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Secret places only the locals know

We’re going to share five of them with you now:

Mirador de Guinate

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Take the main road from Haria and Maguez towards The Mirador del Rio. When you see the sign for Guinate tropical park,

turn left and follow the road through the village and out of the other side. Eventually, you will come to a dead end, which opens into a car parking area.

You’ll hardly ever see anyone else there, but the car park provides an amazing view of La Graciosa, and the salt pans and beach below the Mirador.

Tenesar

Tenesar

From the roundabout in Tinajo, turn into the town towards Timanfaya. Take the third turning to your right (by the Ferreteria)

and follow the road. It will eventually become a dirt track – keep going! When you drop down to sea level, you’ll come to the

“lost” village of Tenesar. There are people living there still, and others who use the properties at the weekends, but many of the houses are ruins.

It’s a fascinating place!

The Bosquecillo

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At the top of the hill above Haria, near the radar station, you’ll find the bosquecillo, which means “grove.”

 

Access is via a fairly rough dirt track by the radar station and not sign posted, you’ll suddenly come into an area with trees (yes really!)

and barbecues and picnic tables anyone can use. The views down to Famara from the top of the cliffs are some of the best on the island.

Playa Quemada

Playa Quemada

Playa Quemada is the next village down the coast from Puerto Calero, going south. There’s only one road in and out of it.

It couldn’t be more different from it’s sophisticated neighbour – a few dozen houses, a beach with easy access to the water,

and three small restaurants which serve fabulous fresh fish.

Charco del Palo Naturist Village

Charco del Palo

Did you know we had a naturist village in Lanzarote? Charo del Palo (Peter’s puddle!) is accessed by a single road –

take the old LZ1 towards the Cactus Gardens and in Mala you’ll spot a turning to the right, between two restaurants.

Follow the road to the coast and you’ll come to Charco del Palo. Plenty of people live there full time, and there are naturist

complexes, a small shopping centre and bars and restaurants. Don’t go there if you are offended by nudity, and don’t take photos.

Spectacular new show coming to Jameos Del Agua at 12.30pm on the dates below

 

Ángaro is an ancient Greek word for the fire signal that when lit, gave locals advance warning of an enemy ship approaching.

The show Ángaro is an original performance, created by the company Pieles and based on the ethnographic heritage of the Canary Islands.

Tickets are priced from €29 – €34 for adults and €14.50 – €17 for children aged 7-12 years old, they can be purchased online.

The higher price is to sit on the first 6 rows at the front of the auditorium, the lower price is general seating.

This show, directed by Jonatan Rodríguez, beat the competition from 18 proposals in the music, dance and theatre category

for the autumn/winter season at CACT. The 4 elements of earth, water, fire and air are used to create music. Pianos,

violins and French horns blend with powerful drums and other instruments, such as conches and shepherd’s flutes, and experiment with dances

and voices from ancestral times.

Special Menu

A special menu will be served in the restaurant at the Jameos del Agua at the end of the show, priced at €24 per person and includes:

A sweet appetiser made from Gofio with fresh cheese with banana, palm honey and toasted almond roast

Starter: Filo pastry stuffed with mushrooms, foie & prawns

Main course: A choice between salmon loin macerated in soy with sautéed spinach, raisins & pine nuts with a light cream of avocado and lime,

or sirloin steak glazed with blueberries, rosemary and garlic with candied boletus

Dessert: Ingot of chocolate with English cream

Getting There

The Jameos del Agua is best accessed by car, it is situated on the LZ-1 coast road between Arrieta and Orzola in the North of Lanzarote.

Unfortunately this attraction is currently not suitable for visitors with limited mobility.

Our Suggestion

For the perfect Sunday in Lanzarote, we would suggest visiting the Sunday Teguise Market in the morning, driving over the top

to descend through Haría. Watch the Ángaro show, followed by lunch either at the Jameos del Agua, or at one of several restaurants in the nearby

village of Arrieta, before chilling on the beach at Playa La Garita.

Top Tips for your Lanzarote vacation

Bring some Euros with you

There isn’t an ATM at Lanzarote airport, so bring at least some cash in Euros with you, for the taxi or that all important first drink! Update:
There is one now, but bring some money anyway, just in case!

Don’t park in the first car parks for Teguise market

If you pull in to the first car park with a high vis jacketed guy waving you in, you’ll have a long walk! Get closer to the town, there are
plenty more places close in to park.

Find Shade

Notice how locals head for the shady side of the street? And they also choose the table with the most shade when they stop for a drink or a coffee.
Its always good to get a break from the sun.

Bring sun cream with you

You can buy sun cream here, but the good stuff is quite expensive, especially if you can get 2 for 1 deals back home.
So bring it with you, and re apply often.

Bring painkillers too

You can only buy Ibuprofen, paracetomol and aspirin at farmacias here. Whilst they’re cheap as chips, it’s not always
convenient to find one, so bring your own.

Use public toilets when you see them!

There aren’t many public toilets in Lanzarote, so when you see some, use them! If you can’t find one, pop in to a bar
for a coffee and use theirs, or at the very least buy a bottle of water from them.

Draw your curtains during the day

Draw the curtains or shutters in your hotel room or apartment when you go out, to stop it feeling like and oven
when you get back.

Learn the “Picon shuffle”

Picon is the black volcanic rock that we use to keep moisture in the ground so plants will grown. When you walk on it in flip flops,
it will get under your feet. As you step back onto terra firma, just flick your feet forward to get the stones out. The first few times,
you’ll lose you flip flops, but in no time at all, you’ll be doing the picon shuffle like a boss.

Driving in Lanzarote. The good news is its not expensive and we organize it for you.

Here are some key things to note:

We drive on the right!

Cars here are left hand drive and we drive on he right side of the road. You’ll get used to it very quickly, but a couple of things might feel
odd if you are used to right hand drive. You’ll find the central interior mirror feels as though it’s in the wrong place, and changing gear will
feel a little odd with your right hand. If you’re concerned about the latter, hire an automatic.

Also remember on a dual carriageway, you should stay in the nearside (right hand) lane unless you are overtaking.

Roundabouts

The first thing to note is that we go around them anti-clockwise. The rules are also different here – traffic in the outside lane has right of way.
That means you will often see people going all the way around a roundabout in the outside lane, even if they are leaving at the 3rd or 4th exit.
Just make sure you are in that outside lane at the point you want to leave the roundabout.

Stop Signs

If you come to a stop sign at a T-Junction, you have to stop, even if you can see the road is clear. A stop is mandatory here, so make
sure you do so.

Solid white lines

You must never cross a solid white line, either to overtake or to turn.

Bikes

You’ll see many more bikes on the roads of Lanzarote than in many other places. Of course, they have just as much right to use the roads as car
drivers or pedestrians. If they are riding in a group, they will usually ride two abreast in a “peloton” which means thir line is shorter for you
to overtake. Wait for a moment when there are no solid lines and the road ahead is clear, then pass the cyclists leaving at least 1.5 metres
clear on your nearside.

Parking

You should park in the direction of the traffic, especially at night so your reflectors are presented to traffic. You shouldn’t swing across the road
to park facing the oncoming traffic.

Slip roads

Slip roads onto main roads can be quite short here, and traffic on the main road is not obliged to let you filter in, so be prepared to stop if
you don’t have a clear entry into the traffic.

Right turns onto a road

When you turn right from one road to another, you should give way to any on coming traffic turning left into the same road. You’ll see marking
which show you where to stop to let the left turner through.

Headlights

It doesn’t rain often in Lanzarote, but when it does, turn your headlights on, and remember the roads can be slippery if it’s the first rain for months.

A left indicator is often used to show you the car in front is stopping

You may have noticed that when cars stop at pedestrian crossings, they put their left indicator on. That signals the car behind, but also the pedestrian
that they have been seen and it is safe to cross.

Seat belts

All occupants must wear seat belts. Children under 18KG in weight must be in child seats and those under 135CM tall should be in the rear
seats on a booster.

Drinking and driving

The legal alcohol limit here is 0.05% and driving under the influence of alcohol or drugs is a serious offence.

Police

The police here maintain a strong presence on the roads and they are permitted to stop traffic for road side checks. Ensure you have your driving
licence with you when driving, and if it’s not a photo type, you should have photo ID with you. Also keep a copy of your hire agreement in the car.

Autos Martina
We book all our cars through Martina who we know to be trustworthy and reliable. You can see the cars on offer on our website. All we need is your flight number and selected vehicle….EASY!

Sorry I have been away again………..

This time visiting New England in the fall, how spectacular it was too. True to form as some of you may be aware we managed to miss the one MUST see due to a hurricane. Martha’s Vineyard has been on my wish list for years and it was disappointing not to be able to visit the island. Also The Mayflower had been taken away from Boston for refurbishment, never mind we had great fun.
We have had a few changes and this has caused a minor ripple but hopefully we are now back on track.
Its mid October and I have just been cleaning the casita ready for guests arriving tomorrow and its 36 degrees apparently the UK is in for some hot weather too.
We have had some lovely guests this year and hopefully many of them will be returning. Lanzarote has had a very busy year PLEASE if you wish to come over contact Mand@lanzarotevillasdirect.com as soon as possible.
We hope to see you soon.

Have you stayed at our villa Solymar?

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A plea to our clients. we are trying out a new company rental booking site Spain-Holiday. I have used them for Casita Amanecer with great results.

I fear that Home Away and Owners Direct are not putting clients first and as well as charging me to advertise they are charging you for the privilege of staying ON TOP of the rental. We don’t think this is on.

I need to get some reviews on the site to boost our rankings. If you would be happy to write us (hopefully a positive review) about your stay in Solymar would you drop Mand@Lanzarotevillasdirect.com a note and she will forward a link to you.

Thank you so much in anticipation,

Jan xx

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.

Here are some suggestions of things you might not have done, but should:

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!

New water supply below Timanfaya?

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Fire and Water – This is a Lanzarote water revolution

The dramatic discovery of an immense deposit of fresh water beneath the volcanoes of Timanfaya could change Lanzarote’s future.“Lanzarote was never the dry island lacking in underground water resources that the history books tell us it was. Today we are here to announce the discovery of the aquifer at Timanfaya.”

These were the dramatic words of Carlos Meca, spokesman for the Podemos party in the Cabildo, at a press conference announcing the discovery of a huge underwater reservoir which he claims could make water cheaper for islanders and reduce Lanzarote’s dependence on desalinated water.

Engineer Carlos Soler has spent two decades claiming that there was water beneath Timanfaya, but it was only two years ago that Podemos hired him to carry out an official report. With support from the César Manrique Foundation and the car-hire firm CICAR, Soler completed his report and was the centre of attention at the press conference announcing the discovery.

Soler’s report claims that the 18th century volcanic eruptions in Timanfaya created a huge impermeable rock basin measuring 200 square kilometres in which water has accumulated for over two centuries. This means that there is an underwater aquifer containing between 12 to 17 cubic hectametres of water (one hectametre is roughly the length of a football pitch).

Soler claims that this water could be extracted by means of an underground dam, and that 50% of the annual rainfall on the island could be diverted to Lanzarote’s water supply. This would mean water could be sold at a price of 10 cents a tonne, providing water that is “cheaper and of better quality” than the supply currently provided by the desalination plant between Arrecife and Costa Teguise.

However, the engineer stressed that further, more precise reports needed to be made on the extent of the water supply, and how it could be extracted in one of the most environmentally protected areas of the island.

Carlos Meca said the discovery could mark “another revolution” for water supplies on the island, pointing out that the first revolution was caused by Manuel Diaz Rijo’s desalination plant.

“Who would have believed that the biggest source of water on the island was not the enormous, long-disappeared mareta in Teguise, not the dam at Mala, the galleries at Famara nor the Maretas del Estado in Arrecife, but instead lay under the volcanic badlands that modelled our landscape?” said Meca.

Stratvs Open or not?

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Stratvs reopens

Bodega Stratvs was allowed to open its doors once again last month after four years of closure. But for how much longer will it remain open?

Bodega Stratvs opened in 2008, and rapidly became one of Lanzarote’s most important wine producers. Located in the heart of La Geria’s wine country, Stratvs was a bold statement – a tourist attraction and a producer whose wines rapidly began to accumulate important international awards for quality.

 

However, in 2013 the bodega was forcibly closed and sealed off by the Guardia Civil after a Las Palmas court stated that the premises could contain “reasonable indications of criminal activity.”

Ignacio Stampa, the prosecutor in what would become known as the Stratvs Case, accused the bodega’s owner, Juan Francisco Rosa, of demolishing a building that he had pledged to renovate; opening a restaurant without the proper licence; land theft; lack of sanitation, falsification of documents and breaking the laws relating to land use on Lanzarote.

That case has still to reach it’s conclusion, but last month Bodega Stratvs once again opened its doors after the court in Las Palmas ruled that closing the bodega for four years had been “excessive.” The court’s decision applies only to the opening of the premises, and it is up to the Ayuntamiento of Yaiza to decide whether business activities can recommence.

This will also be a politically sensitive decision considering that the Mayor of Yaiza, Gladys Acuña, is one of the dozen accused in the Stratvs Case, which started it’s final trial stage last month. The beginning of the trial may also have had a bearing on the decision to reopen the bodega, now that all evidence has been presented.

Nevertheless, the fate of the 40 workers who found themselves with no workplace to go to four years ago remains to be seen. Even if they do retake their positions, their future employment will depend on the outcome of the current trial.

Their hopes may depend on the controversial new Land Law, which could have the effect of legalising projects that were previously illegal. For many years now, politicians from the Coalición Canaria, the PIL and other parties have campaigned for laws that will legalise hotels, complexes and other projects that have been deemed illegal at the highest level.

What’s clear is that the debacle at Stratvs is not just a case of wealthy businessmen doing what they want or the notoriously lax planning laws in Spain. It also involves the complicity of politicians, and has been aggravated by the glacially slow justice process on the Canaries.

SEA SAFARI – A MUST DO WHEN YOU ARE HERE

As part of Archie’s 4 birthday celebration we treated everyone to day out at sea with Liz and ‘ Captain Sparrow’s’ Sea Safari and what a great day it was. We arrived at 9.15 and were taken all around the bay for over 2 hours and were fortunate enough to see 3 pods of dolphins and a sea turtle. The children were enraptured and thought it was absolutely brilliant, as did we. You can read all about the trip on google just pop in the name Sea Safari Lanzarote.

I thought the whole trip was fabulous, informative and great value for money; don’t miss out. As you leave the trip I recommend lunch at AZURE immediately opposite; great friendly service and again good value. Yes we got stung again, everyone was STARVING after their adventure but it was worth it.

We are having a great summer and it is lovely to see clients old and new. PLEASE if you intend to come over and prefer your choice of villa DO get in early, availability is very limited.

Enjoy your summer.

Jan xx

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