Mirador Del Rio is one of those tourist attractions that just happens to be 'there' and not one you go out of your way to find.
At least it was for us. When touring the northern landscape of Lanzarote, we spotted one of those brown signs which generally means ‘tourist zone’ or point of interest.
Tourist venues are quite thin on the ground in this area, and I was hoping for a creepy castle or at least an abandoned mansion house that had not been stepped in for 20 years.
It was not to be and so we had to settle for second best.
Not speaking a word of Spanish beside the usual pleasantries I had no idea what ‘Mirador Del Rio’ translated too, and so kept following the signs until we arrived at one of the most northerly sections of the island.
It was apparent on arrival that this was a spectacular view, and did not feature a castle or something more satisfying.
There was around 3 hours of daylight left and at least they didn’t charge us to park the car. In England they would, you better believe it!
The entrance was like some kind of mini-fortress which means one thing.
After the gnomish bloke in this window cubbyhole relieved me of 10 Euros, we walked inside to find a restaurant with an astonishing view of the northern island of La Graciosa.
Ditching the restaurant we walked outside and I took a few shots. It was like being on a plane, the viewpoint was so high.
I figured some excellent sunsets could be seen here, but they close before sundown, bummer!
There is a sturdy looking barrier to stop us from falling to our deaths.
After walking around for a while and visiting the upper section, which affords the same view only 30 feet higher we ended up back in the restaurant.
I would have settled for a coffee and a seat close to the edge but some bastard beat us to the only vacant one.
I would say there are better things to spend your cash on and despite the signpost directly outside telling people ‘no entry’, you always find a sub-section of the general population who have literary issues.
Yes, you can jump over the wall and enjoy the view for 'FREE' if you like, just like these non-conformists were doing.
If you do, then make sure you’re not the vertigo type, or foolish enough to get too close as slipping on those brittle and loose stones means you can forget being alive.
Those who have visited the Grand Canyon will know exactly what I mean.
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