Finca Curbelo in Uga
In Uga we renovate a wonderful estate with exceptional history! With attention to detail our craftsman work diligent on the completion of the finca “Curbelo”. The finca bears the name of pastor Andrés Lorenzo Curbelo, who noted the last volcanic eruptions on Lanzarote in the 18th century. His chronic is considered the most accurate contemporary portrayal.
The historic background and the seven individually stylish arranged apartments let arise a special atmosphere for detail lovers.Enjoy the warming sun and relax in the large garden with more than fourty palms and cacti, take advantage of the dreamlike pool, cool down and savor your well-deserved vacations to the fullest!The typic lanzarotean village Uga with it’s whitewashed houses is the perfect starting point to explore the unique island Lanzarote.
In the next blog you will find out more about Uga and details of your new holiday paradise!Read More
An appreciation of Lanzarote’s aesthetically stark contrasts and Biosphere Reserve status starts with an introduction to César Manrique, born a century ago and yet vastly ahead of his time with a sustainable vision that has served to preserve and celebrate the island’s most intrinsic cultural values.
Manrique’s hand is easily acknowledged in these spectacular visits that include:
With a plentiful supply of wind and waves, Lanzarote has some superb spots for surfing, windsurfing and kitesurfing. Try the spectacular beach of Famara where beginners or those wishing to improve their skills can join a class with experienced instructors from Lavaflow Surf Lanzarote [link to partner]. Just a few minutes’ drive from the base, windsurfers can hire gear or take lessons from Windsurfing Club Las Cucharas [link to partner] in nearby Costa Teguise.
Lanzarote’s underwater world is a genuine paradise with volcanic reefs creating some stunning scenery and a rich marine biodiversity offering plenty to see. Check in with Rubicon Diving [link to partner] for guided visits to one of the many sites, including Museo Atlántico: Jason deCaires Taylor’s underwater museum and aquatic marine project, with sculptures offering a sensitive appraisal of some of today’s socio-political issues.
Kayaking is another way to enjoy a gentle coastal and beach tour or set out to find some more challenging Atlantic conditions! Join or tour or rent equipment with Kayak del Mar [link to partner]
Get out and experience Lanzarote’s fantastic year-round climate and some truly dramatic scenery:
Hire road bikes, mountain bikes or e-bikes from our partner Renner Bikes [link to partner] or join tours with fellow cyclists through exciting terrain.
During the winter months, a unique way to appreciate the landscape is tandem paragliding. Book with Volcano Fly Lanzarote [link to partner] for an experience to remember.
Join a hiking tour with Eco-Insider [link to partner] and benefit from fascinating insight from geologists as you tour some of Lanzarote’s emblematic craters.
Local culture: Wine tours
The popularity of Lanzarote’s prize-winning wines has been synonymous with a surge in interest in broadening the island’s gastronomic identity with a tantalising array of craft cheeses and conserves. A visit to Lanzarote’s wine district in La Geria reveals however a series of surprises regarding the curious factors and emphatically nature-led processes involved in the creation of the island’s best wines. [link to wine blog]. Contact Eco-Insider [link to partner] for a tour that includes wine tastings and an engaging introduction to this unique viniculture.
Download this guide prepared the Lanzarote’s tourist board. [link to tourist board wine upload]
As an offshore island, with its surrounding uninhabited islets, vast cliffs, desert plains [link to bird-watching blog] and saltpans, Lanzarote is an extraordinary place for birdwatching. Marvel at the survival skills of some captivating endemic species and enjoy the chance to spot a myriad of migrant raptors and passerines. For a great day out and some top tips on where to go next, contact Eco-Insider [link to partner]
Please find further useful information at the Biosphere Reserve office websiteRead More
An essential component of being away, eating out can also be a fun introduction to the local culture. Lanzarote’s gastronomy is simple and reflects the location with plenty of fresh fish and
shellfish; pulses and goat’s cheese. Signature highlights include the refreshing dry and aromatic white wines and small, tasty, salt-encrusted potatoes with cilantro or hot pepper dips (mojos). In the style of warm Mediterranean destinations, eating out with friends and family is about slow living and savouring the place, the company and of course the food!
Below we offer you a small selection based around where you might be staying, with other suggestions should you want to venture slightly further afield. It is far from a definitive guide and the island is rich with options (try El Golfo, La Geria, Famara, etc) – we’d be delighted to hear your recommendations!
Representing excellent value, the village social clubs have acquired a growing tourist status; previously being the almost exclusive domain of locals. Good typical dishes in a relaxed and unpretentious setting, often with outside seating.
Casa Tahiche and Finca La Picolisima are both only a 10-12-minute walk from the two of the most popular cultural attractions in Lanzarote. The Fundacion César Manrique (Tahiche) and the Casa Museo (Haría) stylishly house marvellous art collections and tell the tale of Lanzarote’s most famous and influential son.
2019 marks the centenary of César Manrique; an artist with an extraordinary vision who was able to an undistinguished arid island into a celebrated destination. Visiting the Fundación with its serene subterranean lava bubbles and tender study of local architecture offers a keen insight into the character of a vivacious and spirited individual with a remarkable respect for the traditions and identity of his homeland.
He believed that the role of the artist was not just as an interpreter of the landscape, but by appreciating and helping communicate the essential ways in which man lived with and from the
landscape, could and should extend to stewardship. He became Lanzarote’s greatest defender, forging the island’s cultural identity and transmitting her inherent beauty through art, studies and magnificent reframing of the landscape’s most iconic geological structures.
Beyond the Fundación and the Casa Museo, Manrique’s influence can be seen in the low rise, homogenously painted white houses with the colour-codes doors and window frames (green/brown for inland with a blue option for coastal properties); the island’s respect for agricultural traditions, local flora and urban planning and of course the awe-inspiring monuments to Lanzarote’s geology with must-see visits such as the Cueva de los Verdes, Jameos de Agua and the Timanfaya National Park.Read More
Haría’s Saturday artisan market is a fantastic place to explore traditional crafts and buy local gifts to take home. One of the exhibitors is the Milana Association, selling silk and woollen accessories which have been hand-dyed using locally-harvested cochineal, an insect that breeds on prickly-pear cacti. Fields of these cacti are a recognisable sight around the island, particularly in Guatiza and Mala. The fruits are particularly rich in vitamin C and are popularly conserved as cactus jam.
Cochineal arrived in Lanzarote in 1825, where ideal climate conditions created the means to develop a very profitable income for the island until the arrival synthetic dyes disrupted the market, with reduced production costs decimating its commercial value.
Recently however, cochineal has come back into favour, in part due to its lack of toxicity.
The Milan Association was created in 2005 to recover the art of using cochineal and both study and promote its use. They organise workshops, guided tours and exhibitions.
On their stand, representatives from Milana demonstrate the process of converting the cochineal beetle into this famous red colourant and show how the dye is used to create inks and colour clothing, by drying the beetle and the crushing to a powder. They have generously given us permission to reproduce their methods which are set out below:
Stop by their stand to learn more or visit their website (currently only in Spanish): asociacionmilana.comRead More
Our first harvest in Haría in our Finca “La Picolisima” is done. Only the best quality of the grapes were harvested by us personally.
The first preparations started at 6:30, when it was still slightly Dumpa and with light, typical for Haría morning dew. The greater was the joy to see the first cider from the press flow and also to taste it directly. Just an indescribable experience, which we are looking forward to when we can taste the must together with you next year!Read More