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PostPosted: Wed Dec 26, 2012 8:40 pm 
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Thursday Morning, it was a mackerel sky, "What does that mean then",said a curious Mrs Db

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"Well it mean rain really, it's when the clouds look like a pattern on a mackerel fish's back, us fishermen say, its a warning of rain coming, however, we could go for a walk?". "Well let's sit on the balcony for a while to see what happens", said Mrs Db

Well the coastline at Playa Blanca is over 6 miles long and many questions have been asked, as to where accommodation is, so thought is was a good idea if I did the walks and putting times to each walk

It was 10.45 am and the weather was still undecided, so Mrs Db said, "I'll go and get changed again, I know you would like to do the walk". (That's a woman's, 'on your head be it' answer) :?

so it's from the Marina to the Lighthouse the walk is approximately 4.5 miles, "We could get the bus back", I suggest. 8-)

The lighthouse is that little white blob sticking up in line and dead centre to those two yachts in the picture

here zoomed in, on an earlier shot, love the camera

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so at 10.43am we set off

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Passed the two derelict wind fan structures which must be a listed site by now, the salt used to be gathered from the sea and the fans (the fans on top don't exist now) worked the pumps. There is still a salt farm working and can be seen from the right hand side of the coach coming into Playa Blanca

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So it's up the pathway, heading towards the Hesperia hotel

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100 metres further

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At this position and looking to the right between the Pueblo Marinero and the Hesperia hotels, is a vast area of land, which has had foundations dug for a very large project some two or three years earlier and and at the moment has come to nothing

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further up the pathway, there was a pitch and putt golf course owned by the Hesperia Hotel (but now does not exist)

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and next to the golf course is a new cafe, that has opened in the last two years (now a cocktail bar)

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beyond the cafe is what I call the back entrance to the beach from the Hesperia Hotel (front entrance is displayed on another walk). We are 5 minutes into the walk at this point

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Just a few metres further down the pathway and on the left, the resort has built a mini type of gym for all to try

I often chuckle, as many an elderly person like myself, can be seen giving the apparatus a try, still wanting to know if they have it, whilst hoping it doesn't bring on that unwelcome cardaic arrest lol!

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passing the little gym area, we come to the start of Dorado Beach, IMO the best beach with all facilities

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The beach is approximate 250/ 300 metres long with nice sand

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at this point we reach the centre of the beach and we have taken 10 minutes

This picture was taken on another day but gives the beach view

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This again taken on another day, shows the cafe above the beach

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above the beach is the five star Princessa Yaiza Hotel which is central to the beach, we are now 12 minutes into the walk

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By this time, the weather had picked up and the clouds were clearing and it was warming up, I did say, "we can go back Mrs Db", "No we have started now", was the reply :shock:

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as we headed to the Papagaya Centre, I thought Mrs Db might have the hump, but it was just the back pack she was carrying. :D

Now I'm not sure why its called the Papagaya Centre, as it's no where near Papagaya and must cause all kinds of confusion

It is really a complex of pubs restaurants and bars with a few shops inside. It has two side alley ways leading up to the main road and other Hotels including the well placed Lanzarote Princess (more on that on another walk)

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more on the Papagaya centre has been done on the walk to the town itself, at this point 13.5 minutes on the walk

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now we head towards the town restaurants

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around the corner, all the restaurants start, these tend to be cheaper to eat in than the Marina

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at this point we are 20 minutes into the walk, Jumbo's Chinese, Tipico Canaro and Volcan de Timanfaya (the latter being our fav this year, for quality and price)

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Now the town has also a small beach, which disappears at high tide but must say it have never looked better, not sure whether the restaurants have helped improve it which would be an advantage to them if they have

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heading up to the harbour now, not to be confused with the marina which we started our walk from

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and so to the harbour, this is where one can get the Armas Ferry or the Fred Olsen seacat to Fuerteventura

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so 25 minutes to reach the harbour

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The harbour path is rough stones and grit and wheelchairs etc would have to go up on the road

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Then the otherside of the harbour the pathway continues 30 minutes into our walk

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soon we were getting near the start of the IberoStar's Lanzarote Park

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It's an enormous hotel with thousands of guests, they have made attempts to make little beaches amongst the rocks and on their land

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at this point we were 40 minutes into the walk

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now as mentioned the hotel is so big, that it takes a full 5 minutes to walk the length of it

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so it depends on what end you are staying in, as to whether your nearer town or Flamingo Beach

So now 45 minutes into the walk and Flamingo Beach just 3 minutes away

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so here we are ant Flamingo Beach with extra bits of sand areas added around it

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years ago, this area was just a small patch of sand

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The pathway around the beach have little islands with trees in them

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at this point around 50 minutes, we reach the restaurants and a few shops, there are only a few restaurants and a couple of supermarkets here

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This was turning out to be the hotest day of the hoilday which Mrs Db was reminding me (now, about this mackerel sky) and we stopped for a bottle of water

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then up a small hill at the end of the shops

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Is the Thomson newly named Blue Village complex at about 51 minutes into the walk (now called Flamingo beach Resort)

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at the end a viewing point looking over the beach, which has stones at this end of it

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so just a look over the Blue Village complex before we move on

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so we head down to the next hotel, the Timanfaya Palace Hotel

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looks a luxury hotel from the outside

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again they have made small sand areas in the rocks as they have no beach outside

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reaching the entrance at 56 minutes on the walk

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so now we move on to the Natura Palace

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a small piece of rough beach here, which would disappear with the tide

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so a long pathway

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looks very nice, but they didn't take any notice of Manrique, who suggest no building should be more than two storey's high

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and at the entrance, the walk has now taken 1 hour and 8 minutes

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so we head on to the Hotel Rubican but in a sideway is the dormant Volcano Roja, which you can climb and will give good views of the island

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before the Hotel Rubican there are about four restaurants

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at this point in the walk, the time is 1 hour 10 minutes

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Then it was a walk up a small hill

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before arriving at the Rubicon hotel entrance, at the time of 1 hour 16 minutes

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Then it was on to the lighthouse but Mrs Db was looking tired too, I said, "we can get a bus back from the Hotel Rubicon"

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Then coming down to a small restaurant/bar, time of the walk at this point 1 hour 21 minutes

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There was another hotel, with a few sand areas surrounded by walls on the rocks

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again the pathway ran out for 20 metres or so, looks like someone wanted a way through to the sea

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but the pathway came back again and the target was in sight

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then it was rough ground to the lighthouse, would I be able to go to the top :o

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No, it was all locked up

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I went round the back, there was an old original lighthouse with smashed windows looking sorry for itself

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and the new one looking majestic in the sky, time of walk 1 hour 44 minutes

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I returned to Mrs Db, who was patiently sitting on the wall, "was it worth it", she said lol!

well there wasn't even a cafe around, so it was decided to head back to one of those four restaurants for lunch, just passed the Rubicon

we both had pints that went down well and the chef's special burger and chips


mine was a bit all over the place lol! but there was egg, bacon, cheese, burger, ham, tomato and lettuce all for 3.70 euro's, much better value here

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a tidy Mrs Db shows hers

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and after an hour rest, Mrs Db said she was game to walk all the way home. About 9 miles what about me, I would have caught the bus lol!


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