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Miguel’s recipe for Mojo sauce

Everyone who comes to Lanzarote loves Mojo – the sauce served with bread, potatoes or fish as a Canarian staple. And every local chef has their own recipe, which they are convinced is the best in the world!

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Here’s mine:

Mojo Verde

Ingredients

Large bundle of coriander leaves pulled off the stems (called cilantro here)

4 cloves of garlic

Juice of half a lemon

2 Tablespoons of wine or cider vinegar

A small green pepper (or half one if you can’t find the small type)

A large pinch of cumin

Two slices of bread, crusts removed

(I quite often add a small chili, although that isbn’t normal with green mojo)

Method

Blitz everything except the bread and oil in a food processor. Once the ingredients have smashed down a little, add the bread torn into chunks, then drizzle in the oil until the sauce is at the consistency you like – it can be thick and chunky or thin and drizzly! Taste and adjust seasoning, and add vinegar if you feel it needs more.

Cash machines and exchanging money

IMG_3950I am often asked wich is the nearest bank machine to Nazaret and the answer is Bancia in the centre of Teguise a very short distance drive, its actually walkable if you are feeling energetic! There is lots of easy parking in Teguise and it is a lovely place to have a coffee and stroll around. There are some really lovely dress shops, restaurants and galleries.

Mand and myself had a morning up there last week it really is so improved and since all the pavements have been replaced its easy to get around. Dont wear posh heeled shoes though , the cobble stones will wreck them!

We are also asked about changing money? I suggest bringing pounds and changing over here.

We have a really great Indian guy called Raj who always gives us a very fair rate. Its immediately opposite Las Maretas and the post office.

He also sells wine spirits and tobacco. His prices are as good as anywhere and I know you need not worry about his honesty, He is lovely.

We are now heading into summer and the weather is fantasic. If you are thinking of coming over please drop Mand@lanzarotevillasdirect.com a line. We have a few spaces this year.

If you intend to come over next do get in early if you have fixed specific dates.

Take care hope to hear from you soon.

11 Things For Mature Couples To Do In Lanzarote

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The kids have left home, and you’re still holidaying on your favourite island. You’ve probably done all the usual things here, often for the benefit of the youngsters, but now it’s time to enjoy your time in Lanzarote.

Hire A Car

Essential for many of the suggestions we’ve come up with, and having a car makes the more interesting places in Lanzarote so much more accessible. Car hire her is cheap – as little as €80 a week. But if you prefer something racy or roofless, the choice is vast! We can help: Lanzarote Car Hire.

Visit The Agricultural Museum

 Museo Agricola El Patio is in the centre of the island. It’s the oldest farm on the island and is still worked today. It provides a wonderful snapshot of island life before tourism, and you can buy local wine there!

Have A Meal In A Sociedad

We’re big fans of the island’s sociedades. Most villages have one, and they offer fabulous home cooked food at prices you won’t believe. Be brave enough to visit one, and you will be welcomed with open arms and you’ll enjoy a culinary treat.

Visit The Cactus Garden

You might have put off visiting this attraction for years. I did – I thought it would be boring! But Manrique’s garden is a masterpiece with over 7,000 plants to look at. August and September are the best months to catch them in flower. There’s also a café there where you can buy a burger made from Tunera cactus!

Visit Tenesar

 Tenesar is known locally as the “lost village.” It’s on the coast, off the main road in Tinajo. The village was pretty much cut off from the rest of the island during the volcanic eruptions, but the access was re-opened with a new road and some of the houses there are now occupied.

Enjoy A Tasting Menu

Some of Spain’s top chefs work here and visit Lanzarote regularly. They often plan tasting menus – Menus de degustacion, where you can try many small courses of their creations. Look out for them on our pages, but events are regularly held in the island’s top restaurants and hotels.

SPEND A DAY IN ARRECIFE

Arrecife has so much to offer anyone who loves Lanzarote. Get there early and enjoy wandering the narrow streets to stumble across some really interesting shops. Have a coffee break on the 17th floor of The Arrecife Gran Hotel, then visit the new marina. Finally enjoy lunch around Charco San Ginés and then relax on the fabulous Sandy Playa El Reducto and cool off with a dip.

Go On A Wine Tour

Lanzarote’s wine making history goes back to the 1700’s. Wine cultivation here is completely different to anywhere else in the world, due to the harsh conditions, and results in some exceptional wines. You can visit the bodegas for tours and tastings yourself, or join an organised tour.

Ride The Water Taxi

The water taxi runs between Puerto del Carmen and Puerto Calero. Leave the car at one end, and walk to the other, have a coffee and cake and then jump on the boat to get back to your car.

Visit The Casino

Lanzarote’s casino is in Puerto del Carmen, and whilst it’s not in the same league as Las Vegas, it offers all the usual games along with a sophisticated atmosphere.

Get Your Kit Off!

Charco del Palo is Lanzarote’s naturist village. It’s a charming place, right on the coast and has a lagoon style beach and a swimming area set in the coastal rocks. Nudity is the norm there, so if you like the idea of sunbathing and swimming without clothing, then pay the place a visit!

Whichever of these you choose for your next visit, have a fabulous time!

Using your mobile here New rates for Roaming

Roaming With Your Devices On Holiday In Lanzarote

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As of 15th June 2017, a new EU law has come into effect which gives all EU citizens an entitlement to “Roam like at home.” For most of you who visit Lanzarote, it means you will be able to take advantage of our excellent 4g coverage while on holiday here.

Essentially, the new law means you can enjoy the same benefits, in terms of speed and amount of data, as you do at home, without paying more for the privilege.If you have a contract with a mobile operator which includes roaming services it will automatically be considered as a roam like at home contract. The default option for all new mobile contracts with roaming services will be roam like at home.

This opens up a whole new world while you are here:

You can use Google or Apple maps for navigation

You can stream your favourite radio stations or music

You don’t need to do anything to activate this – if you have a data package, it should automatically switch to “roam like at home.”

Note this applies to anywhere in the European Union, so if you are visiting elsewhere, roaming charges will still apply

A couple of things to note are that this doesn’t apply to phone calls, so calls could still be pricey from abroad, and there are caps for pay as you go users. Either check with your operator, or have a look here: EU Internet mobile roaming costs

Walk or cycle from Arrecife to Playa Honda

Start at the Parque Temático on the sea front by the Cabildo in Arrecife.

The distance table for Lanzarote shows that the airport to Arrecife is 7km, this promenade is a lovely way to explore this area and there are loads of tapas bars and restaurants to stop at for refreshment! On a bike this didn’t take long at all about 30 minutes each way I took it very easy and stopped to take photographs.

Start out from the car park along the wide promenade, the pink brick section is for cycling, I liked the shaded seating area along this front, to the left is a view to the Gran Hotel and to the right you can see as far as the Femés mountains.

The Arrecife promenade continues until the sailing club at Playa el Cable, there the posh bricked style of pavement ends and its a rough but level path that continues around Playa La Concha.

At the beach in La Concha if you’re cycling you’ll need to decide if to dismount off your bike and carry it up the ten steps or take the well worn route across the beach and up the ramp the other side.

Update: These steps have now been replaced by a slope, so they are bike and wheelchair accessible.

The promenade widens and smoothes out again when the Avenida Playa Honda starts, all along this route were other cyclists, walkers and joggers. Here you can find the popular Restaurante Emmax and a selection of tapas bars. Look for the two houses built on the beach that are known as Casa Juan el Curita.

The massive beach of Playa Honda stretches along the coastline, there are signs marking areas for swimming and closer to the airport areas for windsurfing. Again there is a choice of bars and restaurants with lovely terraces such as the Marilyn Lounge Bar and Erik next door.

Crossing over a wooden bridge the promenade changed to tarmac with lanes for walking and cycling clearly marked, it was quite busy with walkers in this section around the Lanzarote airport runway. I was quite tempted to take time out in one of the zocos on the beach but continued to the end of the runway – here you need to be aware of sand that has blown off the beach, the track was covered in places and my bike actually stopped dead in one place.

I stopped to watch a Binter and Ryanair plane take off from Lanzarote and was quite amused to see a parking area for bicycles here. There were some workmen to be seen from the runway resurfacing project around the perimeter fences.

Once you reach Matagorda,  turn around and returned back the way you had come from. The cycle ride was easy, going back was marginally harder as you are heading into the wind towards Arrecife but still manageable what ever your level of fitness.
 

Playa Honda BeachAvenida Playa Honda

Marilyn & Erik BarsLifeguard hut

Availability

IMG_7422_442x295Just to update you on availability. Of course if it is last minute we give great reductions!

Luca September 17th – 23rd November 13th – December 24th

Solymar – September 7th – 15th ( 8 days) October 19th -26th November 16th – 26th December 2nd 9th

Albarino August 31st – September 7th November 6th – December 27th STILL AVAILABLE FOR CHRISTMAS

Galles September 6th – 16th September 30th – October 7th October 17th – 29th November 12th – December 23rd

Amanacer July 4th – 11th August 20th – 31st September 30th – October 5th November 11th – 18th. December 2nd – 20th

Tres Palmeras June 6th – 20th July 3rd – 10th July 24th – 30th August 16th – 23rd August 30th – 22nd September November 11th – December 4th

You know we are more than happy to accept payment on arrival to put your mind at rest but PLEASE may I ask you to get holiday insurance. We have had a number of clients who have cancelled recently who have not been covered and we have been unable to fill the bookings. We never hassle clients as often these cancellations are for very sad reasons and we accept the loss. If you take out insurance we are all covered. Many thanks for your consideration.

 

Fish baked in salt.

If like us, you love fresh fish in Lanzarote, here’s the simplest of recipes which tastes amazing!

Sama Dorada and Lanzarote Sea Salt

Buy two fresh fish and a bag of coarse sea salt (Salinas de Janubio if possible) from the supermarket. We like Sama Dorada with this recipe, ask the fishmonger to clean the fish but leave it whole (limpiar y entero). Heat the oven to 180° C, cover the bottom of the ovenproof dish with a layer of the sea salt then place the fish on top. Season to taste, we normally place 5 whole black peppercorns inside the fish where it was gutted with a bay leaf underneath and on top of the fish. Next cover the top of the fish with a liberal sprinkling of sea salt to form a crust.

 

Break open the crust of salt and serve the fillets of the fish onto your plate.

Restaurants in Lanzarote would normally accompany this dish with papas arrugadas, the local wrinkly potatoes and either fresh vegetables or a side salad. Enjoy with a cold glass of Lanzarote vino blanco seco (dry white wine).

Cooked this way, the fish is moist, full of flavour and not at all salty, give it a go.

Fresh fish of the day?

Lanzarote Fresh Fish Of The Day

There is nothing better than a fresh fish lunch eaten at a restaurant situated over looking the sea somewhere along the coast in Lanzarote. Most of the time we leave which fish of the day up to the waiter and we’ve yet to be disappointed.

fresh fish of the day

The Spanish name of the fish often bears no resemblance to the English equivalent so we’ve shortlisted a few of the more common ones found on menu’s in Lanzarote to help you decide what to order.Dorada – sea bream

Cherne – stone bass

Bonito – skipjack tuna

Bocinegro – common sea bream

Boquerones – anchovies

Lubina – sea bass

Vieja – parrot fish

Morena – moray eelGueldes – whitebait

Cantarero – scorpion

Medregal – amberjack

Gambas – shrimps

Langostinos – prawns

Pulpo – octopus

Calamares – squid

Lapas – limpets

Mejillones – mussels

Lenguado – sole

Here’s some more of our suggestions of where to enjoy fresh fish of the day when enjoying your holiday

One of the strangest fish we’ve eaten in Lanzarote is called cantarero, it was served to us twice recently. The first time we were enjoying Sunday lunch in the small coastal village of Arrieta in the North, Restaurante El Charcon sits on the harbour overlooking the dolls house. We told the waiter we’d like fresh fish of the day but served fried and he suggested cantarero, simply prepared with the sides scored and deep fried it was delicious. Later when we looked up the name we found out we’d just eaten a plate of scorpion fish! Not the most handsome of the species but definitely very tasty.

Cantarero or scorpion fishCantalero grilled

El Golfo is a popular destination for fresh fish lunches, there are a plethora of restaurants to choose from in this seaside village nestled between Timanfaya and Playa Blanca. Waiters will call to you in the street to try and tempt you into their restaurant to eat the fresh catch of the day.

There’s lots of fish in the typical Canarian tapas dishes such as Ropavieja con pescado which is a fish and chickpea stew, La Era is a lovely place to visit in Yaiza with all the favourite recipes passed down through the generations and a beautiful Canarian finca with central courtyard too.

La Era ropavieja pescado Gambas y Pulpo Cazuela “El Cortijo

The Cazuela “El Cortijo” is a delicious sizzling skillet full of octopus, prawns, mushrooms and garlic, we enjoyed this dish at the Restaurante El Cortijo in Haría.

The beauty of an island the size of Lanzarote is that the sea isn’t very far away and we have some fabulous restaurants to dine out at during your holiday. We hope that you are a little adventurous and enjoy exploring the island and the range of cuisine on offer.

Strange garden In Teguise?

You may not know what it’s called but I’ll bet most of you have noticed the peculiar house with the garden of statues in La Villa de Teguise, this is the work of Don Pillimpo.

Museo Mara MaoPillimpo Angel

For anyone approaching the Sunday market in Teguise from the direction of San Bartolomé, Pillimpo’s garden is situated on the left hand side after the petrol station, each week hundreds pause to wonder at the sculptures.

Casa Museo Mara MaoPillimpo Man

This strange collection of statues frequently stops passers by in their tracks, cars pause in the road whilst their passengers stare, whilst on foot people stop to browse the chaotic display of figurines. The colour of the statues change frequently, at the moment they are predominantly white with odd ones picked out in shades of grey, green and pale pink.

Pillimpo Lions of TeguiseMuseo Mara Mao Old shoes

Researching the artist on the internet there are two names given for him. Some say his actual name is José García Martín whilst the other option is Manuel Perdomo Ramírez. The house is also referred to as the Casa Museo Mara Mao after the statue holding this name up.

Don Pillimpo InterviewPillimpo Horse

The front door is generally open although it’s said the artist is shy of being photographed and doesn’t like people entering his garden. During my visit to take these photos, Don Pillimpo was being interviewed by another photographer, I took advantage of the distraction to have a good look at his exhibition from the safety of the perimeter fence.

Pillimpo Pink LadyMuseo Mara Mao Toys chained to the tree

Pillimpo takes discarded items and recycles them into his art, it can be a bit disconcerting to see rogue dolls heads daubed with paint and teddy bears chained to the tree but what’s rejected by others has been embraced into this artist’s eclectic display.

 

We return and someone was glad to see us!

We have been on a 4 week cruise cruise from Bangkok to Dubai visiting the most fantastic countries. They went from the sublime to the ridiculous. We were sailing on the Regent Seven seas line and it was brilliant. Everything went smoothly over here; leaving the business in Kate Mark and Amanda’ s capable hands. Carole and John looked after the house and of course Betty. Thank you to all of you.

If any one has a yearning to join us for 2 weeks I have availability in Solymar from May 25th June 8th at a truly crazy price, email me Jan@lanzarotevillasdirect.com for details. More later when I have done the washing! Jan x

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