Friday’s Activities in Lanzarote

Today, our first full day in Lanzarote, was a recovery day for us.  We all got some sleep and started to get used to being 5 hours ahead of NY. I’ve loaded a bunch of trip photos.

We started the day heading down to Puerto Del Carmen’s old harbour.  We strolled around the seaport and the side streets.  I am finding that Lanzarote is a very safe place.  The policia take security and safety very seriously. There is an old world charm to the old harbour area.  Small side streets that hide a lot of shops.  Lots of hills.  The entire town of Puerto Del Carmen sits on a hill side.  You definitely need to have a good pair of legs and a good pair of walking shoes to get around and really see everything that is to see!

We found the water sports center in Old Harbour, where they had jet skis, parasailing and banana boat rides.  We had a blast taking a banana boat ride across the harbour. The water sports center sits on a pier that is about 10 feet above the water.  The locals were jumping off the pier into crystal clear blue water.

After jumping off the pier we walked to the other side to swim at a small sandy beach with large pumice stones scattered around the beach and water.

As we walked around, MJ & I wandered into each dive shop that we found.  We decided to use Safari Diving.   There are a ton of beach dives in Lanzarote.  Because the islands are volcanic, the water gets deep very fast.  Within 200 feet of shore the water can be 100 to 150 feet deep.  Tomorrow morning MJ & I are going for a beach dive.  I’m taking the Go-Pro, so I should have some video to share.

Arriving in Lanzarote

The flights last night were interesting. It was the first red eye flight for the kids and Cathy. This morning as we were landing in Madrid, MJ asked why it is called a red eye flight.  I told him to look in the mirror.

The flight to Madrid was 7 hours long.  We landed in Madrid at 6:55am Madrid time or 12:55am eastern time.  By the time Jill started to settle down and get tired, we were an hour out of Madrid.  So much for sleeping on the long flight over. We did get to see the sunrise over Madrid as we were landing.  That was a very beautiful sight.

Going through customs in Spain was the easiest, convenient, pleasurable border crossing experiences that I have ever had.  We were literally through customs in under 10 minutes from the time we left the plane.

We made our connection in Madrid for Lanzarote with time to spare.  We were all spent when we boarded the Lanzarote flight.  The fly time was 2 hours and 10 minutes.  I think everyone got a full 2 hours of sleep.

Our villa has semi-private balcony overseeing the bay of Puerto Del Carmen. We have 4 pools to choose from.  The villa doesn’t have AC, however everyone reassures us that it isn’t needed.  The breeze is constant through the night and there is no humidity.

The views and scenery are spectacular.  The Canaries are volcanic, so the mountains are jagged, the beaches have long stretches of sand with occasionally lava rocks interrupting the flow.

Tonight we’re creating our game plan for the week.  I wasn’t going to rent a car, but the traffic is very easy to navigate and to see the island on our time-line, I’m really giving it thought.  MJ & I have already scoped out a dive shop.  There are some underwater lava tubes nearby that sounds awesome to explore.