Hola, travelish people and welcome to the third out of five stations “Canary Islands”, this time with summer greetings from our trip to Lanzarote.
Since we discovered on our last trip the charming Madeira, we were heading now after one more day at high sea to the fourth biggest of the Canary Islands, Lanzarote.
Beforehand we had a look at the possible sightseeing destinations and we decided to visit the Museum Lagomar, that once was belonging to Omar Sharif, which is located pretty central on Lanzarote. The second destination, located in the north was the art- & lava cave place Jameos del Agua.
Holidays on Lanzarote – Things to know
Before we share our personal experiences, lets check some interesting facts for your trip to Lanzarote.
The isle is only around 80 miles away from Africa.
It is the far most east isle of the Canary islands and was probably already colonized by the old Phoenician around 1,100 BC.
Lanzarote has, different than Madeira already a subtropical – desert climate.
It rains here very rarely. For example it never rained in a July at all. Never.
In other words: Lanzarote is literally hot.
Additionally to this you see everywhere the volcanic origin, which lets the island look somehow like a moon landscape.
This is not meant in a negative way, because the isle has has its very own unique charm because of this. Lanzarote has a total size of 845 square metres and is with this a medium sized Canary Island. There are around 150,000 people living on Lanzarote. 60,000 of them are living in the Capital Arrecife.
Another very interesting personal fact is, that parts of the fantasy movie “Krull” from the year 1983 were made here, same as some others like “Doctor Who” or “Enemy mine”.
But let us start now with some true validates experiences of ours, supported with many pictures 🙂
Trip to Lanzarote
“Old crusaders” like us, we were already used to get up in the morning, step on the balcony of your cabin and discover a new port, a new city, a new isle. So this time Lanzarote.
We arrived on the morning of July, 13th 2016 in the port of Arrecife and because we are organizing all our tours by ourself, we decided to discover our destinations today with one taxi for both tours, Lagomar as well as Jameos del Agua.
Indeed it is not that simple to get from one point of the isle to the other. At least from the pretty isolated “Lagomar” it would have been a bit problematic.
So we paid in total around 100,- EUR for the whole day taxi trip, which is still way cheaper compared to an organized tour from the cruise ship company.
So we started from port of Arrecife into the 6 miles away Lagomar.
Lagomar – Residence of Omar Sharif
So what is this Lagomar?
Well, it is a museum, restaurant, private property, bar, rock cave, labyrinth, viewpoint and more. And all this is true.
Meanwhile it belongs to the Germa architect Dominik von Boettinger and Beatriz van Hoff from Uruguay. They gave Lagomar the final look. But formerly it was conceived from the famous artist César Manrique and built from the Designer Jesús Soto on behalf of Omar Sharif.
In the 70s the legendary Omar Sharif was on Lanzarote for shootings of the movie “The Mysterious Island“. He fell in love with Lagomar and bought it.
The interesting part of this story is, that in a game of Bridge he lost the house to a guy called Sam Benady.
These are the stories of Legends.
The estate is open for public, daily between 10am and 6pm.
Finally here some snapshots, to give you a better picture.
The charm of Lagomar consists of the symbiosis of man made architecture and natural surrounding. The rooms have been worked very harmonic into the rocks. All is flowing, nothing disturbs.
Some caves, a small labyrinth, a huge amount of Lanzarotic artworks, a small “lake” and last but not least a breathtaking view till Arrecife make a visit of Lagomar mandatory. By the way you also can visit and see the once private rooms of Omar Sharif. A truly unique and fascinating charm which results from this special way of being built.
But enough of daydreaming. Still there is more to see and talk about. The subterranean lava caves with the underground lake, gardens and pool. Better known as Jameos del Agua.
Jameos del Agua
So what is this Jameos del Agua?
Well, it is actually nothing else than a 3,000 to 4,000 years old complex of grottos and caves, made by streams of Lava once back in those times.
Interesting, that the artist César Manrique also here was conceiving the area. So mainly he made this place attractive for mass tourism.
The highlight Jameos (which means translated from the native language “cave”) is without doubt
the crystal clear, subterranean lake.
Sun rays are falling play- and beautiful onto this lake, really impressive!
A very own and peaceful atmosphere is existing here. And as a “special bonus” in this lake is existing a blind and white crab, which usually only exists in depths of 2,000 metres on the oceanic ground.
After passing the lake on the other side of the cave you will see an amazingly beautiful pool in colors of white and turquoise. . Embedded in an orchestra of many beautiful plants and flowers.
Such eye opener!
Apropos orchestra… the third highlight of this place is the “half subterranean” concert hall in one o the caves with place for more than 500 people. There are given regularly concerts, the acoustic here is phenomenon.
Well, maybe this would be a reason for us to re-visit Lanzarote. A ticket price of 9,- EUR to enter Jameos del Agua is fair enough.
Well, one more thing…
So this is how we ended our second highlight for today, but wait!
Maybe this is not an official tourism destination, but we definitely want to mention about it here.
On the way from Arrecife or Lagomar, taking the main road LZ-1 you pass by the so called Barranco de las Piletas.
An amazingly beautiful fractured landscape existing of weathered lava rocks. Extremely impressive and somehow not from this world.
Please have a look on your own here.
A short stop by for a small photo sessions should be enough, only important thing is just: Do it!
Additionally to the charming Capital Arrecife, where you can also go for cheap shopping, Lanzarote has also some very good beaches to offer. This definitely rounds the “Whole-Full-Tourism-Visit-Package”.
So now it is only up to you , to plan your next Lanzarote trip as soon as possible and discover all these beauties with your own eyes.
Meanwhile we are already on track to our next destination. This time it is the smallest of all Canary Islands – La Gomera.
Your travelitos Hendrikos!