After 30 years of travel as RCI members, Alice and Patrick Kearney's love for Lanzarote is so strong that of all the places they have visited, it is still their favourite holiday destination.
We are RCI Platinum members and know how to use the exchange system well to get the best holidays. Owning four weeks at Club Las Calas (1448), right at the heart of Puerto del Carmen, it was always our intention to use RCI membership to travel - and we have travelled all around the world. We've exchanged into Nashville and Florida, all over France and Poland. However, for Patrick and myself, our hearts remain in Lanzarote.
Our son and daughter both now own timeshare at Club Las Calas and have RCI membership, thanks to all the happy holiday memories we have made there over the years. Timeshare and RCI membership is a wonderful way to holiday.
I have always loved to dance and it was that passion, together with our commitment to religious pilgrimages, which has taken Patrick and I around the world. Dancing still takes us off on holiday, only now we are dancing and singing our way around our little island paradise of Lanzarote!
I love the nightlife on Lanzarote. Our resort is next to all the shops, bars and restaurants along Puerto del Carmen's waterfront, which is ideal for us as there is so much to do. There are Irish pubs where I can line dance to the folk music played in those bars, while you can find just about every type of live music in the bars of Puerto del Carmen; it's a real party town. For ballroom dancing, you can't beat the Hotel San Antonio on Pocillos Beach, just a five-minute walk from the Music Hall Tavern. Getting around the island is easy as well, as the taxis are really cheap.
For Patrick it is about fitness, so he would rather run around the island. During one jogging session he found himself on a nudist beach... I asked him what he did and he replied "I ran faster!" He makes sure we visit Club La Santa (0963), which has excellent sports facilities and is used by Olympic athletes for the Club La Santa Iron Man Challenge which takes place every May on Lanzarote. Patrick even won a half marathon for his age group!
Another bonus for us is that the beautiful churches on this gorgeous island are open all day, as we often like to pay a wee visit.
There are some fabulous walks you can do as well, and our favourite is just up behind Puerto del Carmen. There are lots of zig zag steps and the villas get more and more magnificent along the way, as this is where many wealthy residents live. I'm not surprised, as the views out to sea from here are out of this world. We like to keep on walking along the coast, watching the boats coming and going as we walk. It is a simply lovely and relaxing way to spend some time.
The shops are also worth a good walk! I typically stock up on sun dresses and jewellery while on holiday here. There are big stores, but I favour the small boutiques where I find unusual one-off things that you wouldn't see anywhere else.
You can't love Lanzarote and not have noticed César Manrique's architecture and low-level buildings. It gives the island such a fresh look with all those clean lines and white walls. It is all in keeping with the look of the island and very different from other places we've visited, which is one of the reasons we love it so much. Plus, you can always depend on the weather, which makes it all look even more gorgeous!
There are 14 RCI-affiliated resorts on Lanzarote.
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