"Beer bellys & sunburnt tourists." Mozaga by lomi

Mozaga Travel Guide: 1 reviews and 12 photos

bring hiking boots and climb one of the 360 volcano cones, or take a guided trek across the lava fields. If nothing else visit the Sunday market and take in the atmosphere of Teguise, the old capital.

Oops, Mozaga is in Lanzarote'

Is Lanzarote an island full of lager louts and sunburned tourists?

I figured it can't be that bad if the King of Spain has a house here. The Irish PM, German Chancellor, Sting and the Beckhams have all visited.

From the air the landscape looks scarry! Acres of brown parched fields dotted with mushroom white houses, yet the islamd os fringed with turquoise blue seas.

The usual 'English and Irish' bars and restaurants litter the islands three big resorts, in Puerto del Carmen, Playa Blanca and Costa Teguise. The big difference with Lanzarote is that it is not blighted with high rise apartment blocks or hotels swamping the lovely beaches.

If you hate discos & pubs - go to classical musical evenings inside the Green Caves, or an old monastry in Teguise, or jazz Sunday's at Omar Shariff's old pad in (Lag o Mar) that he lost in a card game.

The beaches are acres of golden sand, and not black sand like I had heard. A thriving tourist industry can make it crowed at peak times, so come outside of July & August, the weather is better.

'Devil Mountain' in the centre of Lanzarote are so similar to the rocky moonscape that a whole team of astronaughts stayed on the island for months leading up to their mission on the moon. They 'walked' on the volcanic ash to practice being on the moon.

hey, when the rest of Europe is freezing over, Lanzarote in the Canary Islands, is scorching hot. Why? It is just 60 miles off the coast of the African Sahara. Within 4 hours from most of northern Europe you can fly from freezing winter to sultry summer and enjoy Carribean style weather.

The island altered from rural agricultura to a busy holiday destination, in the 60's, attracting 1000's of visitors. Most tourists on package deals, stay in one of the 3 main resorts. There are some exceptional B&B's hidden around the island, see one on my accommodaion pages. A controversial high rise hotel has crept in, which is in Arrecife, and the building dominates the skyline all over the island.

360 volcanoes to look at is breathtaking. You will also see large art/mobiles on some traffic roundabouts, it is the work of artist/visionary Cesar Manrique.

Don't miss the kissing camels, food cooked on a volcano at the Diablo Restaurant, green gems (Olivina) still laying on the beaches from the volcanic eruptions.

Visit for carnival or during a fiesta. dress up and join in. Bring a snorkel to see the fish or go diving and search the old wrecks on the ocean floor. Taste the local wines and visit the vineyards.

In April - November, you may think it impossible to grow anything in this scorching desert climate. in the spring hundreds of wild flowers and crops cover the island. Look for the famous vineyards and the thousands of cactus plants.

You cannot travel by ferry from the Lanzarote to Morroco. The two countries are in discussions to make this a possibility in the future.

Many astronaughts continue to visit Lanzarote and meet up with their island friends. (sh dont tell anyone but they usually stay at the Fariones Hotel in Puerto del Carmen). They often return with their familes - how could they resist the islands allure and fascination.

Don't forget when you meet up with friends, use the double kiss and airbrush each cheek in greeting. Mwah. Mwah. Darlings!

  • Last visit to Mozaga: Feb 2004
  • Intro Updated Mar 8, 2005
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