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Charco del Palo
Charco del Palo
Tell others what you thought of your visit to Charco del Palo Lanzarote
Tell others what you thought of your visit to Charco del Palo Lanzarote
I don’t know about you, but if I am planning to book a holiday somewhere, I read all the reviews I can lay my hands on. Actually experiencing the atmosphere you had in mind is important. So I spend hours on the web. That’s how I found Wendy’s blog and that’s why I am willing to share my experiences in Charco del Palo with anyone who is as keen as I was to know what it’s like.
To start with, most of what they say about CdP - as it is lovingly abbreviated -, is absolutely true. It’s quiet, it’s peaceful, it has non-catered accommodations in every variety - price wise not bad at all -, a
shop that has enough to get along on a day-to-day basis, plus a few restaurants with entirely different characters:
* Lili’s bar, you won’t find a person more cheerful than her, is most certainly the liveliest and her espresso is one of the best I tasted on the island;
* Cueva Paloma has a wide choice aiming at the Northern European customer for dinner or sometimes lunch, fine kitchen but nothing spectacular; you can choose your table inside, outside or in the area in between (it has been taken over in January I found out);
* I have no experiences with Jardin Tropical, but the garden looks inviting from the street.
But the main asset, apart from the Duck Pool et cetera, is the fact that it is a naturist-friendly environment. You see people in the streets clothed, in full naturist attire (i.e. a book and a towel under their arms) or just wearing a T-shirt: it doesn’t matter and nobody cares. You see cyclists going straight to the coves, strip off, take a plunge and be on their way again once they have dried up in the sun. Naturist walks along the beach front are the standard from mid-morning until late afternoon if the sun’s out, but North Diving Lanzarote clients, fully clad in impressive diving suits, have obviously been heavily instructed to look ostentatiously the other way when nude people are passing. I greeted them but didn’t hear anything back. So staying at CdP feels safe and relaxing. And people do greet one another; well, most of them anyway.
The weather in December and January is naturist-friendly as well. Sun is out nearly all the time with an occasional white cloud passing by. Of course there is the odd overcast day, and then the wind might be the decisive factor whether you would have to move your lounger about or put something on.
One day it felt a bit nippy. I had decided to be wise and put on something warm, when I saw dark skies coming from the north whilst the sun was still shining. I expected a rainbow to develop so, taking my camera, I hurried to the south end at Las Piteras where you can see along the coast in northerly direction. I was right and I saw the rainbow slowly building until it hit the ocean, be it still a bit on the skinny side. Then I zoomed in to check why the horizon to the right of my image was sharp and contained more colour than on the left. The horizon looked grey and blurred there. It finally dawned on me: that wasn’t just rain, it was a wall of water racing along the coast right towards me. For a moment I hesitated to wait for the rainbow to become more intense, that’s what I was there for after all. When the first really large drops started to come down I realised this was a wrong decision. Very wrong. Apart from the fact that the rainbow had suddenly disappeared, the wind picked up and turned into a gale within a matter of seconds. My word! It felt as if icicles were hammering on my head and as I didn’t see a spot where I could take shelter, there was one thing I needed to do right now: go back my bungalow this very moment. I decided that the gusts of wind striking the coastal path, had to be avoided at all cost; so I slipped into Calle Cefeo which shielded me from the wind a bit more. A veritable downpour followed. The noise was deafening. Walking on Calle Sosa Mayor I saw a stream of water coming down from the top end, running over my feet. I was wearing a hoodie and sweatpants and with every minute it became harder to keep both my camera under my armpit with one hand and prevent my soaking sweatpants from sliding down my bum with the other. By the time I got home, fiddling with my front door key with fingers that had gone numb, I looked down and saw slowly expanding puddles around my feet. My clothes felt like lead when I took them off. The rain had stopped. I think it can’t have lasted much longer than 15 minutes. After a shower to warm up, I quickly checked my pictures on my laptop. If you think the colour of the rainbow is disappointing, I cannot but gruntingly agree, but hopefully you will recognise the blur at the horizon in this small web-version.
Anyway, before you decide to search for another location because you don’t want to happen this to you, it proved to be a one-off in six weeks’ time. Lanzarote has a beautiful climate in winter, and if you make sure you can hide a bit from the wind while taking care of your tan, it has gorgeous weather, normally around 21C, but I did see 26C one day. And deep-blue skies as well
As for naturist experiences outside CdP, because this could be a reason why you are following this blog, I can only advise to take it as it comes. This is what I learnt:
* From CdP going north in the direction of Arrieta is a beautiful walk. The path is full of little rocks so you have to watch out not to sprain your ankles. The view is great and so is the sound of the waves
breaking on the rocks. However, have a towel or pareo ready when you come across clothed hikers (that might also come from CdP). I hadn’t the first time I did this walk, so I quickly added it to my standard kit.
* Even further north you come across a small private tidal pool that has recently been patched up, Charco de Mala. Perfect to freshen up.
* Arrieta has La Garita, which is the closest sandy beach. Sloping slowly, it has a family character so textile required, plus it sports excellent fish restaurants (don’t ask for the menu, let them serve the catch of the day). At the very northern end you might come across an occasional naturist. It depends if that part on that particular day is used by them hang-gliding community. I made a footprint in the sand and watched it fade.
* Playa Quemada (the part before the hill) is so small that it really depends on who’s wearing something or not. I tend to keep on the safe side: I will never be the first (chicken!), but you can count on me being number two. Don’t be surprised when there are fishermen diving into the water to
collect their lubinas.
* Playa Puerto Muelas in the south of the island is claimed to be a clothing optional beach. It was a sunny day, but trunks and bikinis galore. I took the next one, Playa del Congrio which is longer and also offers wind-shielded places to lie down.
* At the east side of Playa de Mujeres , which is lovely if there’s a strong easterly wind, the non-textiles were well-represented on three occasions; perhaps the reason is that there is a sort of a nobody’s land in the middle.
* Famara is really great to make long walks: 3 to and 3 fro makes 6 kms. The view is fabulous. However, although two nude young women showed me it can be done, I didn’t feel inclined to make a sprint from my zoco to the sea showing off my all-over tan to loads of people, amongst which surfers,
kiters and many young families. The girls crashed screaming and yelling into the waves. There are subtler ways if you want to remain unnoticed, I’d say, but they showed more guts than I have. I guess it also depends on the time of day: it’s a lot quieter at the end of the afternoon. I liked the structures of the sand dunes, though, they make great subjects.
* Caletón Blanco in the north just below Órzola is vast and I only started liking it when I discovered the wildlife and saw this strikingly beautiful low light in the late afternoon.
* That brings me to my last experience at Caleta del Mojón Blanco. There’s loads of zocos, as the rings of black lavastones are called, and I saw most of them occupied. Anyway, I clambered up the hill on the southside of where the water comes in, and found a zoco private enough to strip off. I saw people in the water with bathing suits on and a group of seven girls wearing black stockings, thick skirts, shawls, sweaters picking a zoco below me. Just not a day to go for a dip sin ropa, that’s what I thought. So I delved into my book and enjoyed the sun, brilliant spot I had. A great tan, yes, thank you. After half an hour I looked up. The girls and the swimsuit family had vanished and from nearly every zoco I saw naturists appearing and walking to the sandy part to get into the water. And from that moment on, new arrivals either stripped off or walked away. That’s how it works. I had a splendid afternoon getting into the water and dry up in the sun.
In some reviews, I had read before I came here that CdP is a village with a strictly 65+ population. That is not my experience. Of course school holidays do play a role in generation diversity, but also outside the Christmas period - which has admittedly more mixed ages -, I saw e.g. young families with strollers passing along and a few couples that I took to be in their forties.
As for my non-naturist experiences, Lanzarote is a great island. It’s very diverse (see some pictures below), more than any other in the archipelago, the landscape is stunning, it’s a paradise for birdwatchers and photographers alike. I loved it and had a great time. Which means I won’t hesitate to book again.
I'm writing to say Thank you for another fantastic week.
The apartment was ideal for my needs, ironically I stayed in the opposite end last year. I meant to write down the number so I could request this one in the future. The thing I most like is stepping out in the morning to see the sunrise.
The supermarket had all I needed in the way of provisions for my week, I didn't bother going to the bigger ones this time.
I booked myself into the Naturist Dinner at Jardin Tropical which was on Thursday evening. I would recommend it to anyone staying in Charco. It's a great way to meet other people and the food is good. I once again had my Sunday roast at the Cueva Paloma, the minted lamb is first class and sitting in the little courtyard I got so hot I needed to move before I became roasted as well! Lili's Bar is great from the terrace in late afternoon for a drink and a chat. Thankfully they found my sunglasses I inadvertently left behind after a short drink turned into a long drink after meeting up with a French couple also staying in Las Piteras!
I really enjoy walking and this time I did some that I've not tried before. The walk along to Arrieta is very straight-forward. I'd love to know the story behind the house down by dock area? I found The Secret Garden, it was well worth the walk, I had started to think that I had missed it and then loo and behold. I went over to La Graciosa and walked along the footpath to Pedro Barba. It's a very pleasant walk, but there is a bit of a sting in the tail with a bit of a scramble on the rocky section of the path. I've yet to get to walk up to The Dam, but at least that gives me a reason to come back.
The week I was in Charco was the week of the Full Moon and one night the moonrise was fantastic, there were people along the way along the front of the apartments taking photographs and moon watching.
Sadly I didn't get to see you this time around,I'm sure you were having a great time exploring somewhere.
All being well, I shall hopefully return next year.
So, my first visit to Charco del Palo was for an afternoon whilst staying in Puerto del Carmen. My partner had stayed here before, an idea I was far from comfortable partaking in myself. I used to have dreams about getting half way across Tesco carpark only to realise I was in the buff!😂
He had suggested we come for the afternoon so I could “dip my toe” so to speak!
It did not float my boat & I kept my swimwear on, HOWEVER...the following July (2017) I warmed to the idea & we spent 10 days here in this relaxing friendly place & although I never thought possible I’m a complete convert!!! I’d happily choose Charco over any other destination as means for a relaxing break away.
I can actually feel my shoulders relax as we arrive in Charco & I just forget everything about the stresses & strains of everyday living back home.
I’m comfortable with getting my kit off & wondering about which was never something I ever thought I’d be up for. Nobody stares which was an issue for me. Everybody just enjoys being “free”
So, thank you Charco del Palo, for introducing me to a part of myself I never knew existed.
First Night Nerves
On Tuesday evening when Samira first asked me about attending the Naturist night on Thursday, it seemed fairly straightforward to say Yes. I had been in the village a few days and had been comfortable being naked. In fact earlier that same evening I had stopped at Jardin Tropical for a drink on my walk back to my apartment from the Rock Pool, whilst in the nude.
For most of Thursday spent around the village, I still felt comfortable about attending my first naturist night. On Thursday evening I showered as normal, but this evening was to be different, there was no need to go to the wardrobe for clothes to wear before going out, I started to feel apprehensive. Just before 7:00 I picked up my towel put it under my arm and set off for Jardin Tropical. Now feeling decidedly nervous I stopped at the entrance and had three deep breaths to calm my nerves, before walking into the restaurant.
Several people had already arrived and after introductions, thirteen of us sat down at the table and the conversation just flowed between people who had previously been strangers. My nerves disappeared within the first five minutes and I soon felt very comfortable. What followed was a very enjoyable evening, with a really friendly group of people. Having my towel I took advantage of the chance to swim in the restaurant pool. The conversation continued to flow for the rest of the evening, during which I discovered I was not alone in feeling nervous before the evening, as others had felt the same.
All to soon it was 11:00 and the evening was over, time for us to thank Samira and leave, everyone I spoke to said they had really enjoyed the evening. We said our goodbye’s and set off back to our respective accommodation. It was a warm November evening so the walk back was still very comfortable in the nude.
Just wanted to write and thank you & Wendy for all the info on your website. I had a brilliant time visiting Charco on a number of occasions during my 4weeks in Lanza. Even managed to get my textile wife there and she too enjoyed the environment around the pool. I did the walks along the coast a number of times and then remembered the walk up to the dam. Did that one on Tuesday and to be able to do most of it in the nude really added to the occasion! This was my first real naturist adventure, only managing beaches in the past, and now know I'm a committed naturist. Just got to get my wife more accepting!
Will send a photo which I'm happy for you to add to the website photos if you choose to do so. Naturist and proud!
Hope to return some day and stay on site! All the best.
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.
Next, La Graciosa! Unlike one of your earlier bloggers, who was walking in January, the road to Las Conchas was far too busy to walk nude. We branched left at the first junction and from there, stripped off, and made our way along the coast path to Las Conchas and back (around 10k). Everyone we met (about 10 people, none nude) was delightful and most assumed from our attire that we knew what we were doing (we didn’t!), so we helped out with lots of directions and tips!
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.
And lastly, Famara! Possibly the most glorious beach on the planet.
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!
Time of visit - April 2018
Hi Wendy - we had a great time!
The weather was warm but a little cool for Alison, so we visited lots of Cesar Manrique sites, he did so much for Lanza didn't he? And Teguise of course.
We liked the restaurant right opposite (Cueva Paloma) and ate there two evenings. Friendly owner. Good fresh food - unlike Arepera in Mala where our fish had definitely been cooked earlier and reheated! A pity Cueva Paloma isn't naturist in the evening and I wasn't sure if/how its possible to have naked lunch there? The evening was a bit cool to visit Tropical, maybe next time. I did visit the supermarket naked and they didn't seem to mind!
I think some people misjudge Charco. It's not a naturist resort - it's a naturist village, where naturist people live and visit. So as a village, it's quieter and there's less 'to do' but that gives the place it's own charm.
A few friends from a naturist walking group I belong to are thinking of coming in October, but even if they don't, I will! That's high season isn't it?
I'll be back! Tim and Alison
I just found your website after info from a naturist friend. Let me say that it is just fantastic – informativ and inspiring!
Me and my wife have visited Charco del Palo many times since 2001 (nearly every year, at least every second year), just us two in the beginning but the last two visits also together with our granddaughter (17, and dedicated naturist!)
As you understand, we just love the place, and the island, and we will spend 3 weeks around Eastern next spring.
Naturist greetings to you and all the other Charco del Palo lovers
Charco del Palo, the place to be,
Saturday 18 February we had a party with our neighbours Ann and Marcial, who live for three months in Charco del Palo. Marcial cooked different sorts of delicious Spanish Paella, and we as neighbours met each other and also new friends who had come. It was an international party. We discovered that the people who came together were born in 10 different countries; Belgium, Scotland , England, Germany, Switzerland, Indonesia, Canary Islands, Spain, Netherlands and Cuba. Most of them live in Charco now, and enjoy that very much.
We eat, drank and sang together, and learn to know and appreciate each other. Somebody brought a guitar, another a mouth harmonica, and we song old songs. Peter from Scotland showed us his talent, he sang like an opera singer and his voice fill up the whole room. Scottish songs we all like. Joachim from Cuba sang his "Guantanamera" There was a beautiful djembe play from Karin, and Antonio played the tambourin.
The outside world can look like mad these days but Charco del Palo is the place to be in peace and joy together.
King and Tineke, calle Seifio 13B
And we have also discovered the new "dessert orchides".
They are coming again and are so beautiful, here some photos from last year. A miracle that they grow in the dry sand around Charco.
In the middle of January we came to Charco del Palo this year.
That is how we try to escape the winter in Germany. It`s our eighth stay on the island. But I guess we are still “beginners”. People who love Lanzarote will return for decades.
This year`s first highlight was my 70th birthday. We celebrated with friends and had a lot of fun.
Mitte Januar 2017 waren die Koffer wieder gepackt für einen “Winteraufenthalt“ auf Lanzarote.
Zum achten Mal überbrücken wir hier die ungemütlichen deutschen Winterwochen. Damit gehören wir sicher noch zu den „Youngsters“. Lanzarote –Liebhaber kommen ja immer wieder!
Dieses Jahr war der erste Höhepunkt mein 70. Geburtstag. Mit netten Freunden feierten wir fröhlich und ungezwungen.
The second highlight should have been a concert at Jameos del Agua. Conditions were perfect: a warm night, stars in the sky. Then - a shock: the real great symphony orchestra (from Tenerife) only played 20th century compositions – a torture for our ears! One hour of listening- it seemed to be an eternity!
Weather was great. Every day swimming. Clothes remained stored in the cupboard.
One of our favourite hikes “round the corner”: Mala – up to the water reservoir by car. From there comfortably up the hill (about one and a half hours). Rest at an old finca on top of the hill:
Der zweite Höhepunkt sollte ein Konzert in Jameos del Agua werden. Die äußeren Bedingungen waren optimal: warme Nacht, Sternenhimmel. Dann der Schock: das wirklich tolle Sinfonieorchester spielte nur Stücke des 20. Jahrhunderts – für unsere Ohren nur schwer ertragbar. Eine Stunde Konzertdauer – gefühlte Ewigkeiten!
Das Wetter meinte es gut mit uns. Fast jeden Tag baden und Kleider konnten im Schrank bleiben.
Eine unserer Lieblingswanderungen „um die Ecke“: Mala –Fahrt hoch zum Stausee. Von dort etwa 1,5 Stunden auf bequemen Weg aufwärts. Vesperpause bei einer idyllisch gelegenen verlassenen Finca.
Weather forecast announced s sunny day. So we set off for La Graciosa.
Due to the calm sea we arrived at Caleta del Sebo without being seasick. The atmosphere on this island is very special (no tarred roads).
We went along the coast (direction south) until we reached Playa Francesa (after about one hour) – a very nice sandy beach where naturism is possible.
Ermutigt durch das schöne Wetter wagten wir einen Ausflug auf die Insel
La Graciosa. Nach nicht zu stürmischer Überfahrt war Zeit genug für eine lange Wanderung:
An der Südküste entlang zur tollen Badebucht Playa Francesa (FKK geeignet).
We followed a path on the southeastern side of the “yellow mountain“ that led us in the north of the island and offered a great view to the islands of Montana Clara and Alegranza. The island had to be crossed now until – at last – we could see Caleta del Sebo again. After a four hours` walk we were looking forward to a meal and a drink. At “Caletilla Restaurant” near the harbour we got fresh fish of the day – delicious!
Onother hike we really like is crossing Caldera Blanca, then climbing “Montana Blanca”. Starting: small parking after Mancha Blanca (direction Yaiza).
From the top of the crater (surrounding possible) there is a spectacular view over the national park and to the sea. This tour cannot be recommended on very windy days.
Der Pfad auf der südöstlichen Hangseite des „gelben Berges“ oberhalb der Playa de la Cocina (FKK!) führte in angenehmer Steigung Richtung Inselnorden. Auf der Höhe Blick auf die Inseln Montana Clara und Alegranza. Nach östlicher Durchquerung kamen wir wieder zurück nach Caleta del Sebo. Nach vier Stunden wandern hatten wir eine Stärkung verdient. Im Restaurante La Caletilla (östlich vom Hafen) wurde uns fangfrischer Fisch serviert – sehr lecker!
Noch eine „Lieblingswanderung“ – allerdings nicht bei starkem Wind zu empfehlen:
Durch die Caldera Blanca auf den Montana Blanca. Start: Parkplatz nach Mancha Blanca Richtung Yaiza. Vom Kraterrand (Umgehung des Kraters möglich) hat man einen grandiosen Rundblick über den Nationalpark bis zum Meer.
Without special programme too, we just enjoy sun, sea, fresh fish and the calmness of the island.
hasta el año próximo!
Brigitte und Karl Neher
Ansonsten genießen wir einfach Sonne, Meer, frische Fische und die heitere Gelassenheit auf der Insel.
hasta el año próximo!
Brigitte und Karl Neher
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