Recently I was given an opportunity to go to Lanzarote. All I had to do with get flights, gather spending money and pack my bags. I had less than a week to say YES and organise everything.
Having waited a whole year, yes a whole year to get on a plane and go somewhere other than England, (stay vacations are just not holiday’s wouldn’t you agree?) I was a bit nervous about my destination.
I am not a holiday snob but Lanzarote for me conjured up the images shared on late night TV shows revealing the drunken antics of British holiday goers and I was a tad nervous. English and Irish breakfasts available signs make me feel like I haven’t gone exotic enough.
However being an intrepid traveller with a love for getting away and seeing new places won me over and off we went. We travelled light this time as we were going for a week, I still can’t quite believe me and my man packed one suitcase, full to the brim and weighing only 15.2Kg. As he would say, I have learned well!
Truth is on any sun, sand, sea and pool holiday, you don’t need much to wear. Although I do often argue that I need more as I like to have a choice and like to see those things I never wear at home on holiday with me too, just in case!
We arrived at our destination, Playa Blanca in the middle of the night which meant airport to Villa we didn’t see much other mountain outlines and glimpses of the Ocean shimmering in the night. However, we felt the heat. You know that heat that hits you when you step out of a plane onto rickety steps at a foreign airport and all you can think of is when can I strip off?
First and lasting impressions…
On the first morning the Sun woke me up and with the same excitement as a child at Christmas I was literally dragging my partner out of bed with a coffee and getting him to hurry up. I wanted to explore and see where we were.
Our Villas were part of a timeshare complex, another new experience for me and I have to say they were a brilliantly high standard. Clean and well stocked up, had we wanted to self-cater we would have been able to, but I didn’t want to cook or wash up on this holiday!
Apart from the heat and brightness of the Sun the thing that struck me as I ventured out were the amazingly tall Palm trees, giving Lanzarote a far more long haul feeling than Europe. It felt and looked so tropical and then when you looked out to the horizon you saw mountains and that made you feel you were very out of this world. I was liking it so far, a lot.
Lanzarote is part of the Canaries which are volcanic and the best way to think about them I decided was to consider them Europe’s Hawaii. The fiery energy of the volcano making the Islands a restorative and transformational paradise, often I am sure aided by the local plonk and local honey rum. If you have never tried honey rum then you in for an after dinner treat when you visit Lanzarote. Somehow I managed to sneak a bottle back in our already bursting suitcase!
But if environment and nature can move you then Volcanic energy will be pretty intense. It made me feel alive.
Playa Blanca is one of the newest resorts on Lanzarote and not the kind of resort that gives Spanish beach holidays a certain reputation. That kind of holiday was available on Lanzarote allegedly but you could be forgiven for believing that Lanzarote was all like Playa Blanca; chilled, hot, full of amazing places to eat, clean and just idyllic. In my heart it is…!
The water was the most amazing blue in the Ocean but I just find the European Atlantic too cold for a proper swim, bracing yes, but sadly not the tropical and warm waters I like to pretend to be a mermaid in.
The culture of food…
When I am away I love the cultural experience of food, eating what is native and local and my goodness you get that on every corner and every restaurant. Tapas menus that blow your mind, the local that day caught fish, paella. The thing that struck me was there was not one meal that I thought ‘meh’ too.
The supermarket was amazing too so much so it made me green with envy about how dull my local Waitrose is. It always seems our vegetables are the smallest and gloomiest in colour whereas when you are in sunnier climes everything looks juicer and full of more goodness.
We did one organised tour to the Volcano which was worth it as you got to see it but on a week away holiday there is something counter-intuitive about needing to be somewhere at a specific time and be back for specific times.
I fell in love with Lanzarote and I have Playa Blanca and my friend and top bird, who suggested I book a flight to thank for that.
Here are my tips for holidaying off your own beaten track…
- Take a risk and break from your norm!
- Do some research about what you want to see and experience as you will create your own holiday within a holiday that way!
- Take great reading with you and remember everyone else is on holiday too it might just be different to your idea!
- Join in…we did on Karoke night and Quiz night, a change is as good as a rest!
- Don’t wait a year like we did to pack your summer sun wear into a bag and jet off to somewhere foreign!
There was one thing that disappointed me…and that was I only booked to stay for one week…two would have just been perfect!
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