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Ghost hotel

Lanzarote’s “Ghost” Hotel

To the north-west of Playa Blanca, up the coast from the lighthouse, is the hulking remains of ghost hotel  – Atlante del Sol, otherwise known as Hotel de Los Charcones after where it’s located. It is worth a visit for the location as well as to see the results of foolhardy developers. The walk to the hotel is lovely and can be less than an hour each way or over two hours depending where you choose to start. From the…

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Devon restaurant

Lanzarote Restaurant Review – Devon Restaurant

I’d heard good things about the Devon Restaurant and Bar and, being from the west country myself, I had been intending to give it a try. The opportunity arose when I won a steak dinner for two in a Monster Radio competition. The restaurant is a small, cosy family-run place on the front at Matagorda, near the Jameos Playa Hotel. As we intended to arrive early, we didn’t book a table, but there weren’t many not reserved so we were…

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Fishermen

The Fishermen Of Lanzarote

We who are fortunate enough to live on Lanzarote tend to take for granted that, when we go to a restaurant, there will be a selection of fresh fish just waiting to be prepared for us. But we often forget the fishermen who make this possible. Fishing, along with agriculture, has been an important industry on the island for centuries, when the only tourists were the pirates who came to plunder the island’s riches. It is believed that the indigenous…

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Tias

Tias – The Town Of Aunts

Tias is not widely known to visitors to Lanzarote and is generally just somewhere you pass through on the island’s main road, the LZ2. However, it is an important administrative centre and the municipality of Tías incorporates the largest of Lanzarote’s tourist resorts, Puerto del Carmen. Formerly called Las Tias de Fajardo, meaning Farjado’s Aunts, the town was named in the late 1400s by Alonso Farjado, Governor of Gran Canaria, to honour his favourite maiden aunts, Francisca and Hernan. Lanzarote…

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Walking The Stunning Famara Coast & Cliffs

I have often looked down from the heights of Risco de Famara, the towering cliffs above the renowned surfing beach, and seen paths along the base of the cliffs. A group of us decided to explore these trails. We set off from the top of Urbanización de Famara on the track that vehicles use to access the far end of Famara beach but, where the track bends round to the left towards the beach, we carried straight on. The path…

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