On Wednesday we hired a car for the day – very convenient from the marina and visited Montanas del Fuego Timanfaya (the Fire Mountain Volcano), you get a bus tour around the amazing landscape and by the visitor centre they have a hole which burns and smaller ones which shot plumes of steam when they put in water. I think the last eruption was early 19th Century.
We looked at the beautiful west coast, you can see why all the ports are on the other side, and a very interesting wine museum and Bodega, El Grifo. It is interesting that in fact the volcanic eruptions enabled them to grow grape vines. The vines are mostly planted in a dip in the black volcanic soil with a little wall (built of volvcanic Rock) around the plant and there is no irrigation, the volcanic soil sucks up and holds any moisture that there is in the air. Of course we also got to taste some wine. And looked at the cactus garden.
We we visited the house of the artist Cesar Manrique, where you can see his work and also the fantastic house that he designed and built, the lower floor is actually made in bubbles in the volcanic rock as is the pool.
Lastly we went to get our Lidl fix as its a bit out of town and stocked up with some stuff for the big passage.