The cliffs of Famara

                         A beautiful view of the island of La Graciosa
Lanzarote is situated just 70 miles off the coast of Morroco and is the most easterly and the most northerly of the Canary Islands. The island is under 40 miles (60km) long and 15 miles (25 km) wide, making it the fourth largest of the Canaries. Lanzarote is a hauntingly beautiful volcanic island. Due to the recent eruptions during the 18th and 19th Centuries, many parts of Lanzarote appear to be from another world, often described as 'lunar' or 'Martian', so much so that parts of science fiction films such as 'Planet of the Apes' and the Martian Chronicles were shot here. The dry and sunny climate has meant that the landscape appears much as it did just after the eruptions. The La Cueva de los Verdes and Jameos del Agua are part of the longest volcanic Tunnel in the world, the Atlantida Tunnel, which is over 7 km long.

                                            A volcanic landscape

                            A cloud and sky view
The temperatures may be high in Lanzarote but they are moderated by sea breezes. On occasion, it can be very windy. When this happens patterns appear in the sand and remain undisturbed for long periods. There are siroccos at irregular in Lanzarote; sand is brought over from the Sahara in Africa, the air becomes still and the sun and sky are blotted out and temperatures soar. The locals close every gap and crack in their houses and everything slows down. As well as temperatures, tempers soar, up to excesss of 44-45, and people become irrittated. Aches and pains become worse. A sirocco may last a week and one must have sympathy for a tourist who arrives for their annual holiday....

                          Clock Tower at Teguise

                                        Fishing village: Caletta de Famara

                             In the square: Teguise
Teguise is the original capital of Lanzarote and much effort, money and time is been spent on restoring the town. The result is a collection of beautiful and traditional houses and buildings fulfilling multiple purposes. There are a number of high quality and inexpensive restaurants in Teguise.

                                                Surfing at Famara
For those who love surfing and body boarding the beaches of Famara present fantastic opportunities. Famara is world famous for its surf but would not be recommended to the fainthearted. The beaches under the cliffs have excellent surf but dangerous undertows that can take the unwary by surprise, even within their depth. It is safe within the harbour, especially for children.

                                                    A volcanic schism

                                   Another beautiful view

                                                          Sirocco at Famara

                                               Sand dunes at Famara

                                       Famara beach in the late afternoon
Famara: It is away from the usual tourist haunts and is on the opposite side of the island to Puerto del Carmen, the main tourist town on Lanzarote. It appeals to those who want something different, who have something unconventional in their nature. There are no nightclubs or neon lights. It has been left behind by the rapid tourist developments of Lanzarote. There are signs, though, that discerning foreigners and Spanish people from the peninsular have discovered it and property prices have risen accordingly.

                                       Patterns in the sand at Famara

                                                           A landscape
The breezes influence the everchanging patterns of light and shade. The sun is particularly bright, the air is clear and the colours of the landscapes the sea and the mountains are for ever changing. These photos are an attempt to capture some of those moments.

                              A volcano on the edge of the National Park

                            In the Montanos del Fuego

The Cliffs of Famara

The early inhabitants of the island used this site as a lookout point as Lanzarote was often attacked by pirates. In 1973 Cesar Manrique turned the Bateria del Rio into a restaurant and Tourist Center.