In my last post I took you to Playa Famara, now I’ll show you the same place seen by the mountains that brings the clouds. In this case, only the luck made that I could see through the clouds, which is a rare situation up there, as the strong winds can change things like in a minute. The view is breathtaking, but siting on the edge of the mountain, with all the fog and wind is a little dangerous, but I did it for you, my readers 🙂 Enjoy the beautiful sight of Caleta de Famara, seen by the mountains. At the end of this post, you can see a panoramic view of the place – not easy to do it without a tripod and in that meteorological conditions, so don’t be too exigent with me… Enjoy also a short movie I made, where you can see how fast the clouds are going over the peaks…
The old fishing village and harbor from the North – East of Lanzarote is a surfers paradise, unknown for the typical tourists of the island (for not being on the popular excursions map), Caleta de Famara, with its covered in sand streets, is a beautiful yet wild place to spend your afternoon. You can have a delicious meal at one of the sea-food restaurants and then walk (or even camp) on the long wild beach. Famara seems to bear the brunt of the tradewinds sweeping in from the Atlantic and the fact that the Risco — cliffs — rise straight up from the depths of the ocean to the highest point on the island mean that it always seems to be damp.
That being said it is a staggeringly beautiful place, in fact César Manrique — the island’s prodigal son — loved the place, having spent many summers there as a child.
Famara enjoys possibly one of the longest stretches of beach on the island of Lanzarote, curving round under the cliffs, which stand like sentinels protecting it from the rest of the island.
The strong currents mean that it is not advisable to swim in the sea at Famara — most people you find in the water are experienced surfers — these currents also explain the unusual phenomena that the beach is sandy in summer and rocky in the winter.
The strong winds also mean that it is not the most pleasant place to sit and sunbathe for most of the year; although it is a mecca for lovers of the extreme sport of kitesurfing, whose participants make a fantastic site skimming across the water, pulled by their large, brightly coloured kites. Not being crowded, the beach is also frequented by nudists.
There is a second, much smaller beach, known as San Juan, which is mainly used by the surfers and which plays host to one of the professional surfing competions every year.
Although not the best for sunworshippers, the beaches at Famara certainly make for a great walk, it is true to say that the scenery is simply some of the best on the island. If you go in the late evening in the Autumn months, you will be blessed with some fantastic sunsets, as the sun slowly sinks into the Atlantic. My visit here was in August, but the weather was interesting: not windy, but I didn’t escaped from a light rain. And this happened while all the other parts of the island were in full sun with zero chance of rain. The heights nearby Famara stopped the clouds and force them to pour on the beach. This place has its own moody eco-system, but even so, with the rain dropping, I wasn’t afraid to set up a photo session with my beach outfit (and not only, as you’ll see in a future post). I hope you’ll like it 🙂 The first set of photos is here:
This is the magnificent César Manrique‘s house from Lanzarote island. It’s situated in Taro de Tahìche, only at 5 km North of Arrecife, the capital of the island and it’s a perfect combination between the natural and artificial; the house was built on lava soil, directly into the volcanic rock and comprise two levels. The first level is a modern type building (now turned into a painting museum), but the true spectacular level is the second, underground level which has been made 100% into the lava stones. For his purpose, Manrique used empty underground volcanic gas bubbles to set up rooms. The “ground floor”, more appropriately titled the “basement”, contains five areas situated within volcanic bubbles, the rooms bored into volcanic basalt. There is a central cave which houses a recreational area, including a swimming pool, a barbecue and a small dance floor.
Once outside the main house, the visitor comes to the outside area, where there is a small square with a fountain in the middle before approaching a small café area and the visitor shop. This area was once César Manrique’s garage.
Now, the house is the headquarter of César Manrique’s Foundation and it’s open to public as a museum. If you’re in Lanzarote, this is a must-see. Enjoy the pictures I took there and, at the end of them, you can see a short movie that I captured during my visit.
I just returned from the first part of my holidays and as I only have a few days until the next trip, I unloaded some of the pictures I made in Lanzarote (yes, that was the third holiday on this island, but I love it so much that I can’t stay away of it for too long time) and the first set is from Playa Grande in Puerto del Carmen. By night, during the day I preferred to keep the camera away from the sun, sea, wind and sand, and I don’t really like people doing photos on a crowded beach, I think it’s a little too much as some folks will be seen uninvited in their photos. It’s not that nice and I see it as an attack to privacy, even if it’s on the beach. But, for the night, well, it’s another story: the beach is empty and the flash doesn’t cover every spot so it’s more appropriate.
The whole shooting was made around my new yellow Pimkie sandals that I really found very comfortable (as previously I had few problems with some wedges that hurt my feet) and chic. The color is wonderful too and goes extremely well with my golden type of tan (and blonde hair, I presume). What do you think ?
Hello world, since Friday I’m enjoying my holidays, but don’t worry, I will come back soon with wonderful pictures from the places I’ll visit. Until then, this is a picture of me with my beach outfit. Just kidding, only the oil and the ticket are from the beach, the outfit is from elsewhere. But that’s the spirit of holidays, isn’t it ? See you soon!!!