APRIL 2017

The Grand Tour Lanzarote

A day out 25th April 2017 Cannot recommend this tour highly enough.

I booked this tour, because I want to give to my quests a more personal insight  about the Island so I paid for my ticket in playa blanca town centre for the ‘grand tour’ of Lanzarote on Monday 24th April for the trip on the Tuesday, the cost for an adult is 45 euros , well it’s been the best day out for a very long time. 

The bus arrived at Cay beach hotel at 9.50am  (which is the nearest hotel from the villa, a 10 min walk) the bus arrived on time, it stopped at 5 other hotels and then we set off on the journey.

I sat on the top deck of the bus and got chatting to 2 lovely young ladies from Bedford who were sitting behind me.

We drove through the picturesque village of Yaiza, then headed west towards the impressive rocky coast of Los Hervideros, with unique structures formed by volcanic eruptions. The green lake in the middle of the black sand beach of El Golfo was amazing. We spent 15 mins here, we then travelled towards Timanfaya National Park. Here you had the opportunity to enjoy a ride on a camel (camel rides are an additional 6 euros for a 25 min ride). I have never seen so many camels in all my life. 

We then headed onto the fire mountains another great stop off, I won’t tell you more as it will spoil the surprise! 

The tour though the national park is breath taking. You will learn about the history of this natural wonder's development. The authentic records by a priest from Yaiza, who documented the volcanic eruptions in the 18th Century, it provides a deeper understanding of how people’s lives were determined by this force of nature.  Cameras on the ready as the bus will stop for you to take photos of the amazing views. 

After capturing the views we headed off to the wine growing region of La Geria here you can taste  the delicious local wines in a local Bodega (cellar). I had to go around twice it was so nice, if I could have gone around for the third time I’d be there, but sadly time ran out.

So it’s now approx. 2.20 and time for lunch, so we stopped at Mancha Blanca (lunch is included in the price of the ticket).

We were shown to our table which I think seated approx 20 people , I sat next to a lovely Irish couple from northern Ireland and on the opposite side of the table to 2 more lady’s from the UK, and immediately next to me on the right was a French lady who was just smiling at us all the time, if only I spoke French :-) There was no silence down our end of the table , we got on great, we chatted so much that we did not have time to visit the famous church of Nuestra Senora de los Dolores. We had 50 mins here, the lunch was good, very tasty,  we had a choice of pasta, paella,  potatoes , meatballs, chicken, or fish croquettes and of course red wine. 

After lunch (approx. 3.10.pm) we were back on the bus  and heading towards the green northern side of the island with the Valley of 1000 Palms, what fantastic views of the Palms, Monte Corona, and the north eastern coastline and its picturesque village. 
The next and last stop was  Jameos del Agua, OMG , this place is beautiful, something completely different , enchanting and  breath taking;  designed by the architect Cesar Manrique I could have quite easily have spent a few hours here, walk down to the tunnel on volcanic steps,  which is decorated with beautiful hanging baskets, it has a concert hall, a pool, and a small lake which connects to the sea. You can also admire the small white crabs that are usually only found in the deep sea.   This place is amazing, there are 3 cafes/bars, and a sovereign shop. 

So after 40 mins at Jameous del agua , and a bottle of beer which my lovely Irish friends bought,it was time to head back to the bus, back to our hotels, It had been a lovely day, I have met some really lovely people, who I am sure I will meet again in the future. 

Wishing you all a great holiday in Lanz. Kathy