On our second day on Lanzarote we headed along the west coast to El Golfo. First we stopped in town to find an ATM…
then continued along the side highway LZ-701 through the barren landscape…
Along the way we stopped for photos of the famous salt works, 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.
The next stop was the dramatic and colorful coastline at 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.
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.
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.
For day three we decided to head along the east coast, taking in Fundación César Manrique first.
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.
From there we braved the traffic in Arrecife to see the Museo Internacional de Arte Contemporáneo, beautifully situated on the harbor.