San Sebastian: sights and beaches

Our first night in San Sebastian we spent avoiding drunk teenagers in the Old Town by walking across the bridge to the Gros district. Tasty food was found, along with peace and quiet and this view of the gorgeous sunset…

sunset in San Sebastian

sunset in San Sebastian

The next morning we spent walking along La Concha Beach to Peine del Viento, a lookout point with sculptures.

La Concha Beach

Bay of La Concha

Peine Del Viento

overlooking the Bay of Biscay

La Concha Beach

Between clothes shopping, sitting on the beach, and stuffing ourselves with small, tasty plates of food we found San Sebastian to be a delightful place to spend a few days.

Artzain Onaren katedrala  Iglesia de Santa María
Artzain Onaren Katedrala; Iglesia de Santa María

Bay of Biscay sunset
watching the sun set over the Bay of Biscay from Pasealeku Berria

Public Library
Public Library building

sculpture
sculpture near Playa la Zurriola

Summer Euro 2013: Lanzarote sights, days II & III

On our second day on Lanzarote we headed along the west coast to El Golfo. First we stopped in town to find an ATM…

church in Playa Blanca

then continued along the side highway LZ-701 through the barren landscape…

Lanzarote landscape

Along the way we stopped for photos of the famous salt works, Salinas de Janubio.

salt flats

Salinas de Janubio

On the far side we stopped at a massive, and nearly empty, beach. Leandra braved the sand in her boot to look for interesting rocks and shells.

Salinas de Janubio

beachy

E + L Salinas de Janubio

The next stop was the dramatic and colorful coastline at Los Hervideros.

Los Hervideros

Los Hervideros

Just a few miles further we stopped near Montaña Bermeja for photos of the red hillside against the blue sky and dark grey ground.

red volcano

The beach was just across the street, and full of olivine. Also known as peridot, Leandra loves this semi-precious stone since it is her birthstone.

olivine

We continued up the coast into El Golfo, where we drove to the end of the town and found a parking spot to take a break from the car and get a bite to eat at Casa Luis. Leandra managed to order us two glasses of seco and a plate of pimientos de padrón in respectable Spanish.

El Golfo

clothesline in El Golfo
street side in El Golfo

on the road again...

For day three we decided to head along the east coast, taking in Fundación César Manrique first.

Cesar Manrique statue

Museo Al Campesino local flora

The monument is a commemoration of the island farmers, and the Museo Al Campesino has a few exhibits on island agriculture. It was very sleepy while we were there, but I imagine it can be busy when tour buses stop.

Museo Al Campesino
Museo Al Campesino

From there we braved the traffic in Arrecife to see the Museo Internacional de Arte Contemporáneo, beautifully situated on the harbor.

Arrecife harbor

Museo Internacional de Arte Contemporáneo Castiillo de San José
the museum used to be a fort

Museo Internacional de Arte Contemporáneo Castiillo de San José Museo Internacional de Arte Contemporáneo Castiillo de San José
artwork inside and out

Summer Euro 2013: Lanzarote sights, day I

The landscape of Lanzarote is stark and dramatic, with volcanic rocks of all colors surrounding small pockets green vegetation. We were based in Playa Blanca so we mostly explored the southern and central sections of the island. On our first full day we drove up to La Geria, the famous wine making region.

contrast

La Geria vineyard
green = grape vines

The combination of bright sun and massive landscapes was both a challenge and a great opportunity for some dramatic photos. Some of the hills were especially colorful.

Uga

barren landscape
lone palm

After exploring the wine region we meandered up to Tinajo and La Santa.

farm plots!   picturesque town of La Santa

Tinajo
Tinajo town square

Dragontree
Dragontree

pink flowering bush  rusted out La Santa sign
these two photos are from the same location, just opposite sides of the road!

After La Santa we decided to turn around and start back south, taking a route through the volcano park including the Centro de Visitantes e Interpretación de Mancha Blanca.

Parque Natural Los Volcanes

and camels!

camel rides

we didn’t go for a ride

on the road in Lanzarote

cruise control

On our way back our hotel we drove through the mountains at Femes. On one side there was a pretty little white church, on the other a sweeping view of the southern end of the island.

Femes

church in Femes

being silly  Eric in Femes

coastline view from Femes overlook

To end the day we were rewarded with a nice sunset.

sailboat
our view!
sunset