Its Tapas Time

It’s Tapas Time

My  family and friends have nicknamed me El Greedo. I cant help it that when I am in Spain or the Canaries I can’t resist just trying out the local tapas bars even between meals. There’s something about these small tasty snacks that can tempt me to spend more than if I had gone for a full blown meal.

This winter has been a very busy time for the resorts in the Canaries. Of course mainland Europe can be a bit cold for shedding our clothes in the winter. Although I have had reports of some odd sunny  days in Spain if you get in a sheltered spot the weather is not guaranteed till later on in spring.

The excellent resort of Eagle Peak run by Peter Pledger is doing exceptionally well and is getting many repeat bookings. Also the Skinny Dippers resort on Majorca is attracting many repeat customers run by Grant and Jordi.

The Vera Playa Hotel and the self catering complexes of Bahia Vera and Vera Natura are old time favourites in Vera Playa the resort that would like to be Agde but on a smaller scale.

I have just got back from a “Busmans Naturist Holiday” visiting our Fuerteventura and Lanzarote resorts. Arriving on the island of Fuerteventura we picked up the hire car and headed south to the great naturist resort of Monte Marina and the Hotel Marina Playa. After saying our hellos to Susanne Duffner and her mother and father who own this splendid place it was off to the fantastic cliff top restaurant for our late evening meal. We stayed in the hotel rooms this time which had amazing sea views over the Playa Esquinzo beach. The Monte Marina nude side of the resort now has a great new sauna for the guests use.  Breakfast the next morning was taken again on the restaurant terrace with the beautiful ocean view and beach below.

Our next port of call was the tranquil El Cotillo fishing village on the north west coast. This village is famous for the beautiful blue water lagoons and white sand beaches. We were staying in the Cotillo Sunset apartments that are directly on one of the lagoon beaches and are blessed not only with a swimming pool but also a hot tub although for textile use only. The sunsets from the ocean facing apartment terraces are amazing .Opposite this complex is the La Concha beach and lagoon where the excellent beach bar/restaurant does a roaring trade. This beach tends to be a mixture of naturist and textiles but just a little further north towards the lighthouse the next lagoon tends to be fully naturist and when we were there I suppose there must have been at least 50 naked couples and families.

We set off for Corralejo which is about a twenty minute drive from Cotillo  to visit the “Gallery” which is a much sort after property for naturist wanting a private villa with pool yet only a few metres from the clothes optional “Flag Beach”. After lunch it was time to return the hire car and board the ferry to Playa Blanca on Lanzarote. When we arrived our second hire car was waiting for us for our 40 minute journey to Charco del Palo which is the village in the north east of the island. Charco is a village of around 500 properties that range from studios on complexes with pools to luxury private villas. One villa I visited had a lift inside that travelled through an amazing circular library from the ground floor indoor pool to the living accommodation on the upper floors. Other villas such as Villa Stropek and the two Casa Rondas are available for rent and have a dedicated client base who book year upon year. The ocean front apartments and bungalows at Charco are always in great demand. Sitting on the terrace you can often see dolphins leaping out of the water.

Our next stop off was the fabulous Famara beach where the wild seas are often crowded with surfers and kite surfers. It’s nice to be nude on the beach and have something interesting to watch while catching the rays. Famara has some very good seafood restaurants and bars overlooking the sea. El Risco restaurant which sounds a bit dodgy is named after the 2000 foot mountain range just behind the beach. The food is anything but risky and is freshly caught that day.

The villas and bungalows have separate terraces which are private enough for sunbathing.

After a visit to the Papagayo beaches it was time to catch the ferry back to Fuerteventura and back to the Rosario airport for our flight home.

Viva Espana

 

Steve Clarke


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