Jameos del Agua

We continue our journey in the North of Lanzarote, with Jameos del Agua caves, another result of the amazing volcanic nature of the island, at the foot of Monte de la Corona, volcano that didn’t erupted since 3000 years. When this volcano erupted, it formed one of the most interesting systems of caves and tubes in the world. Jameos del Agua is part of the The Green Caves (which is part of the Atlantida underground system), a lava tunnel which is over 6 km long with an additional 1.6 km under the sea and is one of the longest Volcanic Tunnels in the World (the underwater section has not been fully explored), although only about 2 km are open to the public, between Cueva de los Verdes and Jameos del Agua. These two entrances in the galleries are also the result of Manrique’s work. Under his quote, please enjoy the pictures:

“Lanzarote is like an unframed, unmounted work of art – and I hung it and held it up for all to see”  – César Manrique

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Museu do Design e da Moda

No, I won’t start to write in Portuguese, it’s only the name of an interesting museum in center of Lisbon. If you plan to visit the Portuguese capital, you have to visit this museum situated in the heart of the city, on Rua Augusta, near Praça do Comércio.

Yes, I was for a few days in Lisbon, and for my second visit there I chose to travel a lot in the most non-touristic areas around the city and, you’ll see, in some of the most famous Portuguese cities. I was there at an invitation from a dear friend; she offered her apartment with a fabulous terrace and stunning views over the Graça neighborhood. Muito obrigado, Rita!!!

For the first post, I’ll stop in the city center. I’ll keep the most spectacular things for later… stay tunned!

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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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