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Wednesday, December 21, 2016

2016 Car trip Lanzarote Mirador del Rio

Thursday 8 December 2016 we drove from Arrecife Marina along the NEast coast via Costa Teguise stopping at the rock pool settlement of Charco del Palo where several residents were bathing in the nude.
 
We then drove via the Mala Cactus fields
 
Through Arrieta and Punta Mujeres to Orzola where we watched the ferry to Graciosa moor.
 
We then continued to Mirador del Rio - a very fascinating Caesor Manrique creation - he converted an old second World War II bunker on the top of the cliffs overlooking the island of Graciosa into a superb mirador/ cafe.
 
View of the mirador carpark from inside the bunker
 
Here we had lunch with a magnificent view
 

 

 

 

 
The interior of the bunker
 

 

 
Stairs up to the roof terrace
 

 
Exit to the roof terrace
 

 

 

 
Views of Graciosa from the roof terrace
 

 

 
Zooming in to Graciosa marina
 
Zooming into the southern anchorages off Graciosa
 
Afterwards we drove south along the cliff tops to the Mirador de Guinate
 

 
Views from the Mirador de Guinate
 

 
We then drove back to Arrecife after having had a thoroughly enjoyable day.

2016 Hike Lanzarote Haria to Mirador del Risco de Famara

1100hrs Wednesday 7/12/16 we drove from Arrecife Marina to the picturesque town of Teguise 
 
Teguise
 

where we visited the Aloe Museum
 

 where we learned amongst other things, about the Cochineal Insect which feeds on the cacti and is crushed to produce a crimsom substance used for food colouring and dyes.
 
The female Cochineal insect attaches itself to the cactus and sucks out the juices from cactus. The nymphs she produces cover themselves with a white substance living with their mother on the cactus until they are mature. They are harvested for dye production by simply scraping them off the cactus.

 
Then we drove towards Haria, stopping at the restuarant car park of the Mirador los Helechos
 
From the Mirador los Helechos one has superb views of the NE coast of Lanzarote with the coastal towns of Arrieta and Punta Mujeres clearly visible
 
One also has a very good view of Haria
 
We parked close to the center of Haria and walked to the Mirador on top of the cliffs  with superb views of the  NWest coast
 
To the north, the island of Graciosa was clearly visible
 
We then followed the track which skirted southwards around Montana Ganada
 
Eventually climbing back up to the clifftop through a picnic area to the Mirador de Risco de Famara, again with superb views of the coast below
 

 

 

 
The below Viewranger app map shows the track we actually walked from/ to Haria plus the car route to the Mirador los Helechos
 

Monday, December 19, 2016

2016 Hike Lanzarote Caldera Blanca

Tuesday 6/12/16 drove with our Orlando rental car via Mancha Blanca down a rough track to the carpark at the start of our hike to and clockwise around the rim of the Caldera Blanca - Rother's Walking Guide nr19.
 
Our track is recorded in the below Viewranger map 
 
We started walking at 1105hrs. The first part of the route was over a very rough track through the lava flows - quite uncomfortble on the feet.
 
Our first view into the crater after the steep climb to its rim
 
Our position when we took the above photo is shown by the red circle on the below Viewranger map
 

 
Since arriving on the island, we have been surprised at how green parts of the island are - we remember Lanzarote as being a very brown barren island.
 

 
The highest point of the rim - Montana Blanca, around 461 meters
 
Below one can see how the lava flowed around volcanoes from previous eruptions
 
After scrambling up a steep section of the rim, we were met by these mountain goats.
The official walking route descends before reaching this part of the ridge. We decided we preferred to complete the circumnavigation of the rim
 
The below Viewranger map shows our position where the above photo was taken. The stippled track to the left is the official route
 

 
The track on the rim of the caldera is a bit like a knife edge here - probably why the official route avoids it by descending and contouring around the outer base of the caldera - however, it is the most exciting part of the route!
 
View across the Caldera to Montana Blanca
 
After dscending from the rim, our track rejoined the track we had used initially to take us back through the lava flows to the car. 1555hrs we were back at the carpark - a very enjoyable hike.