We’d threatened that if the day started overcast we would walk along the front to Arrecife. On our last Sunday in Lanzarote the conditions were exactly right, with a full blanket of cloud over our part of the island. Breakfast was taken, camera and lens packed, and off we headed towards the beach between Los Pocillos and Matagorda. This part of the beach is great to walk on, being devoid of the black grit that can be found on parts of the seashore. Its long, sweeping shoreline is busy indeed, but on this day there were very few people about: a few joggers; the odd person taking a morning Constitution; a guy with a metal detector, doubtless looking for currency lost by yesterday's sun worshippers; and the woman swathed in a towel reading a novel. Majority of the beach’s occupants were seagulls waffling along the water's edge or diving offshore for sprats.
In recent years Lanzarote spent time and money to develop the long promenade between Purto del Carmen and Arrecife. It's a haven for cyclists, fitness fanatics, and tourists who enjoy a good walk. The total distance is around 7 miles and it was our intention to walk one way and catch the bus back to the apartment. We sauntered the first part, taking photos along the beach, and enjoyed watching the airplanes as they landed and took off from the small airport.
Along the beach, circles of stone acted as private areas for sunbathers, offering them protection from the breezes that blow along this section of the beach. Seabirds wade at the water's edge and fishermen in some of the tiny, un-commercialised villages drag their small, frail boats onto the beach. Set back from the promenade were numerous expensive looking villas, with their well attended gardens of bright bougainvilleas, enormous plump cacti, and colourful flora. Rather than soil, many of the gardens were dressed with the black volcanic grit from inland Lanzarote, which formed a beautiful contrast with the greenery of the vegetation.
Lanzarote's mountains overlooked us on our route along the coast, with wind turbines (both old and new) plentiful and blending almost seamlessly with the carefully constructed sculptures inspired by Caesar Manrique.
If you're looking for restaurants and cafes, then this gentle walk along the promenade is not the place to be, as there were very few. We were able to enjoy a tranquil walk in places only with seabirds and the gentle waves as company. As we approached Arrecife, a local marathon was in full swing and we pondered how people were able to manage on what was now a very hot day. Unfortunately, the marathon had totally disrupted the town and we were unable to find a bus back home. We decided therefore to return on foot and after 14 miles staggered back into the apartment for a long, hot bath and total inactivity for the rest of the evening. A great walk!