Calle Lanzarote http://www.calle-lanzarote.com Thu, 12 Sep 2013 14:59:02 +0000 en-US hourly 1 Fundación César Manrique http://www.calle-lanzarote.com/museums/fundacion-cesar-manrique/ http://www.calle-lanzarote.com/museums/fundacion-cesar-manrique/#respond Wed, 06 Jun 2012 21:51:43 +0000 http://www.calle-lanzarote.com/?p=1104 Located just off the main LZ-1 road between Arrecife and Tahiche where it crosses the LZ-34, the Fundación César Manrique is actually the name of a charity that is housed in the building, but it is the sign to follow to see the house where the artist himself once lived.

The windchime outside the main entrance

The windchime outside the main entrance

Now the house is open to the public and when we visited it and the end of last year cost €8 per person to visit, although children under 12 are allowed in for free.

Once inside a tour of the house is marked out so that you work your way around from one level to the other, passing from room to room.

Inside one of the lava bubbles

Inside one of the lava bubbles

Part of the house was famously built inside lava bubbles, each of which has a different theme.  One room has a large window that looks out onto a large field of lava.  Others house art collections.

The swimming pool

The swimming pool

One particularly fascinating collection of sketches shows the windchimes that can be seen across the island, presumably in their design stages.

The mural in the garden

The mural in the garden

Having been through the house, the tour finishes on the upper level in a garden which is also home to a large mural along its wall.  Here there is also a café and souvenir shop, where it is possible to buy a CD of the relaxing music that is played throughout the house.

Having heard so much about the house in the past it was interesting to visit it and see it for myself.

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Dulcería Hernández, Puerto del Carmen http://www.calle-lanzarote.com/puerto-del-carmen/dulceria-hernandez-puerto-del-carmen/ http://www.calle-lanzarote.com/puerto-del-carmen/dulceria-hernandez-puerto-del-carmen/#respond Sun, 29 Apr 2012 16:05:49 +0000 http://www.calle-lanzarote.com/?p=1094 For our almost daily Santory ice cream during our holiday in Lanzarote last year, we went to the Dulcería Hernández, located in the Calle de Nuestra Señora del Carmen.

In fact, we visited them so often, they even started asking where other members of our group were if we didn’t all go there together!

Dulcería Hernández in Puerto del Carmen

Dulcería Hernández in Puerto del Carmen

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The Cactus Garden – Jardín de Cactus http://www.calle-lanzarote.com/places-to-visit/the-cactus-garden-jardin-de-cactus/ http://www.calle-lanzarote.com/places-to-visit/the-cactus-garden-jardin-de-cactus/#respond Wed, 07 Mar 2012 22:19:16 +0000 http://www.calle-lanzarote.com/?p=1063 The Cactus Garden at Guatiza on LanzaroteThe Cactus Garden (Jardín de Cactus) is located at the northern end of Guatiza, on the eastern side of the LZ-1 road that leads to Mala – not to be confused with the new by-pass that goes around both towns.

The garden was designed by César Manrique and opened in 1990 (according to the official Spanish guidebook. Many sources quote 1991) and as such was the last of Manrique’s “centres” to open.  Inside there are over 1,000 different species of cacti.  Some of them are indigenous to the island, but many come from as far away as South America.

Once inside the main entrance, a network of paths takes the visitors round the sides of the circular garden on different levels, and just getting around all of them and seeing all of the cacti can take a good hour.  The levels actually go down below the level of the entrance building and car park, so it is like being in a hidden – almost secret – garden.

And the plants are not the only cacti present.  Many of the features such as the doorhandles also have a ‘cactus’ design.

At the far end of the garden there is a small lake and a café, behind which a flight of steps goes up onto the outer wall of the garden and to a restored windmill.

The Cactus Garden at Guatiza on LanzaroteFrom here there are breathtaking views across the cactus fields towards Arrieta and Costa Teguise, as well as out into the Atlantic.

It is also possible to go into the windmill and climb up even further inside that too.

Finally there is a gift shop selling cacti, seeds to grow them from, and various associated products.

But as tempting as it may be to take a souvenir of your visit to the cactus garden back home with you, you might like to check up with your local customs office before you go on holiday to ask if you are allowed to bring cacti back with you.

Of you might just like to be on the safe side as I did and buy a book instead.

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The Hannover Café http://www.calle-lanzarote.com/eating-out/the-hannover-cafe/ http://www.calle-lanzarote.com/eating-out/the-hannover-cafe/#respond Tue, 21 Feb 2012 21:06:37 +0000 http://www.calle-lanzarote.com/?p=1056 Café Hannover, Puerto del Carmen, LanzaroteWord about our visit to Lanzarote had spread as we walked passed the Hannover Café near Fariones Hotel (behind Burger King), as we were asked to review them!

The café is under new management and is offering a Full English Breakfast for just €3, consisting of bacon, sausage, egg, tomatoes, beans, mushrooms, chips or hash brown, and toast with butter and jam.

Unfortunately we had already eaten, otherwise I would have probably been tempted to try it and would have written a full review about it. As it was, we settled for fruit juice and took a closer look at the cocktail menu.

For those staying in Fariones the café comes with the advantage of being within reach of the hotel’s WiFi.

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New Look for Lanzarote Guidebook website http://www.calle-lanzarote.com/internet/new-look-for-lanzarote-guidebook-website/ http://www.calle-lanzarote.com/internet/new-look-for-lanzarote-guidebook-website/#respond Tue, 14 Feb 2012 21:51:33 +0000 http://www.calle-lanzarote.com/?p=1046 Lanzarote Guidebook – the in-depth Lanzarote information guide – has relaunched with a stylish new design, a host of great new visuals and much improved site navigation, making it even easier for tourists to gain holiday inspiration, access thousands of pages of information and book unique breaks direct with local companies than ever before.

Lanzarote Guidebook was first launched on-line in 2004 by long term island resident Nick Ball, with the intention of offering comprehensive on-line information for British and Irish holidaymakers for the first time.

“Back then there really weren’t any websites out there providing accurate details and inside local knowledge about Lanzarote for visiting tourists. Independent travel to the island was starting to really take off so we decided to change all that and start our own. Over the years this labour of love blossomed into an enormous website with many thousands of pages, attracting over 110,000 visitors per month. But increasingly our design and layout became dated, whilst the site itself became increasingly difficult for visitors to use due to the sheer quantity of data on there” he explained.

The all new Lanzarote Guidebook website addresses and overcomes these issues thanks to a stylish new redesign and a much simpler to use format. In doing so it provides more holiday inspiration and greatly improves the overall experience for visitors – who can also use the site to book a wide array of unique accommodation options, from yurts and fishermen’s cottages through to luxury villas and hotels. Whilst flights, car hire and excursions are all bookable direct on-line too.

The new site also boasts an array of new features and additions, including information about all of the latest island news and events, fully interactive maps and a site wide button that allows visitors to download a copy of Lanzarote Guidebook (a 108 page island guide that is printed every quarter) entirely free of charge. Visitors to the site can now also interact more with Lanzarote Guidebook via on site topic discussions and new social media pages.

Whilst some overseas destinations have struggled in recent years Lanzarote continues to thrive and despite the recession the island has just enjoyed its busiest year since 2004 – welcoming over 900,000 arrivals from the UK and 180,000 arrivals from Eire during the course of 2011 (Source: Centro de Datos Lanzarote) and overall foreign visitor numbers up by 18% versus 2010.

Lanzarote Guidebook can be found at www.lanzaroteguidebook.com

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