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Tourism has changed a lot on Lanzarote in 50 years. Last month, Doña Enriqueta Romero told me how she had to put out the fire which she was toasting maize on when tourists arrived at La Graciosa’s harbour. She’d then saddle up a camel and guide them across the sandy interior of the island to the beautiful Playa de la Concha. She didn’t know a word of German or English, but she did know her island, and that knowledge proved far more profitable than toasting and grinding gofio (see page 20). Elsewhere, in the volcanic badlands of Lanzarote, it’s not difficult to find caves and jameos that have never been developed: Exploring these wild places is fascinating and exciting, but it also highlights how much work and imagination went into the development of spectacular places such as the Cueva de los Verdes or Jameos del Agua. Nowhere else on the Canaries, in Spain, or even in Europe has anything like this. A record 7 million visitors came to Lanzarote last year, and this year promises to be even busier, but it’s still easy to discover the island’s natural beauty and its local traditions, and doing so is a pleasure that can rapidly turn into a passion.
Enjoy the mag.
January 2018 Edition
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