Charlotte and I thought the best thing for us in the middle of a hectic wedding season would be a little break away to Lanzarote to sit by a pool for a week and do absolutely nothing. We definitely did do that! But also decided to hire a car to explore all the island had to offer.
We pretty much did a whole lap of the island, starting at Arrecife, heading north to visit some of Cesar Manrique's works. We started off at Jardín de Cactus, which as the name suggests is a huge cactus garden, dug into the volcanic landscape. Next stop was Jameos del Agua; a series of lava caves which you are able to walk through. One section contains a lake which has a species of blind white 1-2cm long lobsters which can be found nowhere else in the world.
We then headed up the steep windy roads to Mirador del Rio, at the top of some cliffs overlooking the island of La Graciosa. From there we slowly made our way along the north edge of the island, seeing the climate and landscape change drastically as we went. From the temperate green hills, to a desert, and then on to a black rocky volcanic area. Within a few hours we found ourselves at the opposite end of the island from where we had started, overlooking the cliffs.
Our journey back was pretty quick, cutting out a few potential stops, to try to make it back in time for the start of England's World Cup semi final against Croatia...which was quite an interesting experience in a hotel with a few Brits and a few Croatians!
We were really surprised by the variety that Lanzarote had to offer, and loved being able to see so much of it in one day. And a mid-wedding season break was definitely what we needed to get us energised again for the rest of the summer! Hope you enjoy the pictures.