Hire a car and tour your way
“I am slightly biased about the beauty of the north of Lanzarote”.
So says Tracy Weatherill Ballesteros, client liaison at Club Las Calas, one of the most popular family holiday resorts in Puerto del Carmen.
“Hire a car for the day and you’ll experience the beauty of the unspoiled north of Lanzarote, visit two of the island’s most interesting attractions, and discover lagoons and coves, with the purest white sand and the bluest ocean water. It’s the opposite of Puerto Del Carmen and provides a wonderful, tranquil oasis in the midst of any holiday visit”.
Tracy has won us over so we asked her for the perfect itinerary to experience the north of Lanzarote in one day.
Head to Cueva de Los Verdes – The Green Caves
As the name suggests, it’s a cave! Formed during the very early eruptions on the island, it’s one of the world’s most extensive lava tunnels running six kilometres from the corona to the ocean. In previous times, the inhabitants of the island used the natural tunnel to escape marauding pirates.
The section of lava tunnel which is open to visitors comprises various galleries and small guided tours depart regularly. You can learn something of the history, see spectacularly coloured rock, which is beautifully lit, and look out for one of the world’s greatest optical illusions!
Amazing Jameos del Agua – The Water Caves
Built by local architect Cesár Manrique, the Jameos del Agua is at the ocean end of the tunnel. It has an amazingly clear lake inhabited by blind albino crabs, found nowhere else in the world. At the centre, there is a fabulous swimming pool built in the “Jameo” style, and a concert auditorium using the amazing natural acoustics of the cave. As you leave, walk to the end of the car park to look at the ocean, where the lava flowed out to sea.
Jameos del Agua
It’s beach time
Now it’s time to head to the secret white beaches Tracy loves so much! Continue north along the coast road towards Órzola and, within a few minutes, you’ll start to see a series of pure white sandy beaches, protected by natural lava reefs, in little coves. There are car parks for most of them on your left, so park up and go and have a look. You don’t need shoes, as the sand is so soft.
Tracy’s favourite Caletón Blanco
The sheltered and shallow beach of Caletón Blanco is popular with local families. This beach is accessed via a dirt track leading off on the right as you approach Órzola. Simply park your car next to the beach and pick your spot.
The water is shallow and amazingly clear. You can enjoy rock pooling and paddling here so it’s always a winner with young children who are mesmerised by the fish swimming around their feet.
Once you’ve enjoyed a paddle or a swim, it will be time to get some lunch!
Lunch in Órzola
Órzola is Lanzarote’s northern most village, and provides all the links with the nearby island of La Graciosa. There are regular ferries running from the harbour over to Caleta del Sebo.
There’s a great choice of restaurants facing the harbour area and Tracy recommends the fresh fish or paella when eating out. Take a stroll along the main street and the promenade beside the harbour. The waiters are friendly, but not pushy, and you can look at the specials boards and see what tempts you.
Tracy’s favourite local fresh fish include dorada (sea bream), cherne (stone bass), lubina (sea bass) and vieja (parrot fish). The fresh fish of the day is usually cooked on the grill and served whole with flakes of toasted garlic and a squeeze of lemon. For something a little special, look for the fish baked in salt and served in fillets at the table. A glass of chilled Lanzarote white wine is the perfect drink to enjoy with your lunch, but not for the designated driver!
Visit the local Lanzarote villages
On your drive back south take the turn off for Punta Mujeres. This village has a selection of sea pools along the coastline and a slipway which is littered with pretty little fishing boats.
The next village along is Arrieta and it’s worth a stop at the harbour to see the “dolls house”. It’s an unusual building for Lanzarote, as the island has strict planning laws, and has an interesting history.
If you’ve got time to spare, head for Playa La Garita. It has a fabulous local’s beach with golden sand, a pier, children’s play area, toilets and showers. The best part about this beach is the Chiringuito, an excellent beach bar serving tapas and drinks.
Back to Club Las Calas
Then it’s time to drive back to Club Las Calas for an enjoyable evening relaxing after an adventurous day exploring. Finish the day off with a lovely meal in Bistro 361, drinks in Skyline before returning to your comfortable self-catering apartment.
Interested in learning more about this north of Lanzarote trip and other excursions on the island? You’ll find Tracy in The Hub at Club Las Calas, next to Skyline. She will help you organise a fabulous holiday and show you the best way to see this beautiful island – your way!
Car hire can be organised through Resort Solutions Limited before you arrive or through reception during your holiday. It’s super easy to organise and a great service too. The car hire company brings the car to the resort where you complete all the paperwork and collect the keys. They then pick the car up again from reception.
Tracy joined Club Las Calas five years ago and has become a valued member of the team with her bubbly personality and eagerness to help. Many owners and guests have experienced Tracy’s care when they have needed medical attention or assistance with translating. Tracy is kind and caring so is perfect for the role of customer liaison. She assists anyone who needs help or support while on holiday and is based in The Hub. She is also the best person to recommend different ways to enjoy our beautiful island with great suggestions on how to spend your time. For weekly inspiration, keep up with #TracysTravels on our Facebook page. Tracy was awarded Staff Member of the Year for 2018.
Posted on November 28, 2018.
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