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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
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    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.


    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 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.

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

    We reach the first entry point

    It is obvious that this was once sealed with breeze blocks

    Leads to a corridor with 2 adjacent rooms

    Nothing remains in those rooms

    And turn another corner

    And another corner

    We exit onto a gun placement


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

    Further along is a pill-box

    With it's own entrance

    Steps lead down (again over remains of breeze blocks)

    To a small room

    And then up some steps to the lookout room

    And we see across the straits of El Rio to the Island of Gracosia

    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.
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  2. TranKmasT

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    Top infiltration. That dry wall looked very oppressive.
  3. Bertie Bollockbrains

    Bertie Bollockbrains 28DL Regular User
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    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
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    I was wondering how you made it past that gate ;)
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