All the news from Charco del Palo
All the news from Charco del Palo
Last week we had a day out with friends checking out the Belén's in Lanzarote. We started off in Yaiza then went onto Tinajo, then Ville de Teguise and finally to Haria. This is what we saw. I have made the gallery into a slide show so all you have to do is click and watch. I hope you enjoy.
This is the Yaiza Belén, very pretty and the children were so excited every time the volcano blew at the Timanfaya national park.
Next we went to Tinajo where the Belén was a little bit different from Yaiza. The Belén here had full size people and even live goats in a pen.
Next stop was Ville de Teguise, not so impressive as the previous two, but at least an effort was being made.
And finally to Haria, which in my opinion was as good as Yaiza.
We are always asking for visitors and friends, please give us some of your stories and adventures, well many thanks to Barry & Miriam for taking the time to write about there trip to La Graciosa.
Another wonderful trip to La Graciosa was had recently (November 2nd). Since our last trip there we learned a few more details and decided to take an overnight stay in one of the many apartments available to rent.
One of the details we found out was that if you can get to the ferry terminal at Orzola it is possible to book a boat in advance and get a 20% discount, you don't have to take a specific ferry time or a particular day. This will then cost you €16 per adult as against €20 if booked on the day.
On arriving on La Graciosa ferry quay we were met and escorted to the apartment in the centre of Caleta del Sebo, a short walk through a maze of white washed houses. The accommodation was very modern, clean and well equipped. After dropping our overnight bag we went walking.
Before starting the walk we picked up a picnic lunch from the local bakery in Sebo.
Our route took us right out of the village passing Playa del Sabado then further on to Playa Francesco an area where the local tourist catamarans take there guests to enjoy snorkelling and swimming. Its a very picturesque setting and a perfect spot for the picnic lunch, with beautiful views across to the mainland and the cliffs of Famara.
The whole area is a marine reserve with pods of Dolphins, Turtles, and lots of other aquatic creatures.
Needless to say the whole experience is very tranquil. On the way back to Sebo there is a campsite which is free plus there are toilets and showers, cold only! The campsite has to be pre booked.
Other ways to get around the island are 4x4 vehicle which are quite expensive depending on the length of journey from €20-€50. There are bikes for hire but beware not everywhere is accessible to bikes, the sand banks can be very deep and you would spend more time pushing than riding.
Back in the village of course we found somewhere to have a well deserved beer and looked for somewhere to have an evening meal. There are 5-6 places we found and after checking the menus we went to Meson de la Tierra opposite the harbour. Very good food and cheerful service.
There are a couple of well equipped supermarkets if you want to eat in, also there is a Pizzeria, eat in or take away. There is a good atmosphere to the harbour area with many of the locals sitting around generally enjoying themselves.
Although we didn't try it there is a nightclub of unknown quality!
The following days walk took us left out of Sebo along the well posted path towards Pedro Barba not much in the way of beaches to sit down but a very good walk. We walked roughly half way to Pedro Barba before heading back along the same pathway.
Overal a really good experience for people who like walking, good views. There are longer walks to do, all are well sign posted and seldom will you see many people, (only on the catamaran trips).
Accommodation can be booked via websites. Ours cost a very reasonable €40 for the night.
Did you know that the Arepera Bar in Mala does home delivery? No, neither did I till the other evening. While enjoying a glass of wine and an Arepa with friends the other evening Jose was getting ready to deliver Paella to some local people. So I asked what sort of quantity he needed to make a deliver to Charco del Palo.
So for example if you and friends wanted to share a Paella then the minimum would be for six people costing 10€ a head 60€ to have it delivered.
Another example would be if you wanted Pizza. Three is minimum he would deliver, prices start from as little as 5€ and the most expensive is 7,50€
You could also have an assortment of Tapas brought to your apartment to share with friends.
What a great idea. Contact Jose 928 52 96 50 or pop in and have a chat, he does speak and understand quite a bit of english.
With the added stresses and strains and all the additional but necessary security checks now put on air travel passengers having an airport VIP lounge is the ideal place to find some peace and quiet away from the busy and often overcrowded departure hall. Also if you need to do some work there is everything you need to connect to the internet.
If you need to meet up with people before you leave Lanzarote then there are also conference/meeting room facilities available.
The Guacimeta VIP lounge has recently opened at Lanzarote Airport in the passenger only departures area in Terminal 1. You will find it on the left hand side on the second floor between boarding gates 8 and 9.
It is managed by the Spanish Airport Authority (Aena) and is a non-smoking lounge, but there is an outer terrace where one assumes smoking is allowed. It is available to all passengers at Lanzarote Arrecife Airport for €18,00 plus tax.(23,50€) The lounge offers WiFi, Television, free snacks and drinks and newspapers.
There are monitors in the lounge displaying the latest flight details so you can check your departure gate and when your plane is boarding. You can therefore stay there in comfort until you are certain the aircraft is ready to embark.
It is open from 06:00 to the last scheduled flight departure, and it does stay open if there are flight delays.
Telephone: + 34 928 846 345 or Fax: + 34 928 846 28
• Holders of associated airline business class tickets and club cards.
• Other passengers may use the lounge after payment of the corresponding fee in cash or by card.
I haven't been to the Saturday Craft Market in Haria for quite some time so on Saturday I decided to take a trip up the hill and have a look around. All the products and produce at the Market are hand made or grown locally. The stalls doing the best business were the fresh fruit and vegetable stall and the freshly made bread and cakes. Massive queues at both these stalls and not unsurprisingly so because the produce looked amazing. Other stalls include, pictures, hand printed tee shirts, baskets, the traditional canarian hat, aloe vera, soaps, knitted jumpers, silver jewellery in fact lots to look at.
While I was in Haria I visited a friends house and took these amazing photos of the flowers in her garden and the views looking out towards the mirador. Its simply beautiful here on the island at the moment, we have never seen it so green.