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Known to only a few avid surfers the quiet fishing village of La Caleta de Famara retains a magical charm that is a million miles away from the resorts of Puerto del Carmen and Playa Blanca. Divided into two parts, Caleta is made up of the original fishing village and an urbanization of bungalows built directly under the cliffs. Today the village appears to have been left behind by the rest of the Island, with streets covered in sand, while boats remain up on blocks waiting to be repaired.
The development of bungalows was intended to be a luxury resort for Scandinavian tourists, but for one reason or another it never happened and fell into disrepair. Fortunately for the village, the locals started buying up the properties when prices fell and fixed them up so that they could be rented to the many surfers who were flocking to the Island.
Formed 15 million years ago, when the African and American continental plates shifted apart, Lanzarote and the serene beauty of the area around La Caleta de Famara, provided award winning, Spanish filmmaker Pedro Almodóvar with the perfect backdrop to caress his muse Penelope Cruz in the Spanish thriller "Broken Embraces."
While the film was a huge success with critics around the world, the boiling tale of jealousy and revenge may not be to everyone’s taste as the story unfolds, but it does in the case of Caleta de Famara, give the viewer an insight into the rough windswept splendour that is this part of Lanzarote
How to get there
Lanzarote is around a four hour flight from most European capitals and is serviced by numerous airlines including budget carriers Ryan Air, Air Berlin and Easyjet.
The village of Caleta de Famara is a short 25-minute drive from Arrecife Airport and while it is possible to take a bus from the town’s main bus station, limited services mean you would be better off paying 40€ one way for a taxi, or better still renting a car, as it would give you much more flexibility during your stay.
Surfing and things to do
Blessed with reliable trade winds and large winter swells, Famara Beach has become a surfer’s paradise for European board-riders looking for winter sun with guaranteed waves. Nowadays however it is not just the surfers who flock to Famara, with windsurfer and kite surfing enthusiasts having now discovered the northwest coast of Lanzarote as well.
Whether you are an experienced surfer or a tourist wanting to try the sport for the first time, the coastline around Caleta de Famara has something for everyone.
The six kilometres long Famara beach is perfect for the novice surfer thanks to a constant swell over a sandy break. Swimmers beware though, as the beach also produces a wicked side-pull and rip current that can take you out to sea.
On the other side of the village you will find the Playa San Juan and its famous left-hand break over a volcanic reef. Combined with a southerly wind during the peak winter months, you can expect the wave to start barrelling which will provide you the opportunity of tube riding, an occurrence not generally found in Europe.
Where to eat in Caleta de Famara
Caleta de Famara is a laid back town that beats to a surf vibe, a sound that resonates through just about everything the village has to offer. There are a couple of bars and restaurants that range from tapas to locally caught seafood, as well as a small supermarket that makes bocadillos to order.
Where to stay
Most people’s main reason for coming to Caleta de Famara is of course to surf, and being the surfing mecca it has become there are plenty of surf schools that will not only take you to the best breaks, but provide accommodation as well.
There are no hotels in or around the village, but there are three B&B’s as well as plenty of rental accommodation.
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Pamper yourself with onsite massages or enjoy recreation amenities such as bicycles to rent. Additional amenities at this aparthotel include wireless Internet access (surcharge), a hair salon, and shopping on site.