7/4/23 - Playa
A couple of panoramas
taking in the 'downtown' area of Playa Blanca. Really in the way
of a test flight to check that everything was OK with the drone after coming
out to Lanzarote as hold baggage (without batteries!). it was a bit of
an overcast day with not great visibility.
8/4/23 - Playa Blanca
Some more Playa Blanca
panoramas, this time to the east of the town centre.
8/4/23 - Costa Teguise
This isn't a 360 degree
panorama, I did try to shoot one but in the end just couldn't get the large
area of sea in the shot to stitch properly. Instead it's around 180
12/4/23 - Playa Blanca
Final selection of Playa
Blanca panoramas, this time starting west of the town centre in the Atlantis
Gardens area and working westwards towards the lighthouse.
Starting with another
linear panorama shot from over the sea.
13/4/23 - Near Teguise
Flying the drone away
from Playa Blanca for the first time. The plan was to fly from the
rim of the Guanapay volcano in Teguise, but it was much too windy up there
so all pictures were from ground level. We continued our trip and
I shot these in the valley just to the north of Teguise, by the ruins of
the St Jose hermitage.
16/4/23 - Papagayo
An early morning trip
out to photograph the beaches of Papagayo from the air. Despite either
having to walk/cycle some distance along the tracks, or drive a few kilometres
along an unsurfaced and very dusty road, the beaches get very popular during
the day and it's easy to see why. Two of them have cafe's just above
the beach and are the most popular. The most central of the beaches
has no car park adjacent and tends to be the quietest.
The marina at Puerto
Calero was constructed in 1968 and since then a little town has grown up
around it. At the marina there is a good selection of restaurants
and shops available and we quite often go there for lunch. I took
the drone on this trip to get some aerial shots, I would have like to get
out to sea with it but it was just a bit too breezy!
A late afternoon visit
to the Salinas Janubio, a huge salt works on the west coast. Although
much of it is now disused and has become a nature reserve, there are still
two areas where salt is produced using traditional methods. There
is a small shop there and they organise regular tours.
One of the walks we
like to do from Playa Blanca is north along the west coast to 'the hotel
that never was'. Construction of the Hotel Atlantico del Sol was
started in the 1970s but it was never completed. There are various
stories as to why, the investors thought that the site was by the Papagayo
beaches and not out in the Rubicon desert on a very rocky coastline, it
never actually had planning permission, or that the whole project was a
scam from the first. Anyway, the result is a large ruin on the coast,
apparently too expensive to even demolish. We start our walk from
the Faro Park area of Playa Blanca and most of it is on unsurfaced tracks
- sensible footwear is highly recommended!
On this day we did a
trip to the north of Lanzarote, ending up at the amazing lagoons of Charca
de la Novia, but via stops at the Guanapay volcano with its Castillo de
Santa Barbara and Arrieta for lunch.
We like to stop here
for lunch quite often as there are some great seafood restaurants in the
village and also the famous 'Blue House'. For some reason I seemed
to have forgotten to shoot a linear panorama from over the sea, so I've
included four single shots to show the house and village.
Caleta del Mojon Blanco
and Charca de la Novia
We've been visiting
Lanzarote for many years now, and the extended length trips we've been
doing since I retired have enabled us to explore new areas. A few
years back we discovered the extensive network of unsurfaced roads on the
west coast, in the general area of Mancha Blanca. On this day we
explored a couple of new ones and some we had been on before, ending up
in La Santa, where we had lunch. After that we continued north towards
Famara, travelling through the large sandy desert between Soo and Famara.
A trip out in the afternoon
specifically to take some aerial pictures in a couple of locations to the
south of Yaiza. The first was around the village of La Degollada,
which is located high in the hills on a valley that climbs up from Yaiza.
After the La Degollada
pictures, I headed over to the other side of the valley south of Yaiza,
where an unsurfaced road climbs up a ridge that overlooks the camel farms
of Uga, before continuing on and dropping down into the Valle de Femes.
The road proved too rough for the hire car at one point, so I parked up
and walked to the top.
On this day we did a
favourite walk of ours, that we try to do on each visit. Starting
from the edges of La Asomada and walking up to and around the rim of the
Montana Tinasoria volcano crater. It's not a particularly long walk
but quite an ascent up to the rim summit. Unfortunately on this day
the visibility wasn't perfect, on a better day the views are fantastic,
both over the island of Lanzarote and down to Fuerterventura, to the south.
It borders on the La Geria wine producing area so lots of vines being cultivated.
At the eastern end of
the Valley de Femes is the tiny village of Las Casitas, at around 1,000
ft above sea level. Beyond the village the road drops down steeply
to the 'Camel Roundabout' on the main LZ-2 Arricife to Playa Blanca road.
After taking the shots
at Las Casitas, we were heading back to Playa Blanca but had a stop at
Maciot, at the bottom of the steep and twisting road down towards Playa
Blanca from the village of Femes. The volcanic mountain that rises
to 2,000 ft above sea level is named Atalaya de Femes, the 'Watchtower
These two panoramas
were shot at the main wine producing area of Lanzarote, La Geria, although
grapes are also grown in many other areas. The vines grow on crushed
volcanic lava, traditionally in circular hollows in the ground, protected
from the prevailing wind by semi-circular stone walls. The grip captures
dew overnight to water the vines.
After the flight at
La Geria, I continued north for another flight in a rather wild volcanic
area, with lava fields extinct volcano cones.
1/5/23 & 2/5/23
Las Nieves and Famara
- although taken on a different day and location, I've put these pictures
together as they show a similar area but from very different perspectives.
Las Nieves is at the top of the Famara Cliffs and only just under 2,000
ft above sea level with amazing views down to Famara Beach below.
The third picture was taken flying form the back of the beach at sea level
and shows the cliffs rising dramatically behind it.