After finishing our ski season in Le Praz, Courchevel, at the end of April, a few of us decided a summer holiday was in order. Since one of the girls was going to be spending her summer working in Lanzarote, it seemed the obvious choice.
I hadn’t heard much about Lanzarote other than it being called ‘Lanzagrote’. I wasn’t too fussed where we went, a cheap holiday and some sunshine was all I was after. We booked up and the countdown began.
After a few public transport mishaps and a delayed flight, we arrived in Lanzarote and were thankfully picked up by our friends to take us to our apartment. We were staying at Tabaiba Centre Apartments in Costa Teguise. The rooms were very basic, and every morning we would have acquired a new room mate in the shape of a cockroach. Considering how cheap it was we weren’t too bothered and just let them be. The pool area was great and we spent a bit of time chilling out here (or at least trying to anyway, the crazy Spanish children were adamant we would have no quiet time).
We found a couple of nice beaches just a five minute drive from our hotel. Although the sea was pretty cold to begin with, it was definitely worth it as the water was crystal clear with fish swimming around you. We tended to stay away from the main busy beaches and would go to the next one along. We spent a day at Los Charcos beach, where there were more cats than people. It seemed to be a popular spot for tourists to learn water sports which kept us entertained.
One day we headed into Arrecife to have a look around and try to have a day of culture. On the surface, there doesn’t seem to be much history here, but maybe we were looking in the wrong places. We did come across what looked like a castle but actually turned out to be the history museum, although there didn’t seem to be any more information other than that.
We also struggled to find any traditional Spanish restaurants, everything seemed to be directed at tourists. We came across a great Italian just by the harbour, Divina Italia. Everything on the menu sounded great so it was a very tough choice. Very reasonably priced and delicious food. The decor was really quirky and completely different to any other restaurant we had seen.
On our last day we went for a drive to Playa Blanca. Straight away we were envious we weren’t staying here, and instead we’re stuck in what felt like a ghetto in comparison. All of the buildings had much more character and it was a much prettier part of the island. Walking down the promenade and seeing the bright blue sea on one side, and a stretch of restaurants and shops on the other, made us all wish we had came here earlier in the week. We sat in the shade with an ice cream before heading back in the direction of the airport.
We stopped off at a restaurant right on Playa Honda beach called Sal Marina. We were welcomed by a lovely little Spanish lady and had a conversation in broken English / Spanish. The food was delicious and again very reasonably priced. The setting was very relaxing, being right on the beach.
Driving around Lanzarote you realise how barren the island is. Most of the countryside is brown rocky land with very little vegetation growing. You get the impression that every business is directed at tourists and there are very few traditional restaurants / businesses still there.
All in all, it was a fun week with warm weather, swimming in the sea and lots of food.