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Lanzarote

November 7, 2010

Needed a break so booked a last minute trip to Lanzarote the week before last for some holiday time under the sun. Was great to have a change of pace and enjoy the different air on this sunny island of volcanic origin.

Am not one who is that much into tanning on the beach or lounging by the pool, so next to some relaxation, my goal was to get some nice photographic opportunities.

La Graciosa seen from Mirador Del Rio

Wanted to share the photos I made there by presenting this selection of snapshots, the others can be found on Flickr.

La Geria

Many vineyards can be found on the island such as in La Geria. What makes these so remarkable are the small walls that surround the separate vines, both to protect the plants from the abundant wind as well as harvest moisture and the seldom falling rain.

View at Mirador Del Rio

The most impressive sight was the view from Mirador Del Rio, a sightseeing spot on the most northern mountain that looks out on the ocean and nearby island of La Graciosa.

A breathtaking view, sat there for a few hours enjoying this magnificent sight.

Jameos Del Agua

Quite glad this photo of Jameos del Agua came out well, the small lagoon rests in a cave formed by volcanic eruption and the site also houses a museum and underground amphitheater. The cave lagoon was the most interesting though, albeit a quick walk through.

Basking in the sun at Jameos Del Agua

Caught this red flower on the upper tiers of the balconies at Jameos del Agua with the outdoor pool in the backdrop.

Cueva De Los Verdes

Another breathtaking natural site to visit were the volcanic caves at Cueva de los Verdes which was a rather adventurous hike through the caves as one must mind the jagged rocks and low ceilings.

The rock formations and different colors were stunning.

Cueva De Los Verdes

A shame had left my tripod in the car, could have used it in the low light conditions, though space constraints would have made it hard to deploy. Saw a photography aficionado who had brought a gorillapod, handy and clever!

For most photos, next to higher Iso setting, resorted to resting the camera on a rock which did force me to recrop some to get a level horizon.

Timanfaya

From the cool temperatures inside the caves to the scorching heat on top of the volcanoes in Timanfaya national park.

Breathtaking landscape with its many volcanic formations, truly alien and unique compared to the average landscape here.

Impromptu rainbow

The heat isn’t just from the sun though, as the soil on the Montañas del Fuego can easily be several hundred degrees warm when one goes but a few meters deep.

Something which the locals like to show by putting dry straw in a stone pit, the straw soon catches fire from the scorching hot stones, or they pour water in pipes which after a few seconds shoots out as a geyser of steam.

El Golfo

Near the small village of El Goflo, this remarkable water body flanked by the remains of a collapsed volcano gets its green color from the algae that reside in it.

The desolate, peaceful stone pebble beach is offset by the vivid sea. Enjoyed listening to the waves washing ashore for a while while sitting on the beach.

Prickly business

Jardin De Cactus houses an impressive variety of cacti from all over the world and is a worthwhile visit to snap photos of these prickly plants, some of which really do grow to impressive sizes as seen below.

Pigeon, rock and cactus

Part of the Canary Islands, tourism is Lanzarote’s largest industry and even though at this time of year most hotels were still quite full and tourists were aplenty, was able to enjoy the major sights as luckily none were overrun or too crowded.

Los Hervideros

Close to El Golfo, Los Hervideros are caves or inlets at the seashore where one can catch the waves violently clashing against the rocks. Located near the southwest tip of the island, winds were quite strong here.

Salinas Del Janubio

Just before arriving at Playa Blanca, the town on the southern tip brimmed with hotels where I stayed, one encounters the salt winning of Salinas de Janubio.

Had a great holiday in Lanzarote and do recommend it for those seeking some leisurely time under the sun combined with a few nice sights. You can see plenty more photos on Flickr.

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9 Comments leave one →
  1. November 7, 2010 8:40 pm

    Wow~ very beautiful photos~!!

    The sky is so BLUE~!! (^^)

  2. November 7, 2010 8:54 pm

    @Tsubasa126
    Thanks, glad you like them. ^^
    Indeed, was quite a sight for me too as many days there were no clouds at all the sky was incredibly blue.

  3. Okazaki-san permalink
    November 7, 2010 9:01 pm

    A rainbow formed in front of a geyser,something unheard and unseen of by me up until now.Beautiful.Place looks wonderful for a potential visit.

  4. November 7, 2010 9:16 pm

    @Okazaki-san
    A stroke of luck, photographed at least three of the geysers and that one shot out a lot of water droplets which blew in my direction.

  5. November 7, 2010 10:12 pm

    These nice photos bring back memories~
    I went to Lanzarote seven years ago and I sightsaw some of the places you are showing like Jardin de Cactus, caves or this green watering place. Your first Cueva de los Verdes photo reminds me our guide who let us believe the reflection on the water was the bottom part of the cave since the water was so inert. And he threw a small stone in order to surprise us.
    I regret I didn’t have a Digital camera… but I still have cactus from Lanzarote :p

  6. November 8, 2010 11:03 am

    @kyouray
    The guide did the same with us, was quite impressive as the reflection had me fooled thinking there was a chasm meters deep. ^^

  7. solwyvern permalink
    November 8, 2010 3:39 pm

    う・ら・や・ま・し・い
    very beautiful shots!
    I’m quite envious, I want to go on a vacation too. ;;

  8. November 9, 2010 8:37 am

    @solwyvern
    Thanks. ^^ Ah well, such tourist spots when booking through operators can be found at interesting prices, so you might be able to find a nice offer and take some time off. ^^

  9. November 12, 2010 1:20 am

    Stunning photos. That rainbow is just too cool!! What a sight.

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