First, let me start this post by apologising for the lack of new content on my blog in the past week. I was obviously away on holiday and had a few scheduled posts, but when you've finished reading this, you'll understand why I have been so busy!
I was desperate for a holiday this year, but knew we were really going to struggle to pull together enough money. Luckily, after much time and research, I managed to book the trip for myself and my boyfriend to Puerto del Carmen in Lanzarote. In total we paid just over £1000, including our spending money, flights, hotel and transfers. Bargain!
We flew on Thursday 4th July, and landed at 4pm. Little did I know at the time, although we only had the evening on the first day, not a lot would top what was about to happen!
That's right, I got ENGAGED! I am literally over the moon about it, so you can expect to see a few wedding planning related posts popping up here and there!
Oh and a little Essie manicure sneaking in the pic as well!
As much as I would like to, I won't bang on too much about my engagement, as I do want this post to be about the holiday itself. I'm sure I can find other reasons to post about it in the future!
So anyway, following my amazing first day, the next couple of days were just little lazy days. We stayed at La Florida Apartments. Our apartment had a little kitchen, quite a big living area, bathroom, double bedroom and balcony. Considering what we paid, it was absolutely brilliant.
The first couple of days we just lazed around the pool, relaxing and popping out for dinner to some lovely restaurants.
On Sunday the 7th, we headed a little further north to a town called Teguise to visit their market. I'm a massive fan of markets abroad, not just because of the little knock off treats you can pick up for pennies, but also the haggling, atmosphere and gorgeous handmade trinkets.
It was a fab day out. Slightly colder than the area we were staying in, but only because it was higher in the mountains. Some of the scenery and little villages we drove through on the way there were absolutely stunning.
The scenery in Lanzarote is so different to England. Not only is it rare to see much greenery, where ever you look, you can see a volcanoes, obviously these have been dormant for a while, but the views are spectacular.
The next couple of days we stuck to the pool and paid a couple of visits to the beach and the strip, which was full or bars, restaurants and shops. The amount of discount fragrance and cosmetics stores was unreal!
In some of these pictures, the sky looks quite dark. I thought we were moving into some cloudy, dull weather. But after talking to some of the locals, we were told that the sky had turned white as a result of a sandstorm, that was due to draw in a heatwave, and we should expect temperatures of up to 50 degrees centigrade....
They were not wrong!
It was so hot, some of the time I had to retreat back to the apartment or sit in the shade next to a fan because the heat and humidity was so intense!
Although, perhaps I shouldn't complain!
On the last day, we headed further south, for the "South Tour" which took us to Timanfaya National Park, which is the area with all of the volcanoes. We travelled around looking at all of the amazing natural creations and even got to go on a camel ride and have a look at a grill that used the natural heat from the earth to cook food. It was unbelievable.
The holiday was absolutely fab! The scenery was amazing, and there was so much stuff to do.
We were never disappointed when we ate out and the prices were just unbelievable. We never paid over 35 euros for a meal out, including a couple of drinks and the portions were massive!
We visited quite a few of the bars, there are a lot of Irish bars, and the people are so friendly. I would recommend checking out some of the cocktail bars as well. I have never seen or tasted anything like some of the drinks out there! Delicious!
I would really recommend Lanzarote for a summer holiday, especially Puerto del Carmen, where we stayed. There was something for everyone, from couples to families to groups of friends.
I will definitely be heading back, not just because this is where I got engaged to my fab fiance, but also because it was just a brill holiday! There are so many fab memories from this holiday that I will keep forever and I couldn't think of a more wonderful place to have experienced it!
Have you been on your holidays yet? Where are you going/have you been?! I'd love to see your posts if you have written about it!
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