Lanzarote is an island of hidden treasures.
It would take more than one visit to discover them all, but here are just six alternative plans for those with a taste for discovery:
Saturday Crafts Market in Haria
There is nowhere better to find that unique souvenir than at the Haria’s Saturday market. The market is held in the leafy main square of this beautiful town, situated in the north of Lanzarote. Take a stroll and browse the hand-made produce, all made by local registered craftspeople, including clothing, jewelry, paintings, ceramics, soaps, flavoursome cheeses, ecological fruits and vegetables.
The relaxing pace is contagious. Watch the world go by from the traditional street café, El Rincon de Quino, and sit amongst the locals enjoying a coffee and a slice of home-made cake.
Cesar Manrique’s House in Haria
Cesar Manrique chose Haria as the place where he would spend the last few years of his life. He built his elegant though homely residence in a palm tree finca, including a fascinating garden art studio where he could paint in peace and tranquillity.
True to Manrique’s form, the house oozes nature, inside and out, a blend of the contemporary whilst maintaining rustic Canarian features. Full of intriguing memorabilia, photos, books, exotic artefacts and decorations. For more information, click here: http://fcmanrique.org/casas-museo-visitas/casa-museo-cesar-manrique-haria/?lang=en
The Wine Route
A wine lover’s paradise. The volcanic eruptions of the 17th century dramatically changed the landscape of La Geria, covering this previously rich agricultural region with lava. Forced to adapt, the locals began producing wine, which transformed Lanzarote’s landscape. Vines are planted in holes dug into the black picón (black lava gravel), and protected by socos, semi-circular stone walls.
The La Geria route offers a string of wineries, the oldest being El Grifo, established in 1775 which also has museum open to the public. Almost all of the wineries offer tasting opportunities and the tapas bar at Bodegas La Geria comes highly recommended
Spectacular views of the volcanic park await you at the top of Caldera Blanca, one of Lanzarote’s oldest and largest craters, with a diameter of 1.2 km.
A well-signposted hiking route starts just outside the village of Mancha Blanca. The three to four-hour walk requires a good pair of walking shoes, sunscreen, water and snacks, but the reward is both worthwhile and breath-taking
Kids and adults alike will love visiting Castillo Santa Barbara, in the ancient capital of Teguise. Built as a military fortress in the 18th century, the castle in home of the Pirate museum and frequent art exhibitions.
Panoramic 360° views dazzle you on a clear day, whilst misty mornings add mystery to the castle’s turrets, iron chains and tales of its treacherous past.
Caletón Blanco is a dream, impossible to miss as you drive towards Orzola, compelling you to stop and dive in. This white sandy cove harbours mesmerizing turquoise waters, dotted with volcanic rocks. The shallower parts of these protected lagoons are paradise for children, whilst the deeper areas are ideal for a cool, gentle swim.
Its wide approach offers ample parking. To enjoy the best of this haven of tranquillity, go shortly before high tide, take a picnic, water and plenty of sunscreen.