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Also known as The Valley of 1000 Palms, the village is famous for its 17th and 18th centuries tradition of planting a palm tree for every newborn girl and two for every newborn boy.
Just like its’ neighbours – Haría was not spared from cruel and repeated pirate and privateer attacks. Morato Arraez, a notorious pirate, is responsible for the village’s most violent attack which occurred on 1586. After stealing the settlement’s riches, enslaving its’ people and robbing their food supplies, Arraez burned the entire village to the ground, together with the legendary palm trees. Luckily, after the village was rebuilt, the people continued their planting tradition, making it one of the most fertile lands on Lanzarote in present day.
Where is Haria
In a valley of green pastures and beautiful wildflowers lies the untouched village of Haría – the seat of the municipal district of Haría. Some 30 kilometres away from the capital Arrecife, Haría is most eastern and northern village.
The municipality covers a region of around 100 km2 and it comprises of the islands of Alegranza, Roque del Este, Montaña Clara, Roque del Oeste and La Graciosa (The Gaceful One). La Graciosa’s soil is purely volcanic sand, therefore it lacks any natural resources. Despite this, nearly 600 people chose to live on the island, having to ship all their supplies, including water, here.
Despite being a quiet little village, disrupted only by the sounds of children playing or donkeys braying, Haría is one of the most visited places in Lanzarote, due to its spectacular views of palm trees surrounding the traditional houses. If you’re planning to take a trip to Haría, make sure you take the route through Teguise and the rural region of Las Valles, as it reveals the stunning elevated panorama of the village settling.
The town square – Plaza León y Castillo – is one of the points of interest in Haría, where you can do some shopping or stop for a meal at the local restaurants. You will also find a small Sacred Art Museum in the parish church of Nuestra Señora de la Encarnación. If you plan to visit Haría on a Saturday, you can attend the Crafts Market.
What to do in Haria and surrounding
Away from the narrow streets and colourful bougainvilleas and geraniums are the main tourist attractions of Haría. Follow the snaky road across Risco de Famara to reach Mirador de Haría, a mountain pass just 5 kilometres south of the village. Here, you can enjoy the impressive views of the Peñas del Chache, which is the highest mountain on the island- with a height of 670 metres, as well as the settlements of Tabayesco and Arrieta. The nearby Arrieta, which is east of Haría, is home to a popular beach La Garita, preferred by families thanks to its close by shops and restaurants.
Other beaches in the area are Famara - which is a couple of kilometres long, lying below the cliffs of Risco, Orzola – a more isolated yet astonishing beach in the north of the island or Risco beach – another isolated beach, only accessible by boat or footpath.
A 15 minutes drive down the coastline to the farming district of Guatiza will get you to The Cactus Garden, formerly a dilapidated mine used as a junkyard and which has been now transformed into a cacti garden open to the public, with an impressive collection of over 1000 plants. It’s open daily from 10AM to 5:45PM, it has a café and a restored windmill.
As mentioned previously, Jameos del Agua & Cueva de los Verdes are in the vicinity of Haría as well and they are a must see if you’re in the area. They are part of an extensive underground volcanic tunnels, starting from the centre of La Corona and ending into the Atlantic Ocean. Jameos del Agua has an underground lake, home to Lanzarote’s unique tiny blind white crabs and an amphitheater whose volcanic ridge produces exceptional acoustics. Cueva de los Verdes takes sightseers on a half an hour hike through some of the historic segments of the volcanic tube. If you’re feeling adventurous, other sections of the tunnel can be accessed with precaution too.
What stands out about Haria
Without doubt, what makes this small village stand out of the crowd is its unique ecosystem.
The picturesque views with green fields and lovely palm trees has attracted many visitors throughout time, and it even made Cesar Manrique, Lanzarote’s world known architect retire here.
Haría has even been named by Alberto Vazquez - the famous Canarian author "without doubt the most beautiful village on the island, if not the world", being often compared to an African village or a Middle-eastern oasis, as it offers a breath-taking contrast to the bleaker, southern parts of the island.