Lanzarote Journals

A Week in Lanzarote

A January 2005 trip to Lanzarote by Jill Russell

Quote: This was a winter escape taken in search of sun to an island that is a lot more than just a holiday resort.

A Week in Lanzarote

Overview

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Just 4 hours by air from the UK, Lanzarote is a good holiday island, especially as a winter escape. It has something for everyone: beaches, fun shopping, and a surprising number of cultural attractions. Artist, sculptor, conservationist, and local son, Cesar Manrique’s influence is visible everywhere, from giant mobiles you come across on roundabouts to museums imaginatively seated in volcanic tubes and caverns. Thanks to his influence, Lanzarote has virtually no high-rise buildings. The island is small enough to explore in 1 day. Once away from the eastern coastal area, where there are the lines of holiday accommodation sprawl, the scenery is volcanic; russet, lime-green, and coal black coloured...Read More

O'Botafumeiro

Restaurant

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This is a pleasant local restaurant with a good atmosphere. The staff was very friendly and the service was excellent. I can recommend the paella or any of the fish dishes, which were delicious.

Member Rating 4 out of 5 on February 18, 2005

O'Botafumeiro
CC Costa Luz L-9, Avda de Las Playas
Lanzarote, Spain
928 51 15 03

Port at El Sardino

Restaurant

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There are many fish restaurants in the port area, and it was difficult to know which was the best. We were attracted by the presence of locals, reckoning they must know the right place to eat. The ambience was good, and the service was agreeable. We started with a good selection of tapas, followed by the local fish, which was pretty good.

Member Rating 3 out of 5 on February 18, 2005

Port at El Sardino
Puerto Calero
Lanzarote, Spain

Cezare Manrique Foundation

Attraction | "Fundacion Cesar Manrique"

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Cesar Manrique Museum, was once one of the artist’s impressive examples of landscape-related architecture. The house is built on the site of a lava flow from the volcanic eruptions that took place between 1730 and 1736. The two-story building, built over five very large natural volcanic bubbles or lava caves, has a floor space of 1,800m and 1,200 terraces and gardens. The upper floor is modelled after traditional Lanzarote architecture but manages to incorporate modern and practical elements such as large windows and open spaces used as galleries for paintings and sculptures. On this floor are the main living room, sitting room, and bedroom. The basement level incorporates the five natural vol...Read More

Member Rating 5 out of 5 on February 25, 2005

Cezare Manrique Foundation
Taro de Tahiche
Lanzarote, Spain

Jameos Del Agua

Attraction

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At the foot of the volcano Monte Corona, which erupted around 3,000 years ago, begins a system of underground passages and caves. Cesar Manrique has adapted a complex of caverns and partially collapsed tubes inside to form one of the most remarkable showpieces. Visitors descend into a bowl that has been transformed into a contemporary restaurant, with steps leading down to a large cavern filled with a salty but clear lake, where small blind albino crabs somehow survive. There is a spectacular range of colours when the sunlight goes in through an orifice on the roof of the cavern, caused by the explosion of gases in their process of formation. From there you climb a path of stones and enter a contras...Read More

Member Rating 5 out of 5 on February 25, 2005

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