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A place often missed the Monumento al Campesino in San Bartolome

The distinctive Monumento a la Fecundidad created by César Manrique marks the entrance to the Monumento al Campesino in San Bartolomé.

Monumento a la FecundidadMonumento al Campesino

The white fertility sculpture was constructed from disused water tanks and dedicated to the conejero farmers who work so hard to produce crops from the volcanic land in Lanzarote. It stands 15 metres high and visitors can take the path to climb up the steps to the base of the monument for a panoramic view. The sculpture was created by Manrique in 1968 and the monument created by Jesus Soto who was tasked with creating a base suitable to withstand the wind in Lanzarote.

Monumento al Campesino CourtyardMonumento al Campesino Quarry

There is no entry fee to visit the Monumento al Campesino, it’s the only one of the seven official visitor centre’s on the island which is free to enjoy. Situated in the centre of the island, the farmer’s monument is easy to find, located on the roundabout where the main LZ-20 and LZ-30 roads from Arrecife and Teguise interconnect. For this reason it’s also a popular meeting place for the annual pilgrimage to Mancha Blanca for Los Dolores in September. The memorial is situated in between the beautiful La Geria wine region and El Jable, the desert of Lanzarote.

Monumento al Campsino ShopMonumento al Campsino Artisan

At the rear of the centre is a courtyard with a series of rooms facing on to the central feature where a spiral staircase has been installed into an old stone quarry. Each of the rooms represents a different artisan craft and a shop offers traditional crafts and gifts for sale. There’s a great collection of Lanzarote wine available to purchase from this location, which was well priced. We also noticed a selection of traditional music albums for sale including parrandas, folklore and timple artists, which we’ve previously been asked for details of where it is possible to buy on the island.

Monumento al Campsino Circular RestaurantMonumento al Campesino Tradition

This house / museum of the peasant farmer combines the traditional architecture of Lanzarote, white washed walls with furniture, doors and windows painted in the typical Lanzarote green. You can find lovely examples of Lanzarote features such as chimneys & window shutters combined with cultural and agricultural artefacts.

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The huge circular dining room at the Monumento is often used for large events and is available for private hire for weddings etc. We particularly like the smaller bar / restaurant area which has achieved a 2 fork classification and open each day from 12:00 – 16:30 offering typical Canarian cuisine from Lanzarote. For reservations telephone: 928 520 136

The Monumento al Campesino is open every day from 10:00 to 17:45.

SAVE SOME MONEY IN LANZAROTE

Food shop like a local

Food shopping

That means avoiding the small supermarkets in the resorts, and going for the larger ones out of town.

It also means taking advantage of the excellent local markets for fresh fruit and veg,

and maybe even buying some fish from a cofradia.

Buy your duty free in the resort

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Don’t buy it at the airport, or on the aircraft heading home,

It’s much cheaper in the resort shops.

Here are your duty free allowances for Lanzarote.

Have a menu del dia for lunch

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Most restaurants here offer a 3 course lunch at a bargain price.

Out of resort, you’ll get a hearty 3 bourse meal with beer or wine for around €10.

Hire a car

Hire Cars

It might sound odd, but by the time you’ve paid for transfers and a couple of excursions,

it’s often cheaper to hire a car here. And if you have one, it means you can shop where the locals shop!

Car hire can be as cheap as €130 a week. Ask Mand for details

Don’t eat the bread!

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Loads of restaurants will place bread on the table at the start of the meal, often with mojo sauce.

If you’re really hungry, tuck in, but don’t be surprised if there’s a small charge on your bill. Don’t eat it,

and you can ask for it to be taken off the bill.

CHANGE YOUR STERLING HERE

Yes, we know it should be a Euro, but they're boring!

Many of the booze and tobacco shops here run a currency exchange service.

They generally offer much better rates than you’ll get at exchange shops in the UK.

Select “Local currency” when paying by card

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Confused when the card reader asks you which currency to pay in?

Always select the local currency (in our case Euro) to get a better deal.

 

Garden centre? Worth a visit.

Perhaps this of no interest at all but often visitors ask me about plants that will and wont grow on the island.

For clients staying in Nazaret just down the road near to Eurospar is a really great new garden centre. You cant miss it just after the bridge near the roundabout. The section as you enter is for indoor plants the second part outdoor. If you are into gardening I think you will find it really interesting. Obviously you wont be able to take any home but its well worth a visit.
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Sunshine and SNOW???

23 degrees and then this? Dont worry its not snow just a crazy hail stormIMG-20170318-WA0000_249x332 which hit us at about 4pm. I bet folks sunbathing on the beach were a bit shocked! It was over very swiftly and as you see the sun is already shining.

After a really great start to March the sun continues to shine.

We have very limited availability but if you fancy a break in April?

Albarino is free April 12th – 22nd

Galles April 1st – 9th

Solymar April 13th – 18th

Casa Luca May 4th -25th

Contact Mand@lanzarotevillasdirect.com for further details.

ST PATRICKS DAY

A special sand sculpture in Puerto del Carmen this weekend! Weather wise the average high is 21°C for your St.Patricks Day in Lanzarote. The 20km wind is from the north and there will be some cloud with a chance of rain. Still, nothing can dampen the celebrations! Have a great weekend ????

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Tourist licences the magic white V on the blue background

Well this is it!!! The sign that has to be clearly displayed outside your villa when you eventually are issued with you legal letting licence. Boy do you have to jump through hoops to get it. All the villas on our site have been granted licences, unfortunately not all have yet been issued.  this is quite usual over here there is LOTS of red tape and hold ups. I am in full agreemant with the necessity of ensuring that holiday rentals are up to scratch so that holiday makers are given the best experience possible. Only today Mand was greeted by a family who were  staying in another villa and were really unhappy when they compared the standard to ours. We are told that our properties will be regulated and inspected, good news as in this way our visitors experiece in Lanzarote will be much improvedIMG-20170227-WA0000. There are still many unanswered queries but hopefully these will be answered eventually. The good news is we are on our way!

Quick Tips For First Time Visitors To Lanzarote

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Getting from and back to the airport

 You have a few options – airport transfers can be arranged in advance in shuttle buses, taxis at the airport are plentiful and around €20 to €25 to Costa Teguise or Puerto del Carmen. Playa Blanca will be expensive in a taxi, though. There is a public bus service which is really inexpensive, and it’s easy to arrange car hire (which is very cheap here) with collection and drop off at the airport. Contact Mand@lanzarotevillasdirect.com to organise everything for you

Currency

Driving

Driving here is pretty straightforward – traffic is light and road signs are good, and as you can almost always see the ocean, it’s easy to orient yourself. We drive on the right. Look out for pedestrian crossings in the resorts, as there are many, and people tend to step out in front of cars, often looking the wrong way! Roundabouts can feel odd – the law here is the cars in the outside lane have priority, and when entering a main road up a slip road, you must give way to traffic.

 Fuel is quite cheap, especially diesel, and most filling stations employ attendants who will pump your fuel. “Full up” is “Lleno” in Spanish, pronounced “Yay no.”

Duty Free

The island is duty free and our equivalent to VAT is only 7%. That means bargains on perfumes, cigarettes and booze, and you’ll see many shops in the resorts that sell all of those. You’ll also come across loads of electrical shops selling tablets, phones and cameras. They aren’t all 100% genuine, so shop wisely – if it’s too good to be true, it’s probably a fake.

A new place for lunch in Costa Teguise

Tried in on Tuesday lunch time after seeing reviews on Trip Advisor. We were impressed! Great, very different tapas. Located on the other side of the road to Clinica Jorgani; set back a little on the corner. Very friendly staf and interesting menu. Aly and myself are returning for another test run on Saturday..Well you have to dont you! I understand Irache is opening soon..I promise to go and try it out and report back.

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Another Offer April 1st – 9th in Casa Galles

The offer in Casa Gustavo has been taken up.

NEW OFFER Casa Galles April 1st – 9th £100 a day for 2 people each extra person £75 maximum 6 people. A saving of over £100 contact Mand@lanzarotevillasdirect.com for further details.004_442x295

AUTOS MARTINA

Introducing ELVI who will probably be the lady who meets you when you book a car through my recommendation ‘AUTOS MARTINA’

Many and you will know of the sad loss of the lovely Baldomero in a fishing accident last year. Martinas family are trying so desperately hard to get over this catastrophic loss. We all got to know and love his welcoming smile when we came over on holiday. Elvi will be in the arrivals  very near to the large stone seen in the photo; she will be holding a board with ‘AUTOS MARTINA on it. If you need further instructions please go to www.lanzarotevillasdirect.com ‘car hire’

I have used Martina now for over 15 years and love thier friendly welcoming service. Just drop Mand a line with your choice of car and flight number and time, she will book the car for you.

Just to let you know Alys villa was booked out in March very quickly. If you fancy a holiday this year please dont leave it too late.

Jan x

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