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Lanzarote - a place in the sun

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A June 2001 trip to Lanzarote by MichaelJM

San Marcial Apartments Photo, Lanzarote, Tenerife More Photos
Quote: Winter sun has become an essential requirement for us, and Lanzarote's got decent weather on a relatively unspoilt island.

San Marcial Apartments

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San Marcial Apartments Photo, Lanzarote, Tenerife
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These apartments were only a stone's throw from Lanzarote airport, and the planes seemed extremely close to the complex when they came in to land. To begin with, we felt that we would be disturbed by the noise, but we rapidly got used to them, and my memory recalls very few night flights onto the island. Reception was extremely small, giving an initial impression of a somewhat seedy bed and breakfast establishment -- television on with a feeling that we, as guests, were a little in the way. Having been given our key and pointed in the right direction, we negotiated a few steps down into the main complex. This was a complete contrast to the reception area. The complex was superbly set a...Read More

Member Rating 2 out of 5 on December 4, 2004

San Marcial Apartments
C/ Alpahor 4
Lanzarote, Spain
+34 928 511 610

The Cactus Garden

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Attraction | "Jardin de Cactus"

The Cactus Garden Photo, Lanzarote, Tenerife
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The Jardin de Cacti is a small garden area that was completed by Cesar Manrique in 1992, only a few months before he was killed in a traffic accident. An enormous manmade cactus, apparently dwarfing the mighty mountains in the background, guards the entrance to this "work of art." It would look tacky in Vegas, but here it looks right! We access the gardens via an old windmill and immediately were looking down on the terraced garden, which seems to be replicating an ancient amphitheatre, with the cacti augmented by the transitory visitors mimicking the theatrical activity. You don’t have to like cacti to enjoy this oasis of tranquility, but there are some gigantic specimens to wonder about. Manr...Read More

Member Rating 4 out of 5 on December 5, 2004

The Cactus Garden
Near Village of Guatiza
Lanzarote, Spain

Jameos Del Agua

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Jameos Del Agua Photo, Lanzarote, Tenerife
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The Jameos del Agua lava caves were formed on the northeast coast following an eruption of Mount Corona. Cesar Manrique planned to make them appealing, and between 1965 and 1968, he landscaped them into a fantastic subterraneous complex. At the edge of the car park is a giant wrought-iron crab overlooking a barren strip of land leading to the sea. But surprise, surprise -- even this doesn’t seem out of place. Having entered the site, you immediately start to descend through lush vegetation, huge cacti, and suspended above you, a gigantic ship’s anchor. Your attention will now be drawn to the natural arched cave in front of you, enclosing a pool. This is a confirmation of Manrique’s dedication to...Read More

Member Rating 4 out of 5 on December 5, 2004

Jameos Del Agua
Las Palmas / North of Lanzarote
Lanzarote, Spain

Cezare Manrique Foundation

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Attraction | "César Manrique Foundation"

Cezare Manrique Foundation Photo, Lanzarote, Tenerife
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The César Manrique Foundation, created in 1992, is located in the artist’s studio home and was built in 1968 on top of a volcanic trail. It makes use, in the lower levels, of naturally formed volcanic chambers, and Manrique’s creation is a fantastic blend of manmade features merged with natural characteristics created by the violence of nature. You are guided to the foundation not only by traditional road signs, but also by some of Manrique’s mobile sculptures, what he called "wind toys." It is claimed that he wanted to replace Lanzarote’s lost heritage, the windmill, with modern references to those halcyon days. He had plans to strategically place them around the island, but died before he could im...Read More

Member Rating 4 out of 5 on December 6, 2004

Cezare Manrique Foundation
Taro de Tahiche
Lanzarote, Spain

Timanfaya National Park

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Timanfaya National Park Photo, Lanzarote, Tenerife
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Our trip to the Timanfaya National Park was a real educational experience -- full of sensational views and interesting spectacles. Lanzarote was devastated by a series of volcanic eruption lasting over six years from 1730. Eleven villages were buried in molten lava, creating barren land out of highly fertile farmland, but incredibly, no one was killed. Now the area is a national park (declared in 1974) and provides tourists with a fascinating day's activity. We entered the park just north of the village of Yaiza and within yards saw rows of camels waiting to give short rides to the tourists. We’ve never really fancied a camel ride, and the sight of these heavily muzzled beasts didn’t really enco...Read More

Member Rating 4 out of 5 on December 6, 2004

Timanfaya National Park
Montanas del Fuego
Lanzarote, Spain