Levitating Man in Teguise market

Picture this: you’re walking through a crowded market at the hottest part of the day. You have your slightly-bored children behind you, and you’re now looking for the fastest way back to your car to escape the crowds and the heat.

Then you look up and see a man, dressed in a red robe, screaming at passers-by. And then it hits you – his legs are folded underneath him and he’s floating about three feet in the air!

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Demon sign at Timanfaya

The Cesar Manrique-designed insignia for the Timanfaya National Park in Lanzarote.

Okay, I think the positioning of the tail looks a wee tad phallic if we’re honest, but the demon shows some of Manrique’s slightly primitive design style. As for the park itself, it takes up almost a quarter of Lanzarote, fields upon fields of lava and craters. If you’re lucky, you’ll see lines of camels walking through the rough ground, led by guides.

Cueva de los Verdes, Lanzarote

If living underground is your kind of thing, then Lanzarote seems to offer quite a few options. The Cueva de los Verdes is just one of them. The others? Jameos del Agua which is a short drive away and the wonderful home of Lanzarote-born artist César Manrique.

Here’s the funny thing about the Cueva de los Verdes – “Verdes” in Spanish means “green”. But as the guide will tell you, like the rest of the arrid island, there’s nothing green about the caves. The name actually comes from a farming family who used the volcanic cave as their home. Their name? Verde.

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Sands Beach coaster, Lanzarote

This is another one of those circle photos I was telling you about. In this one, we put a beer mat in the middle of the table and framed it with the wicker that the table is made from.

Anyway, a little bit about the Sands Beach Resort: it’s a hotel complex with a collection of plazas at the back. We stayed there for a fortnight this year – there’s plenty of entertainment, including a “Buddy Club” for kids that runs for two hours in the morning and two in the afternoon. They’ve also got nightly entertainment in the form of the Buddy Club mini-disco and whatever cabaret act is booked for that night.

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