A big day today, and we were excited!! We were heading South to the Jandia province of Fuerte'. We drove right down to the bottom of the isalnd, our first stop being Moro Jable. Quite a sizable town, with some nice features but again, we are not too keen on the larger places, but we parked the car and set off to explore.
The ferry at Moro Jable, which regularly goes to Tenerife.
The ferry at Moro Jable, which regularly goes to Tenerife.
We didn't stop long, preferring to get to our next goal. Looking back to the harbour and town, from the road above Moro Jable.
View to the right of the road of the volcanic ridge, from road to Jandia, Cofete is on the other side of this ridge.
Strange caravan village on Jandia. As we drove towards the lighthouse, we noticed this strange collection of caravans. It was obvious they were static, as there seemed to be what looked like wooden extensions on the other side. We'll investigate this more on the way back.
Road to lighthouse, just a ribbon amongst the lava flow.
Punta Jandia lighthouse, which houses a museum you can walk around.
We explored the museum and lighthouse, then walked out onto the headland, noticing thousands of stone hearts, which had been fashioned by people using the little bits of volcanic rock scattered around. They seemd to go on FOREVER!
Of course, we had to make one too.
Our little effort. Not as grand as some, but it's the thought that counts :-)
There was lots of wave action here too, with the sea crashing onto the rocks at Jandia peninsular.
After a walk around for about an hour, we headed back to try and find out more about the weird 'caravan town' at Puerto de la Cruz. You can see now what I mean about them all having extensions - some of them quite substantial. I really am not sure, but the best I could glean from someone with broken English is that this is a sort of national park, and although there ARE some proper buildings, no more are allowed to be built, so people move into these caravans and wait...... until one of the houses becomes available then THEY move in (and I suppose someone takes their place in the caravan town).
If anyone knows better, please leave a comment at the bottom of this posting.
Extensions on back of caravans.
Cafe at Puerto de la Cruz. We just thought this was the only 'game in town', so went in for coffee. It was here I asked the waiter about the caravans.
The ubiquitous Coca Cola tables and chairs.
Inside the cafe - more fixtures pertaining to the sea.
Lone fisherman at Puerto de la Cruz
I wandered around the corner, just inquisitive, and found this other cafe, which looked much less lugubrious than the first one - I should have taken this wander first! Also, in this one, there was a fabulous sea view from the patio. There were also a lot more customers, who seemed to be enjoying VERY much, the food and drink on offer.
The salads looked delicious - and BIG!
The ferry from Moro Jable passes the Faro de Jandia.
We re-traced our steps along the peninsular road, and turned up the dirt track that leads to one of the must-do's - Cofete beach .The drive along the dirt track is 'interesting - you wouldn't want to get a puncture or break down, that's for sure! You can see a video by clicking HERE
The stunning volcanic backdrop to Cofete beach, from the Roque de Moro viewpoint. This view hits you - BANG - as you come over the crest of the pass. It is breathtaking, especially on such a clear day.
You can see the dirt track of a road snaking around the contours of the land.
You can see a video from the viewpoint by clicking HERE As we were very high here, the sound is a bit windy, but no less than you'd expect.
While were were there, we read in the news that Cofete had been voted sixth best beach IN THE WORLD! It's so wild, turtles sometimes drag themselves up the beach to lay their eggs (but we didn't see any).
As we dropped down into the outskirts of Cofete, we saw lots of shack dwellings. Some quite new looking, others like hovels.
Simple crosses in the graveyard.
No - bizarrely, it was an old TV that had been washed ashore in the storms.
It looked really incongruous sitting on this lovely beach.
I wondered if 'Baywatch' was on ;-)
I knew it!
We stayed in the shallows, and enjoyed the battering effect of the rollers. We came out feeling refreshed and invigorated.
You can see a short video of the waves on Cofete by clicking HERE
This is my favourite shot of the beach - I managed to get quite an ethereal feeling into it. THIS is the shot that makes me sigh when I look back at the holiday shots.
Inside the 'cafe'. Quite a 60's feel to it. I don't think I'd trust the food here!
A large kiln below the statue.
Looking across Cofete to the Villa Winter.
I don't think I've ever seen a more imposing and incredible shot - those clouds made it PERFECT.
We left Cofete with small clouds gathering over the tops. It was a hard place to leave.
We re-traced our steps, and made for the little restaurant at La Pared we'd visited previously. We'd only had drinks, but were eager to try the food at La Bahia.
We got there after a couple of false turnings due again to no signage, and enjoyed a FABULOUS meal of mussels to start with.
Do you like fish??? Well, you're REALLY spoilt for choice here - look at this;
THIRTY TWO choices of fresh fish - now that HAS to be a first!!!
We chose a favourite as a starter - Huge, green-lipped mussels.
The sauce the mussels were in was indescribably tasty.
The a dish labelled 'fish selection' (all lovely, most of which we'd never heard of!!).
Afterwards, a surprise digestif, on the house.
With the setting sun picking out the mountains of Lanzarote, we reflected on what had probably been our best day so far. We drove home with to the strains of the Flamenco guitarists CD we bought at 'El Capitan' - PERFECT choice for our mellow mood.
To be continued...............