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Blind Girl Adventures In Lanzarote

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The sea from Lanzarote with the sun in the background.

Lanzarote has over 100 beaches, some have golden sand, some have white sand and a few of them have black sand, which is composed of volcanic minerals and lava fragments. I personally feel that Lanzarote is an underestimated gem for those that like to travel. It has everything from history and culture, great food and wanderlust experiences.

During our childhoods: Grant and I had the opportunity to visit different places in the Canary Islands and after I lost my sight I wanted somewhere accessible, enjoyable and not forgetting hot, to experience our first couples holiday abroad, and Lanzarote ticked all of those boxes.

How to get to Lanzarote.

With a myriad of UK airports flying to Lanzarote daily you’ll be sure to snap up a cheap flight and land in under 4 hours. Lots of European countries and airlines travel frequently to Lanzarote: use sky scanner to find availability. We flew from London Luton Airport with EasyJet and had no delays or issues at either end.  If you need accessible transport to get you to your accommodation use wheelchair accessible taxis who can also provide equipment for hire as well.

Where to stay in Lanzarote.

Depending on your price range and need for accessible accommodation Lanzarote has everything from condos and villas to hotels and Airbnb’s; here is a list of accessible places to stay in Lanzarote on booking.com. 

We stayed in a clean and comfortable family friendly hotel that had enjoyable entertainment in the evenings. We chose half-board (breakfast and evening meal) so we could spend our lunchtimes exploring the island of Lanzarote and enjoy daily excursions.

Day trips in Lanzarote.

Visit Timanfaya National Park.

I might not be able to see the beauty but with thanks to Grant and our tour guide I really felt I was appreciating the extraordinary landscape of the Lanzarote National Park, Timanfaya is a parkland entirely made up of volcanic soil. The greatest recorded eruptions in the area were between 1730 and 1736.More than 100 volcanoes became active and devastated part of the island. The volcanic activity continues today!

Watch your food cook on Active volcanoes.

Set against the volcanic backdrop of Timanfaya National Park the El Diablo restaurant relies on the dormant volcano producing bursts of heat or hot vapour, which rise through a hole in the ground to cook the food. You can see the heat just under the crusts just next to the restaurant with the steam geyser and the fire pit.

Accessible boat tour with water activities included.

Take in picturesque views of the Lanzarote coastline, spot marine life in the clear waters and enjoy some traditional Spanish food and drink aboard before anchoring and participating in water activities such as kayaking, Banana boat and doughnut rides, see if you can hold out long enough and keep your nerve. 

Visit Lanzarote secret lagoon.

If you walk past the rocky lava fields on the island’s west coast, you’ll discover a very unusual sight – the secret lagoon! Tucked into red cliffs and black volcanic landscapes is a small lagoon, one which is a striking jade colour. Like many of the landscapes in Lanzarote, it’s like being on another world.

Learn about wine-making and taste some local wines in Lanzarote.

The island of Lanzarote has its very own wine-making region, called La Geria. The landscape here makes it possible to grow vines in high winds, and the range of dry, medium and sweet wines produced .

Learn to surf in Lanzarote.

Long known as the ‘Hawaii of Europe’ Lanzarote offers plentiful surf for all levels. Located on a chain of volcanic islands in the Atlantic ocean means the island is exposed to incoming waves from many directions. A warm climate also means warm water. In late Summer and early Autumn; no wetsuit needed.  Grant and I didn’t manage to book ourselves in this time around but I thought it would be great to share with you in case you choose to visit Lanzarote and want to give surfing a go!

Accessible surfing in player Blanca

Qualified in both surfing and accessible surfing the surf team can tailor make a surf lesson that you’ll enjoy and remember for years to come.

Accessible car park and amenities

Right on the beach there are Four accessible parking spots available in Playa Blanca. And an accessible bathroom is located nearby.  An amphibious chair and a  qualified helper are provided by The surf team to access the sea from the walkway.

During the Activity

For people with reduced mobility the surf team will provide a specialist surfboard with ropes on both sides four you to hold onto. They will take everything at your pace and give you clear instructions throughout.  

Blind girl travels add spice to the mix.

As I mentioned earlier this was mine and grants first abroad holiday as a couple, we decided to do a mixture of relaxing and excursions, both of us love to learn about the history of the place and somewhere as beautiful Lanzarote, we couldn’t say no. Being blind and wanting to be as independent as possible it turns out that lots of blind girl fails go my way! Here are just a few.

  • Cheerily greeting random people in the restaurant with a Spanish good morning, only to realise they weren’t greeting me at all.
  • Swinging my cane too wide that I accidentally bashed peoples doors on my way down to our room, and hearing them open the door and asking “hello?”
  • Going on a camel ride with Grant and other tourists, Grant “safely “looks after my cane, until it slips from him and drops to the floor. The camels and our tour guides continue walking. We a try to get their attention and explain what has happened, but with our lack of Spanish we couldn’t remember what a white cane was, doomed to believing this was our fate, we tried to find the funny side and enjoy the rest of our excursion. 15 minutes later we returned, and there it was. We had walked in one giant circle!
  • Going on a date night to Restaurante Grill Volcan De Timanfaya which we highly recommend, the service and atmosphere was  fantastic. After a few sangria’s I pluck up the courage to ask the waiter: how do you say no in Spanish… “It’s: no.” The guy is Moroccan and his first language is French. Cue Grant and I gafawing at my stupidity.
  • Visiting the Lanzarote vineyard, the people explaining the process of wine intrigues us and when they offer us a taste we jump at the chance. We both opt to try a sweet wine, surely we can’t go wrong with this? It tastes like cough syrup, powdered sugar, 20-year-old sweets and methanol. I have absolutely no decorum and spit my wine back into the glass. Grant quickly ushers me out side as I loudly declare how disgusting it was.
  • Grant and I on a boat trip, it anchors and the crew ask if we want to participate in any of the water sports? I suggest kayaking. Grant isn’t sure as he doesn’t like the sea and hasn’t kayaked before. “Don’t worry” I assure him, “I’ve done it loads of times, we just have to get into a rhythm and we will be fine.” 10 minutes later we are slowly drifting out to see; our paddling Is getting us nowhere and Grant’s panic sends me into raptures. Five minutes later we are in a speedboat heading back to the boat, our crew had to come and rescue us!!

So there we have a rough guide of my blind girl adventures to Lanzarote, I hope it gives you a few ideas of what to see and what to do if you ever visit the beautiful Canary Islands.

Have you ever been to the Canary Islands or Lanzarote? And would you consider going after my travel tales?

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