Another great trip to Lanzarote. Each time we come to Charco Del Palo we discover new corners of paradise. Obona was, as always, excellent. Cuevo Paloma has really upped its game. They served us great food, welcomed us nude all day and were very relaxed about our “extremely naturist” interpretation of dressing for dinner! Like your other recent visitors, we found the wind a bit of a problem at Jardin Tropical so we went there less than usual. As always, we boycotted non naturist Reiner’s on principle!
Given the perfect weather for it, we walked miles; almost all of them nude. The track up from Charco drops into Guatiza beside the Jardin de Cactus where we popped on some clothes, took this photo and stopped for a fab lunch at La Tasca de Lita. We walked back around the other side of the hill. This became interesting for five minutes when we came off the track slightly early and encountered a number of large protective dogs. Not ideal in the buff but a small price for a very simple walk.
The Dam was another a great walk. We left Charco along the coast path towards Arrieta and branched left up towards the LZ on the last access track. A couple of sarongs were needed to walk through some houses and under the tunnel, but we could strip off again as soon as we were a few hundred metres up the hill. The path up is steep but short, the walk over the Dam is intimidating as the railings are essentially rusted away, and the views at the top are just stunning. The walk down via the track is much more benign and would give great access to a longer route around the ridgeline above which we will do next time we come. We popped clothes on just before we crossed the LZ and stopped for a cold beer, fried baby squid and the “world’s best” Patas Canarias at the Arepera Bar. The walk back from Mala can be done nude via a track that leaves the bend in the main road at the edge of Mala.
We parked on the cliff side of the Norwegian village about an hour before low tide. This walk isn’t possible once the water reaches the stones so there really is quite a short window in which to do it, but boy is it worth it. Leave everything in the car! We took only a small purse for the car keys and a phone with us. You then have nearly two hours of sandy beach, surf and cliffs to play with. As we were early, we then jumped back in the car, drove through Caleta de Famara and parked up by Playa San Juan. From there, against a backdrop of calderas on one side and crashing waves on the other, we walked most of the way to La Santa and back. We did wear sarongs as we walked away from the car, but, to be honest, most of the surfers changing in the car park were nude anyway. Nothing came out of the rucksack after that apart from water. We rounded the day off with a 3pm lunch at the sheltered Restaurante Costa Famara. Not as good as Restaurante Sol, but they were shut due to wind damage to their terrace.
To anyone reading this, a word of caution. We had good kit with us; shoes, walking poles and rucksacks (all of which are easily bought at a great price in Decathlon in Arrecife). None of these walks apart from Famara beach should be attempted in flip flops! Also, Lanzarote mapping is lamentable and my partner spent much of our poolside recuperation time researching our routes using the satellite imagery on Google Maps on Obona’s steam driven wifi. Probably our only complaint!
Just an amazing week!