Hamburguesa Que Te Cagas | The Biggest Burgers In Fuerteventura

Corralejo in Fuerteventura is filled to the brim with restaurants – sometimes so much choice it can be hard to know where to eat! There’s loads of typical Spanish cuisine yet after a while it’s nice to try something with a different grab to it. Hamburguesa Que Te Cagas is one of those places – a refreshing novelty that brings you great burgers in enormous portions.

Hamburguesa Que Te Cagas, Corralejo, Fuerteventura - title image

I first visited Hamburguesa Que Te Cagas on our second trip to Corralejo in Fuerteventura back in 2016, when it was relatively new to the area and located on the main strip. It’s now moved to the Music Square which I think works better – more space for hungry people and better entertainment. Plus the burgers are still great!

The Vibe

Hamburguesa Que Te Cagas, Corralejo, Fuerteventura - beer at the Music Square
The new location is great, and the perfect place to relax in the evening

Now that Hamburguesa is located in a bigger venue it feels a lot more spacious – it was nice on the main strip, but there wasn’t really much room, especially if you wanted to be seated in the sun. There’s plenty of room now for people who want to sit outside, and this means the view of the entertainment in the Music Square in the evenings is great. The entire restaurant faces the stage so even those that sit inside can enjoy the music and various acts throughout the night.

To enjoy the entertainment the chairs on the outside are all facing towards the stage with two on each table – this means you won’t strain your neck but it does feel a little like you’re on an interview panel!

The Food

Hamburguesa Que Te Cagas is famous for its giant burgers and it’s easy to see why! Although possibly a bit smaller than when they first opened, the burgers are still huge and impossible to eat as one item, requiring you to cut them at least in half. I’ve learnt to just use a knife and fork for the whole thing, as picking them up with your hands gets messy very quickly!

I’m always impressed with how the food is served – each burger will come out presented on a granite slab with the name of the burger written in sauce next to it. I absolutely love this touch, and it’s something I haven’t really seen in many other places.

Generally the quality of the food is really good and you’re able to ask for how well-done you want your burger. We usually go for medium rare which I find offers optimum flavour and texture. There’s a real variety of burgers on offer all with beef burgers unless stated otherwise – for example the Italian featuring pesto mayo, the Majorero featuring goats cheese and garlic mayo, and the Cowboy which has BBQ sauce, corn, and loads of cheese. There’s even a Bolognese burger based around the classic Spaghetti Bolognese dish which sounds amazing! If you’re not into beef burgers you can also order the Chicken Burger, Fish Burger, or Veggie Burger, and meat in all burgers can be changed to goat for a small extra cost.

Hamburguesa Que Te Cagas, Corralejo, Fuerteventura - fries with garlic mayo
Homemade fries and garlic mayo is a winning combination in my eyes

To go alongside the burgers you can order from a choice of sides (though you may not need them given how much burger is actually on your plate). We always order the fries, which are seriously good and I love how they come out in a little wire basket. There’s a whole host of different sauces for dipping uch as ketchup, mayo, BBQ sauce, and more, and I strongly recommend the garlic mayo to go with them. They also offer a good variety of drinks, though I find generally a cold lager works best with this type of meal.

The Extras

Besides the giant burgers, the main other pull to Hamburguesa Que Te Cagas is the front row seats to the Music Square entertainment, which plays every night in the evenings. Usually the entertainment will feature a local band (of which we’ve never heard a bad one) – most play covers but sometimes you’ll hear some original songs as well. Half-time acts sometimes come on too, and our favourite so far has been the African fire dancers – not what we were expecting but great entertainment alongside your food!

Hamburguesa Que Te Cagas, Corralejo, Fuerteventura - Music Square entertainment
One of the local bands we watched while we were there, who performed some seriously good covers

It’s also worth noting that Hamburguesa Que Te Cagas offer a takeaway service as well, so if you’re not feeling up to going out you can order straight to your apartment or villa. This isn’t a service we have tried yet but I imagine we will do at some point!

While I think it’s important to try out local specialities when you visit a new country, Hamburguesa Que Te Cagas is a restaurant I just have to recommend as it’s so novelty and a great dining experience with customer service that has never failed us. If you like a bit of challenge with your food then this is one place you must visit!

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Nomad Beach Bar & Restaurant, Diani Beach | Authentic Swahili Cuisine On Kenya’s Best Beach

Diani Beach is one of my favourite places in Kenya – it’s beautiful, borderline tropical, and there’s also some great options for food and drink along the beach’s eleven mile stretch. For why you should visit Diani Beach check out this post, otherwise read on to find out why Nomad Beach Bar & Restaurant should be your first stop for food.

I’ve visited Nomad Beach Bar & Restaurant twice over two separate visits to Kenya, and it’s definitely a restaurant I’ll be going back to (and taking my whole family with me). Situated on the front of the beach, accessible from Diani Beach Road and close to many nearby resorts, Nomad is right at the heart of the experience with loads of other great things going on nearby.

The Vibe

Nomad Beach Bar & Restaurant, Diani Beach, Kenya - Outside Seating On The Beach
The outdoor seating area of Nomad Beach Bar & Restaurant will immediately entice you in

I fell in love with the decor before we’d even been inside the place – gorgeous colourful patterns adorn the outside seating, which are so comfy to sit on that’s easy to lose yourself there for a good few hours. Inside there’s quite a romantic ambience, with wooden furniture and warm lighting. The main building is nice to sit in when it gets dark and it’s got tables well equipped for large group numbers, but I’d always recommend sitting outside at any time so you can take in those wonderful beach views as you watch the watersports fanatics directly in front of you, and the hoards of small red crabs scuttling across the surface of the beach when it gets closer to the evening. There’s also a fun outside area for kids (or adults!) where you can play giant Connect Four and other games.

The Food

Nomad Beach Bar & Restaurant, Diani Beach, Kenya - Fish Curry
An example of one of the fish curry dishes served as a main meal

The first time I visited was with quite a large group during the evening – we sat outside to watch the sun set and then moved indoors for our main feast. It was my first time visiting Kenya and I really wanted to experience the great range of food the country has to offer so I went for a grilled vegetable platter served with different sauces for the starter, and the much recommended herby red snapper fillet for my main, which was served with fresh vegetables and Hollandaise sauce. I’m not lying when I say it was out of this world – one of the most beautiful fish dishes I’ve eaten and you could tell that it was freshly caught. The vegetables were so full of flavour and it far outdid anything I’d be able to find back in England. I didn’t have room for dessert but of course had a couple of bottles of Tusker, Kenya’s famous lager, and the meal came to around £20 for food which isn’t bad considering the quality. Service was quick even with around twenty of us ordering and the staff were very friendly.

Nomad Beach Bar & Restaurant, Diani Beach, Kenya - Takeaway Pizza
Nomad offers a variety of different pizzas, all freshly cooked while you wait and with eating in and takeaway options

The second time I visited we decided to try out their takeaway pizza options. Nomad offers thirteen different pizza types from small all the way up to a metre in diameter! We went for a large Pizza Nomad, the restaurant’s speciality, between three of us which included mozzarella, tomato sauce, prosciutto, parmesan, and fresh rucola leaves – it was more than enough for a lunch meal. Whilst we were waiting for the pizza we hung around outside so we could watch it being made and cooked at the back, which really didn’t take long at all. Again, it far exceeded many others pizzas I’ve eaten previously, with strong flavours despite its simplicity and perfectly cooked dough.

As well as these options Nomad offers many other dishes such as salads, soups, steak, and curries. Much of the food is based around Swahili cuisine so you’ll see a lot of coconut, fish, and local produce. They even have a Japanese section on their menu which includes sashimi and other delicacies – I didn’t try anything from there but the selection sounds great.

The Extras

Nomad Beach Bar & Restaurant, Diani Beach, Kenya - Inside Seating
The restaurant interior is well lit with a relaxed atmosphere

Even if you don’t feel hungry Nomad is still a lovely place to visit, offering a wide range of alcoholic and non-alcoholic drinks and occasionally hosting wine-tasting events in their wine cellar. There’s often musical entertainment from local bands and they also host private events if you’ve got something to celebrate. Once you’re sufficiently watered you can visit their beachside boutique where you can buy clothes, jewellery, decor, and more, or check out their watersports centre next door.

There are lots of options for food and drink when visiting Diani Beach in Kenya but Nomad Beach Bar & Restaurant is by far the most diverse. If you’re looking for an authentic Kenyan food experience that won’t take you off the beach then it’s certainly worth a visit.

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***All photos used from Nomad’s website due to lack of photography on my end – didn’t take a camera with me both times, oops! I tried to choose photos that most replicated my experiences with Nomad.***

Fuerteventura Grand Tour – The Best Way To Experience The Island

The island of Fuerteventura has so much to offer such as rolling volcanic landscapes, stunning white and black sand beaches, and vibrant and rich culture and history. What better way to experience it than through a tour of the island?

Fuerteventura Grand Tour Title Image

We made the decision to do the Fuerteventura Grand Tour on our third time visiting Fuerteventura – we knew our way around Corralejo by that point and wanted to see what else the island had to offer. The Grand Tour was perfect for us – we don’t drive, so it gave us access to some difficult places to reach in Fuerteventura, and it meant we didn’t have to research the places to go beforehand.

The trip itself picks up day trippers from Jandia, Costa Calma, Corralejo, and Caleta De Fuste and includes a professional guide, an air-conditioned bus (much needed on the day we went – a sweltering 36 degrees celsius!), and free entry to each of the museums. Lunch isn’t included, however there are plenty of restaurants and cafés to visit in each of the locations or you can just take a picnic with you. It’s a full day, with pick-up at 7.30am at the earliest, so be prepared to be tired! You can also experience the trip in English, Spanish, or German depending on what day you do it.

Aloe vera fields from the Fuerteventura Grand Tour
The aloe vera fields (photo from Excursion Center)

The day starts with a visit to the Aloe Vera Museum in Tiscamanita, quite far out from any nearby towns. Aloe vera is to Canarians what tea is to the British… If you don’t have any in your house then there’s something wrong with you! It was very informative – not only did we get to try each of the products and discover how to prepare aloe straight from the plant but we also learnt loads about the different type of aloe vera and the range of health issues it can help with. I even received a free aloe vera shoulder massage! The products themselves were quite expensive so I didn’t buy any of them, however they were very high-quality products with a higher percentage of aloe than any others I’d seen in Corralejo so most likely worth the price.

The main church in Pajara from the Fuerteventura Grand Tour
Church Of Nuestra Senora de la Regla (photo from 123RF.com)

We then headed off to the first of three towns – Pajara, which is a traditional and quaint village situated on the West of the island near Ajuy. It’s very different from Corralejo, Morro Jable, and the other resorts as it’s focused much more towards the locals than the tourists, so it was lovely to see this side of Fuerteventura. I was particularly wowed by the Church of Nuestra Señora de la Regla, a small but beautiful church that you can freely explore.

The second town we visited was the island’s old capital of Betancuria. It’s nestled 800m above sea level in the mountains and the trip up there is certainly an interesting one… Lots of thin, winding ascents which can feel a bit scary when in a coach! The tour drivers are brilliant though, and there wasn’t one part where I felt genuinely unsafe. Betancuria was absolutely lovely – again very quaint, with cobblestone streets and colourful flowers lining the buildings which really stood out against the white walls. I would have liked to have spent more time here, so we made a mental note to visit again at some point.

Betancuria and it's sign from the Fuerteventura Grand Tour
The sign of Betancuria (photo from Excursion Center)

The coach stayed up in the mountains for most of the afternoon, and the tour guide gave us a brilliant explanation of the history of Fuerteventura, from why Betancuria is no longer the capital to how the towns and villages were formed in the first place. We then went onto visit a local goat farm – goats are quite important in Fuerteventura as they provide lots of meat and dairy products (goats’ cheese is big over there) so we got to see the goats being milked and meet a variety of other animals on the farm. My favourite part of the farm was the farm shop, which had such a great variety of Canarian products! We bought some locally made mojo sauce and cactus jam, and we also got to sample the goat’s cheese that was for sale.

Lots of goats at the goat farm during the Fuerteventura Grand Tour
Goats!

The last stop on the tour was El Cotillo, a beautiful village on the coast. By this point I was knackered so we didn’t explore as much as we would have liked, instead going for a relaxing coffee out of the sun. We were back home early evening, giving us time to go out for dinner and enjoy ourselves, but in all honesty we didn’t last long and ended up falling asleep pretty quickly!

I really enjoyed myself on the Fuerteventura Grand Tour – it gave me a really good understanding of the history of the island and we got to see some beautiful locations that could be easily missed otherwise. It’s the sort of tour I’d go on a second time as it’s just so convenient and there’s a lot to love. I wholeheartedly recommend this tour if you do visit Fuerteventura – we booked ours through Excursion Center and they were brilliant as well.

If you’ve travelled to Fuerteventura before, where was your favourite location? Let me know in the comments! Also don’t forget to like and pin! You can read my other Fuerteventura excursion reviews here:

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Mount Kenya

Mount Kenya is the first mountain I ever trekked (though it won’t be the last!) and so will always have a special place in my heart. Although an exhausting experience, it’s one I’m so glad that I took part in for a multitude of different reasons.

Title image of Mount Kenya

Mount Kenya, quite obviously, is situated in Kenya, with a total height of 5199m. The trek I did was part of a school trip I lead to the country in August 2018, so we were accompanied up the mountain by Camps International and Rift Valley Adventures. The support we received from both was excellent, so I’m sure there’ll be a couple of more in-depth posts about what each organisation offers!

Mount Kenya actually has three summit goals because the highest summit, the Batian Peak, is only accessible via climbing ropes. As we were a school trip of mostly inexperienced trekkers this wasn’t viable, so our goal was to reach the third summit, Point Lenana, which is 4985m above sea level. Prior to getting there we’d planned our route and gone over the safety aspects of the trek – there’s actually loads of different routes you can do, each offering something slightly different. To complete the trek you’ll need all the usual trekking safety gear, and as the final part of the trek is done in darkness equipment such as head torches is vital. It’s also important to remember that whilst Kenya has a hot climate, Mount Kenya is absolutely freezing as you go up, so appropriate clothing is essential.

Cactus plants on Mount Kenya
One example of the interesting native plants in the area – many of these we walked past were fluffy

One think I have to say is that Mount Kenya is absolutely stunning, with incredible views and amazing wildlife. There were many times where we just stopped and took in our surroundings, from miles of cactus-littered valleys to steep rocky ascents masked by rolling cloud. I’m still not over the scenery!

On the first day we trekked up to Old Moses Camp which was a fairly easy walk, considering – mostly surfaced road at a steady incline. Rift Valley Adventures hire local porters to assist with bags and equipment, so by paying our allocated porter a $50 tip (on top of their wage for their job) we were able carry just our day bags and have less to worry about. The porters were really friendly and I got speaking to some of them who told me about how they would often do the entire mountain in just 11 hours!

I’d say the first day is the least exciting of the trek due to it being a road, however it is surrounded by large trees and it’s possible to see some interesting wildlife. We got to witness a whole community of baboons (including babies) on our way up, and even though we didn’t see any elephants, the evidence of their tusks scraped against the soil overhangs was there to see. When we arrived at the first camp we had a little bit of time before dark so got to explore the surrounding hills and views, and then the rest of the time was focused on getting fed and falling asleep (sadly this didn’t happen too quickly due to loud trekkers nearby, but we got enough sleep to get by).

The second day was the most difficult one as we had to cover around 14km and the terrain only kept getting harsher. For the extra effort we were rewarded with amazing vistas and beautiful stop points such as many clear streams where we were able to collect water. The moment that will always stand out to me was the hardest bit – we were starting to flag as the altitude effects became apparent and a thick, heavy cloud rolled in from nowhere, obscuring our views ahead. I remember walking up that incline being able to see nothing but fog, and it felt endless. At times it felt futile, but Camps International and Rift Valley kept us motivated and made sure we were looking after ourselves.

The goal at the end of the second day was to reach Shipton’s Camp, which is 4200m above sea level and situated in the most beautiful basin – surrounded by rocky peaks (some of which were coated in snow when we got there). The place is a good test of whether it’s viable to continue, as if you feel unwell there then you’re unlikely to get any better unless you go back down. We camped at the place but they also offer hostel beds, plus a large dining area where basic yet highly needed food is served. It was here I learnt about arrowroot, a starchy vegetable that’s not particularly flavoursome but is perfect for giving you the energy you need up in the mountains. You might not enjoy it but I recommend eating it when up there, and taking advantage of the sweet teas that are on offer to shake off the mountain side effects.

Shiptons Camp sign high up on Mount Kenya
Shiptons Camp – I’ve never been so glad to see a sign in my life!

The third day we did a practice trek around the area to get used to the altitude, and then the final part of the ascent took place very early the next morning, starting at around 2am. The goal is to reach Pt. Lenana just before sunrise so you can witness the sun appearing over the horizon from atop the mountain. I’ll admit that I was terrified at this point – it was pitch black, the ground was purely scree with only a few large rocks to hold onto, and the altitude was causing my lungs to feel like they were being repeatedly stabbed with a large nail. We kept as a tight group and the Rift Valley team were there immediately when support was needed.

I’d love to be able to tell you firsthand how beautiful it was once we reached the summit, however sadly I only have photos from the rest of the team as I wasn’t able to quite make it up there! About 100m from the end a couple of our students fell sick and could no further, so I accompanied them down with one of the porters. I was gutted to not be able to reach the top, but grateful of how Rift Valley dealt with the situation. We descended the mountain via a different route as it was much quicker to get back down… Mainly because you slid! The porter took our hands and helped us to run down the scree and a strange sort of gravelly landslide – it was a truly bizarre experience with giant rocks passing us as we descended but it was here where I learnt the most about mountain trekking and gained a confidence that I hadn’t been able to reach so far. That porter alone helped me to lose my nervous steps and shaky hands, and I finally felt comfortable. Our alternative route took us past a serene mountain lake and we were also still able to see the sunrise… I can confirm that it was a beautiful sight that made all the pains of the trek worth it.

After some rest it was time to make our way back down to the entrance – this part was a bit of a blur really as all we wanted to do was get back to the van. We were knackered from trekking, ill from altitude, and sweaty from not being able to change our clothes for so long. But getting back to the entrance meant it didn’t matter, as we’d done it! I’ve never felt such achievement for something, and looking back I still can’t quite believe that I, the fragile and clumsy girl with no physical ability whatsoever, managed to do it.

Our final photo after descending Mount Kenya, taken by the sign at the entrance of the national park
We did it! Four days of my life I’ll never forget

The whole experience, though tough, was incredible and I’d do it again in a heartbeat. I have to anyway, as I’ve got to reach that summit! Both Camps and Rift Valley were amazing with the support they offered, and I was truly struck by the porters who I would certainly use again. Given that it was my first mountain (I haven’t even done any British ones!) I’d recommend Mount Kenya as a brilliant international mountain to trek for beginners who want a challenge, and would thoroughly recommend having Rift Valley Adventures by your side for it.

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Diani Beach, Kenya

(All photos taken by Adam Smith and Tim Wright as I dropped my phone on the second day!)

Oasis Dunas

Fuerteventura is a hot tourist destination with loads of great accommodation options, whatever you are looking for. I recently stayed at Oasis Dunas in Corralejo for the first time – here’s what I thought!

Pool at Oasis Dunas in Corralejo, Fuerteventura
(Title image from Tui)

If you’ve ever been holiday hunting online in Corralejo/Fuerteventura then you’ll most likely have heard of Oasis Dunas already – it’s one of the bigger resorts in the town, and is well known for its affordable prices and vast selection of amenities. It’s very central to Corralejo, located in between the main strip and the water park, which makes it easy to access and great if you want to get out and explore. It’s also right next to the bus stop for Oasis Park so easy to fit a zoo trip in during your holiday!

The outside building of Oasis Dunas, Corralejo, Fuerteventura
The complex from the outside – I loved the succulent/cactus theme (photo from Hotelopia)

Like many others we were initially attracted to Oasis Dunas because of the cost, which really was a good price. Fuerteventura is typically very cheap to get to and holiday in, but accommodation such as Oasis Dunas make it even more affordable. The place offers apartments (either ground floor or first floor) which are basic but do the job, and surrounding these apartments are a variety of different activities to keep you entertained, from several pools (including a saltwater pool – lush!) and a couple of bars to a variety of nightly entertainment.

We were allocated a ground floor apartment near the back of the complex, which was nice as it was so quiet. As we didn’t have the balcony option we had a terrace area instead, where we spent many a morning and evening lounging in front of the sun. We opted for a two bed, one bath apartment as we were visiting with the in-laws, and found it to be spacious enough for all four of us. We generally get out and about as much as possible on holiday so don’t spend too much time at our lodging, but there’s plenty of different spaces to relax should you need some peace and quiet.

The main feature of the complex is the wealth of swimming access, with three large pools that everyone can use. The one we used the most had quite a gradual slope which was nice, ranging from shallow to deep enough that you can’t touch the floor and can swim quite easily. One of the pools contains several big slides which is great for kids, and there’s also a climbing frame a little way away from the pool which adds more fun for children.

The slides in the children's pool at Oasis Dunas, Corralejo, Fuerteventura
The best pool I’ve come across by far for children (photo from Tui)

I enjoyed both of the bars that we visited, my favourite being the one by the pool. There wasn’t quite as much personality as I’ve found in other apartment complexes (we usually get to know the bartenders quite well) but I put this down to it being a much larger resort. We decided to go fully self-catering but there are dining options for those that want less fuss when it comes to dinner, and the place was always packed which must be good! I wasn’t a fan of the nightly entertainment, which ranged from karaoke to on-stage competitions, but then this isn’t really my thing so I’m probably not the best person to comment on it.It was very geared towards children so it was nice at least to see so many kids having fun well into the evening. If you want easy sleep I’d recommend asking for an apartment near the back – we couldn’t really hear it from where we were but I imagine the music would get annoying for those nearer the front!

The pool bar at Oasis Dunas, Corralejo, Fuerteventura
The poolside bar where we spent perhaps too much time! (photo from TripAdvisor)

Generally the place was amicable and we had a good stay there, despite it being different to our usual selection. Housekeeping was done regularly and we never had any issues, and staff were friendly and happy to help. While I wouldn’t recommend it so much for those that want a quiet, adult holiday, Oasis Dunas is the perfect place to take kids and gives you that much needed entertainment for them after a busy day exploring the island.



Diani Beach – Kenya

When you’re visiting the beach you generally want long stretches of sand, clear blue waters, and balmy temperatures. What better place to get all of that than Diana Beach in Kenya?

Gorgeous white sands wasn’t the first thing that came to mind when I looked into visiting Kenya – we tend to think first of its expansive safari parks and crowded cities. Diani Beach is well known though, being Africa’s leading beach destination since 2015, and at 11 miles long it’s got plenty of space to relax. The nearest airport is Ukunda (the smallest airport I’ve ever been in my life) which you can fly to from Nairobi.

Camels walking across Diani Beach in Kenya
Camel rides are on offer at Diani Beach, as well as other things

Setting foot on the sand for the first time I noticed how different it is to other sand I’ve walked across before – it’s so powdery and soft, almost like walking across icing sugar. In the evening when the beach is clear you can witness small red crabs scurrying across it in hordes – we tried chasing them but they were too fast to get a photo of! It was a lovely site though, and a great thing to watch while you’re eating dinner or lounging on the sand.

As well as swimming Diani Beach is a very popular location for water sports, with plenty to do out there. We saw wind surfers, jet skiers, and kite surfers, and the area is also great for snorkelling, SUP, and sky diving. You can rent and buy equipment down there at the main water sports shop and instructors are also available for lessons.

View of the ocean at Diani Beach in Kenya
Do you really need anything more than this?

My favourite thing to do whilst there was swim, with the waters so blue and clear. You can see everything within the water which is magical, and due to the equator’s temperatures it’s warm from the moment you first dip your toe in. The sea can be quite rough at times with a strong backwash, so be especially careful if you aren’t a strong swimmer as the undercurrent is quite powerful at points and I definitely noticed it on some days.

For those who want something a little bit more relaxing than thrashing about in the ocean, Diani Beach offers much more in the way of entertainment. Dotted along the beach are a variety of shops where clothes, accessories, and decor can be bought for very reasonable prices. There are plenty of bars for drinks and snacks, and also some wonderful restaurants. My favourite restaurant is one that I have been to twice – Nomad Beach Bar & Restaurant – and I would totally recommend the Red Snapper for a sit in meal or one of their beautiful pizzas, which can be takeaway if you want and are up to a metre in diameter!

Me walking across the sands of Diani Beach in Kenya
This definitely won’t be the last photo taken of me at Diani Beach

Although generally the vibe of Diani Beach is lovely there is one thing to watch out for… The beach boys (sadly I’m not referring to the band). Well-travelled people will most likely have encountered a similar experience in different countries but it’s always good to be aware of where they are. Beach boys will generally hang around and approach tourists trying to sell their wares – they are quite persuasive and don’t take your first few rejections as an answer so they have to be persistent. One even tried to trade his product for the clothes I was wearing when I said I didn’t have any money! They’ll stop hassling you after a while and guards are present to keep them from exhibiting too much harassment but it’s worth noting that you should never take a product from them when they try to show – as soon as you touch it they will claim you owe them money for it and they are much harder to get rid of. The best thing to do is to walk past them without acknowledging them and then generally they will leave you alone.

Aside from that Diani Beach has to be one of the best beaches I’ve ever visited – the scenery is stunning, the food is amazing, and it’s the perfect place to unwind and relax in the African sun. If you’re visiting Kenya at any point then Diani Beach is a must-visit location!

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***All photos taken by Adam Smith and Tim Wright as sadly I’d dropped my phone on Mt. Kenya and rendered the camera useless, oops***

Isla de Lobos – Fuerteventura

Fuerteventura is a beautiful place within itself, but it also contains another stunning island just a short boat ride away. Isla de Lobos, one of the smallest of the Canary Islands, is a protected national park and excursion location that can’t be missed if you’re in the area and is so easy to access if you’re staying in Corralejo. Its name is translated as ‘Island of Seals’, a species that used to be abundant in the area (until us humans came along and ate them all, of course).

Title image of Isla de Lobos against photo of Lobos from Corralejo in Fuerteventura

There are several different ways of travelling to Isla de Lobos depending on what you want from your trip, and all involve a boat trip. All options go every hour, and tickets can be purchased from Corralejo harbour either before or on the morning of your trip. You can either go on a normal, two-level boat, a glass-bottomed boat (which costs slightly more) or my all-time favourite option, the Water Taxi.

View of Isla de Lobos, Corralejo, Fuerteventura, showing hills and lake
Isla de Lobos from above

The Water Taxi is essentially a brightly coloured speed boat with chairs and a seating area on the floor – it’s a slightly more thrilling method than the other boats but totally worth it if you enjoy the wind in your hair and the waves passing by at speed! Despite how fast they are they are relatively safe and certainly a great experience, although I’d advise to choose the glass-bottomed boat if you are less of a thrill-seeker and more of an animal-observer! You can see fish, rays, and other marine creatures so it’s also a really good option.

Despite its small land mass there’s quite a lot to see on Isla de Lobos. Two great points of interest near to the boat drop-off point are the village where people live on the island (without electricity!), and the beautiful lagoon and beach area. Don’t make the mistake we did of following the ‘Laguna’ sign to reach it, as it turns out that it doesn’t even mean ‘lagoon’ and is actually in the opposite direction!

Image of one of the houses on the island of Isla de Lobos (Corralejo, Fuerteventura), with an upturned boat in front
One of a few houses on the island

If you fancy food while you’re there, you can pre-order it with the local restaurant when you buy your tickets. The only option is Paella, but it’s said to be absolutely wonderful and worth including in your trip. If not, then it’s advisable to bring a picnic-style lunch with you are there are no shops or resources on the island apart from one vending machine with limited drinks.

For those that enjoy a bit of a trek you can find some other points of interest further afield – the Montaña La Caldera which proves to be an exciting ascent, and you’ll be reminded very quickly why Fuerteventura is known as “the windy isle”! On the opposite side of the island you can visit the Punta Martiño Lighthouse, with stunning views and treacherous rocks and waves surrounding it. If you go the right way you may also come across an abandoned village, the salt flats, and an oasis-like clearing of agave plants, but due to the many walking routes it’s taken us a few trips to discover it all!

The Montaña La Caldera on Isla de Lobos, Corralejo, Fuerteventura
The Montaña La Caldera which is deceivingly big (don’t attempt in flipflops like I did)

There are a few things to be cautious of when visiting Isla de Lobos, namely the timings of the trip. If you are planning of walking to the further away points of interest then I’d recommend going earlier in the morning to remove any time pressures – the distance between the drop-off point and the lighthouse is quite far considering it’s on the other side of the island but can take quite a while if it is particularly hot. As the temperatures can soar in the afternoon it’s advisable to take lots of water with you, and a hat or headscarf is a must as there isn’t really any shade to be found except in the visitor centre right at the start. As mentioned food is also vital (and I’d always recommend TUC biscuits and the local lizards seem to love them!).

One thing to also take note of – the final boat ride home at 4pm is very final. If you’re late then no one will come looking for you and you’ll end up stuck on the island, which could be a very long night! Make sure to arrive back at the drop-off point in good time as it’s better to be safe than sorry.

Closed footpath at Isla de Lobos, Corralejo, Fuerteventura
Isla de Lobos has loads of sights and footpaths to offer (just not this one)

Isla de Lobos is a place that I’ve visited four times already and I know I’ll go again countless times more – it’s a unique excursion on the island and offers some interesting and unusual experiences. Even if you’re not into long walks and boat rides it’s still worth it just to swim in the still waters of the lagoon, which is without a doubt one of my favourite places to visit during my Fuerteventura holidays.

If you’re interested in going further afield than Isla de Lobos during your Fuerteventura stay, then please also check out my review of the Lanzarote Grand Tour. Remember to like and comment if you enjoyed my review!

Fuerteventura – Lanzarote Grand Tour & Timanfaya

There’s loads of different excursions to do in Fuerteventura depending on which side of the island you stay at, but if you’re to the north either in or near to Corralejo then there’s one particular excursion I recommend every try, which is the Lanzarote Grand Tour, featuring Mt. Timanfaya.

Title image of Lanzarote Grand Tour with volcanoes in the background from Timanfaya National Park

We purchased it from the Excursion centre on the Corralejo main strip by Burger King, although other tour operators offer it as well. The trip lasts a whole day and is a bit more expensive than the others (we paid around €75 each when we went in October 2018), but for what you get I’d say it’s one of the more cost effective trips, featuring volcanoes, food, and loads of information. We’d already been on the smaller Lanzarote tour a few years back so wanted to see a bit more of the island this time.

Sunrise over Isla de Lobos, taken from the ferry on the way to Timanfaya and Lanzarote
Sunrise over Isla de Lobos, taken from the ferry

The trip starts very early in the morning from Corrajelo, where you get the ferry over to Playa Blanca in Lanzarote. From here the coach tour begins, taking you first to El Golfo, a quaint fishing village to the west of Lanzarote. Here offers some beautiful views, as well as the chance to buy locally made jewellery and small bottles of olivine, also known as peridot. There was also a café and gift shop, however we were so preoccupied by the view that we didn’t get a chance to check them out! The stop was quite short so I would have liked more time to explore the place, however it’s understandable given that the operators have crammed so much into one day.

View of the sea at El Golfo, with boats on the shore
The ocean view at El Golfo

Along the way we also stopped at a nearby café where we got to buy breakfast. They sold a variety of pastries and rolls, and I also tried out a traditional nocciolino coffee with hazelnut flavours, which quickly became my favourite type of coffee. This was a lovely way to gather our thoughts for the day, and then we began the journey up to Mt. Timanfaya. Whilst the coach is driving round the island the tour operator gives information about everything that is passed, and it’s really quite interesting. Over the course of the day I learnt about Lanzarote, from its geography and formation to the history of society on the island and notable events from the past. The tour guides provide the tour in English, Spanish, and German, and often they are combined so you choose whichever language you want (our tour was specifically English and German).

Once we got to the base of Mt. Timanfaya, within Timanfaya National Park, we were given a nice surprise option, as it was a day when the camel rides were on offer. This option is only available on certain days so definitely check with the operators if it’s something you really want to do, and unfortunately it’s only available if enough people on the coach want to do it. This could have led to some disappointment (mainly for me) but eventually we managed to persuade enough people to take part. The ride was fairly short but lovely in the sun and presented us with some interesting views of the volcanoes, plus a very different experience to what we had expected. The camels seemed to be looked after okay, although some were aggressive when approached (however they were muzzled so they couldn’t bite).

A camel from a camel ride train at Timanfaya National Park
Our camel, who had just tried to eat my hair after I attempted to get a selfie with her – don’t try this!

And now onto the Timanfaya volcano, most likely the main reason why people do the tour. I’d already done it once before, but it was still just as fantastic – the coach tours takes you round winding and ascending roads so you get to see the whole layout, with an information-packed audio playing throughout which describes how the volcanoes formed and caused Lanzarote to exist. It taught me a lot about their formation, and really put into perspective how scary it must be to witness such a thing. The music part of the audio was really bizarre though – the dramatic drums and string crescendos made us feel like we were in some sort of sci-fi film! Although the majority of the tour is vehicle-based, we were dropped off at the top afterwards and were able to witness some volcanic demonstrations from the rangers, as well as visit the restaurant and purchase more souvenirs from the gift shop.

View of volcanoes in Lanzarote from Mt. Timanfaya
One of many volcanic vistas from atop Mt. Timanfaya

After the volcano tour we were understandably quite hungry, so next stop was a restaurant in the middle of the area that served traditional Canarian food in a buffet style. There were dishes for everyone so no one went hungry, and the food was served with water and wine. Once we’d eaten we had the opportunity to test out samples of wine grown on the premises – one quite dry, and the other more of a dessert wine. If you want to you can buy wine from here, or other gifts. This stop felt less pressured as we had more time, and it was a nice way to chill in the middle of such a long day.

We then travelled for quite some time, heading gradually north, until we came to a café almost in the clouds. The views were beautiful here, showing the rocky valleys leading towards the oceans. This was another very quick stop but I managed to try out a traditional alcoholic drink while I was there – Canarian honey rum topped with cream. It’s said to be an aphrodisiac – I didn’t quite get that from it but it did make me very tired!

Hannah drinking honey rum and cream at a restaurant in Lanzarote
Me drinking my rum and cream, which might be why I was so sleepy afterwards!

The final stop was actually the most impressive of all, and woke me right back up out of my rum-induced slumber. Jameos Del Agua is situated far north of Lanzarote, and is an underground volcanic lava tube caused by the lava at the top of the flow hardening to create a sort of tunnel. The place was so beautiful that I don’t think my words can do it the justice it deserves – I was left speechless by how incredible it was to visit something like this (something which I didn’t even know existed). Thanks to eternally loved local artist César Manrique the lava tube is nowa fully visitable site, and features a restaurant, decorative pool, and even a 600 seat auditorium within the tube which gave the best acoustics I’d ever heard – I could have quite happily sat there all day listening to the Canarian guitar band on the stage. We didn’t get to eat at the restaurant as we weren’t there long enough, but I know we’ll be going back there for sure, as I can’t think of a more beautiful spot for a romantic dinner for two. The lava tube also had a lake deep within, which featured a rare type of albino crab which could only be viewed terrestrially from that specific location – pretty cool, right?!

Inside the volcanic lava tube of Jameos Del Agua in Lanzarote
Inside the volcanic lava tube

I was knackered by the end of tour but so sad that it had to come to end, and it was certainly the highlight of my trip to the Canaries. I’d thoroughly recommend that anyone undertake this tour if they’re in the area, but make sure to spend a bit more to get the Grand Tour option as being able to visit the Jameos Del Agua is so worth it. Overall it was an incredible experience with amazings sights, great food, and both lovely and informative tour guides, and is certainly a trip I will never forget.

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