. Apparently the place was used by homeless people years ago which is why you can see doors and windows in place of where the balconies would have been. I must admit, the deserted bikes and shoes that were dotted around the place gave me the creeps but I had so much fun taking pictures. I loved how the empty floors framed the landscape behind...a photographers dream!
Many friends were made during our stay! The island is brimming with cats much to my delight and they were are all so friendly, I definitely considered sneaking a few in my suitcase.
I couldn't finish this post without mentioning the array of beautiful sunsets that we witnessed during our trip. I will never get bored of sitting by the ocean and watching the different colours dance across the sky.
I feel like Lanzarote is underestimated when it comes to beauty, there is so much to see and do that even the most adventurous of adventurers would be happy to go there.