La Geria is a small town in the middle of the island known for its unique vineyards. Due to the constant winds and desert-like landscape growing vines isn’t an easy job here. Vines are grown in a holes, dug out of volcan sands and in many cases further protected by rock walls. The area is covered with this unique looking vineyards and Google maps even show some of them inside a volcano crater!

Jardin de Cactus is located near Costa Teguise and features more than 1.000 spieces of this spiniest plants. Designed by Cesar Manrique it is positioned inside an amphiteater like hole with terraces around it, full of plants.

View from Jardin de Cactus towards the north, full of cactus fields.

Mirador del Rio is a lookout on the northern part of the island which was used during centuries to warn the islanders from the pirate attacks. There was even a gun battery added later but in 1970s Cesar Manrique converted the old gun battery to a restaurant in a clever arhitecural way. If you don’t want to pay the entrance fee to the restaurant, you can admire the spectacular views of the Isla Graciosa a little bit further down the road.

If you want to grow something, you have no other space than to grow it on the hills. All the hills on the north are covered with terraced hills.

Only a fool would not take advantage of constant winds and turn them into electricity.

Puerto del Carmen is the place where we stayed during our holiday. Southern part is the old town but the tourist demand stretched it several kilometers to the north. Riviera is full of pubs, restaurants and shops.

If you want to see something then you’d better head to the old port and experience some of the local arhitecture.

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