El Mirador del Rio

I continue the story of traveling in Lanzarote with the next stop: EL Mirador del Rio (the viewpoint of the river), a high place from where you can see the island of La Graciosa, which resides in the north side of Lanzarote (and not Fuerteventura as I previously wrote).  Anyway, it’s interesting to find out that Fuerteventura, together with Lanzarote, are the oldest islands of the Canary Islands, their orientation (parallel with the African coast) being different along the other islands of the archipelago. Even if the Canary Islands does have a controversial origin, the two islands, Lanzarote and Fuerteventura are known to have the same geological ingredients. Many hypothesis exist now regarding their 70 million years ago birth, but the truth I believe it’s somewhere in the middle. Doesn’t even matter so much now, the beauty is so ephemeral in terms of such periods of time that we can only enjoy what is now our reality. So, enjoy the views from Mirador del Rio, Lanzarote.

The land you see behind me is the island of La Graciosa.

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Today’s menu: Bershka

Don’t you know that I’m a Bershka’s fan ? Hehe, in those photos, everything on me is from Bershka. The t-shirt is a little old, from the last summer, but the shorts and the wedges are new, bought from Puerto del Carmen’s most famous shopping center – Biosphera. The truth is that The Canary Islands are known for cheap electronics and perfumes (oh, yes, I’ll present you in the future my new fragrances, also bought from Lanzarote) but in 11 days I couldn’t stay out of the shopping addiction, so…

Don’t waste time, says my t-shirt… indeed, let’s see the photos 🙂

Tips:

– Clicking on the photos you’ll see them bigger size. This time 1600×1200 format.

– At the end of this post, after the pictures you’ll see a poll (as someone secret suggested some time ago :D). Please let me know your opinion, it’s gold for me 🙂

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The vineyards of Lanzarote

Even if it’s hard to believe, the small island of Lanzarote produces a decent quality wine. La Gería is the most known local type of wine. They developed a special technology to fight with the drought (something similar with the banana plantations in Tenerife, if you remember my post regarding this issue): vines in soils of volcanic ash (lapilli, rich in minerals) protected by semi-circular dry stone walls in La Gería region of Lanzarote. Single vines are planted in pits 4-5m wide and 2-3m deep, with small stone walls around each pit. This agricultural technique is designed to harvest rainfall and overnight dew and to protect the plants from the winds. The vineyards are part of the World Heritage Site of Lanzarote. The La Gería wines area sub-zone of the Lanzarote Denominación de Origen wine region. I tried both types of wines: the (semi-) dry, and the dulce (sweet); the winner is (for me) the sweet one which has a full taste and flavor. Unfortunately, due to the full luggage and the stones (and perfumes, haha, you’ll see later in a special post) I was unable to bring a bottle of sweet muscatel wine with me in Madrid, but… who knows, next time… Well, take a look at the incredible volcanic views from the La Gería vineyard. Click on the pictures to see a bigger size (not the full one, which is too big for a blog display, and it’s available only by special requests). Enjoy!

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Parque Nacional Timanfaya

This is the name of a beautiful and unusual volcanic park from the Canarian island of Lanzarote. It consists of more than 51 square km of ‘lunar’ landscape, very popular to the sci-fi film producers for its unique features. This is the newest part of the island, the last volcanic eruption date from 1824 (for 3 months only), but the landscape was modeled in the 18th century when the eruptions lasted for 6 years. In fact, this is the testimony of the priest Lorenzo Curbelo:

El día 1 de septiembre de 1730, entre las nueve y las diez de la noche, la tierra se abrió en Timanfaya, a dos leguas de Yaiza… y una enorme montaña se levantó del seno de la tierra” – on the 1st September 1730, between the 9 and 10 hours in the night, the land has opened in Timanfaya, at 2 miles of Yaiza (important village in the area), and an gigantic mount was lifted up from the heart of the earth. You can imagine the power of the nature (300 volcanos gathered in the same place, something like 200 square km) when you step into this unusual land… the pictures cannot take the whole thing, but at least, give you the idea of the place. For its unique features, the entire island of Lanzarote was taken under the protection of UNESCO.

Everything here wears the signature of the brave man César Manrique who made the roads and the touristic point on the roof of Montaña de Fuego, the hottest place on the island, where you can feel the heat of the land just taking some stones from the ground. You can’t keep them longer in your hands, they are extremely hot. Here, on the Montaña de Fuego base you can see the demonstrations of the power of the volcano. There is a 5 meters deep natural cave where the heat goes to 400 degrees C and where the grass ignites instantly. There are also some man-made holes where someone pour some water and seconds later the mountain spits it violently out as vapors. If you’re not time-pressured, you can also have your lunch at the restaurant there. All the foods are made with the natural heat of the mountain, no gas or electricity needed. It’s something amazing. Well, have a sit and watch the photo selection I prepared for you. Enjoy.

The road of Timanfaya:
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El Golfo – the green lagoon

Situated at the south-west end of the Lanzarote island, El Golfo is a small fishing village with a big attraction: the green lagoon situated on the bottom of an ancient volcano crater. Being so close to the ocean, half of the crater is gone due to erosion and now you can admire only the mainland half of it. It’s a beautiful scene there, with the ocean on a side and the green lagoon on the other side. The reason for its green color is also interesting: the bottom of the lagoon is made of semi-precious sparkling green volcanic stone and also the algaes that populate the water are green.

From the El Golfo village you have to walk on a narrow path to a natural mirador (viewpoint) of the lagoon. There is also a tiny path to go close to the lagoon, but it’s now closed. In the future, the volcano’s steeps walls will collapse on the lagoon so nobody’s allowed to go closer, but rules exist, not to be violated ? Hehe, enjoy the pictures.

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The path from the village to the lagoon:
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San Isidro – The Parade of Giants and Big Heads

San Isidro is the patron saint of Madrid and the public holiday. A range of varied events take place from the Friday before 15th when the Mayor’s speech begins proceedings and continue until the following Sunday when there is the cooking of an enormous cocido madrileño (Madrid’s most traditional dish, a soup with vegetables and meat). On the day of May 15th many madrileños dressed in traditional gear head for Plaza Mayor where there is traditional dancing and open air concerts. Casa de Campo, the large park to the south west of the centre hosts rock concerts during the fiestas and there are varied events throughout the city.

Around the streets of central Madrid you’ll see organ grinders (barquilleros) in their San Isidro costumes selling traditional sweet snacks called “barquillos“. Although San Isidro was historically a religious celebration of the generosity of San Isidro (a poor farmer) and his wife, Santa Maria de la Cabeza, in giving food to the poor, it is now a excuse for great festivities. This turnaround has been the case in most national festivals. ¡¡Viva España!!

Please excuse the poor quality of the pictures, I hadn’t the camera with me so I used my…phone to capture this event (“The Parade of Giants and Big Heads”)…

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