Travel Diary | Lanzarote | Wine, Aloe Vera & César Manrique
12th July 2016
This post follows on from the post I shared last week about Timanfaya National Park on Lanzarote. We went on a full-day excursion which covered the vast majority of the island, and in this post I’m going to talk about what we got up to in the afternoon.
Later in the day, after our visit to the National Park, we stopped off at Bodegas Rubicón (a winery) to sample some of their award wining wines produced in Lanzarote. Tyrone opted for the white and I went for rosé, but we tried each others and they were both delicious.
Because of the strong winds on Lanzarote, the grape vines are protected by these crescent shaped walls. They look pretty odd on the landscape of the island.
After lunch we travelled to an aloe vera plantation. As you are probably aware, aloe vera has many benefits for the skin and also your digestive system if you eat it. Although I wouldn’t eat too much if I were you!
At the plantation, a guide demonstrated how to cut up a aloe vera leaf to reveal the gel inside. We were given chunks of fresh aloe vera to either rub into our skin or to eat. There were lots of people rubbing it into their sun burn!
There was a little shop on the site where we were given aloe vera liqueur and cake to try. The guide then made an aloe vera cocktail with raspberries. Tyrone seemed to enjoy it but I’m just not a fan of the taste.
Our final stop of the day was the César Manrique Foundation.
César Manrique was an artist and architect who was lived on Lanzarote and had a great influence of the development of the island. For example, he is the reason why there are no high rise buildings on the island (apart from the Arrecife Gran Hotel in the capital, Arrecife, which sticks out like a sore thumb) and why all the buildings are either cream or white.
The Foundation used to be César Manrique’s home, and let’s just say, it’s interior goals. The ground floor of his home is made up of 5 volcanic bubbles, each with a different colour scheme, and one bubble being home to a gorgeous swimming pool. As someone who loves their volcanoes this really is my dream home.
His home also houses his art work and architecture designs, and is surrounded by some pretty cool windmills that he designed as well.
Manrique was killed in a car accident in 1992 right outside the Foundation. According to our guide, just months after he died they started work on changing the junction to a roundabout to make it safer, and now there is a giant windmill in the centre.
I had no idea who this guy was before I visited Lanzarote, but it seems like a pretty influential guy. He even designed that restaurant on top of the volcano.
If you’d like to catch up with my last post on Lanzarote, you can find it here.
My next and final post on Lanzarote is all about what I wore, and it’s my first ever attempt at an outfit post. So hopefully you’ll enjoy that too.
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