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LANZAROTE Top sights (7 DAYS ITINERARY)

What to see in Lanzarote in one week: itinerary, Top sights, tourist attractions, things to do...
Lanzarote capital city
This is an example of an itinerary in Lanzarote based on my personal experience. It includes TOP SIGHTS in the island.


The most important tourist attractions are situated in the north, so I suggest you to stay 3 nights in the North of the island: the principal touristic village is Costa Teguise.
While for the other 4 nights you can stay in the south, in Playa Blanca, for some days of relax, where the weather is warmer, sunniest and not so windy.

HERE for LANZAROTE FLIGHTS

SEVEN DAYS IN LANZAROTE

1st day


LANZAROTE Top sightsYou can start with a brief visit of Costa Teguise. It is a pleasant village on the coast with lots of shops, two equipped sandy beaches and a beautiful coastal path on the ocean. Unfortunately it is very windy and the sea is rough. It has a typical center called Pueblo Marinero that is a replica of a canary village with restaurants and pubs.
You can continue the trip with the visit to the Jardin de Cactus built from Manrique, as well as the most important attractions, it preserves several hundreds variety of cactus, a windmill and a pair of ponds. It is not big and pleasant to visit.
Moving away from the coast, Teguise City, a typical canary village with white houses, a church, a nice square, some shops of souvenir and the Aloe Museum where you can know the various properties of this typical canary plant and its products. Two or three km from the city, on a hill with a beautiful view point there is an ancient castle (now is a history museum).
Famara, situated on the opposite coast of Costa Teguise is a very long and sandy beach, frequented by surfers. I take a long walk there, it was very relaxing. It is not very windy, but in case you can take cover behind some ring of stones.


playa famara

The last stop of the day, the Monumento al Campesino, is a white monument of 6 mt high, built from Manrique in honor of farmer walkers. Next to the monument there is a small free museum of ancient work tools.


Lanzarote Itinerary

2nd day


Things to do in lanzarote starting from Puerto del Carmen or Costa Teguise
Today a tour of the northern part of Lanzarote, the more attractive. You can start with the visit of Jameos del Agua, the best touristic attraction created from Manrique is a series of caves and underground ponds, a swimming pool and bars.


manrique Lanzarote
A few km from this, another beautiful place, Cueva Verde, is a long cave of 1,5 km that entertains a concert hall and a final surprise...
In the Lanzarote northern point, Manrique built the Mirador del Rio a spectacular view point on the small island called La Graciosa.

Tip: if you don't want to buy the entrance ticket, near the Mirador starts a narrow street where you can admire the same panorama.
If you want to take a break, in every attraction you can find restaurants or snack-bar.

La Graciosa island

On the street that connet Mirador del Rio to the village of Orzola you can visit the Factory of the Aloe, the staff is very kind and they will show you the cultivation and the processing of this plant and of course several final products.
Near Orzola the beautiful beach: Caleton Blanco is an ideal place for a couple of hours of relax. The water is calm and low.


Tourism in Lanzarote


3rd day


It is the time to move to the south. Along the trip you can stop in Puerto del Carmen. This city is not particularly attractive, is a touristic place with lots of shops but has a beautiful coastal walk and a big sandy beach.

Playa del Carmen
Some km away, Puerto Calero, with its marina and its high quality restaurants is a quiet place for a break.
In the afternoon you can relax in Playa Blanca, the principal touristic place of the south, with several markets, shops, restaurants, bars and its beautiful and equipped sandy beach: Playa Dorada. The island's best beach for sea life.

Lanzarote beaches


Things to do in lanzarote starting from playa blanca


4th day


You can make a trip on the Volcano Timanfaya and visit the east coastal beaches, with small black and many stones. They are also very windy.
The first attraction you see coming from south is Las Salinas: salt flats; then the beach of Los Hervideros with a beautiful coastal path on the ocean and at the end: El Golfo, a small fishing village with typical houses and restaurants. From here you can take a small walk of 10 minutes to Charco de los Clicos, a small pond to the edge of the ocean.
These places are very visited and queues are often inevitable.

lanzarote itinerary

Timanfaya exibitionAfter lunch at one of several restaurants of the village you can continue with the trip to the volcano.
The entrance is by car and staggered, so you can wait also 1 hour or more before to enter, but the landscape is very beautiful and interesting.
You must leave the car to the touristic center park. Here there is a restaurant that cooking directly by the heat of the volcano and a pair of show. Included in the price there is a trip of 30 minutes by bus along the volcano.

Of course you can visit the Timanfaya on the morning, have a lunch at the volcano restaurant and then visit the beaches.



Sightseeing in Lanzarote
5th day
Relax to the natural beaches of Papagayos in the south, a few km from Playa Blanca. The several beaches have golden sand and calm water protected by wind. There is only one bar-restaurant. The entrance by car costs 3 euros, while by foot is free and is it long a pair of km.

natural beaches lanzarote

Trip to Lanzarote

6th day
A day of relax in Playa Dorada, the sandy beach of Playa Blanca. It is connected by a panoramic coastal path to Marina del Rubicon with its high quality boutiques and restaurants and its marina. On Saturday morning it hosts a street market (suspended in case of bad weather).

Lanzarote south

Visit Lanzarote
7th day
It is the time to departure. If you have the flight in the afternoon/evening you can use this time to visit the capital: Arrecife. It is a nice city with a small center with shops, a little lake with colorful boats and a pair of castles on the see, one is now museum of history and the other hosts the MIAC the museum of modern art.  Arrecife has also a very beautiful sandy beach in the center: Playa del Reducto.
Best canary island

Of course, if you have the flight in the morning you can visit Arrecife the day of your arrival.


Things to see in Lanzarote

Tip: I suggest you to buy a cumulative ticket that includes the major attractions. It costs 30 euros and you can buy it to the first attraction visited. It includes (prices 2017):


- Jameos del Agua: 9 euros
- Cueva verde: 9 euros
- Jardin de los Cactus: 5.50 euros
- Mirador del Rio: 4.50 euros
- Timanfaya: 9 euros
- MIAC: 4 euros

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April 2017
Moira
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A WEEK IN GRAN CANARIA (what to see, EXCURSIONS and TOURS)

What to see in Gran Canaria: 7 days itinerary. Best attractions and the better days for visit them: parks, typical villages, street markets, beaches... 



7 days in Gran Canaria


MONDAY

After flying to Gran Canaria, the best way to start a trip is to relax to recharge body and mind batteries.

Southern beaches in Gran Canaria



  • MASPALOMAS DUNES
  • ANFI DEL MAR

Maspalomas dunes is one of the best attraction in Gran Canaria, so prepare your camera and enjoy yourself jumping on them!



SEVEN DAYS IN GRAN CANARIA



Which is the better place to admire the dunes?


If you arrive by car, I suggest you to park in Calle Finlandia (free parking spaces) in Playa del Ingles.
Near Riu Palace hotel starts the path to the dunes. This is one of the most beautiful coastal pats in Gran Canaria and the best point to admire the landscape.

If you want to make a walk you can follow this coastal path long several Kilometers until San Agustin.

When you finish to admire the dunes, you can take a relaxing break on the beach in Anfi del Mar (next to Arguineguin village).
There is a parking available for a fee (3-4 euro a day) and few free places.
Follow the indication "to the beach" and you will arrive to the most beautiful beach in Gran Canaria with white sand and palms.
You can rent a sunbed or enjoy the free beach.


TUESDAY

Gran Canaria tour




Puerto de las Nieves and Galdar

On Thursday there is the street market in Plaza de Santiago in Galdar from 9 am to 14 pm. 
You can also make a brief visit of the city and the famous painted rock museum called "Cueva pintada" situated in the centre.

There are also several cheap bars and restaurants around the square.
Puerto de las Nieves, a quaint fishing village very frequented during the week-end by Canaries people. On the sea-front there are several typical see-food restaurants and bars.
A beautiful path connects to the natural swimming pool of Agaete. Unfortunately the area is very windy and the water is cold. 
The most confortable way for to reach this cities is the motorway that make a tour of the east part of Gran Canaria.




WEDNESDAY

Trekking in Gran Canaria


Fataga e Roque Nublo (programme for mountain lovers).
To get to Roque Nublo from the south of Gran Canaria you can follow the indication "Tunte" or "Fataga". There is only one road with many curves and beautiful landscapes.
Fataga is a typical rural village with canary style houses (white with grey stones), narrow streets, lots of flowers, a church, a small square a restaurant serving local specialties. I tasted it during a trip to Roque Nublo, it is cheap and the portions are large. In Fataga there is only one parking that costs 1 euro for all day long (close to the only restaurant).

When you arrive to Roque Nublo you are in the center of the island. There is a small free parking when the path starts. After 5 km. you will arrive to this particular rock of 70 meter.



THURSDAY 

The best zoo dolphinarium on Gran Canaria


Palmitos Park

This is a big subtropical park. There are several range of animals: dolphins, snakes, birds, butterflies... that you can admire walking down a path surrounded by palm trees. You can reach it by car (free parking) or with the bus n. 45 or 70.
Average price: 28 euros. Discount for families.
Tip: at the exit of the airport you will received a coupon discount of 8 euros. You can also find it in the tourism offices.


Gran Canaria itinerary

FRIDAY


Puerto de Mogan and Amadores beach

Every Friday the streets of the small fishing village of Puerto de Mogan are filled of stalls: the famous street market from 9.00 am to 14.00 pm.
I suggest you to leave the car at the entrance of the village where there is a big free parking or, if you prefer to travel by bus, take n. 01 or 32.

Puerto the Mogan is very beautiful with lots of colored flowers, white houses, little bridges and a port. 
The local restaurants offer fresh fish. One of the better restaurant is run by the fishermen's brotherhood called "Cofradia de pescadores" situated at the end of the port.

After lunch you can take a break in the very nice and equipped beach of Amadores with white sand, clear water, lots of shops and bars. In front of the beach there is a big free parking. 
If you like walking, a very beautiful coastal path of 1 km connects the Amadores beach to Puerto Rico beach.


SATURDAY

Arucas, Firgas and Teror
These three typical villages are situated in the north close to each other, so you can visit they in the same day.

The first you will find at the exit of the motorway is ARUCAS with his street market on Saturday from 9.00 am to 14.00 pm.
The centre is develops around the big church of "San Juan Bautista".

FIRGAS is famous for his staircase of 30 mt, decorated with a fountain and colorful tiles. The square and the church of "San Roque" are the centre of the village with a beautiful view point.

TEROR is a typical Canaries village with his houses decorated with grey stones and wood terraces and the cathedral of "Virgin del Pino" the patron of the island. 
The street market selling typical Canaries products is on Sunday morning.


SUNDAY

Las Palmas de Gran Canaria
The capital city of Gran Canaria is a lively city situated in the north, connected to the south with the motorway GC1 or by bus n. 01-30-90-91.

As well as all big cities there is lot of traffic and it is difficult to find parking.
The historical centre is the district of "Vegueta" with the cathedral, characteristic small squares and the "house-museum of Columbus". 
If you want to taste a local atmosphere, On Sunday morning (except in the summer) you can admire the typical street market of Vegueta with 400 stalls and every kind of products, while if you prefer the famous brand shops I suggest you to make a walk along the main street of "Calle Mayor"
Las Palmas has also a very long and beautiful sandy beach "Las Canteras" connected to the city centre by local buses.

These are only a small part of the principal attraction in Gran Canaria... other articles are coming soon...


Gran Canaria shopping

Things to in Gran Canaria

If during your holidays, you encounter one day with the bad weather, you can go to shopping.

Aguimes and shopping (program for shopping lovers).

Aguimes is a small typical village with several bronze statues (I have counted 37 statues), a beautiful cathedral and some bars where you can taste local food. Aguimes is famous for oil, wine, spirit and cheese products.

I suggest you to park around the village, because inside there are narrow streets without parking.
After the visit you can reach the south beaches or to make shopping in the zone of Telde (north of the airport) where there are several stores and an outlet.

  • LAS TERRAZZAS OUTLET: (motorway exit 6B). Here you can find famous brand of clothes, shoes, electronic, household, bar, restaurants... with a beautiful ocean view. The zone is windy.
  • EL MIRADOR STORE: (motorway exit 5). There is the big supermarket EROSKI and the low cost shop PRIMARK.

EXCURSIONS and TOURS in GRAN CANARIA


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SHOPPING IN GRAN CANARIA


Shopping in Gran Canaria: tax free zones, street markets, shopping center.

Canary islands is very popular for being tax free zones. This very beneficial situation gave a boost to the economical activity in the islands for all sorts of commercial activities especially perfumes, electronic devices, alcoholic beverages and cigarettes.
You shall find this type of stores in all the shopping malls of the south and in the area of Parque Santa Catalina in Las Palmas. The price offers are vast and very competitive helping you to get away with a good purchase.


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SHOPPING IN GRAN CANARIA


STREET MARKETS: handcraft is the best souvenir you can take from the island. You can find a good variety of creations in different artisan fields: pottery, table covers, handkerchiefs, fancy rags and other articles made of cloth.
You can find this articles in the street market of craftsmanship and culture of Vegueta in Las Palmas (open monday-thursday 6.40-14.00 friday-saturday 6.30-15.00) and in other traditional street markets of the island:
- Las Palmas: sunday 8.00-14.00
- San Fernando: wednesday and saturday 8.00-14.00
- Arguineguin: tuesday 8.00-14.00 in Plaza Negra, thursday 8.00-14.00 Ancora shopping center
- Puerto de Mogan: friday 8.00-14.00
- Vecindario: wednesday 8.00-14.00
- San Mateo: saturday 8.00-20.00 and sunday 8.00-15.00 farmer's market
- Aguimes: thursday 8.00-13.00 in front of the swimming pool
- Teror: sunday 8.00-14.00 near the Basilica
- Telde: saturday 8.00-14.00 near the bus station
- Galdar: thursday 8.00-14.00 church square
- Maspalomas and Puerto Rico: every 2 weeks on sunday 8.00-14.00


GRAN CANARIA SHOPPING CENTER


SHOPPING AREA: there are 7 in the entire island. They are big enough to find anything you need. They provide you with cinema halls, ample parking space, hypermarket chains ad restaurant area.
In Las Palmas:
- C.C. Las Arenas: (carretera del rincon), located at the end of Las Canteras beach, it has beautiful views from the roof top.
- C.C. El Muelle: (muelle de Santa Catalina), with wonderful views to the sea avenue and the Port of Las Palmas from any of the roof tops of the mall. It does not have any supermarket.
- C.C. La Ballena: (av. Gral del Norte, 112)
- C.C. Siete Palmas: (av. Pintor Felo Monzon, 44)


In Telde:

- C.C. El Mirador and C.C. Las Terrazas: (motorway GC1 exit 5 El Mirador and 6 Las Terrazas), located next to each other at a 2 minutes distance by car. The main characteristics of Las Terrazas is that it is the only OUTLET in the island, it also has numerous outdoor spaces and it offers ample entertainment options.


In Vecindario:

- C.C. Atlantico (motorway GC1 exit 28)


In Maspalomas:
- C.C. El Tablero (motorway GC1 exit 48)


Gran Canaria shopping


Sales period: summer from 1st July to 31st August. Winter from 7th January to 6th March.
Usually many stores and shopping malls are have continuous opening hours from 10.00 to 22.00.
On sunday and public holidays th shops close. In the tourist area some very specific stores remain open.

WHERE TO STAY IN GRAN CANARIA?
If you like the warm south of the island, cast a glance in my holiday apartment:
Puerto Rico holidays.


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December 2016
Laura
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BEST GRAN CANARIA BEACHES

Opinions and advice on the most beautiful beaches of Gran Canaria: the biggest, the best beach to go in winter, best beaches for kids and family, white sand beaches and less windy.

Canary islands beachesIn this article I'll talk about the most beautiful beaches of Gran Canaria. Some of my readers are planning a trip to this island so I thought to write a useful guide-article to direct them to the fullest. Carve out a break in a warm place all year round, it's always a good solution. Taking advantage of the favorable climate of the Canary Islands you can go back to work sporting a nice tan. To avoid making mistakes, here is a list of the best beaches of the island where you can swim and sunbathe.   


In this article we'll see in detail:


  1. Opinions and tips about the best beaches of Gran Canaria
  2. The most beautiful beaches of Gran Canaria
  3. Gran Canaria white beaches
  4. Gran Canaria less windy beaches.
  5. Most beautiful beach in the north of Gran Canaria (biggest beach).

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Hotspot wifi canarias: free and paid service.

Wifi Access in the Canaries all the solutions. Free or paid service. Hotspot area maps and prices.



WIFI Gran Canaria



WIFI FREE in Gran Canaria:

I traveled up and down Gran Canaria. Only once I found free internet and it was in Las Palmas on the Las Canteras beach but I heard that from 2015 the service has been deleted. I'm not sure about this.
Anyway in this map you can see all the reported free hotspot in Gran Canaria.

If you need an occasional and sporadic use...

TIP: Find McDonalds... They always have free wi-fi access.
If you go in Puerto Rico (Gran Canaria) you can find McDonalds in the downtown (usually you can sit and use internet even without consuming.)

Even in many shopping centers wi-fi service is free.
In the South of Gran Canaria you can find:.

Shopping Center El Tablero
Free wi-fi
Avda. Francisco Vega Monroy, nº21
El Tablero - San Bartolomé de Tirajana / output: 48 de la Autopista G.C.1


FREE WIFI for a Drink:

There are several internet cafes around the most popular beaches that offer internet access in exchange for a drink (usually the service provided is highlighted in some sign at the entrance.)


WI FI CANARIES 

(Lanzarote, Tenerife, Gran Canaria, Fuerteventura)

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ITALIAN MOTORWAYS GUIDE

Things to know before take a motorway in Italy.

italian motorway
This article is written by an Italian girl who works on the highway (on the A4 Milan - Venice).
One of the questions that often tourists ask her when they stop in the rest area is: 

How to pay for the motorway in Italy? 

Other questions are:

How does Italian motorway work?
Which is the Best Way to Pay Autostrada Tolls?
Below you can read her suggestions...
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WHAT TO EAT IN ITALY?

Regional italian food
Travelling and eating in Italy
Here a list of the typical dishes of central Italian regions.

If you travel in Italy, in these cities listed below, join the visit to a food and wine tour. 
Believe me... you will not regret.

Travelling in TUSCANY - TOSCANA

Are you thinking about taking a vacation in Firenze, Pisa, San Gimignano, Siena, Viareggio, Isola d'Elba?


In Tuscany, on the coasts, prevail dishes based on fish as the Caciucco: famous Livornese fish soup with mussels.
The cuisine of the Tuscan inland towns is based of vegetarian dishes but that does not disdain meat including the famous Florentine steak: the meat is cut from the loin of beef.
Another speciality is the bread which the Florentines do not add salt in the dough. It is added to many savory dishes such as bruschetta: the bread is toasted with different sauces or is rubbed with fresh garlic and soaked in olive oil.


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