Once again we are heading for a lonely beach,
this time on the island of Lanzarote. We presume you have
with us to Fuerteventura,
if not, we invite you to join us on that trip also.
To get started, we do as usual - we get a good map of the
island, but this
time we are familiar with the geography, so we turn the map
look at the citymap of Puerto del Carmen.
Duration? From an hour to a whole day, depending on your
If you stay in the wrong end - up near the airport,
jump on a bus. Costs you
only 50 pence, or about 200 Ptas. Leave the bus in the central
part of Puerto
del Carmen (by the post-office) and start walking. Just follow
the road down
to the harbour, and up the stairs to the right of the famous
red restaurant -
and you are on your way.
You will soon find yourself walking high up on the cliffs,
and don't try to jump
into the water yet, the coast here is called COSTA RISCO,
which means it
is a bit risky...
In the middle of this picture you can see the tops
of the masts belonging to the
many sailboats in Puerto Calero, where we will arrive after
about half an hour
In the meantime we have to cross one canyon, but as far as
I know, everyone
who tried, did show up again on the other side.
The 'buldings' you can see on the beach are small huts
built by 'natives'.
They used to be populated by families from the island during
since criminality belongs to those days of today, the navy
- who owns the
coastline - ordered them to be removed. And they surely are
On your way out, right after you crossed that canyon,
and I do hope
you are still walking up on the edge, and not down
by the sea...
you pass over a cave. A little further ahead, it is possible
down to the water's edge, and then walk back again. This can
an exciting experience. Especially if you do it just before
comes in. Then you have to stay in the cave for the next 6
and then, if you are lucky - it starts blowing up and you
That will truly be a thrilling experience!
Now we are at Puerto Calero, where the sailboats headed
America, mainly West-India on their way from Europe, are coming
in for their last supplies before the open Atlantic Ocean.
If you like looking at boats - here is the place...
Also would like to
mention that it is here you book for a trip down under the
here you find the Yellow Submarin, ready to take you out
for an unforgetable adventure.
But as we are heading still for a beach, you can take that
another day, just bookmark this page... or
click here for the
Several nice restaurants are situated in the harbour
area, but wether you
wish to have your lunch here or not, we are going on...
Up again, on top of the cliffs we now have another half
an hour to walk,
in a landscape quite deserted. Only gras, green or brown,
how much rain has fallen lately. In 1997 it really was raining,
people told us that they saw flowers some of them never before
seen. They just come up when the ground is wet.
Ahead of you here lies the small fishing village of
There are also two or three small restaurants, and of course
main offer is fish. Grilled fish. And tasty fish, indeed.
By the way, and I really mean 'by the way', there are
a few openings
down to the sea, and you might have nerves to climb down.
I know there
are two or three fine smaller beaches. No sand, but still
We have enjoyed them. Also a few caverns in between, and during
summer you might see campers lightening their candlelights
Hope you don't have sore feet yet, because we are only
half way from
our destination yet. Time is about noon, since we started
hotel after breakfast between 9 and 10 in the morning.
Guess you didn't notice that zig-zagging road on the
other side of
Playa Quemada! After climbing up the hill from Quemada, and
again on the other side, you will have it....
Of course, when tide is low, and the weather is fine,
you may walk
along the water-edge as well, and join the fine sandy beach
So, after a short dive in the water, we walk on...
As you can see here, there is nothing wrong with the
at the left side, but you have to take a breath or two while
climbing this hill. However, it is allowed to take a break
you are half way up.....
Bring your camera, too. You might meet one or two goats
When temperature is above 30°C, go back to Puerto Quemada
have a beer. Then try to get back to Puerto del Carmen later
afternoon when sun is not so strong. But don't forget that
when the clock
is 18.00 the sun disappears suddenly, and you are left alone
in the dark.
So, if the temperature is right,
we start again after a short break...
You are beeing rewarded. What a lovely view from up
Playa Quemada is the nearest village, and then in the bay
you can imagine the sailboats in Puerto Calero, and way back,
almost disappearing in the sea, the white houses of Puerto
But there still is the climbing down on the other side,
come down to a 400m wide beach, and I would suppose that the
that you are left alone here for the next hour, is rather
Although it is possible to get here by car, but then
- where is the fun?
Well, what did you expect here? We must have some privacy....
Anyway, was nice having you with us here on the net -
but we might wish to be left alone when walking down there
on the wonderful and beautiful island of Lanzarote.
Thanks anyway for joining us!
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