From Graciosa we moved 20 NM south to Arricife, the main town on the
island of Lanzrote.
Looking down Port Naos, with a modern art gallery and restaurant in the old
fort on the right.
We did a lot of provisioning in Arricife but didn't stay long as it is a
very ordinary town. We sailed
down to the south end of Arricife in company with our friends Phil and
Karel (from Brisbane) on Tehani-Li.
We spent a night on off the beaches here before going into Marina Rubicon
for a couple of nights.
Lots of holidaymakers still swimming and sunbaking. All these
beaches are "clothing optional" as
it seems are all the beaches in the Canary Islands so far.
Possibly why it is such a popular destination
for Germans and Austrians!
We rented a car for a tour of the island, first stop the Cactus
Gardens. This large example at the
entrance was, in the spirit of the giant oyster, prawn, merino,
banana, made of metal.
The cactus garden itself was a very worth while visit. Beautifully
laid out with extraordinary examples
of cacti from all over the world. Lanzarote has a big Aloe Vera
Thorny perch for pigeon.
Big surf on the beaches, but no surfers. Possibly because of the
razor sharp lava rocks!
The view over Graciosa from the top end of Lanzarote, underlining the
height of the sheer cliffs.
Our earlier anchorage to the left, and behind it the volcano Sandra
A small bodega or vineyard bottle shop. This was one of the
non-touristy ones and very quaint. Apart
from wines and goat cheese, they had cactus wines, quite sweet, in a choice
of green or yellow. They
were generous with their tastings and we bought a bottle of pale pink
Town square in Haria, once the heart of the main agricultural
Having lunch in the square.
A view over Haria on the road south.
You can see the remains of the old terraces to the right. No
wonder they prefer tourists to working
This is the main wine growing area. Eat your heart out Barossa, no
trellisses to maintain here! This
proves you could probably grow vines on the moon!
Lanarote is certainly a unique and beatiful island, and we really enjoyed
our stay here.