One of the best things about going on holiday is getting to explore somewhere new, and we love to be able to give you the best insider tips before you go.
So, last week we took a group of 10 bloggers out to one of our favourite destinations, Lanzarote, to find out how much food, wine and fun you can have on the island in three days.
Lanzarote is known for its volcanic landscape so we jumped straight in on our first day and headed up to the Timanfaya National Park. The park can be found in the south-western part of the island and is home to the Montañas del Fuego (Fire Mountains) which were created when more than 100 volcanoes erupted to form the spectacular lunar-like setting that’s left today. You’ll find the park on most to-do lists for Lanzarote and it’s well worth a visit for the drive through the mountain roads and the mini-geysers that explode from holes caused by the heat beneath the ground.
A morning in the mountains definitely worked up an appetite so a stop-off just a short drive away in El Golfo at the Restaurante Casa Torano was a welcome break. This authentic Canaries family style restaurant is perched on a rocky outcrop next to the sea and offers some of the freshest seafood that money can buy. It was a perfect place to while away a few hours in the sun and the cool sea breeze.
Feeling refreshed, we were ready to explore some more and close by was the beautiful Lago Verde. A short walk up a sandy track and the views were spectacular. The lake itself seems to glow green and the mountainous backdrop provided one of the best selfie-spots of the trip.
Once we had torn ourselves away we made a quick stop at Los Hervideros with its crashing waves and lava rocks.
We then headed to the white-washed village of Yaiza, twice voted the prettiest village in Spain.
Another 10 minutes on the blogger tour bus and we reached our final destination, the Mirador las Salinas which overlooks the salt pans (Salinas de Janubio) west of Yaiza. Here we sampled some fantastic local wines (we hate our jobs!) and a selection of delicious tapas whilst watching the orange glow of the sunset sink below the salty squares on the fields.
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We were welcomed with a sunny start to the day on our second day in Lanzarote, so for a cool break from the mid-morning sun we made our way to the famous Cueva de los Verdes. These incredible lave tube caves took us on a journey into the ground, assisted by a local tour guide who talked us through their fascinating history. With so many twists and turns and a very special optical illusion around half way through (we won’t spoil the surprise), this is a must-see for anyone travelling with children.
Ready for some fresh air and to enjoy the weather, we took a 15 minute drive to Mirador del Rio – the island’s best known viewpoint. As we walked through a small doorway into the hillside, a cavernous room opened up showing off its spectacular views over the northern coastline through huge windows. If you can handle the heights then take the spiral staircase up to the top and enjoy panoramic views and spotting the boats below on the turquoise waters.
By now a late lunch was much needed and to continue our theme of authentic food and wine in the Canary Islands, we made our way to the beautiful Bodegas Rubicon Vineyards. A feast of everything from grilled octopus to traditional Spanish omelette was offered along with wine made from grapes picked the surrounding vineyards. The houses of the vineyard hold their own history and we treated to a tour and wine tasting which made the perfect end to a fantastic day.
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Another important highlight of Lanzarote’s history and culture is the César Manrique Foundation. The structure was once the private home of the renowned artist and architect which he designed and built around the natural formation of five volcanic bubbles to create living spaces. It is now adorned with some of his life works and with its peaceful atmosphere and unique architecture, was one of the biggest hits with our bloggers for the whole trip.
On our last day in Lanzarote we couldn’t miss the opportunity to see some surfers in action, so we headed 20 minutes away to the old fishing village of Caleta de Famara, a paradise for wave-hunters from around the world. The traditional feel of the village with its sandy side streets and blue shutter windows gave us a glimpse into local life as we watched the wind build the waves off of Playa de Famara. To finish off our trip in style we watched another spectacular sun set over the mountains from Restaurante Sol with tables full of seafood paella and sangria.
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There’s so much to do in Lanzarote that we could never discover it all in three days, but in the time we had we experienced some of the best the island has to offer. From delicious food and local wine, to unique scenery and spectacular black sand beaches, just a taste of the Canary Islands has got us wanting more!
Lanzarote views from a drone
Special thanks go to the Lanzarote Tourist Board for their support in making this wonderful trip a success.