Haria Lanzarote

Haría

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Looking for a unique and exciting vacation destination? Look no further than Haría, Lanzarote. This municipality is home to some of the most beautiful scenery and little-known towns on the island, as well as plenty of activities and cultural attractions to keep you busy. Whether you’re looking for a quiet getaway or an action-packed adventure, Haría has something for everyone. So pack your bags and join us on a tour of this amazing destination!

History

The eruptions of the three neighboring volcanoes: La Atalaya, Los Helechos, and La Corona bridged the Elvira Sanchez and Tenesia ravines, which resulted in the formation of Haría Valley. Because it rains more frequently here than anywhere else on Lanzarote, this region is the most fertile. It is also one of the most humid on the island because the surrounding volcanoes shelter it from the wind and its location.

Haria
Haria © David

There is much to learn about Lanzarote’s history from Haría, its northernmost municipality. Amphoras have been recovered in the strait separating Lanzarote and La Graciosa, suggesting that the area was briefly visited by Roman sailors interested in its natural resources. Significant archaeological remains, which include numerous rock engravings found throughout the Famara Massif, show that the island’s Aboriginal population was concentrated in this zone.

In 1492, the Spanish invasion of Lanzarote re-established the municipality of Haría as the island’s primary population center. It’s a fertile region from which considerable exportable resources could be gathered due to its northern location, beneficial trade winds, and summertime rainfall. For example, the ice plant, a dye-making plant widely utilized in Europe during the 18th century, and the cochineal, a peculiar-looking insect imported from the Americas that was extensively used as a pigment by European industrialists during the 19th century.

It is also well-known that the Timanfaya volcano ash was originally used as natural sanding for crops in Haría. Combined with rich, fertile soils, it allowed for the diversification of agriculture around the municipality. Vineyards and other crops, including potatoes, beans, cereals, and vegetables, grew in abundance in the 20th century due to this.

Why Visit Haría

Hara, labeled as the greenest place in Lanzarote, is surrounded by the Atlantic Ocean on three sides and Teguise to the south. A town of the same name known as “The Valley of the 1000 Palms” serves as its administrative center. Its mountainous west is home to several notable viewpoints, the most famous of which is Mirador del Rio. The southeast is the agricultural heart of the region, but there are also several tiny beach resorts along the shore. The municipality’s northeast is largely uninhabited, although its popular geological sites, Jameos del Agua and Cueva de Los Verdes, attract many tourists.

The picturesque topography of Haría and its many must-see attractions makes it an ideal place to visit for those who want to experience the truly unique culture of Lanzarote. These are the best places to begin your adventure through the municipality:

Valley of the Thousand Palms

As the road weaves its way between the mountains, the town of Haría comes into view below like an oasis in the midst of the island’s breathtaking natural terrain. Also known as “The Valley of the Thousand Palms,” this idyllic rural community is famed for its lush greenery and wildflower-filled meadows interspersed with traditional white houses.

According to a popular legend, in days gone by, whenever a kid was born into a family, the family would plant a new palm tree: one palm tree if the child was a girl and two palm trees for each boy. There’s no arguing that this is one of the loveliest native palm tree groves in the Canary Islands, regardless of whether or not it’s true.

Haría is a hidden treasure nestled in its valley of lush greenery. The untouched village provides a startling contrast to many other areas of the island. Intricately patterned bougainvilleas and brightly colored geraniums decorate its narrow streets. Away from crowded resorts and devoid of crowds of tourists, travelers can enjoy peaceful moments and an authentic Canary Islands experience here.

Haría’s picturesque and tranquil atmosphere has attracted a large number of artists who have relocated here and can be seen working in the many craft stores and art galleries that dot the community. César Manrique, who sadly died in 1992, made the same decision to retire here. The César Manrique House Museum, where he lived, is open to the public while you’re in town.

In addition, there is a charming town square called the Plaza León y Castillo, shaded by palm trees and surrounded by beautifully restored old homes. You’ll also discover the parish church of Nuestra Señora de la Encarnación at one end of the plaza. Within the church is a modest sacred art museum.

Cesar ManriqueCasa Museo (Museum Home)

Elvira Sánchez ravine parallels the tiny lane where César Manrique’s final residence is located. On acreage he purchased in the 1970s, the artist began building his new home in early 1986, reusing and converting a run-down farmhouse.This is the place he called home for the remainder of his life until his death due to a fatal car accident in 1992. As a museum and a residence, the house was opened to the general public in 2013.

Visitors can see the artist’s studio and living quarters, where he worked and resided in the latter years of his life. The home’s original charm was preserved and only minor alterations were needed to make the place into a museum.

A massive collection of personal items, utensils, random finds, and handcrafted ornaments is unveiled in two courtyards created with the artist’s vision. An abundance of indoor and outdoor plants promotes a peaceful and welcoming environment. Separate from the main house, the artist’s workshop is filled with various materials and supplies, including oil paints, easels, and unfinished paintings. It has been preserved in precisely the same state that he left it in before passing away, portraying him at his most personal.

César Manrique’s private residence is open to the public from 10:30 AM to 6:00 PM on Sundays and Saturdays. You can purchase a ticket for the usual price of 10 Euros or combined access to both the House Museum in Haría and the Cesar Manrique Foundation in Tahiche for the discounted price of 17 Euros.

Plaza León y Castillo

Plaza Leon y Castillo, with its lush, towering trees, is one of Haría’s most picturesque places. It is a beautiful shaded square with restaurants and cafes where guests may relax with a drink, some tapas, and a bowl of olives to nibble on during their visit to the town. In this lovely setting, you may also take in the charm of the island’s unique architecture as you stroll among restored historic homes. You may locate a modest art museum within the church of Nuestra Senora de la Encarnacion at the end of the square.

Nuestra Señora de la Encarnación church and Museo de Arte Sacro

The church of Nuestra Señora de la Encarnación is located in the heart of the village, on the eastern edge of Plaza León y Castillo (Church of Our Lady of the Incarnation). Tragically, it was destroyed during a pirate attack in 1618 in its first location, a fate that unfortunately befell many of Lanzarote’s historic structures. In 1625, it was moved and rebuilt (with the old gate and roof incorporated into the new one), but was devastated by a violent storm and reconstructed in its current shape in 1956. The church’s interior has a peculiar, modern-constructivist feel, with a few odd-looking arches. In Barcelona, Antoni Gaud’s Casa Batlló building has a similar arched ceiling on the top floor.

An unassuming doorway next to the chapel leads to Museo de Arte Sacro and its plethora of chambers. It’s a small religious art museum that exhibits a remarkable array of sacred art and artifacts preserved from its 15th-century neighbor, as well as fascinating images from the last century. Visits are free; however, a donation helps support and maintain this remarkable collection of religious art. The museum provides a leaflet in English, although the displays are in Spanish.

Hermitage of San Juan Bautista (Saint John the Baptist)

In the old spot where Nuestra Seora de la Encarnación church was first located, the Ermita de San Juan Bautista was built in the early 17th century. A “Mudéjar ceiling” adorns its interior. The “Mudejares” were the Muslims who remained in Spain during the reconquest of the Iberian Peninsula. There are several examples of this on Spain Mainland, where they built many churches. The city of Teruel in modern-day Aragon is known as the capital of the Mudéjar style, although throughout the Canary Islands, several buildings, like Ermita de San Juan Bautista in Haría, have aspects of this type. Buttresses were omitted from construction in favor of multiple wooden tie beams in the roof structure’s ceiling level.

Mirador de Haría

To see the Valley of the Thousand Palm Trees in all its glory from the Mirador de Haría, also known as the Mirador de Malpaso, is an absolute must. It was originally constructed in 1966 with the help of Cesar Manrique to serve as a lookout point and resting spot for those traveling the Malpasso Way.

After falling into disrepair for a considerable period of time, the well-known vantage point was finally brought back to its former glory by the careful work of the Ayuntamiento de Haría in 2021 and is once again welcoming visitors. In addition to repairing the grounds and the building, two breathtaking glass-floored walkways have been constructed, one showcasing the splendor of Haría Valley and the other of the Tabayesco and Arrieta coastline. In the main room, there is currently a display of prints demonstrating the process used to restore the building. In the future, however, the area will be used to display different art exhibitions.

Mirador de Haría is open daily from 11:00 AM to 3:00 PM and is free to visit. From the town center, it’s only about a 5 to 10-minute drive, buton-site parking is extremely scarce. Alternatively, you can take a short walk along the Malpasso Way to get to the mirador or take advantage of the microbus operated by the town council on Fridays and weekends from outside the Haría library.

Mirador del Rio

The northern coast of Lanzarote captured the fascination of César Manrique in the early 1970’s, so he proceeded to work his architectural wizardry to construct a majestic vista that was in harmony with the natural landscapes surrounding it. The Mirador del Rio, also known as River Viewpoint, was inaugurated in 1973 and has since been one of the island’s top attractions due to its stunning panoramic views. Its name derives from the narrow stretch of water between Lanzarote and La Graciosa.

Mirador del Rio La Graciosa Lanzarote
A Couple Admiring La Graciosa from Mirador del Río – ©aaabbbccc

Views of Lanzarote from the Risco de Famara, about 400 meters above sea level, are unrivaled in beauty. Spectacular views of the Chinijo Archipelago Nature Park may be seen from the edge of the cliff. Large windows and vaulted ceilings allow you to take in the stunning vistas while shielding you from the elements. The views of the ocean, mountains, and the surrounding island of La Graciosa are simply breathtaking from the upper floor.

If you have a choice of which day to visit, go for one with the clearest skies. You can drive to Mirador del Rio or join an organized tour. From the village of Haría, take the LZ-201 and LZ-202 roads.

Mercadillo Artesanal (Craft Market)

The Saturday Market in Plaza León y Castillo in Haría, which is smaller than Teguise’s Market on Sundays, is a great place to get unique souvenirs, knickknacks, and fresh local produce. You can browse the stalls for a few hours from 10:00 AM to 2:30 PM and then have a bite to eat or a drink at one of the nearby cafes.

One of the most essential aspects of present-day Haría is the preservation of its craft and manufacturing traditions. Founded in 2001, the market is dedicated to the sale of artisan items and to bringing Lanzarote’s rich and diverse ethnographic values to the attention of locals and tourists alike.

Cueva de Los Verdes

The Cueva de Los Verdes can be found on the way to Órzola. Volcanic activity from the La Corona volcano created this underground attraction, which is one of the longest volcanic tunnels in the world (about 6 kilometers long). During times of attack by pirates, the island’s residents took refuge in this natural structure, which eventually became the first of Lanzarote’s centers for the arts, culture, and tourism. It was opened to the public in 1964, allowing tourists to journey to the earth’s center in an environment full of color, shadows, and incredible lighting. It’s a magical and historic place with awe-inspiring sights around every corner.

The musical season begins in October at the Cueva de Los Verdes theatre, located inside the cave. When in town, don’t miss the opportunity to enjoy some music in an atmosphere that’s just right for the occasion, both in terms of sound and temperature.

The Cueva de Los Verdes is open daily from 10:00 AM to 6:00 PM, with the final admittance at 5:00 PM. Here are the prices:

Adult Tourist: 10 euros

Adult Canary Island resident:  8euros

Child Tourist (7-12): 5 euros

Child Canary Island resident: 4 euros

Lanzarote Resident (any age): 2 euros

Jameos del Agua

It’s impossible not to be moved by this volcanic cave’s serene and otherworldly atmosphere. Another of César Manrique’s projects, Los Jameos del Agua mixes environmental protection with cultural enrichment. Extremely rare albino crabs live in the cave’s partially naturally lit lake. Next to it is a palm tree garden with an artificial lake and a volcano museum where visitors can participate in educational and fun activities. The remarkable acoustics of this volcanic cave is also utilized by the theater built inside, which serves as a unique setting for concerts and other events.

The opening hours are from 10:00 AM to 6:30 PM. Entry is as follows:

Adult Tourist: 9 euros

Adult Canary Island resident: 7.20 euros

Child Tourist (7-12): 4.50 euros

Child Canary Island resident: 4 euros

Lanzarote Resident (any age): 3.60 euros

Playas y Piscinas Naturales (Beaches and Natural Pools)

The municipality of Haría is home to some of Lanzarote’s most beautiful and memorable beaches, as well as some of the most remarkable sea and wind-carved natural pools.

La Cantera beach is located behind the fishing community of Órzola, which is protected by the Risco cliffs. Golden sands, isolated from any habitation, and rough surf characterize this beach. Swimming is not recommended due to the strong currents; however, it is a wonderful area to explore nature, wander, and relax.

Caletón Blanco, a chain of natural coves with white beaches and turquoise waters, can be spotted on the road from Órzola to Arrieta. You and your family or friends can enjoy a day of sun and sand in this natural area of calm water. In the fishing community of Punta Mujeres, the natural pools are perfect for a refreshing soak.

Located in the fishing community of Arrieta, La Garita beach spans half a kilometer and is ideal for families.

Volcan De La Corona

The Volcan de la Corona, which erupted about 3000 years ago, rises to a height of 609 meters. It is the island’s highest peak in the north, dominating the entire Haría. In addition to its vast crater, this volcano has a 6 km-long volcanic tunnel that opens into the sea. Enjoy the scenery and wildlife as you climb to the crater, which can be reached through a scenic trail.

The crater may be reached by foot in about 20 minutes; simply park in front of the church in Ye and walk a few meters along the road to your left to reach the trail. Afterward, you’ll be strolling among the vineyards of the local farmers. To conserve water and shield the plants from the fierce winds, they are all grown in separate enclosures made of volcanic stones. You’ll find these fields all around the island, and the vistas are stunning. Then you’ll pass through fields that aren’t as well-cultivated, and you may even see palm trees before you arrive at the volcano.

Dining Options

Haría boasts several dining options available, ranging from traditional Spanish fare to more international cuisine. For those who want to experience the authentic flavor of Lanzarote, many restaurants offer a menu that features traditional dishes such as papas arrugadas (wrinkled potatoes) and pulpo a la gallega (octopus with potatoes), as well as a selection of meat and seafood dishes. There is also a wide selection of vegetarian options available. No matter your taste, you’re sure to find something to enjoy in Haría.

El Pisquito

El Pisquito is a charming seafood restaurant in the small village of Arrieta. The restaurant is right on the waterfront, and its outdoor terrace has stunning views of the Atlantic Ocean. The menu features traditional Canarian dishes and plenty of seafood. It’s hard to go wrong with the Grilled Octopus, a local specialty and a big seller. Along with their fish of the day (usually cherne or dorado), other popular meals include padron peppers, house salad, bread, and Canarian potatoes. The mojos that come with some foods are all created from scratch and absolutely delicious. Wine and beer lovers will be pleased to know that the restaurant offers a wide assortment. El Pisquito is the perfect place to enjoy a leisurely meal and take in the incredible scenery of Lanzarote.

Restaurante El Marinero & La Muchacha

Arrieta’s Restaurante El Marinero y La Muchacha is one of the best in Haría, if not all of Lanzarote. To begin, their tuna tataki, a delicately seared tuna filet served with a soy sauce, and selection of fish of the day are outstanding. It’s perfectly cooked and extremely delectable. The second reason is that they offer a wide variety of tapas, which are ideal for sharing with friends or family. Third, their salads are top-notch, with a wide range of options to suit every taste. To round things out, El Marinero y La Muchacha’s ambiance is warm and welcoming. Friendly and attentive personnel make you feel like a member of their extended family. Because of its high-quality meals and moderate pricing, this restaurant is an excellent option for diners. For all these reasons, Restaurante El Marinero y La Muchacha is one of my top three favorite restaurants in the municipality.

La Puerta Verde

La Puerta Verde is a must-try restaurant for anyone visiting Haría. The menu features a wide variety of Spanish, Mediterranean, and traditional Canary Island dishes, all of which are cooked to perfection. The smoked cheese with sardines and garlic prawns make the trip up north even more worthwhile, as does the velvety risotto with Iberico ham. The slow-cooked pork and chickpea stew, as well as the delicious steak, provide satisfying main courses. As a final touch, La Puerta Verde’s excellent desserts are always on hand. The pudding is rich and luscious, while the gofio ice cream is creamy and melt-in-your-mouth decadent. With its fantastic food and friendly service, La Puerta Verde is sure to make your visit to Haría memorable.

La Puerta Verde Haria
La Puerta Verde Haria © PuertaVerdeHaria

How to Reach Haría

By Bus

Various towns and villages with in the municipality of Haría can be reached via bus lines 07, 09, and 26 from Arrecife. There are many exciting things to see and do in the region, but you may need to hire a taxi or a car rental to go around.

Please refer to the list that follows for the bus route numbers that serve the Haría communities. You can also check the latest timetable on the website of the IntercityBus Lanzarote.

Arrieta – Bus lines 07, 09, and 26

Guinate – Bus line 26

Haría – Bus lines 07 and 26

Mágues – Bus lines 07 and 26

Mala – Bus lines 07, 09,and 26

Órzola- Bus line 09

Punta Mujeres – Bus line 07 and 09

Tabayesco – Bus lines 07, 09, and 26

Ye – Bus line 26

By Car or Taxi

Cars are the most frequent mode of transportation in and around Haría. Although taxis are readily available, most visitors opt to rent a car instead to explore Lanzarote more easily. LZ-1 is one of the main highways on the island. It runs north from the island’s capital of Arrecife to the town of Órzola. LZ-10, LZ-201, LZ-203, and LZ-207 all link to LZ-1 and lead to several towns and villages in Haría. LZ-10, known for having the most incredible views and fascinating drive on the island, is a tourist attraction in and of itself.

Haría: A Must-Not-Miss

If you’re looking for a breathtakingly beautiful and unique place to visit, look no further than Haria in Lanzarote. The municipality is full of natural wonders and has a vibe that’s hard to find anywhere else. From the dramatic landscape to the interesting history, there’s something for everyone in Haria. So if you’re on the island or looking to add new adventures to your Canaria experience, be sure to put this must-not-miss place on your list!

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