Anything But Paella

Plane Spotting in Lanzarote

Our final night in Lanzarote was spent just a stone’s throw from the airport near Playa Matagorda, Puerto del Carmen. The weather still wasn’t great but we did get out and about stretching our legs ahead of the flight back to the mainland.

The area has all you could ask for in a beach resort. Miles of sand stretch along the shores and in the warmer months the sea is no doubt calmer and a pleasure to swim in. No chance for us with high winds and red flags! Still, the pathway along the seaside go on for as far as the eye can see. Souvenier shops, bars and restaurants are plentiful with everything from traditional Spanish to Chinese and Indian there to tickle your tastebuds.

Heading away from the resort, the footpath goes along the length of the airport perimeter fence. This gives you a great chance to get some aviation photos from angles you wouldn’t normally get. When the wind is from the North, aircraft are approaching from the sea and you can stand right underneath the approach lighting system if you really want to! The path leads all the way to Playa Honda and on to Arrecife from where you could always get a bus back.

We decided to stay at the Hotel Beatriz purely for its proximity to the airport meaning a fairly cheap taxi fare! It was strange to see the aircraft going right past the hotel from our bedroom window. The hotel is nice enough for the price and breakfast was particularly good. The pool was busy despite the crazy weather. Scattered around the grounds are various statues of men squatting. Intriguing though they were, I felt they all looked like they were doing something they shouldn’t in the gardens!!

If aviation is your thing, don’t forget to allow time to see the Aviation Museum at the airport.

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