1. Welcome to 28DaysLater.co.uk - 28DL - The UK Urban Exploring / Urban Exploration / Urbex Forums.

    Asylums and Hospitals, High Stuff, Industrial, Leisure Sites, Residential Sites, Military Sites, Mines and Quarries, ROC Posts, Theatres and Cinemas, Draining, Underground Sites, European and International Sites, Leads, Rumours and News, Kit, Clothing, Equipment, Photography and Video sections plus a lot more.

    Please feel free to browse this website as a guest. Creating an account removes some ads, allows you to post replies, start new topics and threads, and gives you access to more features including bookmarking, live chat, messaging and notification systems.

    Create an account | Login | Request new password

Report - Gun Placements, Mirador del Rio, Lanzarote - September 2015

Discussion in 'European and International Sites' started by Bertie Bollockbrains, Sep 8, 2015.

  1. Bertie Bollockbrains

    Bertie Bollockbrains 28DL Regular User
    Regular User

    Joined:
    Sep 1, 2014
    Messages:
    710
    Likes Received:
    776
    The Mirador del Río is a viewpoint situated on an approximately 475 metre high escarpment called Batería del Río in the very north of the Canarian Island of Lanzarote. Tourists are coached in large numbers from the big resorts to stand on the viewpoint that overlooks the straits between the islands of Lanzarote and Isle Gracosia. Entry is about 5 euros each.

    If these tourists just looked to the right a bit, they would see a locked gate and a few no entry signs, behind which are old gun placements. Enter here, and without the exorbitant rip-off entry fee, you get the same view and experience.

    Being tight-fisted and always looking to save a Euro or two, I took the later option.

    HISTORY

    Spanish armed forces set up gun placements at the end of the 19th century at a strategic site overlooking El Rio, the straits separating Lanzarote and Isle Gracosia. Spain had just gone to war with the USA over control of Cuba. In the end the Spanish-American War of 1898 only had 2 theatres of conflict - the Caribbean and the Pacific and so these gun placements were never used. The war was a decisive victory for USA and resulted in Spain ceding control of Cuba, Guam, Puerto Rico and the Philippines to the USA.

    In 1973, local artist Cesar Manrique (1919-1992) but a lookout next to the gun placements. It is this that the tourists visit in large numbers - paying very much for very little.

    THE EXPLORE

    The entrance to the Mirador del Rio. Pay the entry fee, enter the door and climb a few steps you reach the viewpoint on top of a 475m escapement.
    [​IMG]

    But look to the right and there's a locked gate and a no entry sign. This looks much cheaper me thinks
    [​IMG]

    We reach the first entry point
    [​IMG]

    It is obvious that this was once sealed with breeze blocks
    [​IMG]

    Leads to a corridor with 2 adjacent rooms
    [​IMG]

    Nothing remains in those rooms
    [​IMG]

    And turn another corner
    [​IMG]

    And another corner
    [​IMG]

    We exit onto a gun placement
    [​IMG]

    [​IMG]

    Mwhahahaha (evil laugh by the way) these dumb tourists paid good money and I didn't
    [​IMG]

    Further along is a pill-box
    [​IMG]

    With it's own entrance
    [​IMG]

    Steps lead down (again over remains of breeze blocks)
    [​IMG]

    To a small room
    [​IMG]

    And then up some steps to the lookout room
    [​IMG]

    And we see across the straits of El Rio to the Island of Gracosia
    [​IMG]

    Thanks for reading. If you think the the photos are a bit off then please understand that the luggage allowance on a Ryanair flight only allows for a bankcard and a toothbrush and nothing else- never alone a tripod or a SLR camera.
     
    Palisade, mw0sec and Oort like this.

    Remove this ad by donating or subscribing.

  2. TranKmasT

    TranKmasT We're Earth explorers
    Regular User

    Joined:
    Feb 21, 2010
    Messages:
    458
    Likes Received:
    181
    Home Page:
    Top infiltration. That dry wall looked very oppressive.
     
  3. Bertie Bollockbrains

    Bertie Bollockbrains 28DL Regular User
    Regular User

    Joined:
    Sep 1, 2014
    Messages:
    710
    Likes Received:
    776
    That dry stone wall actually ended a metre or two either side of the locked gate - so yes it was a difficult infiltration and took many days of planning to work it out ;)
     
  4. Palisade

    Palisade 28DL Regular User
    Regular User

    Joined:
    Apr 8, 2015
    Messages:
    55
    Likes Received:
    48
    I was wondering how you made it past that gate ;)
     
Draft saved Draft deleted
Loading...

Users Who Have Read This Thread (Total: 0)

Share This Page

Remove this ad by creating an account and logging in