Ocean Burger

Sounds like a fast food, but it isn’t. Sounds also like a fish-oriented restaurant, and it’s not. What’s then ?! It’s one of my recommendation if you visit Puerto del Carmen and you want a good meal and a generous Mojito or Caipirinha near the Atlantic water. Ocean Burger is also very affordable, a cocktail is only 3.50 euros and a big (very very tasty) pizza is about 7 euros. But the restaurant is not limited to pizza, don’t be fooled, they also serve a lot of other interesting dishes (seafood, fish, spanish typical dishes etc). The owner (you can see him in a picture) is a very nice person, funny and always with a smile on his face. The interior looks tidy and well arranged, with a pleasant regard to the details. Let’s see the pictures:

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The garden: a new perspective

I was impressed by the beauty of some gardens in Lanzarote’s Puerto del Carmen so I try to find out more about the climate of the island. What I found:

Frequently called ‘Islands of Eternal Spring’, the Canary Islands have warm and sunny weather all year round, with temperatures rarely under 16ºC (61ºF) in winter and 25ºC (77ºF) in summer, influenced by their closeness to Northern Africa, which applies especially to Lanzarote and Fuerteventura.

Lanzarote lies within a zone of hot and dry climate, where rain is very rare, resulting in a semi-desert climate. Unlike most of the other Canary Islands, Lanzarote features no high mountains (the highest being around 670 metres – 2,198 ft), which means that it is lacking the natural barrier, the so-called ‘sea of clouds’, normally responsible for creating rain conditions, lower evaporation and a reasonable humidity level.

On an average there are no more than 16 days of rainfall annually – and these can usually be experienced during the months December to February!

Lanzarote’s climate can vary depending on where you are – even so it has the most consistent climate of all the islands of the archipelago, which makes it a favourite winter holiday destination for northern Europeans. The north of the island is usually windier and cloudier and has a little more rain due to the moist trade winds blowing generally from the north. The southern part is drier and hotter and enjoys as much as 2500 sunshine hours annually. Central Lanzarote, located between the windier north and the sunnier south, can be said to have the most moderate climate on the island.

Lanzarote suffers the warmest days of the year in summer when the hot sirocco wind – a phenomenon referred to by the locals askalima or Tiempo Africano (African weather) – is prevailing. This hot, dry air from the Sahara desert, laden with fine dust, makes everybody feel very uncomfortable.

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I don’t know about the sirocco wind and I’m a little concerned because I’ll visit the island in August and some tourists told me what a hot temperature they were forced to accept in that particular month. Anyway, better than coldness of the North… this is also the motif for my new poll:

And now, “the gardens”:

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Teguise

It’s the old capital of Lanzarote, a small town in the north part of the island. Every Sunday there is a market taking place on the narrow streets of the oldest town of the island and it’s a good opportunity to buy amazing volcanic semi-precious stones and other exotic Canarian handmade items. To reach Teguise, from Arrecife or Puerto del Carmen, there is a local bus (I think it’s the same thing if you’re in Playa Blanca) or, if you want to have fixed hours to leave Teguise, you can buy a bus ticket from a trip company. On the road to Teguise, you will pass through Nazaret, an even smaller village, where Omar Sharif  made his sumptuous house in 70’s and lost it after only 2 months at a card play. There is an interesting story about Omar Sharif and Lanzarote… he loved the island and he was decided to relocate there, but after loosing his house, he never returned. That was dramatic, I think, not only because he lost his house, but that house was made after César Manrique‘s (his good friend) architectural plans.  I will tell you more about César Manrique, the man who made Lanzarote a special place. His intake was gigantic on the face of the island, in all the aspects and he’s a hero on that island.

I keep some nice and interesting stories about Lanzarote for the next posts, there will be so many… For now, take a look at the Teguise streets, church and traditional dances. You can click on the photos for a larger view (not maximum, but still larger). Enjoy!

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