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  • Writer's pictureF.W. Hume


"If I had a thousand sons, the first humane principle I would teach them should be, to forswear thin potations and to addict themselves to sack." Falstaff

The Wines of Lanzarote

In Shakespeare's day Falstaff's favorite tipples of Malmsey and Canary Island Sack might have come from here or at least a neighbouring island but the wines changed after the volcanic eruptions of the 1730's. Now the grapes seek out moisture under the lava: ungrafted (phylloxera never showed up here) vines are planted in large holes up to 5 meters in diameter and a depth of 1-2 meters in volcanic sand. They descend into deep layers of the soil to find some water. Each plant is surrounded by a stone windbreak called Zocos.

This is one of the strangest most disorienting vineyards in the world. The only place it even slightly resembles is some of the vineyards on Dalmatian islands and on the slopes of the more active parts of Etna. Visit the vineyards on MARS!!!

Authorized Cultivars are White wine recommended: Malvasía Volcánica, Moscatel de Alejandría, Vijariego o Diego, Albillo, Güal y Verdello.White wine authorized: Listán blanco, Burrablanca, Breval, Pedro Ximénez y Torrontés.Red wine recommended: Listán Negra o Almuñeco, Negramoll o Mulata, Malvasía Rosada y Tintilla.Red wine authorized: Bastardo negro o Baboso negro, moscatel negro,Tempranillo y Vijariego negro but sadly, also the international varietals of Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot,  Pinot Noir and  Syrah,


Page on site for ordering lanzarote wines internationally

Bodegas Los Bermejos My favourite. Small, passionate winemaker trying to forever improve his quality. wonderful wines. His Diego blanco is really interesting. Since 2001 Marca: Bermejo Dirección: Camino a Los Bermejos, 7 35550 La Florida. San Bartolomé Teléfono: 928 522 463 / 627 963 654 Fax: 928 522 641 Email: Web: Los Bermejos "If I had a thousand sons, the first humane principle I would teach them should be, to forswear thin potations and to addict themselves to sack."

Bodega Volcano Lanzarote The make a spectacular dry white the edicion limitada Abril 2014 Bodega VulcanoC/ Victor Fernández Gopar nº 5 35572 Tias Lanzarote Tel. (+34) 928 52 44 69 // 928 52 43 84 Fax.(+34) 928 52 43 84 Inicio

STRATUS Bodega AND RESTAURANT currently closed for legal reasons shipping their grapes to make wine on Tenerife but may reopen Page on Crta. La Geria Km. 18 (LZ30) 35570 Yaiza Tel. +34 928 809 977+34 630 085 197+34 928 524 536+34 928 833 980 Huge, modern boutique-restaurant complex. sells local cheeses. also one of the only places on the island to find higher-end culinary products from the mainland (good spanish olive oil, truffle salt and the like) A little antiseptic. Their traditional sweet Malvasia is great.

Less interesting but still a few good bottles each Bodegas Rubicon Bodegas Rubicón | Lanzarote XVII La Geria Ctra. La Geria, Km 19 Yaiza - Lanzarote (Las Palmas) Telefono de contacto 928.173.178 Bodega La Geria - Bodega La Geria

El Grifo Which houses a wine museum and the oldest cellar on the island LZ-30, Km 11. San Bartolomé, Tlf: (+34) 928 524 036 Apartado de correos Nº6 Fax: (+34) 928 832 634 C.P. 35550

Go to the Museum of International and Contemporary Art - and restaurant Arrecife

The Art Museum in the Castillo de San Jose in Arrecife

César Manrique One of the many buildings and spaces designed by the island's long-time genus loci, the interesting artist and character. He is the reason Lanzarote still has an authentic feel to it, lost to much of the rest of the Canaries.

928 81 23 21 Museum: 10:00 - 20:00 h. Cafetería: 10:00 - 24:00 h. Restaurante: 12:00-16:00 / 19:00-23:00 h. Summer Hours (1 julio - 30 septiembre) Museum: 10:00 - 20:00 h. Cafetería: 10:00-24:00 h. Restaurante: 12:00-16:00 / 19:00-23:30 h.

Go Shopping

The Canary Islands have a special tax relationship with the EU, so if you are careful shopping for highly taxed items (alcohol, tobacco, luxury goods, consumer electronics, perfume and cosmetics) can be a good and fun expenditure of time.

Locally made Stone and ceramic pottery. Peridot, a green gemstone found in the volcanic soil of the island makes a great gift and there are some nieces pieces of jewellery around that incorporate it. César Manrique designed articles. The shop at his foundation has a good selection. branches around the island, including in Arrecife (Jose Betancourt 26) and Teguise (La Lonja, Plaza 18 de Julio)

Buy produce and souvenirs at local markets and picnic or take it home and cook it.

Uga is an adorable town with a great market for local produce and cheese It is also famous for Salmon. Yes Salmon. Fish is sent from Scandinavia to Uga to be smoked. It may be the finest smoked salmon in the world.

Sat and Sun 10:00=- 14:00 Tias Saturday10.00 - 14.00 next to San Antonio chapel *Teguise Sunday from 9.00 - 14.00. largest on island though touristy. Haggle.

Playa Blanca Wednesday and Saturday 10:00-14:00 in Calle Papagayo and at the Marina Rubicon An enterprising Italian who have been living on in the special microclimate of Haria for a few years sells artisinal liquors from local ingredients which is one of the highlights of the marker… Goat cheese and honey martini, anyone? Espiritus Lanzarote Daniella Ternevasio Calle las cruces 6 35541 Maguez-Haria +34627574057

*Haria Mercado de Abastos in Calle de la Longuera is open Monday - Saturday, 9am - 2pm.  organic produce Arrecife Mon - Fri, 9am - 2pm, indoor market in La Recova in the old town centre of Arrecife (behind the town hall).  Canarian specialities, bread, arts and crafts.

Try local culinary specialities

Ok, these are from all over Spain, but who can resist Pimientos del Padron?

papas arrugadas, like the celebrated potatoes of madeira, cooked in seawater and served in a spicy sauce Gofio toasted corn flour kneaded  with fish or vegetable stock (this stuff makes interesting Tamales so we always bring some home) El puchero canario (con garbanzos o judías) Stew with chickpeas or beans lots of local Grilled fishes rabbit or kid fried with spicy sauce get sine Sea salt from the Salinas Janubio. the famous Mojo sauces red or green, mild or almost mesoamerican spicy Lanzarote cheeses Desserts such as bienmesabe, frangollo(honey and gofio) or el mus de gofio (gofio mousse).

There are so many nationalities on Lanzarote that, with a little work, you can find authentic Italian Pizza or real English Fish and chips. And for example, there are german  and English bakeries on the island if you some exotic bread Jonnie Bakes Gran Aldea 76 | Villa De Teguise, Teguise, Lanz

German bakery – Andybrot C/Gabriel Diaz, 9, Tias Daily 7am-3pm, Sun: 7am-1pm (closed Tue) Tel: 628 015 336

and even some real Italian Gelato Gelateria Italiana Verderosa Calle Limones 38 | Playa Blanca, Lanzarote, 35580 Lanzarote, Spain

See some Fireworks There are Fireworks for several festivals around the island, notably for festival of San Gines in Arrecife

Go see the otherworldly Timanfaya the Montanes de fuego the park with a restaurant where you can cook your food over the volcano

See Teguise

15th century during the conquest of the island  the little town  in the centre of the island was the original capital of Lanzarote. Colonial mansions.   The 16th C Convent of San Francisco dates back  and the 17th C  Convent of Santo Domingo

Go have lunch in Fishing villages of El Golfo (we recommend Bogavante restaurant) or Arrieta with good seafood restaurant,El Charcón on the quay* and Órzola: ferry port to La Graciosa has local fish from the natural park

Take the ferry to La Graciosa. Island has sand streets.  Separated from Lanzarote by the cliffs of Famara. Beautiful beaches, El Salao, La Francesa, Montaña Amarilla and the famous Playa de Las Conchas.  Caleta de Sebo is the main town with about 600 inhabitants. Another even smaller town is Pedro Barba which has a few houses and a small pier.  Romero Ferries leave from the port of Órzola in the north of Lanzarote to La Graciosa.

Take a trip over to Coralejo on nearby Fuerteventura ferries leave from Playa Blanca in the far south

Go snorkelling or diving

Cala Blanca - Diving Center Lanzarote - Cursos very reputable english dive center in Cala Blanca section of playa blanca 60 euro discovery dives 280 first section Padi

Go Stand-Up Paddle Surfing

***SUP in centre of playa Blanca*** Page on

Visit The Cactus garden in Haria between Guatiza et Mala 10h à 18h +34 928 529 397

Go see the Mirador del Río littoral of Haría à 479 m high view of archipelago de Chinijos (île de La Graciosa etc) and Las Salinas. The structure was built by Cesar Manrique and was used in the old DR Who series as a major set

Castillo Santa Barbara on Guanapay mountain above Teguise, which now houses the museum of immigration

The Aloe Vera plantation Plantación propia de Aloe Vera

The salt factory of Janubio Salinas de Janubio. Lanzarote

Go for a drink to a cool bar and chill out El Mirador  in Playa Blanca on the sea fro  Address: Puerto Deportivo Marina Rubicón, s/n, Playa Blanca, Lanzarote. 

In a building designed as a house for Omar Sharif 恋人未満友達募集掲示板  Calle Los Loros 2 : 35509 Teguise (Las Palmas)

Buda Bar (4) One of a string of bars and restaurants in the smart Puerto Calero marina, the Buda Bar is good for drinks before or after dinner, whether on the terrace or in the exotic interior. Prices: cocktails from £5. Opening times: Open every day until at least 2am.

Go have a nice meal Our favourites

Lilium Calle José Antonio Primo de Rivera, 103, 35500 Arrecife, Las Palmas, Spain Phone:+34 928 52 49 78 Hours: Open today · 1:00 – 4:00 pm, 8:00 – 11:00 pm

Hands down the best on the island. Creative, modern cooking inspired by traditional Canarian fare and based on the highest quality ingredients. Worth a long taxi ride there and back if you are staying far away.

Tasca La Raspa

Possibly the best Tapas on the island is at La Raspa. Romantic spot on the inner harbour, the Charco San Gines in Arrecife.

Avenida Cesar Manrique, 20 | El Charco de San Gines, 35500 Arrecife, Lanzarote, España Tasca La Raspa

La Tegala

Beautiful restaurant. Traditional spanish-canarian raised to high gastronomy. The olive oil gelée alone is worth the trip Address: Carretera Tías a Mácher 60, Mácher, Lanzarote Restaurante Lanzarote

Amura Sol repsol Yaiza Elegant white colonial style place with an enormous veranda. Wonderful traditional food. Great service. Avenida Marítima, s/n. Yaiza 928 513 181

The altamar panoramic restaurant in the grand hotel in Arrecife
Ok the view is better than the food, but the food is ok.

Aguaviva Sol Calle Mástil, 31 Playa Honda 928 821 505 4 inventive local food with fusion elements.

Restaurante Bogavante little beachfront restaurant with casual terrace in a little fishing village where the black lava stones seems to have petrified into the sea. Very reasonable but faultlessly fresh fish! Av Marítima, 39 35570 El Golfo Las Palmas, Spain

local La Santa shrimp at Bogavante

If you are tired of fish go have great steaks at La Portena The Argentinian/Uruguayan place in Puerto calero 1st Floor, Ed Antiguo Vardero | Puerto Calero, 35571 Puerto Calero, Lanzarote, 0034 928841281

Go to the beach. Really,

There are a lot of beaches to choose from for such a small island. And while the water isn't Caribbean-warm, it is almost always warm enough to get in. Probably warmer than your hotel or rental-property pool.

Playa Papagayo is the most beautiful beach on the island. tiny turquoise cove of water and sad beach at the bottom of a beautiful cliff. Hike to the neighbouring bays of Las Muelees, Pozo, Congrío or Muelas, if it is too crowded. Which it often is….

La Garita in Arrieta in the north of the island, nicde sand sloping into the sea.

Caletones de Órzola Tiny little bays with white sand in the northeast  of the island, Good spot to snorkel La Arena (Playa Quemada)The Arena draws on the excellent conditions of the southeast coast of Lanzarote, sheltered from strong winds prevailing and almost always clear.

*Famara (Caleta de Famara)Four miles [6 km] of majestic beach. Sheltered by the mountain cliff which has the highest point on the island, Peñas del Chache (670 metres), Famara has some of the most striking scenery on the island.

Las Malvas (Tinajo)a  black sand volcanic beach Guacimeta (Playa Honda)The tranquility of this long beach of Guacimeta is interrupted by the constant presence of aircraft.

Skinny dip at Charco del Palo (Charco del Palo) rustic setting  where swimsuits are optional

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