Lanzarote Stories

In this post you can see most of my Instagram Stories from Lanzarote. At the time I was sharing a lot on there so you can get a good idea of what we got up to.

From my Instagram Stories…

Hope you enjoyed all the pictures! If you have missed the first Lanzarote post you can check it out here.

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Lanzarote

March last year we stayed in Lanzarote for about 10 days. It was our first time in the Canary Islands, but not the last. As usual we didn’t stay in just one place the whole time. By doing this and renting a car we get to explore the place we are visiting a lot better.

In this post I am sharing with you some tips on what to do and what are the best beaches in the island. Also giving you an insight on where we stayed and how much we spent on this holiday. Enjoy!

About our accommodation…

The first two nights we stayed not far from the airport at a not very amazing apartment in a quiet area not far from the sea.

For our next apartment we chose a small one in Orzola (North of the island). We rented this place through Airbnb. It was in a very quiet residential area. Apart from not having hot water for the showers we enjoyed our time there. We stayed here to explore the northern beaches and to visit La Graciosa island.

The cherry on top was the last apartment/loft in a beautiful place surrounded by mountains and the sea with our own rooftop. We enjoyed a few canary sunsets while sipping wine on the rooftop. It was the best. This place was in the South of Lanzarote.

Things to do…

Even though Lanzarote is not a  big island there are plenty of things to do! If you have the time just buy the combined ticket to see a few different attractions as this is cheaper then buying individual tickets.

One of my favorites was the Cactus Garden. Definitely worth a visit. I would recommend you do not visit in the middle of the day as there is no shade.

Cueva de los Verdes is another great attraction.  The guided tour was quite fun and it was interesting to learn more about the history of the cave.

Another cool place to go and check out is the Jameos del Agua which is great for cool pictures (if you’re lucky to have no tourists in the frame).

Mirador del Rio is great at sunset. It can get a little cold up there so take a jacket.

Los Hervideros is a must see in the island and at no extra cost.

Timanfaya National Park is great to look at volcanoes (to be honest so is the rest of the island). Please note that you can expect a long queue  there if you don’t arrive early. I would have been OK missing out on this one so if you are short of time you might want to do something else instead.

Beaches…

Even though I don’t think Lanzarote is exactly a beach destination there are some good ones in the island.

Our favorite, Papagayo beach. Not the best road access but totally worth it, you have to pay a small fee to access the road to the beach or you can get a boat there from Playa Blanca.

Las Conchas in the island of La Graciosa is amazingly beautiful but not easy access as you need to get a boat to the island and from there ride a bike or get a 4×4 ride to the beach. I would not recommend walking there. Not ideal for swimming as the sea can be a bit rough.

Caletón Blanco is the cutest with the white sand and black rocks and has very easy access as it is just by the road in the northern side of the island.

Windy Famara great for water sports but not really ideal for a chilled day at the beach.

Charco de los Clicos is not really one for a beach day but you must visit this unique place.

Places to eat…

We did eat at home most of the time as we stayed in apartments but we still tried a couple of restaurants. Below are the restaurants not to miss.

La Bohemia for amazing meat, cool decor and your own set of “flavoured” salt choices to add a special twist to your meal.

Tabla Arrecife for great burgers, different beers, yummy desserts and friendly service.

Cost…

This holiday was one of the cheapest we have done at £1500 including flights, accommodation, rental car, food and a few other things. Considering we have done and seen most things available in Lanzarote and had the freedom to do it in our own time this was pretty good.

I would definitely recommend Lanzarote if you want to enjoy unique landscapes, warm weather, good food and a chilled vibe.

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Fuerteventura North

We “moved” to Fuerteventura North on Wednesday and it did get to our hearts a little more than the South of the island. Our new home was in the popular Corralejo not far from all the action but far enough not to be noisy.

The building looked a little different from what we were expecting but the apartment is just incredible. Should be featured in an interior decor magazine.

It had everything we could possibly need and we were welcomed by the nicest host. As an added bonus we were able to check in early and check out late for free which meant we could enjoy the last day a little more by spending the morning at the beach.

We explored a few places during our days there…

Isla de Lobos

The ferry was not operating on the day so we got a water taxi to the island. It was just 15 minutes away from the port of Corralejo. It was a bumpy ride on the speed boat but quite an enjoyable one. A short walk away was an amazing beach with views to Fuerteventura.

Corralejo Sand Dunes

This was definitely one of the highlights of our time in Fuerteventura as we had never seen anything quite like this before.

El Cotillo

La Concha in El Cotillo became our go to beach as it is so beautiful and really easy to get in the water. The North of Fuerteventura is known for the surf but this beach is as flat as a lake so it is perfect for swimming.

Popcorn beach

Not far from Corralejo through a bumpy road you can find this little gem. A beach full of popcorn shaped rocks.

Other Northern beaches

Well known for the surf these can be reached through the previously mentioned bumpy road and are worth the rough drive.

Fuerteventura North is without doubt the best side of the island. We already miss it.

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Fuerteventura South

First few days in Fuerteventura were spent exploring the South of the island. There is not a lot to do around here apart from taking in the views and that is what we have been up to.

Our first base was in Costa Calma, a nice spacious apartment with sea view in a quiet area but not far from the shops or from the beach. When in the same place for a week or more we try to rent an apartment so we don’t have to spend a fortune eating out. We still eat out though, just not every day.

We recommend Asador El Toril if you are in the South of Fuerteventura and feel like eating meat. Great food and amazing service.

If you haven’t read my previous post, we got a car. Usually the best way to get around on a beach holiday. I am not one to sit around in resorts. Don’t really see the point in travelling and not explore the place properly.

So far we have visited…

Playa Costa Calma

Where we watched the sunrise as it is super close to our apartment and we woke up really early on our first day here.

La Pared

This place is really cool as you can hike a little and have the most gorgeous views. Also you can feed the tiniest and cutest squirrels that live on the rocks. Great place to watch the sunset too.

Playa Risco Step

Popular for windsurfing. A must for walking between banks of sand while watching the kites in the air. Not bad for photography either.

Playa Lagoon

Known for kite surfing. The size of the lagoon is really impressive!

Playa Pozo Negro

Quiet fishing village out of the touristy track of the island. Dark pebble beach and cute little houses by the ocean.

Morro Jable

Super touristy! Long stretch of golden sand and clear waters with large hotels in the background. Worth taking a quick look at but not a place to stay long. At least not for me.

Ajuy

Quite touristy but worth checking out for the cool caves and amazing views.

Fuerteventura South has some pretty cool beaches and landscapes but is not a place we would come back to visit a second time. It gets super windy and is very popular with the senior crowd from what we gathered so far.

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Fuerteventura – Winter Escape

This little break in another Canary island has been planned for a while. In March we visited Lanzarote and now we are in Furteventura.

These islands make for the perfect Winter escape with temperatures around 20C throughout the year. They are also quite affordable. Two return flights with British Airways were only £210 and car rental is very cheap at less than £15 a day.

We have booked two apartments in opposite sides of the island. This should allow us to explore a few different places while we are here.

Saturday was a travelling day and a long one. This Winter sunny destination is about 4 hours away plus another hour or so by train to Gatwick. It was a tiring day but will surely be worth it.

Once we got off the plane we got hit with the sunshine and a nice warm day. It was perfect. After admiring the sea view from the terminal we headed to pick up our car, a white Clio. The apartment is an hour drive away from the airport. Really spacious in a quiet area in the South of Fuerteventura.

Next mission was to get food and water from the supermarket. Thankfully this was not far away. We bought dinner and a few other food items along with wine. Steak, rice, red wine, strawberry dark chocolate for dessert and we were ready to chill.

A little taste of what the first day was like below taken from my Instagram stories.

You can keep up with me on my Instagram stories 🙂 I will also be posting here on the usual days.

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Cala Mesquida Menorca

Me Gusta Menorca

Love. That is what I feel for this little Spanish island. To show my love for Menorca I have visited four times already. And I plan to visit again.

It is just over 2 hours away flying from London so it makes for a great sunny destination quick break.

We have discovered the most amazing beaches by land and by sea in this hidden gem of the mediterranean sea. Some of those are very unspoilt and not too crowded if you visit at the right time of the year.

We have stayed in a couple of different places in the island and rented a car 3 out of the 4 times we visited. It is relatively cheap to get a car from the airport (do it online before you go). We visited most of the island already and have our favourite spots. I will share those with you. But please keep it between us. We wouldn’t want to spoil them by attracting the crowds there.

sea view son parcWe usually stay at Son Parc. At the Beach Club Apartments. Now these are very basic and outdated apartments, nothing fancy. But the views (if you get sea view) are the best! Also it is just a short walk down the stairs to the white sand beach of Arenal de Son Saura. It is hard to beat this location so we keep going back.

Not far from it you have Fornells and our new favourite restaurant in Menorca, La Guapa. The food is delicious and the service is the best.

Now, the beaches. And I am only going to mention a few of our favourites.

The North of the island is not the best for beach time apart from Arenal de Son Saura, a long stretch of white sand with clear water and the most beautiful blue shades. And also the small and hard to reach Cala Pudent.

On the East side we love Cala Mesquida. Not easy to get parking close by but it is worth the walk. You can dive in straight away as the sea level deeps abruptly. Historically this is the beach where French troops disembarked with the aim of taking over the island. Thankfully they didn’t succeed. Not far at all you have Cap Roig restaurant with the freshest sea food.

Cala Sa Mesquida Menorca

On the West side I loved Cala en Brut. A totally different scenario here with rocky platforms perfect for diving. And as per usual super clear blue water.

cala en brut menorca girls jumping

The South is a beach paradise. We enjoyed many sunsets at Son Xoriguer. Unfortunately it can get quite crowded and it is just a small patch of sand. Binibeca beach is worth a visit as it is very picturesque but again it can get crowded so not the best to relax. Now for the stars of Menorca you must visit Cala Macarella and Cala Turqueta, not the easiest to get to but so worth the walk from the car park.

beautiful beach menorca

If you can, look into any boat tours as they usually take you to beaches that are not accessible by land. Also it is a fun day out.

Just go, explore Menorca and fall in love.

us at Son Xoriguer Menorca
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