Last day of the holiday today and after hearing the weather reports we really don’t want to come home…
So it was an early start to make the most of the day – a cycling day today.
It didn’t take long to get out of the tourist sprawl on the coast and get into the lunar landscape that is Lanzarote.
The idea was to head north and cross the island – coast to coast Lanza style…
The route we chose kept us to the quieter roads and took in some of the island many valcanos. Really great cycling.
Our far point was La Santa where we stopped for a coffee and cake.
Really nice coffee & Cake but we got ripped off for €19. Won’t be going back there…
The route we took is shown below
One thing to note for anyone fancying cycling in Lanza
Unless you stick to the coast Lanza is not flat but the climbs are good because the gradients aren’t too steep.
The road surface varies from brilliant “billiard table” smooth tarmac to very rough gravel/tarmac roads. Unless you stick to major roads it’s not obvious what you’ll get from a map !
The vast majority of drivers on Lanza show cyclists great respect. It feels quite safe to cycle here.
The route passed through wine country but instead of neat rows of carefully pruned vines (a la France) we saw this…
Apparently water is the big issue on Lanzarote and these “craters” help preserve moisture and protect the vines from wind.
Just before the final decent to Puerto del Carmen we stopped for lunch at a small bar in La Asomada called Bar Achimencey. We thoroughly recommend this place. It was a “locals” bar & the food was traditional Canarian cuisine. The food was brilliant and in contrast to the earlier spot the prices were reasonable ?
Don’t panic this isn’t going to be a maudlin post. Yes a friend has passed but it was his time & my heart is filled with great memories…
The friend who has passed is my Monitor II dive computer. Today my trusty friend flooded with sea water.
We became friends back in the 90’s when I was young and stupid. This Swiss made friend kept me safe through a lot of daft exploits allowing me to reach adulthood. (Ok some will argue I still haven’t grown up yet)
So my good friend passed on the first of two dives. The first dive was in a sculpture park.
Museo Atlántico is an underwater museum featuring sculptural works by British artist Jason deCaires Taylor.
The project consists of 12 installations and more than 300 life-size human figures in 12 to 14 metres of water.
This work, called Portal, forms part of an underwater botanical garden. The sculptures aim to portray “the dialogue between past and present and the divisions within society”, with some of the most notable works including The Rubicon, The Vortex and The Raft of Lampedusa, which references the influx of refugees on the Spanish island.
We had a great dive round this park and I took lots of photos & video – all with my £40 GoPro knock-off.
The picture above is a faceless couple taking a selfie with the migrant boat in the background. I took a selfie with the selfie couple – the irony…
The second dive was on a nearby underwater lava flow at about 18 meters depth. Loads of life again. This video shows a lava tongue undermined by the sea.
The videos not the best quality but I’m struggling to get WordPress to upload big files. I’m sure it’s user error compounded by copious amount of post dive gin & tonic…
Day three’s a cycling day so the disaster count is back by popular demand…
Luckily the counter reads zero ?
We’d arranged to pick bikes up from a nice German guy in town at 9:30. This meant another early start, but not as early as the saddos who’d already secured their favorite sun loungers by the pool.
The thought of spending the day basting in the sun, inches from others by a noisy child infested pool fills me with horror ! …and on the child front – it’s no where near half term shouldn’t they all be in school ? Think I’m gonna complain…
Anyway after breakfast we escaped the pool area and set off to pick up the bikes from the smaller branch of Renner bikes that was close to our hotel. The guy at Renner bikes, we’ll call him Manuel, spoke little English but quickly sorted us with two Merida road bikes. After a quick cycle to the main shop for paperwork etc. we were on our way…
As you can see it was already scortchio….
The route we’d planned with help from the cycle guy was to head down the coast to Teguise and then come back via an inland route.
Well as the famous commentator once said – it was a game of two halves…
The first half, down the coast, was busy tourist sprawl with only the odd castle splitting it up.
The half way point was a cafe stop by the sea. Beautiful view but eclipsed by the row (in spanish) that occurred when our food order arrived wrong. The shouting was aimed at a young waitress who seemed to get a few orders wrong. In our case im not sure if it was her fault or my pigeon Spanish !
From there it was open country – beautiful in its volcanic barrenness and with no natural trees to be seen.
Note to self – stay away from the tourist areas… anyway our route was:
Another diving day tomorrow so early to bed… Hope it’s not raining too hard back in Blighty….
Today was “D day” – that’s diving day not an invasion of northern France. We’d arranged a days diving with Atlantis Diving Services. It was an 8:30 start at their shop which meant pestering the hotel for an early breakfast.
At their shop we were fitted for gear, briefed on the days diving and taken to the harbour where their boat was moored.
The boat was a 7 meter RIB. Being old skool I’d dived from RIB’s before but Sarah was asking where the lift was ! The seas were flat calm for the 5 minute ride to the dive site so no chunder from me ?
The first dive site was called Waikiki. We dropped into 6m of clear warm water.
I was expecting diving similar to the Mediterranean – warm clear but not much life. (overfishing in the med is another topic)
Well it’s a first – I was was wrong ! We saw loads of life, both big & small. Without boring you too much, over the two dives we saw Barracuda, Amber Jack fish, Sting Rays, Octopus and Angle sharks as well as numerous small brightly coloured fish. Two brilliant dives ! I’ve attempted to add some videos and a few photos
The day started with a 3am alarm. Far too early for both of us but gives a good 9:30am flight from Glasgow.
We had an uneventful journey to the airport apart from getting ripped off at Gretna services – 2 coffees a pack of aspirin & a sandwich £15. Won’t be going back there !
At the airport security was packed but quite efficient. After security it was off to Spoons for the standard pre-flight breakfast. Shhh don’t tell my mother, I don’t think she’s approve…
A quick look round Smith’s revealed some interesting reading… Think I’m gonna read this one.
The flight was 4 hours and went without incident. My phone GPS worked so I killed some the looking where we were and how fast we were going.
The transfer was quick & the hotel seems ok. We dumped the bags & went for a wander to stretch our legs. Puerto del Carmen is very touristy and we kept seeing places like this so I’ve a feeling dope is legal here…
Had a nice walk down to the harbour & saw cats and ducks living in harmony…
Anyway it’s been a long day so it’s off to the hotel for our “All inclusive” feast. I’ll let you know what it’s like tomorrow…