Fuerteventura and Lanzarote

“E che questo sia un vero saluto!” said Peppino yesterday evening! We already said goodbye a month ago convinced that we would come back to Las Palmas maybe in two years’ time, but here we came again for another two weeks in this marina where we met many good friends, shop in huge “ferretteria” and enjoyed the “pescado” market.

It was another fun evening at Peppino Sailor’s Bay with Debby and Martin (from Locomocean) and Darren (from a classic old sailing yacht). Debby and Martin are doing our same route to Madeira, while we had to say goodbye to Ad and Anja (from Ocean Breeze) that are heading south and want to visit Patagonia before sailing the Pacific! We may meet them again there in few years.

We spent the last month around Fuerteventura, Lanzarote and then back to Las Palmas. All very different islands, long white beaches in Morro Jable with a dry landscape on the background and then the pretty and uninhabited Isla de Lobos with turquoise shallow lagoon and natural white sandy bay under the volcano. But Lanzarote surprised us again! We rented a car for 2 days and went in villages made of small white houses where you can get lost in the alleys while tasting the local wine and cheese.

Visited the amazing Jameos del Agua designed by César Manrique that transformed a volcanic cave in a natural and colorful space for cultural events with a concert hall, a restaurant and pools: one completely black where live the blind crabs (an endemic specie), and the other one all white with the water that reflects the blue sky. Manrique work is known to create harmony between nature and art and it’s definitely a place where harmony and beauty prevail.

We remained anchored in the old Arrecife arbor for two weeks going with the dinghy at Charco de San Ginés, passing under three small bridges in high tide, it became our routine.

Carmine tasted cappuccino in all the bars facing the bay and with his laptop got lost in the software he is designing. I spent most of the time walking around the city and local shops. There is also a very small museum of Modern Art. The anchorage was quiet and we had dinner onboard with Ad and Anja that sparked an interest to go sailing in the Holland channels of “the mast up route”

Once back in Las Palmas I flew to Delft to visit Milo, while Carmine enjoyed many times the great food and company at Sailor’s bay!

Now we are back on our route to Lanzarote, planning to visit La Graziosa Island before crossing to Madeira.