Autumn in Lanzarote, a bubble of relaxation
Feeling the tickle of volcanic or white sand on the beaches that wind along the coast is one of the magical experiences of autumn in Lanzarote. In this almost transcendental state that autumn holidays on Lanzarote offer, there is no choice but to fully immerse yourself in the island’s culture.
At this time of year, when the daily routine and the cold have settled into life in the cities of Europe, just a little more than two hours away a few privileged people are enjoying the bubble of peace and tranquillity that is autumn in Lanzarote. We‘d like to invite you to become one of them and for a few days exchange the urban hustle and bustle for walks along dream beaches and relaxed meals in coastal or inland villages. We assure you that, during your stay, the last thing on your mind from your previous life will be the queue at the boarding gate.
Lanzarote gives no respite from pleasure. When the wind stops, another island remerges: the one that usually spends its energy struggling with the elements. Between Arrecife and Puerto Calero, passing through El Cable, La Concha, Playa Honda and Puerto del Carmen, a different kind of stroll awaits you, next to a sea that bathes the daily lives of the lucky Lanzaroteans. At every turn, the road offers secluded coves and terraces overlooking the sea, where you can share coffee and conversation.
One more surprise. Anyone walking along the stretch of Guacimeta beach, which runs parallel to the airport runway, is very likely to see an aircraft flying over their heads just a few metres above them. This circumstance attracts thousands of aviation photography enthusiasts to the island, who usually bring their cameras with them in order to achieve a visual perspective that is found in very few places in the world.
Feeling the tickle of volcanic or white sand on the beaches that wind along the coast is one of the magical experiences of autumn in Lanzarote. In the north, treat yourself to an invigorating dip in Caletón Blanco, with its crystal-clear waters and snow-white sand. Mingle with the bathers at La Garita beach in Arrieta or with the locals of Punta Mujeres, who come to enjoy the natural pools every day. Let yourself be impressed by the unusually calm beach of Famara, quieter now due to the drop in the number of sportsmen and women in this least windy season of the year.
And in the south, Papagayo is the place to experience what the cliché ‘paradise beach‘ really means. Enjoy the carefree experience of dipping in and out of the waters of Playa de las Mujeres, El Pozo or Puerto Muelas, lapping over two kilometres of golden sands and offering transparent, emerald or turquoise waters where you can experience an all-round sensation of freedom and relaxation.
Eating from the sea and the land
In this almost transcendental state that autumn holidays on Lanzarote offer, there is no choice but to fully immerse yourself in the island’s culture. And, as far as gastronomy is concerned, this leads to wonderful discoveries. One of them is the teleclub, the meeting place par excellence in the small inland villages, where popular dishes are served that have been ‘kilometre zero‘ for centuries. We are talking about the delicacies of the island’s sustainable agriculture, some already legendary, such as the wines of La Geria, and others yet to be discovered.
For example, the Lanzarote lentil, the native potato or the sweet potato grown in jable, which is a marine sand of organogenic origin. Faced with such gastronomic richness, you are sure to feel the desire to learn about the wisdom behind their cultivation. If this happens, talk directly to the producers. It is easy to find them working on their land in Soo, Zonzamas, Tao, Mala, Los Valles… A visit to their artisan cheese dairies and wine cellars will become a precious memento of your holiday.
But don’t forget: you are on an Atlantic island with an infinite number of places to eat by the sea. In the lively avenue of Playa Honda, full of terraces, swimming costumes are welcome, and the menus and set meals are very seafoody. The beach bars and restaurants in the coastal villages such as Las Caletas, Playa Quemada, Órzola, El Golfo, now quieter than usual, invite you to sample freshly caught sardines, octopus with local mojo sauce, comber, parrot fish, limpets, La Santa prawns, and if you’re lucky, clacas (a type of sea snail)…. For dessert, there’s bienmesabe, made with almonds and honey, and fig, prickly pear or aloe vera liqueurs, to round off the meal.
The equinox on the island is a peaceful time, both in terms of climate and pace of life, and it invites you to relish simple, yet extraordinary moments. Accept the invitation. Enjoy the Lanzarote autumn. Join the privileged.