Lanzarote Trip 2017
On Sunday 22nd October, 39 eager Redhill pupils and 4 excited Redhill staff- Miss Butler (trip organiser), Mrs Amos, Mr Bishop & Mr Roach began on the long journey to the Canary Island of Lanzarote. With two hours of travelling down to Gatwick (in the early hours of the morning!) and four hours on a plane; we were all glad to safely make it to the tropical island renowned for its beautiful volcanic landscape.
After arriving at our hotel, the Blue Sea Costa Teguise Gardens, we unpacked and set out on our first trip on a Submarine Safari underwater voyage where we dived beneath the crystal blue waters of the Atlantic Ocean. Here, we were able to see some of Lanzarote’s captivating wild life and learn about the different species found hidden amongst the rocks. It was an incredible experience, thoroughly enjoyed by everyone on the trip.
The following morning, pupils and staff set out on our first excursion visiting the North of the island. Our tour guide, Nelly, who looked after us for two days in Lanzarote, took us to see the stunning views of Mirador del Rio, Lazarote’s highest point, the phenomenal lava tunnel of Jameos del Agua, the Casa de los Volcanoes, the beautifully sculpted caves of Cueva de los Verdes and finally Lanzaloe, one of Lanzarote’s soothing aloe vera farms. After a jam-packed day, we ended the evening relaxing by the hotel pool and getting a well earned nights rest.
On our third day, we travelled down away from the sweltering heat of the North and began our day amongst the vast black landscape of El Golfo and continued on to the Timanfaya National Park where we took part in a 20 minute camel ride, one of the outstanding highlights on the trip followed by a meal at El Diablo Restaurant cooked by the heat of the volcano. Later on in the day, we visited Los Hervideros, Haria, a green oasis of Lanzarote fondly known as the ‘Valley of a Thousand Palms’, Salinas de Janubios and Yaiza, a quaint Spanish village winning the coveted title of prettiest village in Spain.
Day 4, consisted of Aquapark Costa Teguise where we able to spend the majority of the day in the pool. Of course, Mr Bishop got stuck in and got to relive his childhood days repeatedly speeding down slides (fully regretting it the next day! ) to which he was appointed the title BISHOP the BULLET.
Sadly, Friday was our last day which we spent at Rancho Texas Park. Here myself and the other pupils got to watch the animals in action and were lucky enough to have our pictures taken with the Sea Lions and parrots (a firm favourite of Mr Roach’s). The day ended on a high and as we left on our journey back to UK the pupils and staff couldn’t help but feel sad to leave. We had an absolutely amazing time and were left in awe after experiencing a week full of spectacular sights.
After 18 months of planning, and continuous phone calls back and forth to the travel company, a big thank you to Miss Butler for organising an unforgettable holiday and to the rest of the staff for getting us all back in one piece. Well done!!
Written by Imogen Williams, Year 9 Pupil
Please take a look at some photos from the trip below!