Richard’s Mum was with us last week and so as well as sailing we managed to ‘treat ourselves’ to some tourist adventures as well. Number one on the things to do list is a visit to the Parque Nacional de Timanfaya. We took a coach trip around the volcanoes, quite spectacular they are too and then we just had to have a ride on a camel. From our expressions you can see that we were a bit apprehensive!!
La Geria is the area of Lanzarote where wine is produced, another place worth a visit. It is amazing that they grow vines at all here bearing in mind they are growing in ‘lava fields’. Deep circular funnels have been dug out of the black lava so that the vines can reach fertile soil with their roots. The winegrowers have then built little walls of volcanic stone around these funnels to protect the vines from the drying wind. The wine has a spicy dry bouquet (so the label says) and is surprisingly pleasant to drink. It is made from the malvasia grape which fortunately thrives in low rainfall, strong sun and fertile volcanic soil.
We spent a day sailing to Arrecife and then since there was a bit too much North in the wind decided to return south and anchor off Playa Papagayo. This is a fantastic beach a mere 2 miles away from Marina Rubicon. We took the dinghy ashore and climbed the hill in order to see the ruins of the former village of El Papagayo.
We had a fantastic time, but sadly Carolyn has now had to return back to the UK
We are back in Marina Rubicon preparing for our next trips. After 3 weeks of very ‘relaxed cruising’ we are really looking forward to the coming ‘Adventure’ where we aim to sail a lot more miles, and visit Gran Canaria. With the prevailing north easterly winds we should have a good ‘dash’ there and ‘thrash’ back!
There are still a couple of spaces on our last 2 Adventures in Lanzarote 23 – 30 January and 16 – 23rd February. Why not join us for a bit of winter sunshine!!