Breakfast is, for many, the most important meal of the day, and here on Lanzarote there are so many delicious and tantalizing way to charge your batteries for the glorious day ahead.
Normally, the island is full of tourists, many of whom have probably overdone it at a buffet. The hotel buffet is an adventure in itself, with sweaty trays of bacon and beans, a toast conveyor belt, heaps of sculpted fruit and a queue for dodgy coffee – its a place where British, German, Dutch, Scandinavian and Spanish tourists can all find a way to breakfast in their own style.
At home, breakfast options allow you to enjoy on-trend porridge or create your own zingingly fresh smoothies. Evolution means fruit is there for one reason – to be eaten – and that’s why it’s so fragrant, colourful and delicious, Lanzarote’s wide range of fresh fruit offers you the basis of the most natural and satisfying breakfast in the world.
But to really experience breakfast Lanzarote style, you need to get out. Unsurprisingly, breakfast is often a social occasion in Spain, as locals start the day with a café con leche and maybe a pastry, croissant or light sandwich at a local bar, cafe or pastelería. This may be taken mid-morning, rather than first thing.
Many establishments now offer healthy and natural options, with yoghurt, fresh fruit, nutrient-packed seeds and organic ingredients, giving you the raw power you need to tackle a long day ahead, whether you’re spending it at a desk or on the beach.
If you want a full English, the resorts are the place to go, and although the choice is more restricted at the moment, youre still likely to find a breakfast and a hot cuppa that’ll put a smile on your face. A famous writer once said that if you want to eat well in Britain, eat breakfast for every meal, and there are still few more satisfying ways to start the day than a fry up.
The British fried breakfast has several regional variants, and arguments still rage about whether hash browns or mushrooms should be included. But whatever you include, it has to be made right. Trina from The Boat Yard in Costa Teguise serves full English breakfasts everyday and says the secret to success is “quality products, served hot, and soft eggs”.
And it’s that idea – the best ingredients, prepared correctly to cater to everyone’s taste, that’s the secret of any good breakfast. Maybe its time to forget about filling ourselves with energy and focus on filling our hearts with morning joy.
How to order breakfast in Lanzarote:
Una ración de churros, por favor – A portion of churros, please.
Un cruasán – A croissant – the Spanish pronunciation is easier than the French.
Un pincho de tortilla – A slice of tortilla (Spanish omelette).
Un zumo de naranja – An orange juice. Always freshly squeezed.
Un Colacao – A sachet of sweetened cocoa powder with milk is one of the universal Spanish breakfasts.
Un bocadillo – A filled roll.
Un sandwich – Take a wild guess.