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 Post subject: Just booked a Villa in Playa Blanca in May,
PostPosted: Thu Mar 15, 2012 5:14 pm 
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hi everyone, this will be our first time in Lanzarote, we had a wonderful time in Fuerteventura at christmas so have decided to try another of the Canary Islands for a two week break in May, we are a couple just hit 50 on our own, fairly happy with our own company but like to people watch, sit by the sea, eat nice food (shellfish is a particualr favourite) but pretty much anything, drink good wine but anything cold and dry will do at a push, we will almost cetainlly cook for ourselves for at least half the time so really looking for tips on shopping, restaurants, good bars, we really arent into english TV or sports bars, nothiung against them just nor our bag, and i am not looking for english food either, nothing wrong with it , but i have 50 weeks a year to eat english, so prefe to try something a little more adventurous.

any advice very welcome we will be on the faro park but will have a car, dont want to be driving every day or all the time, but would like to see some of the island so any suggestions welcomed


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Hi, we're in our 50s and go to PB at least three times a year, you’ll love it. From the port to the town beach there are numerous excellent bars & restaurants, hard to find a bad one. Right on the beach there is the Brisa Marina & Brisa Mar, the larger one serving traditional Canaries food, the smaller serving fantastic fish (get the sea bass!) However, our favourites are around the marina, at exactly the opposite end to Faro. However, if you want a nice meal with wine you can get a bus directly there or a taxi is inexpensive. LA Taverna is a nice tapas bar right on the water. El Commodentore is an excellent Italian with a choice of indoors on a cool night, outside under cover or just under the stars sitting on top of the water. We're next there in May also. Enjoy


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We go to Faro Park twice a year - it's a great area, quiet, easy walking distance to the sea and a small row of cafes, restaurants and two small supermarkets also in walking distance, very good for english breakfasts!!. The main resort is about 5-10minutes in a car where there are several supermarkets.
As for restaurants - PB caters for everyone. The old harbour area has everything from burgers and chips to more 'up market' restaurants. Marina Rubicon is a bit more up market and a bit more expensive overall but has some very good restaurants. If you love sea food you'll be spoilt for choice wherever you go. We tend to eat out fairly early (7pm) and at that time, the old harbour area is busier and has more of a buzz than Rubicon.
Have a great time.


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marymouse wrote:
We go to Faro Park twice a year - it's a great area, quiet, easy walking distance to the sea and a small row of cafes, restaurants and two small supermarkets also in walking distance, very good for english breakfasts!!. The main resort is about 5-10minutes in a car where there are several supermarkets.
As for restaurants - PB caters for everyone. The old harbour area has everything from burgers and chips to more 'up market' restaurants. Marina Rubicon is a bit more up market and a bit more expensive overall but has some very good restaurants. If you love sea food you'll be spoilt for choice wherever you go. We tend to eat out fairly early (7pm) and at that time, the old harbour area is busier and has more of a buzz than Rubicon.
Have a great time.


many thanks Mary mouse, looks like we have made a good choice.


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Eric wrote:
Hi, we're in our 50s and go to PB at least three times a year, you’ll love it. From the port to the town beach there are numerous excellent bars & restaurants, hard to find a bad one. Right on the beach there is the Brisa Marina & Brisa Mar, the larger one serving traditional Canaries food, the smaller serving fantastic fish (get the sea bass!) However, our favourites are around the marina, at exactly the opposite end to Faro. However, if you want a nice meal with wine you can get a bus directly there or a taxi is inexpensive. LA Taverna is a nice tapas bar right on the water. El Commodentore is an excellent Italian with a choice of indoors on a cool night, outside under cover or just under the stars sitting on top of the water. We're next there in May also. Enjoy


sounds fantastic Eric, cant wait for May


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PostPosted: Sun Mar 18, 2012 9:49 am 
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Out of town , the things to see (most maps will show you where they are)

Timanfaya volcanic park
El Golfo Green Lake (path out of car park on the way into the village)
El Golfo fish restaurants (eg Azul Mar)
Playa Quemada to see what Playa Blanca use to look like
Fundacio Cesar Manrique - world's best 1970s pad and a good introduction to the good things he did to retain the traditional look of the isand, having see what happened to the costas and Tenerife)
Cactus garden (sounds boring but is anything but)
Mirador del Rio
Famara beach to watch the kite surfing and see the views of the 200 foot cliffs
Punta Mujeres to see a canarian seaside village unspoilt by tourism
The bodegas in La Geria, the wine growing area

And last but best, the folk museum - Museo Agrícola El Patio in Tiagua which is a huge old farm which shows how like used to be for the hardy folk who lived here.

If you like walking, contact me by PM when you're coming - I live in PB, but have walked most of the island now (and I'm of similar vintage to you!)


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