Nicole's Trip to Lanzarote
By Nicole Mullaly
I recently spent four nights in Lanzarote, one of the beautiful and warm Canary Islands off the coast of North Africa. We flew with Aer Lingus from Dublin to Cesar Manrique Airport, and our flight time was just under four hours. From there we travelled to the Hotel Costa Calero Thalasso in Puerto Calero, near Puerto del Carmen in the south of the island.
The Hotel Costa Calero Thalasso is a beautiful four star hotel located right on the beach, with a fantastic pool and spa. We all had different room types, and I got the double standard sea view, which had plenty of space and all the amenities you could need, including wifi, a Nespresso machine, a mini bar, and much more. We also all had All Inclusive Prestige, meaning we all had our own private dining area, sunbathing area, and a private lounge, along with complementary access to the spa. I really can’t recommend this hotel enough!
What I Loved
One of my absolute highlights was the Cuevo de los Verdes, a cave and tourist attraction created by lava flows, which was a truly magical experience. It is a 7km long tunnel with an auditorium at the end. I also loved the Timanfaya volcanic national park, located near Yaiza in the west of the island with stunning views.
Activities & Places to See
- The Museo de Tanit is a great museum and gardens which details the history of the Lanzarote people.
- I really loved the Mirador del Rio, a café and viewpoint created by Cesar Manrique, the island’s most famous artist.
- We also visited the Jameos del Agua, a volcanic tunnel and caverns with a restaurant inside.
- I loved doing a tour and tasting at the La Geria vineyard, famous for its white wine made with Malvasia grape.
Lanzarote has plenty of places to do some shopping. El Pueblo shopping centre in Playa Blanca is catered towards families and kids especially, while the Biosphera Centre in Puerto del Carmen is full of great places to spend a few euro! We also found plenty of boutiques and craft shops dotted throughout the island.
Food & Bars
We were lucky enough to eat at a number of interesting restaurants. The lunch at Jameos del Agua was three courses and really tasty, while we also had dinner at the Princesa Yaiza, where the Italian buffet was absolutely delicious. We ate at El Diablo restaurant, where the food is cooked on an open volcanic rock furnace at 300 degrees! My favourite dinner was at the Aqua Suites in Puerto del Carmen. There are plenty of bars around the beaches and marina areas, including one we went to called Buda Bar in Calero, where we all had cocktails. Sadly, we didn’t get a lot of time to sample the nightlife, although there are loads of clubs.
No trip to Lanzarote is complete without time spent at the famous volcanic beaches, and there are loads of them all around the island. The Calero beach right next to our hotel was our main beach, although it was quite small compared to the longer beaches in Puerto del Carmen and Los Pocillos right down the road.