• TRAVEL DIARIES: On location with Marina at Lanzarote, Canary Islands.

TRAVEL DIARIES: On location with Marina at Lanzarote, Canary Islands.

    I decided to shoot the May collection in a place called Lanzarote, which is one of the Canary Islands situated off the coast of West Africa, but considered an island of Spain.The reason why I chose to shoot here was simple, it is a place where the landscapes are volcanic and lunar, evoking an almost surreal feeling as if it were a dream and is a place I hold very close to my heart.

    Even though I am originally from Spain, it still feels like a distant destination, of almost difficult access. The colours, the nature, geography and the people inspire me and in some way transport me to memories of my childhood. Another reason why I chose the Canary Islands is becausevof the year round sun. The Winter there reminds me of the Winter back in Byron Bay (where I lived for 3 years) – cold enough to wear a jumper, yet warm enough to wear your swimmers during the day. The best of both worlds!

    Lanzarote is known as The Land of Fire due to the amount of volcanos that inhabit the island.

    Places you must visit:

    • -Timanfaya National Park: This place is so spectacular and so otherworldly that you feel like you are walking on the moon. Around 360 volcanos rise up from the black sand of the National Park. The volcanoes are dormant, but you can feel the heat under the surface here.
    • -Jameos del Agua: This is a an art, culture and Tourism Centre created by one of my favourite artists Cesar Manrique and it is a reflection of his aesthetic ideals and a place where nature and mankind come together. It’s built upon and around numerous lava caves and lagoons.
    • -Cesar Manrique’s house: The artist’s home is built into boulders in a lava field and is dedicated to his life and work. It’s such a spectacular place to visit!

    • -Mirador Del Rio: You have to go for a next level experience of a sunset drink. It’s another one of the Cesar Manrique’s creations, located 400 metres high near the remains of an ancient military base. It is camouflaged into the rock in a way only he could conceive and has the most incredible panoramic views over the narrow stretch of sea.

    Where to Surf:

    Lanzrote is known as the Hawaii of Europe, which gives a little hint as to the types of waves you can expect here. It can get big and powerful waves firing off the reefs from October to March, but also has waves consistently throughout the rest of the year.

    • -La Santa Left: Also known as The Slab is for the more experienced surfers
    • -Quemao: Is the pipeline of the Canary Islands, so think big, heavy and only for those that know what they are doing.
    • -Famara Beach: Is a great spot for novice surfers, a huge arc of sand catching the swells.

    Where to Eat:

    If you are going to try one local Canarian food, then I suggest not missing out on Papas Arrugadas con Mojo – it’s literally wrinkled potatoes with Mojo, which is just the type of sauce it’s served with and doesn’t have an English translation. It’s a simple dish, small local potatoes cooked in a very salted water and then dried out until the potatoe skin wrinkles. Absolutely devine!

    • -La Bodeguita del Medio in Teguise: A cute little eatery with rustic style tables and chairs, umbrellas out the front and lots of scrumptious tapas on the menu.
    • -El Diablo at Timanfaya: This restaurant uses the heat from the volcano to cook food at 450 degrees Celsius and is situated in the Timanfaya national Park with panoramic views of the Fire Mountains. Don’t worry the volcano is dormant! This is such a unique restaurant and definitely one to ad to the list.
    • -Bodego Uga: A great little sophisticated and local restaurant. The smoked salmon is so delicious! The service and staff are so relaxed and delightful at this little gem.

    Where to Stay:

    Lanzarote is all about staying in chic, eco-friendly places and not so much the flashy typical resorts. You can choose from boutique hotels, apartments and bungalows built in the traditional style, village houses or even luxury yurts.

    • -Buenavista Lanzarote: This place is incredible and is for people interested in art, architecture, nature and the landscape of Lanzarote. They have five beautifully designed suites with huge glass windows, perfect for viewing the night sky full of stars. Everything is minimal yet carefully curated to create the most insane spaces, incorporating elements of the landscape. https://www.buenavistalanzarote.es/en/#5-suites-br-lava-and-wine