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Lanzarote by (rental) car

Spain 2011


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large_1297706_14384559218624.jpgToday and tomorrow we have a rental car at our disposal. So after breakfast we head north on the smaller roads. We pass the bodega we visited with the tour yesterday and made some photo stops at places the bus rushed by yesterday. We also stopped to take a look at what seemed like strange rockformations. It turned out to be something else, ashes! The layer is at least 3 meters thick and ones had the whole island covered. The wind shaped it so it looked like the strange rock formation I mistook it for. It's really soft and some people carved their names and stuff in it, you only need your fingers for that, it crumbles at the touch.

We skip the fortress of Tequise for now but we do visit Jardin de Cactus. This cactus garden is designd by the artist César Manrique, a local celebrity. It is completely walled and looks a bit like an amphitheater but with a (I think) completely misplaced windmill, but hey, artists are artists.

Next stop Jameos de Aqua, this is a kind of cave made by the lava flows.large_1297706_14384559598942.jpg A long line at the entrance so we decide to go to Cueva los Verdes instead, another part of the same 'cave' system. Here also a long line but you only discover that when your already in it. The path makes a turn and then it's down the hole so you can't see the line from the street. After queuing for a while we are at the front of the row, of course we have to wait for the next tour so another 15 minutes before we can go in, thank god for some shade. We can visit about 1 km of the 6 km long corridor with two levels. On the second level we we pass a pond, it looks really deep but it's only 10 cm deep.

After the tour It's off to Mirador del Rio a nice viewing point and after that we decide to go to 'los hervideros’ again to take a closer look at the coastline and to El Golfo to go down to the beach (all the things the tour didn't give us enough time to explore) We end the first day with rental car at Playas de Papagayo (I expected more of that)

Next day we drive to Castillo de Santa Bárbara in Teguise.large_1297706_14384559976985.jpg In the in the fort is a small museum on pirates, apparently the area suffered from pirates at one time. We also took the time to walk around the crater edge the fort is built.

From La Santa we tried to get all the way to Playa de Famara, we didn't make it all the way but we got a good look! Then we went to take a look at Parque National de los Volcanos. Parque National de los Volcanos is next to Timanfaya [Timanfaya-travel-guide-1321856] National park only difference is you can visit it on your own where at Timanfaya you have to take a bus tour. At some point the signage is failing but we did a nice tour on our own (with some geusswork on whether to turn left or right) We ended at a beach called 'Playa de las Malvas', not on our map but a nice place.

After all the lava we took the route on the other coast back to our hotel, here it's just beaches and hotels, not very interesting and it was getting late so we only made a short stop at Arrecife [Arrecife-travel-guide-333695] to take a look at the ship wreck in front of the harbour and then we drove straight to the car rental service to return the car.large_1297706_14384571875137.jpg Two days is just enough to do by rental car.

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