The true face of Lanzarote is to be found outside the main centres; in the lava fields and volcanoes that created them, in the picon covered gardens and vineyards that somehow defy the desert conditions, and in anything to do with Cesar Manrique, the artist whose guiding hand influenced the development of the island. His legacy is to be found in the low rise architecture, white walls and green windows that define the properties. In the design of many of the tourist centres and public monuments and in his own art which draws heavily on the life of the
Island. This photo shows the south end of La geria looking towards Uga. Amazingly, each vine has its own microclimate protected from the wind by low walls of volcanic rocks.The smoke is from the burning of the vine prunings. Of the many Bodegas along this road, perhaps El Grifo is the best. It has a wonderful range of wines based mainly on the Malvasia grape, the workhorse for Lanzarote white wines as well as being one of the classic varieties in Madeira.