Lanzarote Playa Blanca 28,51.50N 13,49.00W
We had a great sail down the east coast of Lanzarote, a good wind and a flat sea. We eventually rounded the south-easternmost point, Punta de Papagayo, and headed towards Marina Rubicon on the south coast.
The views during the passage were spectacular, a mass of extinct volcanoes rising out of the island with little white settlements set starkly against the black land.
Marina Rubicon is situated in the tourist area of Playa Blanca. The whole town seemed to be there for English and German tourists, with all the trappings deemed necessary to have a good time. However there were some excellent swimming beaches, wifi connections and supermarkets!
We were keen to see something
of the inside of the island, particularly the
We had a fantastic day. The Timanfaya was amazing and can only be described with pictures! There was a (very touristy but fascinating) demonstration at the top of one of the volcanoes, a hole in the ground where twigs caught fire, water poured in shot out as steam and meat was cooking on the rocks! We learned that the temperature 10metres below the surface is 600’C!
Black beach Volcanic Pool
We visited various places including vineyards where the vines are planted in little semicircles of rocks in the black earth. As it doesn’t rain here the volcanic gravel holds the dew which gradually feeds the roots of the vine. The wine is delicious!
Graciosa from Lanzarote
After a few nights in the
marina we decided to leave Lanzarote and cross the
The sea was very lumpy and
there was no wind so we motorsailed across to find
rough seas, black uninviting cliffs, surf pounding over the entrance of the
lagoon and the beginnings of a shower! It was the most dreary, uninviting place
we had ever seen. We headed back to Lanzarote and
anchored off the lovely little beaches of Papagayo. The anchor went down in
View from Green Flash at Papagayo