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Ryanair Fly Into Trouble with Forced Lanzarote Landing

The Irish budget airline Ryanair has come in for more criticism from the Spanish aviation authority AENA as a result of requesting a priority landing at Lanzarote airport last week. 

The incident took place last Tuesday afternoon as the Ryanair flight FR2048 from Leeds Bradford was forced to abort a landing at Arrecife airport and request priority over two other planes in front of it in the queue as the aircraft was running low on fuel, according to an AENA spokesperson.  An accusation that has since been hotly denied by the airline, which is already under investigation for three other possible low fuel emergency landings in late July.

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Forced Ryanair Landing on Lanzarote...

 

According to airline pilot forums Ryanair are pursuing a deliberate low fuel policy in order to reduce costs, with the airline’s pilots unable to take extra fuel on board without a valid explanation and accompanying evidence.  The airline also optimizes its flight plans, leaving little leeway for pilots in the event of a forced diversion or emergency.  Ryanair however has denied that any of these landings came about as the result of their planes being low on fuel.

Either way the Irish aviation authority, in co-operation with Spanish authorities has opened an investigation into the latest incident.

Ryanair are the largest carrier of passengers to the Canary Islands and currently account for some 45% of all volume, thanks to their creation of new bases and hubs in the Canaries last year.  The airline recently cut back some 21 flights to Lanzarote as a result of the withdrawal of flight subsidies, impacting routes to Holland, Germany and the Spanish mainland.  A move that some observers dismissed as deliberate sabre rattling in an attempt to force a U turn.

The airline is certainly no stranger to controversy and is quick to latch onto any PR opportunity.  Only last week for example the airline´s boss Michael O´Leary stirred up another hornet´s nest by branding a passenger who was charged €60 to print off her boarding pass an idiot for not doing this themselves, despite the fact that the passenger was staying in a rural villa in Spain with no internet access.

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Lanzarote Gears Up For Los Dolores Fiesta 2012

If you’re visiting Lanzarote in mid September then you’ll be able to take in one of the largest and best attended festivals on the island, as the annual Fiesta de Nuestra Senora de los Dolores (or just plain Los Dolores for short) gets underway.

 

Fiesta de los Dolores Lanzarote

Next Stop Mancha Blanca....

 

Over the years Los Dolores has evolved to become the largest celebration of local folklore and traditional culture on Lanzarote.  And now encompasses a whole range of events, including live music and an arts and crafts fair as well as the main event of the fiesta and procession of the icon of Los Dolores in Mancha Blanca.

Los Dolores is the patron saint of Lanzarote, so on an island that takes fiestas seriously it´s little surprise to find that this event attracts tens of thousands of participants.  The history of the event is fascinating as it is rooted in the volcanic eruptions that shook Lanzarote for six years during the 1730´s.   A local priest is said to have prayed for an end to the eruptions and the resulting flow of lava – promising to build a chapel should this come to pass.  Amazingly (and probably coincidentally!) his prayers were answered and some years later the Church of our Lady of Sorrows (as Dolores is also known) was subsequently created.

The main focal point of the fiesta is the Romeria, essentially a pilgrimage, with tens of thousands of locals trekking on foot to the Church of our Lady of Sorrows in Mancha Blanca.  Now you might be forgiven for thinking that this is a somber affair, but you´d be wide of the mark if so.  As all participants don traditional local dress and can often be seen pushing shopping trolleys heaped with booze and other refreshments on their way to Mancha Blanca.

This year´s Romeria takes place on the 16th and you can even hire traditional dress from a variety of shops in the island capital of Arrecife, should you be keen to take part.  The spirit of the fiesta is very inclusive and every year loads of non Spanish locals and tourists get involved.

As well as the Romeria there is also a large scale artisan fair starting on September 12th in Mancha Blanca, featuring a wide array of local arts and crafts.  Along with a folklore music festival which gets underway on the 14th.  So if you fancy booking a last minute break to join in the action just browse our selection of apartments and villas for rent in Lanzarote.

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Monarch Add New East Midlands Route To Lanzarote

One of the UK’s leading low cost airlines, Monarch, has just announced the creation of a new service to Lanzarote from East Midlands airport, with flights commencing from late October.  So once again increasing the range of choice available for independent travelers keen to book their own flights and accommodation on the island, whilst also creating 150 new jobs in the process.

 

Monarch Airlines

Take Off For New Flights From East Midlands

 

Monarch will be operating two new weekly services from East Midlands, adding to the existing flights already offered from that hub by Ryanair, Jet2 and Thomson.  As the leisure airline has just established a new hub there, from which they will also be flying to other winter sun spots such as Tenerife and the Algarve.

However it wasn’t so long ago that the main low cost airlines such as easyJet and Ryanair didn’t even bother with the Canary Islands, preferring to limit themselves to short haul destinations in and around the Med and within a couple of hours flying time of their bases in the UK.  As these operators claimed that it wouldn’t be possible to fly to destinations further away and make a profit within the context of their existing business models.

How quickly times change, as Ryanair are now carrying around 50% of all passengers to the Canary Islands, whilst both easyJet and Jet2 now also offer flights to Lanzarote from various airports across the UK.  So as a result tourists now have a much wider choice of services, times and prices than ever before.  And as well as direct flights there are also flight options via other routes such as Madrid, however these do tend to add hugely to the normal four hour journey time whilst offering little in the way of savings.

In terms of prices the main airlines are all much of a muchness.  Tourists can expect to pay around 200 pounds return outside of the main peak holiday times (which are Christmas, Easter, Summer and any school holidays) and as much as 400 per person return during these periods of high demand.  There are however considerable differences in quality of service between these airlines, as any regular flier will be aware, with some for example offering much better luggage allowances and more generous legroom than others.

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Finding the Best Places to Stay in Playa Blanca

The resort of Playa Blanca at the southern end of the island is one of the most popular holiday destinations in Lanzarote, second only to Puerto del Carmen. And it´s little wonder, as this modern seaside town offers great beaches, excellent year round weather and wonderful views across to Fuerteventura, the neighbouring Canary Island that provides such a beguiling backdrop for a holiday here.

Former Sleepy Fishing Village

 

Playa Blanca beach, Playa Blanca, Lanzarote

Playa Blanca....the White Beach

 

As recently as the 1980´s Playa Blanca really was the sort of sleepy seaside village that holiday brochures used to love waxing lyrical about. And whilst it still retains some of that innocent charm in the heart of the resort it has in fact expanded enormously since those days, in the direction of both Papagayo in the west and the Faro de Pechiguerra lighthouse in the east. Indeed anyone who visited Playa Blanca say twenty years ago would be amazed at the scale of the resort today.

Good Quality Hotels

The seafront promenade that unites the three main beaches of Playa Dorada, Playa Flamingo and Playa Blanca (the small beach from which the resort takes its name) is now dominated by four and five star hotels, such as the Papagayo Arena and the Princes Yaiza. Whilst the Marina Rubicon, which first opened in 2003 is also home to the slightly tacky Gran Melia Volcan, with it´s faux volcanic dome cum entrance hall.

New Villas For Rent in Playa Blanca

There are also plenty of good quality holiday villas in Playa Blanca available for rent and we have been adding loads of new properties over the last week as the busy winter bookings season is about to get underway. These include some very competitively priced villas with pools such as Villa Alita, which is available from £500 per week.

Villa Alita is a great choice for anyone who wants to be based at the Marina Rubicon/Papagayo end of the resort, as it is just a five minute stroll away from the upmarket harbour area and a further ten minutes to the best beaches on the island. The property can accommodate up to four guests in comfort and boasts a private pool as well as BBQ, along with a satellite TV connection. So guests can keep in touch with their favourite shows and sports.

Casa Esther is another great value option – with rental rates also starting from just £500 per week – and is located very close to the delightful beach of Playa Flamingo, just past the main harbour where the ferries to Fuerteventura depart from. This well appointed self catering property has both a private pool and a Jacuzzi and is located on a frontline complex, which means that guests here can also make use of the on site communal facilities too.

Luxury Accommodation at Villas Hoopoe

At the other end of the price scale we also offer a selection of luxury properties for rent, such as Villas Hoopoe, which start from £1150 per week. These large four bedroom villas are seriously stylish and all boast private pools and landscapes gardens, along with lots of other luxury extras.

Number One For Sun

Playa Blanca is located some forty minutes from the sole airport on the island, but it´s well worth the slightly longer transfer time, as during the winter months especially it is the most reliable spot on the island for sunshine. The resort is also home to plenty of good quality restaurants and is just a short drive from the breathtaking lavascapes of the Timanfaya National Park, Lanzarote´s leading visitor attraction.

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The Growth Of Tourism On Lanzarote

Like many other parts of Spain that today rely on tourism Lanzarote has undergone the most dramatic and rapid transformation since the advent of package holidays over the last 40 years. Resulting in a massive increase in population and a corresponding expansion in infrastructure. As even as recently as the 1970’s there was only one hotel on the island and little in the way of ‘proper’ roads.

Victorian Values

There were in fact a few intrepid British travellers touring the Canaries during the 19th century. As Britain’s empire and economic expansion created opportunities and interest in many new countries and outposts around the world.

British merchants for example were heavily involved in the trade of fruit and vegetables between the Canaries and the London dock of Canary Wharf and Gran Canaria become quite a base for these expats at that time. Even resulting in the founding of the islands first golf club! Gran Canaria also became home to the first real tourist hotel in the Canaries, the Santa Catalina, which opened in the 1890’s, providing recuperative spa style breaks.

Camel Train

 

Camel with English chair, Timanfaya, Lanzarote

The English Chair...still in use today

 

On Lanzarote these intrepid explorers traversed the terrain on camels, the local mode of transport back then. And their influence still lives on today as they were responsible for the creation of the English Chair, a wooden seat placed atop the camel’s back which helped to combat the chaffing of sensitive Victorian skins by the animals wiry hair.  This basic design is still in use today at the Timanfaya National Park.

Lanzarote´s First Airfield

The First and Second World Wars obviously put paid to international travel for many during the first half of the 20th century. Although we have the German air force to thank for the creation of Lanzarote’s first airstrip at Guacimeta (the site of today’s international airport) in 1941, where the first plane to land was a Junker.

Another remnant of the war years, General Franco, was also key in the creation of modern day tourism on the island as he pursued a policy of opening Spain up to tourism during the 1960´s and 70´s in order to generate much needed foreign currency for his exchequer.

VIP Visitors

As a result Lanzarote started to welcome a trickle of VIP visitors, many of whom were attracted to the island as a result of reading about the creations of César Manrique, whose Jameos del Agua really helped to put Lanzarote on the tourist map for the first time. The first hotel on the island – the Los Fariones – opened its doors for business in 1967 and still remains one of the most popular places to stay today.

Package Holiday Boom

As standards of living and disposable incomes in countries such as the UK and Germany began to improve this trickle soon became a flood and by 1977 around 90,000 tourists took flights to Lanzarote each year. This number then expanded exponentially during the 1980´s and 1990´s as air travel and overseas holidays became the norm. Turning Lanzarote into a mass market package holiday destination that at its high water mark was welcoming over 2 million visitors every year.

These figures have dropped away again since those days as competition from other destinations has increased but Lanzarote still remains a hugely popular holiday choice, especially amongst British tourists, who accounted for over 800,000 visits during the course of 2011 alone.

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How To Beat The Heat On Lanzarote

The weather on Lanzarote is super hot at the moment, the thermometer is reaching the high 30’s, making it almost too intense to venture outdoors. All of which is thanks to the presence of a calima, which has helped to ramp the heat on the island way up above normal seasonal levels.

Hot Saharan Dust Cloud

 

Calima dust cloud, Canary Islands

A Calima sweeps in from The Sahara....

 

A calima is essentially a dust cloud that blows in to the Canaries periodically from the Sahara desert, which is located just 100km away. This cloud then sits over the island like a lid, covering everything in a fine layer of sandy dust and inflating temperatures by up to ten degrees. Now during the winter months, when the thermometer is in the mid 20’s this is an always welcome addition. But come summertime when it is already hot enough this can make it a bit unbearable, as you only have to move to break sweat.

Locals find it hard to sleep and work when it gets this hot as Lanzarote is usually cooled by a refreshing breeze, so don’t be surprised if tempers get a little frayed. Indeed on other island chains to the south such as the Cape Verdes, where they endure moth long calimas, this type of freak weather can create serious social problems.

Keeping Your Cool

Luckily on Lanzarote though these periods of intense calima induced heat only last for a few days at most. But if you are already on the island in one of our villas or apartments or are arriving in the next day or so what can you do to keep cool?

Air conditioning suddenly becomes a very attractive thing when there is a calima. If you are hiring a car make sure you stipulate that you need a vehicle fitted with an effective cooling system, as just opening your car window is akin to having a hair dryer set to hot blown in your face. It’s also a good idea to invest in a cheap car windscreen shield, as this helps to ensure that your car doesn’t feel like an oven when you get into it after a visit to the beach.

Hit The Beach

You’ll certainly find that you’ll be spending a fair amount of time at the beach as this is the best place to head for when the heat is on. Just being by the sea helps to reduce the temperature by a few degrees – and jumping into the Atlantic is always a great way to bring down your core body temperature too, even if the effect only lasts for a few minutes. If you do plan to spend more time on the beach follow all of the obvious precautions such as taking along a sun shade, hat and plenty of lotion as well as water – you’ll need it all!

Take A Boat Trip

 

Catlanza catamaran, Papagayo, Lanzarote

Chill Out on board the Catlanza Catamaran...

 

One other good way to keep cool is to book a boat trip, as being out on the waves also helps to reduce the temperature considerably. There are quite a few options here for anyone seeking a decent day trip, such as booking an excursion on board the Catlanza catamaran, which sails from the marina at Puerto Calero to the beaches of Papagayo in the south.

Guests on board can enjoy free snorkeling and jet skiing once the multimillion catamaran has dropped anchor. Whilst the less active can just drink in the views from the free on board bar whilst waiting for the crew to cook up their lunch. The cost isn’t cheap at 58 Euros per adult, but it is still one of the most popular days out on Lanzarote.

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Secret Beaches & Volcanic Craters On Lanzarote

There are plenty of fascinating places on Lanzarote that don’t figure that highly in most tourist guides of the island, including picturesque pueblos, black sand beaches, underground cave systems and hidden valleys. So if you have already exhausted all of the more obvious sights to explore then read our guide to some of the more off the beaten track attractions on Lanzarote below.

Caldera Blanca

 

Caldera Blanca, Natural Volcano Park, Lanzarote

Huge Crater of the Caldera Blanca

 

Whilst much of Lanzarote´s volcanic region is officially contained within the confines of the Timanfaya National Park – and is therefore effectively off limits to walkers – no such constraints apply outside these parameters. Leaving tourists free to explore stunning natural delights such as the Caldera Blanca, a huge volcanic crater located in the natural volcano park, just north of Timanafya.

The walk here starts just outside the village of Mancha Blanca and covers around 12km, which means it will take the average walker around 3 hours. The Caldera Blanca was created some 5000 years ago, prior to the eruptions that shaped the scenery in Timanfaya, which is why erosion has acted upon this particular volcano creating its white coloured appearance. The views from the top of the crater rim are spectacular and panoramic, encompassing Playa Blanca and the sea to the south and views back across the island to the north and west, making this trip well worth the effort.

The large Monte Coroña volcano fulfils a similar function in the north of Lanzarote, providing a 600 metre plus vantage point for drinking in amazing vies as well as a large crater, that whilst not quite on par with the Caldera Blanca is still impressive.

Playa Quemada

Many first time visitors are surprised to find that Lanzarote is primarily home to golden sand beaches rather than the black volcanic ones prevalent on other Canary Islands. Especially given Lanzarote’s history of relatively recent volcanic eruptions.

There are however some great black sand beaches to explore, the best known of which is Playa Quemada, which means burnt beach in Spanish and which is located close to Puerto Calero on the south eastern shoreline of the island.

This is a real favourite spot with locals and there are in fact a couple of beaches here, separated by a small hill. As with many beaches on the island though their presence is dependent on the tides.  Other black sand beaches can be found along the North West shoreline in areas such as El Golfo and Tinjao.

Caleta Caballo

This same shoreline is also home to the tiny coastal village of Caleta Cabello, which is a hamlet of sea front houses arranged around a small golden sand beach with a tiny promenade that has the effect of making this spot a little reminiscent of an English seaside village.

Los Hervidores

 

Los Hervidores, Lanzarote

The Boiling Pots at Los Hervidores

 

Los Hervidores – or The Boiling Pots – can also be found along this same stretch of raw and rugged shoreline. Here wind and sea erosion has created a number of inlets and fissures in the volcanic rock which spurt huge spumes of sea water into the air as the breakers come rolling in. The ubiquitous Cesar Manrique enhanced and improved the presentation of this natural wonder and this is also a great spot for buying lumps of olivine , the semi precious stone which is found all over this part of the island.

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Museum Pieces – Lanzarote´s Historic Castle Museums

Despite the fact that it is only a small island Lanzarote is home to a surprisingly large number of museums, which span all manner of subject matter from wine making through to the history of the Timple, a small string instrument much like a ukulele which is a common feature in island folklore recitals.

Two of the most popular museums on the island though are housed within the walls of historic castles, one of which is located in the current capital of Arrecife and the other in the former capital of Teguise. 

MIAC – Museum of International and Contemporary Art

 

Castillo San Jose, Arrecife, Lanzarote

Castillo San Jose.....home to MIAC

 

The Museum of International and Contemporary Art is located within the thick stone walls of the Castillo de San Jose on the outskirts of Arrecife.  The Castillo itself dates back to the 18th century and was constructed to both provide defence from pirate attacks and provide islanders with a means of feeding their families during a serious period of economic deprivation and hardship which followed after the volcanic eruptions of the 1730´s.

As a result the Castillo was referred to for centuries as the Castle of Hunger, a slightly ironic epithet given the fact that today this impressive squat fortress also houses a stylish restaurant in its basement.

For many years the Castillo de San Jose lay vacant and was restored by the islands favourite son César Manrique, opening to the public for the first time in 1976.  The Museum focuses primarily on the work of Canarian artists such as Manrique and Lasso and the atmospheric and relatively old backdrop of the castle provides a perfect juxtaposition with the unashamedly modern paintings and sculptures on display here.

The aforementioned basement restaurant is something of a work of art in its own right too, and is an ideal spot to drink in views of the nearby ferry harbour of Puerto Marmoles where cruise liners from around the world dock for a day or so whilst their passengers disembark to explore the island.  This is one of the best places to eat out in Lanzarote, focusing on modern interpretations of local and international classics served by liveried waiting staff.

The Museum is open from 11.00 to 20.00 daily and admission costs €2.50 for adults and €1.25 for kids.  The restaurant is open daily also from 13.00 to 16.00 and from 19.00 to 23.00, phone 0034 928 812321 for reservations.

The Pirate Museum – Castillo de Santa Barbara

 

Castillo de Santa Barbara, Teguise, Lanzarote

Explore the Pirate Museum at the Castillo de Santa Barbara

 

There has been a lookout point or fortress on Mount Guanapay, overlooking Teguise, since the 15th century.  As this high vantage point provided an early warning system for the townspeople living in what was then Lanzarote´s capital below as they were plagued by pirate raids throughout this period.

Indeed the Castillo de Santa Barbara was built in order to enhance defences during this tempestuous period, which even included a Berber raid in 1600 which left many locals dying in pools of blood.

Fitting indeed then that this impressive edifice should now be home to Lanzarote´s Pirate Museum, an exhibition space devoted to documenting these traumatic times.  With lots of displays and old maps on show, making it a real favourite with kids.

Legend has it that there is also a tunnel connecting the Castillo with the town of Teguise some 300m below, as this was used by locals as a hiding place during raids.  The Pirate Museum is open from 10.00 to 15.00 Sunday to Monday (closed Saturday) and admission costs €3 for adults and is free for kids under 12 years of age.

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Days Out, Adventures & Excursions on Lanzarote

There are lots of different ways in which tourists can explore Lanzarote – utilising a number of different methods of transportation too.  And whilst all of our villas are very well appointed and offer lots of facilities and amenities to keep you entertained we always recommend to guests that they spend at least a day away from the pool to discover what this unique island has to offer.

Getting Around

 

Public Bus, Lanzarote

On The Buses

 

There are public bus services on Lanzarote and they are cheap and reliable. The only downside is that many of the main attractions are not easy to each by public transport – and even when they are you can still spend a good amount of time just hanging around as the services in outlying areas away from the main resorts are simply not that regular.

Why waste any of your valuable holiday time on something as mundane as sitting in a bus stop? On Lanzarote car hire is cheap, starting at about €20 per day, whilst fuel is also much better value than in the UK and Eire too. If you fancy touring at a more sedate pace you can also hire scooters and bikes – although the latter can prove to be hard work especially during the hotter months.

Choosing A Guided Tour

For those who don’t want to do any driving at all there are a number of companies on Lanzarote offering excursions around the island, such as Last Minute, Customer Travel and Lanzarote Experience. As well as the more recently launched TUI initiative. The Lanzarote Vision Bus, which offers hop on and off island wide access.

All of these companies essentially offer variations on a similar theme in terms of their guided tour packages. Commonly offering a South Tour that takes in highlights such as The Timanfaya National Park and the Boiling Pots at Los Hervidores, a North Tour that explores most of Manrique’s main creations such as the Jamoes del Agua and the Mirador del Rio and a Grand Tour which basically combines the two.

These basic offerings are then augmented by a range of more specialist trips, such as a Cesar Manrique special which covers off the artist’s former home and studio in Tahiche, in addition to all of his main attractions, guided tours to the weekly market at Teguise each Sunday and excursions to neighbouring islands such as La Graciosa and Fuerteventura.

Expect to pay between around €40 and €50 per adult per trip, a cost that usually includes lunch, admissions and transport to and from your pick up point.

Sea Based Excursions

 

Submarine Safaris, Lanzarote

Underwater Adventures

 

As you´d expect on an island there´s also a number of sea based trips – which provide a welcome respite from the heat during the summer months and plenty of fun at all times of the year.

The two best known excursions are both based in the marina at Puerto Calero. Submarine Safaris take guests on a voyage of undersea discovery on board their multimillion dollar craft. Whilst the Catlanza catamaran glides on the waves down to the amazing beaches at Papagayo, where they drop anchor whilst guests enjoy free jet ski rides and snorkelling. Both of these day trips are ideal for families too, especially the Sub Safaris tour as kids love to view the amazing array of sea life that are present in the waters around Lanzarote.

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Exploring LagOmar – Omar Sharif’s Former Home on Lanzarote

LagOmar (or Omar´s Lake) is undoubtedly one of the most high impact properties on Lanzarote. And little wonder, as this 1001 Arabian nights themed extravaganza was formerly owned by the Hollywood legend Omar Sharif (hence it´s name), the star of numerous screen blockbusters such as Doctor Zhivago, Funny Girl and Lawrence of Arabia.

 

Swimming Pool, LagOmar, Nazaret, Lanzarote

Swimming Pool at LagOmar

 

The Manrique Myth

The story of LagOmar has been greatly (and at times inaccurately) mythologized over the years. It wasn´t for example created by the island´s most famous artist and favourite son César Manrique, although it pays much more than just a passing nod to his distinctive design style, which is evident in most of the island´s main tourist attractions, but he is said to have suggested the overall theme. And it was already in construction when Omar Sharif visited the island in 1972 along with the cast and crew of Spanish production The Mysterious Isle.

British Built Property Dedevlopment

Indeed the house had in fact been built by a British property developer called Sam Benady, who was hoping to use this pilot as a type of show house for attracting further investment. Benady was aided by one of Manrique´s closest associates Jesus Soto, hence the many similarities in design and style to the artist´s home and studio (now the César Manrique Foundation) located just down the road in Tahiche.

Either way however the property was a seriously impressive piece of architecture, set in a disused quarry and contrasting the red stone of the surrounding volcano with traditional white washed walls and an abundance of brightly coloured tropical planting. As you´d expect from a top end holiday home it also boasted a swimming pool tennis courts and loads of secret nooks and crannies around the grounds.

High Stakes Hand of Cards

Sharif was so impressed when he set eyes on the building – which at that time was the only edifice in Nazaret – that he bought it there and then on the spot. However, he wasn’t able to hold onto it for very long, as he was challenged to a game of cards by the crafty Benady, an accomplished bridge champion and promptly lost it in a high stakes hand.

Restaurant, Bar & Museum

 

Entrance, LagOmar, Nazaret, Lanzarote

1001 Arabian Nights....

 

Today LagOmar operates in a number of functions. It is home to a pricey restaurant, which serves modern international cuisine against the impressive backdrop of the former swimming pool. The La Cueva Bar also opens throughout the week, which is a great spot to visit as this enables you to explore the grounds at night for the price of just a beer. There´s also a house museum which is open daily, with tours conducted on the half hour from 11am onwards, with admission costing €5 for adults and €2 for kids.

The Museum of Casa Sharif houses pictures of the actor and the property developer at the card table as well as a special Sala Jesus Soto, which showcases more of this leading architects work both on Lanzarote and around the Canary Islands.

Adios Omar

It is said that Sharif was so upset about losing LagOmar that he never returned to Lanzarote again. At the time there seemed to be a constant stream of VIP´s visiting Lanzarote as the island was still a very novel travel destination and package holidays hadn’t yet reached the masses, so ensuring a degree of exclusivity. Some would argue that it´s a shame that the island isn’t still home to a celebrity of Omar Sharif´s status, as this would certainly have helped to bestow some much needed cachet.

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