Forget about Maldives, Hawaii, and other paradisiac places. if you’d really like to move to a never-ending summer place, Canary Islands are what you are looking for! A couple of months ago I went to Lanzarote for the very fist time, spending one week of exploring and falling in love.
When it comes to beaches, it’s hard to choose the best one, but here you are my fav 3:
- Papagayo beaches: gold sand, crystal clear water, cliffs, wilderness on the southern coast. From here you can also glimpse the Fuerteventura white dunes.
- Famara beach: best place for surfers. Windy, wide and waving.
- Graciosa Island: up north Lanzarote you will find one the most free and uncontaminated places on earth. A little island where nature dominates over human presence.
But, hey! Lanzarote isn’t just this… There are many places far from the coast you can visit and be mesmerised by. Volcanoes, gardens, towns, caves… So, here you are some fantastic spots you can’t miss:
- Timanfaya national park: driving through volcanoes and exploring them is such an unforgettable experience. Exciting, yet a little bit scary. But the geological history of the island is really interesting.
- Hervideros caves: sunset time is the perfect moment of the day to let the breeze mess your hair and feeble sunbeams kiss your face… while the ocean is roaring under your feet.
- Jardin De Cactus: this cactus garden has been the last project of César Manrique. Examples of many cactus species are harmoniously displayed in a quarry, overlooked by a windmill.
- Mirador Del Rio: best sunset-with-a-view of the entire island.
Last, but not least, local food and wine will drive you mad! Papas arrugadas is just one of the most tasty and typical dishes you can have in Lanzarote. Where? Definitely here:
- El Navarro: considered (and yes, I can confirm) the best restaurant of the island.
- Cantina Teguise: best tapas I’ve ever had!
- El Chupadero: volcanic wine and savoury meat
Spain is definitely one of the most joyful and vibrant countries in the entire world and today I’m going to provide you with a short stay itinerary which perfectly depicts how you can enjoy history, beach life, food and outdoor events.
How long: 4 days
Where: Malaga and Marbella
Before booking your stay, make sure to check when the Feria de Màlaga takes place (it typically lasts 1 week – mid-August). I’d suggest staying 2 nights in Malaga and 1 in Marbella.
During the Feria de Màlaga, the town is livened up by dance performances (you’ll definitely fall in love with Flamenco), concerts, parades, street shows, etc. However, for those more interested in history and culture, there are several landmarks which can’t be missed.
Here you are 2 of my fav:
- The Alcazaba (the view from its highest point will leave you speechless)
- Picasso’s Museum
In order to recover from Malaga’s movida, rent a car or move by coach towards Marbella and book your stay in the old town, which is extremely nice and quieter. The seaside area is touristic and packed, but the Playa Casablanca can be considered one of the less crowded.
Enjoy your last night wandering trough the cobblestoned and narrow streets of the old town. At dinner, you should definitely try the Caperuza Bistro which, believe me, will be hard to forget.
Ibiza is definitely one of my favourite Islands. It is almost known for its night life, exclusive parties and extravagance, however this is just the 10% of what this beautiful paradise can offer.
As a matter of fact, if we exclude Playa d’En Bossa, Ibiza town and Sant Antoni areas, you’ll be mesmerised by wild nature, breathtaking panoramas and paradisiacal beaches.
Today, I’d like to share with you my top-3-beaches list.
- Cala Comte: situated on the west coast and surrounded by perfectly shaped cliffs and rocks. Its crystal clear water will make you wonder whether you’re still in Spain or Caribbean.
- Cala D’Hort: another piece of haven, just a few km away from Cala Comte. Its sea stacks reminded me of Capri and here you can have on of the best paella of the entire Island.
- Aigua Blanca: situated on the north-east coast, this uncontaminated beach is the ideal place for quietness and peace addicts… and naturists as well.
So, what are you waiting for?! Summer’s approaching!
It’s time to book your next flight. Destination: La Isla bonita.