To be frank: Lanzarote and the Canary Islands in general had long been a destination I didn’t exactly consider for my bucket list. Horseback-riding, all-inclusive holidays and monotony were what came to my mind. But how wrong I was! An amazing thing about travelling is staying open and being surprised now and then by a new place. Even though you can’t deny Lanzarote with its black lava stones and cacti has indeed some monotony to it, it proved to be an exciting island full of rich nature, idyllic villages and excellent food.
And against all my beach-hotel-resort-associations I found a lovely casa right at the coast to call my home for almost a week.
After relaxing in the almost cave-like house, I went out to explore Punta Mujeres, a tranquil village in the very north of Lanzarote.
I had decided not to rent a car on Lanzarote and do everything by bike or public transport. As my week on the island brought a lot of strong winds (and I might tend to be rather unathletic), I opted for the public bus – called guagua. Even though the busses depart only few times a day, they do so punctually, making it very easy to get around the island. My first stop was Haría. If Punta Mujeres was quiet, Haría was absolute silence. I didn’t find a supermarket here as hoped for but instead idyllic white houses tucked away amidst thick palm tree fields.
The next morning again called for the absolutely hard decision of bed versus shower. Luckily both were close enough.
Two natural phenomena are very close to Punta Mujeres: the Cueva de los Verdes and the Jameos del Agua. A little risky and quite windy but very rewarding was the walk along the main highway. I arrived at the Cueva de los Verdes quite exhausted but had beautiful views across the sea and countryside along the way.
The cave was a fascinating play of light, water and narrow tunnels. You have to do a guided tour to enter the Cueva but it is entirely worth it. A natural spectacle deep down in the cave will take your breath away but visitors are not allowed to spread the word and spoil the surprise so make sure to see for yourself!
The Jameos del Agua are only a few footsteps far from the Cueva de los Verdes but still offer quite a different setting. Though also cave-like, the Jameos del Agua are more of a restaurant than a landmark. The food here is expensive – especially because it comes on top of a 9-Euro-entry-fee – but you can’t deny it’s unbelievably tasty too.
Outside the sky had turned greyer and the storm heavier. At least it was tailwind this time.
The next day I took the bus to the island’s capital Arrecife.
The city itself didn’t offer much, so on my way back I decided to step out off the bus in Teguise, a quaint town that I had passed by on the way to Arrecife and fell in love with at first sight. Once arrived, I was certainly not disappointed. Idyllic white houses, little shops, excellent restaurants and beautiful views of the volcano panorama had me regret a bit that I didn’t stay in this place for my entire holiday.
After a little less sunbathing and more rough nature than I had expected from a trip to Lanzarote, I enjoyed my last night in my own snug cave, sure that I needed to see more of the Canary Islands.