Lanzarote has been developed for tourism in a way that favours the environment. Most of the buildings are white with green shutters and generally no more than two storeys high. This is largely due to the work of Cesar Manriques who campaigned in the 1980s and the early 1990s to ensure that his island did not fall into the hands of developers who had more of an eye for money than style and conservation.

Ruined structures

These pieces of derelict stonework are all that remains of the windmills in Playa Blanca that were used to pump the saltwater into pans for evaporation to leave the salt that was a major export from the island. Nowadays they have been replaced with modern desalination plants that turn sea water into fresh water. The island’s wells largely ran dry several years ago and treated sea water is now needed to keep up with the demands from the tourist industry. Typical Lanzorotean houses can be seen in the background.

The brown of the sandstone and the grey black of the lava are the main colours in the landscape and are reflected in the closer view of the stonework.

Stonework Playa Blanca

I sketched this boat whilst drinking tea in the Rubicon Marina in Playa Blanca. I was quite suprised when I looked closely at how high the masts were relative to the size of the boat.

Sailing boat in the Rubicon Marina, Playa Blanca

I included this last picture which is of the scrap paper that I used for testing the colours that I used for the washes. I was about to throw it away when I realised that it reflected the things that I had seen during my week away. That seemed like a good enough reason for me to keep it.

Colours of Lanzarote