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Datum: 31-03-2017    Lanzarote - Arrecife partl 3
 2nd tour
At 9:00 am, we are at the door of Rent a Car. This time the lady behind the counter is a lot friendlier and gives us a brand new gray Opel Corsa with 0 km on the counter. She asks us if we have an objection that he's a little dirty on the outside, otherwise we'll have to wait half an hour. Of course we do not care and we'll leave for a while in a new smelling car. For & euro; 35.00 and for & euro; 10.00 petrol we arrive at a very end today.
What makes Lanzarote a special island? It's not just nature, but the combination of the work of the famous artist César Manrique that finds you in all sorts of forms across the entire island. During the development of tourism, the conservation of the landscape remains central. It has been attempted to develop tourism in Lanzarote in such a way that the unique landscape could be affected as little as possible. César Manrique has certainly played an important role here. For example, the first priority was to focus tourism mainly on three places: Puerto del Carmen, Playa Blanca and Costa Teguise. It is also stipulated that buildings should not exceed the four floors and that it is mainly done with light shades. The preference is white with the typical green, brown and blue windows, doors and window frames.
César Manrique (1919-1992) was born in Lanzarote. He was a painter, sculptor, architect and multidisciplinary artist. He studied in Madrid and exhibited around the world. From 1962 he returned to Lanzarote to stay here until his death. From that moment on, his most personal and ambitious project begins: he uses the island as a canvas for his artistic expressions and defense of environmental values. The love he felt for land and his overwhelming personality did the rest. In 1978 he was awarded the World Prize for Ecology and Tourism. At the entrance of the sights, its artworks are made of iron.
We are going to explore the north of the island today and will do the following: Arrecife - Jardin de Cactus & ndash; Jameos del Agua & ndash; Cueva de los Verdes & ndash; Mirador del Rio & ndash; Museum of La Pirateria - Museum of Lagos (House of Omar Sharif) - Monumento al Campesino- Arrecife.
We follow the LZ-1 direction of the village Guatiza to visit the very last César Manrique project, namely Jardin de Cactus. The garden is landscaped in an old quarry and has more than 1400 species of cacti from around the world. Next to this garden is a Gofimolen , which resembles the mill from the stories of Don Quichotte. ( Gofio is a grated flour of roasted barley, maize and wheat, darker in color than plain flour. It is rich in protein, fiber , minerals and vitamins and an essential part of the Canarian food and it is used as a binder for soups and sauces, several typical Canarian dishes are prepared). We are far too early, the garden is not open yet and we decide to drive further. Because we have seen a lot of cacti and will certainly see more of it.
Our next stop is, Jameos del Agua, the first center for art, culture and tourism created by C eacute;sar Manrique. Entrance fee is € 9,00 pp.
A volcanic cave with a natural inner lake illuminated by the sun and there is a calm almost magical atmosphere. The volcanic tunnel provides a natural auditorium. Profiting from the sound, there are all kinds of concerts and events given in this unique environment. The inland is home to the so-called albino lobster, unique in the world, but unfortunately we have not been able to admire it. In the cave is a space where we enjoy the beauty of this place while enjoying a cup of coffee and a Blue Berry cupcake. There is a beautiful palm and cactus garden with an artificial lake (kind of swimming pool, but unfortunately you can not swim). The Museum " Casa de los Volcanes " is one of the most important research centers in the world, and here we discover, among other things, how many different types of sand there are on Lanzarote.
We take the LZ-204 toward the Cueva de Los Verdes, part of the same underground corridor system as the Jameos del Agua. The tour through the cave takes 45 min, with a Spanish and (bad) English speaking guide and cost € 9,00 pp.
The name has nothing to do with the color green, it comes from the Verdes family, which caves in privé owned. The cave originated during a prehistoric eruption of the nearby Monte Corona volcano and has a corridor and cave with a length of 7 kilometers. It is één of the most interesting phenomena of the island. Under the guidance of a guide we make a 2 kilometer trip, down and up again and this many times. The route has gorgeous light effects. The walls and - sometimes quite low - ceilings of the corridors are smooth with small (non-sharp) stalactites of solid lava. Repeatedly, the guide says look out, but Fred is still bumping his head, next time, set up a hat! The temperature is pleasantly warm for a cave, so & nbsp; 18 degrees but humid. It's the first time I'm in a “ warm ” cave bones Small lakes give an optical spatial effect, which makes you think it's very deep, but in reality the ceiling reflected in the water. The remaining 5 kilometers is the site of scientists and not accessible to tourists, in addition, a part has collapsed. But afterwards I feel my calves all the way down and up, but it was impressive.
 We continue to visit the LZ-201 and LZ-202 to explore the northernmost tip of Lanzerote, Mirador del Rio . Entrance fee is & euro; 4.50 pp.
It has the most beautiful view of the Archipelago Chinijo (called 8th Canary Island) with the largest island La Graciosa (here we also want to go by boat). The group of islands, the clear sea and the depth of the cliff give a sense of space and freedom. The building itself is also designed by César Manrique. Perfectly camouflaged by the volcanic rock of the surrounding area. The interior is separate with its circular, almost organic shapes and makes good use of light coming in through the domes. Both outside and inside you can enjoy this beautiful view.
We drive a lot further and take the LZ-10 at Haria. After a zigzag road we arrive by a bar-restaurant Los Helechos. Highest time to get a lunch. It's a simple road restaurant, mainly for tour buses, but with a grand view! Fred takes on a full plate with Paella and I get lots of big pieces of chicken and peeled potatoes, a traditional dish of Lanzarote. With a full belly we will drive again
At the former capital of Lanzarote, Teguise , a museum is the La Pirateria . It's just a search, apparently it's not a top attraction for the “ big ” public. It is located in the castle of Santa Barbara on the top of the mountain Guanapay and after a pendulum road we get up on the hill. A lonely man in a small box sells us the tickets for € 3.00 pp.
The position of the Canary Islands made them a popular stopover for passing ships to and from America, who replenished their fresh food and drinking water on one of the seven islands. This in turn made them an attractive hunting ground for pirates during the 15th, 16th and 17th centuries. It is clear why they used to put this castle on the edge of a crater. You can overlook the whole island and every ship that landes. Thus, in Teguise, they had the time to defend themselves against the pirates who attack in large numbers of Lanzarote. The museum is a maze of corridors with an exhibition about the history of this castle, interesting but a little childish. And what were these Spaniards small! But the view is phenomenal again.
We continue the LZ-10 and come to the Nazaret site, where the Lagomar museum is located. The access for this is € 6,00 pp.
I'd love to go here because this has once been the home of the actor Omar Sharif (1932-2015). Omar Sharif was an Egyptian film actor and famous for Lawrence of Arabia (1962) and Doctor Zhivago . He bought a piece of land in the 1970s and built this house. It is now a museum, restaurant and two cottages. It was designed by César Manrique and built in a 1001 Arabian night-style. The house is built against a cliff and consists of several layers and is white in color. I take a rest at the round salon bench overlooking the beautiful Lanzarote. Here has Omar Sharif also relaxed!
The house is surrounded by three beautiful gardens, with caves and tunnels with secret passages. In the surrounding gardens, exhibitions of painters and sculptors are sometimes held and there are also regular outdoor concerts. Occasionally this beautiful decor of Casa Omar Sharif is used for photo surveys. Live music performances are often given at the La Cueva bar. Omar Sharif lost the house during a bridge game against a European Bridge Champion (he did not know this). It's really a wonderful place to live, but quite a lot of stairs. Tired of walking we take a nice icecream coffee on the terrace at the shallow pool.
We move on and take the LZ-408 and LZ-30 toward Bartolomé Mozaga is the Casa-Museo del Campesino , designed by César Manrique in 1968. The Fertility Monument is 15 meter high and seems to represent a farmer with a donkey and dromedary. It is a tribute to the traditions of Lanzarote and the many professions that were performed here and sometimes become. The monument has been around since 1968 at a crossroads at Mozaga village. We have become tired of walking and when we arrive here we only take a few pictures of the monument and skip the museum.
& nbsp; Lanzarote landscape
Because the bottom of Lanzarote holds little water, agriculture on the island is very difficult. The inhabitants of Lanzarote therefore build walls around the crops that hold both the wind and absorb the moisture. Spraying the landscape with lava sand (black) captures the moisture of the environment. This layer also causes moisture to evaporate less quickly. We see fields with where the famous Aloë Be grown and grapes for the so-called Malvasia wine (white). Once upon a time we see a few sheep or goats walking. The colors of the sand on Lanzarote change at a rapid pace. Beautiful to see. In short, a full day with lots of walking and lots of new impressions.
In spite of our fatigue, we arrive at Arrecife for a while at the “ Blokker ” and buy some more vacuum bags. Then we continue to Lidl supermarket and buy a lot of stock. Fred walks with heavy bags a number of times back and forth from the car to the boat. Well, there is a Lidl, here we can buy some well-known products. Once everything is stored, we collapse on the couch. Tonight we will eat pizza and watch a movie!
31-03-2017, reactie van Karin (White Pearl)
Drukke dag inderdaad, mooie stekken hoor!
31-03-2017, reactie van Joke laene
Leuk te lezen het komt bekend voor wij waren er een aanal jaar geleden ook . Jullie genieten enorm
1-04-2017, reactie van Paula Burger
Wat een prachtige beschrijving van de omgevingen die jullie bezoeken en zeer interessante evenementen. Jullie genieten er heel veel van lees ik uit de tekst. Inderdaad zo zie je nog eens iets van een land. Prachtige foto's zodat de lezer hiervan ook een indruk kan krijgen van al het schoons en kleurrijke omgevingen. Geniet maar. Lees steeds met veel interesse jullie verhaal. groetjes van Paula en tot de volgende tekst.
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