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 Post subject: Just returned from Lanzarote....would not rcommend it to any
PostPosted: Mon Aug 15, 2011 9:41 am 
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Hello everybody,

I know lots of people love Lanzarote, but after visiting for the first time, I would not recommend the place to anyone I know.
I am not British, and hold nothing against the British, but when abroad, nothing turns me off more than seeing pale, fat men and women hanging at dingy bars, screaming at their fat brats, and the brats screaming back at them.
I hope I don´t offend anybody , but the typical british tourist in places like this, are utterly obnoxious, rude, cheap, terrible mannered and will for sure destroy a place like Lanzarote, which I actually thought would be a bit classier than many places i`ve been to, Turkey, Greece,Spain mainland, Bulgaria, Croatia etc.
Places that I think can be compared to Lanzarote, except in these places you will see less brits, and more Dutch, German, Scandinavian, which I see as much better mannered people and much more civilised when going abroad.
I know some of you will get angry and tell me to f...off, but I´m also sure many of you know what I mean.
I think it´s sad that a beautiful island with such potentiel is ruined by cheap, rude, beer chuggling brits, that mights as well have stayed ome at the local pub.
Why do many brits go on these vacations, just to look for the cheapest, tackiest bar they can find, get wasted daily, scream at their kids, and complain about the Spanish speaking..ehh spanish? I don´t get it?
I saw a young British women at a supermarket screaming at the person at the cash register, because she didn´t speak english. It pissed me som much off that I nearly smacked her and was getting into a fight with her fat , hooligan looking loser husband.
Before anybody gets too angry, I must say that I ave many british friends living all over the world, but it seems to me that the typical british tourist in sunny places in Europe, is a different type? I don´t know, but I will say that Lanzarote is futureless unless the PRs are banned, the Brits change their attitude, the place gets renovated, prices UP ( I know many go for the cheap beer, but exactly that will attract what I see as loser, sorry).

I´ve travelled all over the world, and have never experienced a place with so many cheap dingy places, except for Malia on Crete, British, which is okay, but on Lanzarote it was the beer chuggling , fat screaming type most places we went, PDC, Teguise. The restaurants and bars are terrible most places, dirty, cheap and fish and chips?
Why the hell do Brits want this type of junkfood on a vacation, I just don´t get it???
I think it´s such a shame, and this type of tourism, competing on prices of cheap crap beer and junkfood will be the end of Lanzarote. A shame because the island could have been a fantastic place.
I have no idea why I didn´t investigate the place before we went, I usually do, to stay clear of Brits( Sorry again, no offence, it´s this specific type I don´t like), and I was expecting a lot more Scandinavians, Germans etc, which usually means better food, but also higher prices that automatically keep this specific type of tourist I don´t like, away.
I really think the local goverment need to claean up the place real fast, or else it will be too late.
Once you start competing on prices, the quality lowers, and so does the type of tourist.
Is this really what they think will make a future of Lanzarote? No way.
I went 12 years ago, and loved the place, it was a hell of a lot classier then.
I hate to sound like a snob, but figured I would check forums to see what others say has happended to the place, and now that I´m here, I might as well post my experience.
Have a nice one all.
By the way, I´m Dutch myself, so it´s ok to lay it on me:)


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PostPosted: Mon Aug 15, 2011 10:16 am 
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One of the many things I like about the Dutch, they are honest, up front and don't mind expressing their feelings, as in this case!

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PostPosted: Mon Aug 15, 2011 10:26 am 
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Im a bit confused, you say its your first time to the island, then you say you were there 12 years ago?? I agree that there are families that get on like they have escaped from the zoo for the week the way they get on, but this isnt just confined to the british. Ive been to many other tourist islands / countries ect and its the same, so not just a lanzarote problem. Im offended that you think most british tourists are fat, beer swigging, fish n chip eating louts. Its not that lanzarote could have been a beautiful island. It is a beautifull island. If you choose to explore it.
Places competing on prices is the norm everywhere at the minute. Bars and restaurants need bums on seats, and if everyone gets a bit more for their hard earned pounds then good. You dont have to drink in a dingy bar, there are many palces selling more expensive food and drinks and local food, if you choose open your eyes to see them.
One thing that is ruining lanzarote is the pr's, everyone will agree with that.
At the end of the day, PDC, Tequise etc are tourist resorts, and as such have and always will attract people from all walks of life. Its the same the world over. Its very easy in Lanza to have a very relaxed holiday, eat and drink in nice quiet bars etc, or you can bump into the kind of people you dislike if you choose to have a cheap more lively type holiday. Its about personal choice and making the holiday what you want it to be.
Im back in 2 weeks for my 5th visit. I fell in love with the place, people etc the first time i was there and cant wait for each visit back and no ammount of lager louts etc would ever change it. Get out more the next time your there ( if ) There is so much to see and do, apart from heading down the promanade bumping into the people you hate.


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PostPosted: Mon Aug 15, 2011 10:46 am 
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Ha ha great rant, think you need to stay out of those 'coffee' shops for a while though!


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djjakeuk wrote:
Im a bit confused, you say its your first time to the island, then you say you were there 12 years ago?? .


Trolling by the sounds of it.


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PostPosted: Mon Aug 15, 2011 10:56 am 
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djjakeuk:

I was there 12 years ago on a business trip, and although I did see quite a bit of the island, most of the time was spent in meetings, so this was my first vacation there.
You are right, it is not necessary to look for the wrong places, but unless you want to stay far away from everybody else, outside a resort, it is hard to avoid the types I mentioned.
My point is, that I think its a damn shame that people go on vacation to hang at tacky places, but since there apparantly is a market for it, it obviously will attract the types mentioned. And that is more the brits than others I believe.
Competing on prices, and having hundreds og crappy places selling junkfood will not make Lanzarote attractive to the more "loyal" tourist.
It will attract people who are looking for the cheapest of the cheap, and as soon as a cheaper place pops up, they will go there instead, and Lanzarote will be left with strips full of grill bars, dying a slow death. Just like the island.
That is a real shame, since the island has all the opportunity in the world to become a fantastic up market hidden gem.
I think that´s too late though, I went the same places 12 years ago, dining, and at the time it seemed a lot better, but maybe I am wrong.
Competing on prices and for the cheap tourist just because of recession is NOT the way imho.
I wouldn´t be caught dead eating or drinking in some of the cockroach infested places we experienced all over PDC and Teguise, less PB, but maybe I´m wrong and it´ll work out.
Just trying to give my two cents, and apologies if I have insulted anybody. Different folks , different tastes.
Have a good summer.


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PostPosted: Mon Aug 15, 2011 11:21 am 
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Firtsly can I say that I am not offendedby any of the comments on this post and can I also say I sympathise with many of them.

Beer Bellied , Lager Swilling Brits is a bit of a broad brushstroke and stereotypical. I am a Brit ( Scottish) , I like a beer or two and even if I say so myself, far from svelte and whilst I can recognise a lot of what you have seen, There are plenty of wine drinking model figured people around as well. ( just look at the crowds in Centro)
In my opinion there is more of an Irish feel to PDC than there is Brittish (and before anyone takes offence I am half Irish and proud of it.)

However PDC is no different from any other similar resort. I think that you need to accept PDC for what it is. If you want something a little up market? try somewhere like Playa Blanca, Puerto Calero or even Playa Honda for a more local feel.

Cheep beer attracts the wrong sort is again a bit of a sweeping statement. The offer of a cheap beer actually does not attract me as I prefer to go somewhere where there is somthing else on offer e.g. sports and conversation in the likes of Spenders ( and John's beer is good value as well), as well as many other bars( spanish and ex-pat alike)

Lanzarote is a beatiful island hence my fourth visit this year next week with many attractions both entertainment and cultural. If you spend your holiday on the strip at PDC you will miss a lot of what the island has to offer.

It is good that you have expressed an open opinion of some of the flaws that the island has and indeed as I said I agree with many of them. But to say you would not recommend such a wonderful place is very narrow minded. There is such a diversity on Lanzarote and you will find the vacation that you want here if you look.

For some it may be PDC and the high propensity of Brits/ Irish looking for a cheap and cheerful week in the sun. For others it might be sitting in the harbour at Puerto Calero, only six miles away, watching the boats sail in and out?

Anyway enough of defending this wonderful place I am sure you have made your mind up and have pick another destination for your next vacation.

Tommybhoy


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Well.. please remember who stole your bicycles, it wasn't us, but your loveable neighbours. Having lived in Nederland for 3 years, I can assure you don't have to go too far to find bad mannered and badly behaved Nederlanders. I'm not surprised at your outburst, as self superiority is a national trait.

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PostPosted: Mon Aug 15, 2011 12:42 pm 
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berrymo wrote:
Well.. please remember who stole your bicycles, it wasn't us, but your loveable neighbours. Having lived in Nederland for 3 years, I can assure you don't have to go too far to find bad mannered and badly behaved Nederlanders. I'm not surprised at your outburst, as self superiority is a national trait.

Tot Ziens




I didn´t steal your bike!:) :shock: I prefer my Mercedes. :D
Sorry for you experience with Nederlanders, maybe you should write that on a forum about experiences in the Nederlands.
I thought this one was about Lanzarote. :o
I agree on the self superiority remark, but I think you can change the Country name and make it fit on any Country. Yours too, hope you are okay with public transportion:) Cheers


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PostPosted: Mon Aug 15, 2011 1:29 pm 
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I think pdc and costa teguise have taken themselves down the wrong route over the last 10 years (I've been coming to lanzarote for 30 years on and off and have lived here 2 years). I hope that with the massive investment in pdc it may move in a different direction but it won't happen overnight.
However I think it's wrong to judge lanzarote on the 2 most 'british/Irish' resorts is wrong. I love walking living in Calero and being able to walk to playa quemada. Neither place attracts the crowd you suggest. In fact you'll be lucky to see another no local sometimes in playa quemada. I had this discussion with a mate when walking there recently. Playa Quemada only what 8 miles from Carmen yet feels like hundreds of miles away.
That's what I like about lanzarote...you can easily get to quiet places that have a local feel within 20-25 minutes.


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PostPosted: Mon Aug 15, 2011 2:19 pm 
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Well said Richt71, you just need to look behind the obvious to see a beautiful island with something for everyone.

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What I find surprising is that the OP presents himself as a cultured, intelligent man, but obviously didn't do any research before he booked his holiday. Most of what he said is true, but his post is the equivalent of dismissing the Netherlands on the basis of the commercialisation of Zandvoort or Scheveningen. If you want a sophisticated holiday in his country, don't go to those seaside resorts.

As a resident in another part of the island, I am very grateful for the money that Costa Teguise and Puerto del Carmen bring us, and also grateful for the fact that they only represent about 1% of the area of the island. Important they may be, but they definitely are not Lanzarote. He should have got on a bike and looked around a bit further!


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PostPosted: Mon Aug 15, 2011 3:23 pm 
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Location: Lancashire, UK - but I wish I was in Playa Blanca
And you have registered with this forum just to vent your "blinkered" view of the island, have you?

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Personally, resorts like PDC dont appeal to me at all but I do love Lanzarote. This applies to lots of islands we have been to on holiday. It's horses for courses. Has it occured to anyone that whatever you may think of beer swilling Brits they still pay their money and enjoy their holiday in their own way.


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PostPosted: Mon Aug 15, 2011 8:11 pm 
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I is everyones choice where they go to on holiday. You get all sorts where ever you go. Can't say I have seen the extremes that our poster talks about. Just for the record when we go in November this will be our third visit. In fact we are talking about going back next year which we think says it all.


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