Wednesday, 5 November 2014

Lanzarote – Caletón Blanco

Part of the ‘Off the beaten track Lanzarote’ series.

Up on the top of the island there´s a gorgeous strip of shore between Puerta Mujer and Órzola that are just simply a pleasure to look at. Due to the volcanic activity that dominated Lanzarote not so long ago the lava played an important part in shaping the topography of the area and this is especially true to this area. The lava that flowed into the sea has been attacked by the elements and created a long stretch of natural pools. There are numerous secluded sandy little coves to explore for the solidary types and there are also a few notable beaches to check out. The largest and most famous of these is Caletón Blanco.

We found the sign marking the parking area for the beach easily and slipped our tiny Fiat 500 amongst the seemingly giant Spanish family cars. The good thing is that the car park is right on the beach.

We walked a few meters and looked around appraisingly. Along the black volcanic rock the whiteness of the sand seemed striking and the turquoise blue of the water was utterly tantalising. We dropped our stuff in one of the thoughtfully erected, moon shaped wind shelters and ran into the water.

During low tide the water was VERY low, instead of a natural pool I would call it a natural paddling pool. Thanks to this the majority of the people here were families with small children. It is quite a sight to walk in the water as there´s sand under your feet and small fish dart around the water but you’re surrounded by black lava. It’s like swimming in a lava field!

Had it been formed closer South I am certain that this secret gem would be high upon the bog-standard tourist brochures’ lists. The beach of Caletón Blanco however up on the North and considering you have to drive a bit to get there it still manages to retain its local atmosphere. 

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