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LANZAROTE Top sights (7 DAYS ITINERARY)

April 26, 2017 0 Comments
What to see in Lanzarote in one week: itinerary, Top sights, tourist attractions, things to do...
Lanzarote capital city
Arrecife - 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.

Correlated post: BEST AREA TO STAY IN LANZAROTE.



SEVEN DAYS IN LANZAROTE

1st day


LANZAROTE Top sights
Jardin de Cactus
You 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
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
Jameos del Agua
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
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.


Summing
Best place to stay in Lanzarote:

Lanzarote for young people/nightlife:  Puerto del Carmen or Arrecife. 
Lanzarote best area to visit the island:  Puerto del Carmen or Costa Teguise (to visit the norther area).

⇨ Best choice for Puerto del Carmen: Apartments  facing Playa Grande . 
⇨ Best choice in Costa Teguise:  Apartments near the beach.
  1. Lanzarote for families with children. 
  2. Lanzarote for those looking for the sea and the sun.
Playa Blanca.

⇨ Best choice for beach and sea life:  Apartments in the city center of Playa Blanca .


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
Playa Grande
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
Playa Dorada


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
Charco de los Clicos

Timanfaya exibition
Timanfaya
After 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
natural beaches of Papagayos

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
marina rubicon 

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
Arrecife Puerto

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

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

April 22, 2017 0 Comments
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.


THE TOP 7 OF GRAN CANARIA FOR SEASIDE HOLIDAYS

⇨  HOTEL PLAYA DEL INGLES  (BEVERLY PARK). Excellent value for money. Possibility of half board or all inclusive. One of the most booked hotel in Playa del Ingles. Very close to the equipped beach.

⇨  APARTHOTEL PLAYA DEL INGLES (VERIL PLAYA). Choose this location if you want to stay close to the Dune and the wide beach. If you are looking for a tourist place with some centers dedicated to nightlife.
⇨  PLAYA INGLES ECONOMIC APARTMENTS : Apartamentos Amazonas. For those seeking an independent and economical solution near the beach.
⇨   APARTHOTEL IN PUERTO RICO :  Rio Piedras. Good value for money. Ideal for winter stays, for family with children, for sea life in every season of the year.

⇨  AMADORES HOLIDAYS : spectacular views of the ocean and Tenerife. Close to the famous beach Amadores, great for autumn-winter stays. Ideal for couples. Various facilities: sauna, gym...
⇨  ADULTS ONLY APARTMENTS: Only for adults guests (no children) in Puerto Rico. another area designated for classic sea life. Between Amadores and Anfi mar.
⇨  HOLIDAY VILLAGE At Mogán Playa - Beautiful resort located in the hottest and no windy part of the island: Puerto de Mogan. Small but pretty beach surrounded by shops. A village made up of white houses with colorful flowers on the balconies. Intimate, full of restaurants, ideal for couples or for families with children.



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.


A WEEK IN GRAN CANARIA

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.


What to see in Gran Canaria

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.
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Aggiornato Ottobre 2017
Moira R.

Hotspot wifi canarias: free and paid service.

December 21, 2016 0 Comments
Wifi Access in the Canaries all the solutions. Free or paid service. Hotspot area maps and prices.

WIFI Gran Canaria

free hotspot gran canaria

WIFI FREE 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.)

CANARY ISLANDS or BALEARICS? Which is the Best for you.

April 07, 2016
better balearics or canaries
Balearics or Canaries
Are you uncertain about which Spanish Island to choose for your vacation? It's only because you're spoiled for choices...
In this article we'll look at the differences between the Balearics and the Canary Islands in order to understand which will be the ideal destination for your next vacation.

The topics covered:

  • Balearics vs. the Canaries.
  • Best time to visit Canary islands or Balearics.
  • Majorca or Minorca?
  • Formentera or Ibiza?

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