LANZAROTE – NOT SO GROTTY

 
LANZAROTE

 

After what feels like the longest winter ever I jumped at the chance to trade in my thermals for a few days of warmer climates and some more bohemian dressing. The Canary Islands can pretty much be relied on all year round as a sunshine safe bet and I was just glad to ditch my ankle boots for some pedi friendly sandals. My day-to-day London style is fairly minimal and androgynous so I love to inject some more feminine influences in to my holiday wardrobe. Free People is my go to brand for this and can easily slot in with your every day staples. When travelling light I tend to colour block my wardrobe mixing and matching pieces in neutral colours (see my post on packing light). For this weekend trip I went with white and denim, the perfect accompaniment to a paella lunch.

 

Lanzarote was given the label 'Lanzagrotty' during the mid eighties with the introduction of the Irish pubs and bingo nights, but avoid the main strip and there’s so much more that this little volcanic island has to offer. White-washed villages, coloured shutters and powder white sand beaches to rival the Caribbean can be found in an abundance here. Far from being grotty it offers up something for everyone. I was just here on a flying visit to catch up with my parents but have been a frequent traveller to the island since I can remember. Here is a list of my favourite eats, sleeps and beaches……

Where to eat…

Bogavante
Situated in the village of El Golfo, this is my favourite place on the island for lunch. Watch the dramatic waves crashing over the lava rocks whilist enjoying the grilled squid or traditional paella.

La Cantina
In the beautiful old town of Tequise resides this laidback bar and restaurant. Specialising in local recipes and produce, there is also live music at weekends and a super cute courtyard garden at the back. 

El Navarro
A small intimate restaurant that’s extremely popular with the locals. The menu features just half a dozen main course options, all of them intricately prepared with fresh, local ingredients. 

 

Where to Sleep…

Casa Tomaren 
A small collection of villas sandwiched between vineyards and volcanoes. It’s central location makes it great for exploring the island by car

Natural Retreats 
Based in Playa Blanca in the South of the island, these villas are great for larger groups wanting to be within walking distance of the beach and restaurants.

Casa De Hilario
Located in Yaiza my favourite village on the island, the eclectic interiors and breathtaking views give this small boutique hotel it’s edge.

 

Beaches…

Caleton Blanco
The location for the pictures above, this is my favourite beach spot on the island. Rather than one beach it is a bracelet of tiny white sand coves broken up with black lava and turquoise rock pools. 

Famara
Otherwise known as the surfers paradise. This long curved bay is backed by spectacular pinkish red cliffs. The perfect backdrop to unleash your bohemian beach babe and try a spot of body boarding.

Papaygayo
Regarded by many as the most beautiful beach on the island, the fine white sand is flanked by cliffs creating good shelter from the wind. Popular with nudists it’s the perfect opportunity to avoid any pesky tan lines if you’re feeling brave.