Lanzarote ~ where desert meets the beach
Trip Start Nov 01, 1999
6Trip End Nov 30, 1999
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We stayed at Los Fariones, one of many beach-front resorts that cater to the European group tours. Vacationers spend most of the days around the pool or on the beaches, which leaves the island's more interesting sites free of tourist crowds.
Typical landscape for this island consists mostly of volcanoes, palm trees, cactus and vegetable gardens
The centerpiece of the island is Timanfaya National Park which provides an extensive look at the "mountains of fire" and offers a tourist favorite, camel rides around the entrance of the Park. Doubling up on a dromedary outside the entrance to Parque Nacional de Timanfaya, we experienced a seesaw ride while avoiding the camel antics of others....for some, there's no holding back.
What we liked about Lanzarote:
1. The efforts of local Cesar Manrique - "Wow!" - what beautifully designed natural landmarks
2. Our Los Fariones resort was conveniently located to the beach and the main promenade of town - and daily tours to any site on the island (or others)
3. Cleanliness of the island - even the buildings are painted in clean white with either blue trim for coastal locations or green for interior
What we didn't care for on Lanzarote:
1. Toilets with no water tank - where's the natural preservation where it comes to toilets that run for minutes to no end
2. Beating out the early risers in claiming a claise lounge by the pool with the hotel's $2.00 deposit beach towel
3. Shopkeepers seemed more interested in stalking customers than helping them
4. The island's stray cat population likely out- numbers the shopkeepers who feed them at closing time