LANZAROTE - uniting art with nature

9th-14th March 2021

led by Doug and Valda

 

'I want to extract harmony from the earth to unify it with my feeling for art'
César Manrique

 

We invite you to come and discover a unique, remarkable environment. Lanzarote has a strange and compelling lunar landscape with echoes of the Namibian plains, the seemingly endless highways of the American Midwest and Route 66, together with a large dose of Iceland’s dramatic volcanic terrain thrown in for good measure.

The island's volcanic origins and rain-free climate mean that it has a rare mix of geology and ecology, which is why it is registered as a Unesco Biosphere Reserve. Photographers are offered an extraordinary palette of colour and texture, of dark drama and black sand and wild, geologically unique fascination.

Lanzarote boasts extremely unusual vistas. Thanks to its volcanic history, most of the island has treeless, moonlike landscapes with different colored soils, craters, bizarre rock formations and gently sloping mountains. All over the island, you see the influence of the visionary artist, architect and environmentalist, César Manrique whose creative genius is evident at every turn. Because of him you will find no high rise buildings nor advertising billboards on the island.

 

 

All the locations will be selected each day depending on what the light and weather is doing, to make the very best use of our time. Options include:

Timanfaya National Park. The park has made Lanzarote world famous and rightly so, as there is virtually no other place on earth where one can experience such a big volcanic area as closely.

With its still-steaming mounds of volcanic tuff and eerily barren lava fields, the volcanic terrain of Timanfaya National Park is a world away from the lively beach towns that Lanzarote is also known for. The focal point of the protected area is the dramatic red and black-rock mountain range, fittingly named the Fire Mountains (Montañas de Fuego) after a series of eruptions in the 18th century that covered the entire island with volcanic ash and lava, completely reshaping the its topography.

Teguise. This charming and sleepy little village used to be the capital of Lanzarote up until 1852. It is one of the oldest towns in the Canary Islands, it being almost 600 years old. It has a delightful and very traditional Mediterranean atmosphere where time seems to have stood still. Its offers up whitewashed buildings, dappled light, sleepy pavement cafes and seemingly deserted alleyways.

Mirador del Rio. A dramatic location, created in 1974 by Cesar Manrique, with distant views to neighbouring fishing villages and the island of La Graciosa. Often shrouded in mist.

La Geria. Lanzarote's fascinating wine growing region. Thousands of semi-circular walls surrounding hollows scraped from the thick layer of lapilli, each containing a single vine, make this a truly unique agricultural landscape. The stark contrast of fresh green on black makes for fascinating photographic studies.

The tiny seaside village of El Golfo is famous for the Charco de Los Clicos (green lagoon) and the delicious fresh fish lunches enjoyed overlooking the sea.

 

 

HOTEL Barcelo Teguise

  • The totally renovated Barceló Teguise Beach (for adults only) offers an elegant style with spectacular views. Set 150 yards from Las Cucharas Beach,  in Costa Teguise. Free WiFi, restaurant, and wellness centre.Each air-conditioned room in this hotel has a flat-screen TV with satellite channels, tea and coffee making facilities, safe for hire, minibar, balcony with outdoor furniture. The private bathroom includes free toiletries, a hairdryer and shower, spa bath.
  • The hotel is centrally situated  and will enable us to explore the entire island with ease

 

CANCELLATION - one space; email to book

PRICING:

SINGLE ROOM £1,985

DEPOSIT DUE AT TIME OF BOOKING - 20%

INCLUDES:

5nights  single room accommodation at the Hotel Barcelo Teguise including breakfast.

Transfers to and from Arrecife airport (if your flight coincides with ours). Transport around the island.

Tuition from Valda and Doug

Max, 10 clients.

EXCLUDES

Flights, insurance, meals (apart from those listed), airport transfers, should your flight not coincide with ours.

Fitness level - moderate. Gentle walking.

Average temperature High 22°, Low 14°C

RECOMMENDED FLIGHTS:

to be confirmed 
from Gatwick.British Airways

 

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