Blog Islas Canarias OFFICIAL CANARY ISLANDS
TOURISM BLOG
www.hellocanaryislands.com
Blog Islas Canarias OFFICIAL CANARY ISLANDS
TOURISM BLOG
www.hellocanaryislands.com

Experience Tinajo: Rural traditions and breathtaking natural beauty


Highlights
How to Enjoy Carnival on Tenerife
Deserted beach and abandoned salt pans in Lanzarote
La Palma: A Heaven for Stargazing
Experience participating in Transgrancanaria
A Road Trip Around the North of Fuerteventura
A Journey to the end of the World, or to Punta de Orchilla
Diversity on the rocks: Hundreds of unique species
La Gomera, the romantic getaway
Following a Tapas Route on Tenerife
Enjoy a trek to the highest point in Lanzarote
Fiesta de la Cruz on La Palma
Gran Canaria’s Other Rock: Sacred Roque Bentayga
A day in the outback of Fuerteventura
Walking to the Beautiful Valley on La Gomera
"Fototrek” an amazing annual photographic adventure in El Hierro
An incredible Whale & Dolphin watching experience in Tenerife
The secret white sand beaches of Lanzarote
On the sunny side: Los Llanos de Aridane
Exploring South Fuerteventura by Car
The Best Bit of Las Canteras Beach is Underwater
La Gomera, lush and beautiful
Paragliding above the valley of El Hierro. What an experience!
Three ways to enjoy Teide in Tenerife
Tasting Lanzarote: Cosecha 2015
La Palma, a taste of the tropics
Jardín Canario Viera y Clavijo, one of the highlights of Gran Canaria
From a Magic Spring to a Secret Lake, Five Curiosities on La Gomera
Jinama and Charco Azul
Amazing boat excursion to the Archipiélago Chinijo marine reserve
Lanzarote sunrises
La Palma: a Treasure Trove of landscapes in One Island
Viewpoint Mirador de la Peña, the smallest hotel of the world and the giant lizard
A Hike Around Gran Canaria's Volcanic Hotspot
Fuerteventura, Strong Wind
La Gomera: A day visiting dolphins and whales
Lanzarote fishing: Fresh fish for lunch
Exploring the Historic Centre of La Laguna
“Ruta de la Tapa” in Valverde
Driving the Las Mimbreras road
Discover the Beautiful North of Lanzarote by Car
Excursion to the Isla de Lobos
La Gomera – a rural tourism paradise
Festival of La Bajada de la Virgen de los Reyes
A morning in Santa Cruz de La Palma
The water route, Valverde and the Bonanza rock
Exploring the San Juan Volcano
Vegueta: Time Travel In Las Palmas de Gran Canaria’s Old Town
Why You Don’t Want to Miss Out on Trekking Masca in Tenerife
Experience Tinajo: Rural traditions and breathtaking natural beauty
A lovely stroll around Villa de Valverde
A Spring Tour Of Gran Canaria
Through the back roads of El Paso
Relaxation and wellbeing, enjoying Lanzarote´s natural treasures
A trip along the coast of El Golfo, El Hierro
Exploring the Highs and Lows of Puerto de Mogán
Why You Will Absolutely Love Exploring Amazing La Graciosa
The Wild North of La Palma
Tenerife, best locations and the British favourite hotspots
Enjoy the best of Lanzarote at Noches de Jameos
www.hellocanaryislands.com
Previous article
13 Feb 2017

This breathtakingly beautiful municipality of Lanzarote lies on the west coast, less than half an hour from most resorts, and is a wonderful place to venture for a day out and soak up the essence of this volcanic island´s culture, traditions, art and rural fiestas.

Mother nature and the people of Tinajo have a long-standing agreement: to live in harmony and mutual respect. Tinajo bore the brunt of the most recent volcanic eruptions in the 17th and 18th centuries, accounting for what is now 64% of officially protected territory, encompassing most of Timanfaya National Park, La Geria, Natural Volcanic Park, among other areas of natural beauty. This along with the challenging climate of strong winds and lack of water, has put the people of Lanzarote to the test for centuries, forcing them to innovate and make the most of the hand nature has dealt them.

Watching the landscape, Tinajo, Lanzarote

Panoramic views surround you, though especially from the mountaintops where your eyes meet with the intricate patterns of the cultivated black fields and terraces, a colour owed to the use of picón or lapilli (volcanic gravel) which ingeniously retains the little moisture available from overnight dew or the Atlantic breeze. Almost half of the municipality´s borders consist of untouched Atlantic coastline, boasting some of the most spectacular horizons, the traditional fishing village of La Santa and some of Europe´s best surfing.

The Sunday farmers’ market at Mancha Blanca

Tinajo is living proof of how man can adapt to his environment, and is still the island’s main food-producing regions and many old farming techniques are still used today. The volcanic soil that was left behind provided local people with a fertile canvas for cultivation, livestock farming (mainly goats and sheep), providing them with a staple diet and goods for trade.

 The Sunday Farmers’ Market at Mancha Blanca

The Sunday Farmers’ Market at Mancha Blanca, now on its eleventh year, is a must if you enjoy locally-grown and home-made fayre, guaranteeing flavoursome and healthy produce with the minimum possible carbon footprint; fruit, vegetables, legumes, cheese, free-range eggs, wines and liqueurs, rustic bread, plants and flowers, honey, jam and Canarian “mojo” (green and red sauces).

100% Ecological

Much of the produce on offer carries the official seal of Ecological Agriculture in the Canary Islands. One of the stalls I visit every Sunday belongs to Manolo and Juani, who now have six fincas (allotments) across Lanzarote producing a wide range of fruit, vegetables, legumes and fresh eggs: “All our products are 100% ecological, though this is nothing new and we are simply doing what the island´s ancestors have always done. We use only natural pesticides, fertilizer, traditional seeds – all of which is good for the soil and our health – and the food tastes so much better.”

Fresh cheese, Tinajo, Lanzarote

Fresh local dairy produce

Pepe is a traditional farmer who doubles up as a local policeman and is a popular figure at the Sunday market. He looks after a herd of around a hundred sheep and goats, producing seven varieties of cheese, fresh yoghurt and milk. Pepe extracts about 120 litres of milk a day from his herd, which he uses for his own produce as well as supplying another local cheese producer. “We keep our own production fairly small, to maintain the highest quality. In my view, by producing large quantities, quality is always sacrificed. It´s enough to sustain a family comfortably and a pleasure to be able to live on the fruits of your own labour.”

Canarian Products, Farmers’ Market at Mancha Blanca

The most authentic wine

Grape-growing methods in Lanzarote are unique: mini-craters are formed in the ground then vines are protected from the wind by hand-made stone semi-circles, making for fascinating landscape patterns. This also makes the use of machines impossible, so all the work is manual. At the Fernandez family´s market stall you will find a range of white, rosé and red local wines, liqueurs and jams, all home-made at the family´s properties.

Lanzarote's wine

By far the best and most popular Lanzarote wine is produced from the Malvasía white grape, which accounts for around 75% of the island´s wine production, though don´t miss the opportunity to taste the fruity liqueurs made from blackberries, figs, lemons, in fact, they´ll make liqueur out of any fruit they produce and they are all delicious!

La Ermita de Los Dolores (Los Dolores Church)

Just in front of the Sunday farmers´ market, the beautiful hermitage of Los Dolores is an iconic symbol, not only for the island (as the Virgen de Los Dolores it´s patron saint), but is of special significance to the people of Tinajo. The church was erected in honour of the Virgen, to fulfil a promise made by the villagers during the Timanfaya eruptions from 1730-1736. The villages pleaded with their saint to halt the flow of lava that advanced towards them from Timanfaya, thrusting a cross into the ground at which point the lava miraculously stopped, saving them from peril.

Los Dolores church, Tinajo, Lanzarote

Pilgrims still visit to the church today, making a promise to the Virgen and lighting a candle, though the biggest festival of Lanzarote – La Romería de Los Dolores – takes place every September, when thousands of people walk from all over the island in traditional dress, culminating at the church square for a fantastic celebration of culture, art, music and tradition.

Caldera Blanca: Feel on top of the world

The beauty of Tinajo´s volcanic landscape is best appreciated from the top of a volcano, and none better than one of the area´s oldest peaks, Caldera Blanca. The volcano reaches an altitude of 458 m and its 1.2 km diameter crater is the widest on Lanzarote, defying most ordinary camera lenses to capture in one shot!

Tinajo landscape

This awesome hiking route is only a short drive from the farmers´ market towards Timanfaya National Park, with a convenient parking area and excellent signposting and information. It´s a fairly easy route that takes between three to four hours, depending on how many stops you make, so a good pair of walking shoes, plenty of water, snacks and sunscreen are essential. A level lava path winds towards the foot of the volcano, where you climb up a more rustic track towards the rim of the crater.

The panorama that greets you on reaching the top truly defines the term “breathtaking”, as you soak up 360 degrees of surreal natural landscape with a feeling of indescribable awe; Timanfaya National Park, the Atlantic Ocean in its infinity, the towns of Tinajo, La Santa and Soo, the Famara cliffs and the islands of La Graciosa, Alegranza and Montaña Clara…a sight beyond comparison.

Views from the top of volcano, Tinajo, Lanzarote

A green oasis lies at the bottom of the crater´s interior, due to the high concentration of humidity from run-off. You may spot some tiny white specs which are in fact goats and sheep, left there by farmers to graze and reproduce, only to be regrouped and taken back to their homesteads months later. Another ancient tradition that is still practiced today by some local farmers.

Authentic Canarian cuisine

Hunger will undoubtedly follow so much activity and why not attack it with some traditional local cuisine: fine examples of traditional gastronomy can be found in El Asadero in Tinguatón, just outside of the village of Mancha Blanca which has beautiful views over the volcanic park, as well as Restaurante Las Cadenas, on the main road through La Vegueta, around two kilometres from Dolores church. Both restaurants serve generous tapas incorporating local flavours and ingredients, as well as wholesome main courses. Booking is recommended for Sundays.

You can guarantee feeling refreshed and invigorated after a day out around Tinajo, and you´ll take home some amazing memories of Lanzarote´s authentic traditions, culture and natural beauty.

Give us your comments

Comments

Highlights
How to Enjoy Carnival on Tenerife
Deserted beach and abandoned salt pans in Lanzarote
La Palma: A Heaven for Stargazing
Experience participating in Transgrancanaria
A Road Trip Around the North of Fuerteventura
A Journey to the end of the World, or to Punta de Orchilla
Diversity on the rocks: Hundreds of unique species
La Gomera, the romantic getaway
Following a Tapas Route on Tenerife
Enjoy a trek to the highest point in Lanzarote
Fiesta de la Cruz on La Palma
Gran Canaria’s Other Rock: Sacred Roque Bentayga
A day in the outback of Fuerteventura
Walking to the Beautiful Valley on La Gomera
"Fototrek” an amazing annual photographic adventure in El Hierro
An incredible Whale & Dolphin watching experience in Tenerife
The secret white sand beaches of Lanzarote
On the sunny side: Los Llanos de Aridane
Exploring South Fuerteventura by Car
The Best Bit of Las Canteras Beach is Underwater
La Gomera, lush and beautiful
Paragliding above the valley of El Hierro. What an experience!
Three ways to enjoy Teide in Tenerife
Tasting Lanzarote: Cosecha 2015
La Palma, a taste of the tropics
Jardín Canario Viera y Clavijo, one of the highlights of Gran Canaria
From a Magic Spring to a Secret Lake, Five Curiosities on La Gomera
Jinama and Charco Azul
Amazing boat excursion to the Archipiélago Chinijo marine reserve
Lanzarote sunrises
La Palma: a Treasure Trove of landscapes in One Island
Viewpoint Mirador de la Peña, the smallest hotel of the world and the giant lizard
A Hike Around Gran Canaria's Volcanic Hotspot
Fuerteventura, Strong Wind
La Gomera: A day visiting dolphins and whales
Lanzarote fishing: Fresh fish for lunch
Exploring the Historic Centre of La Laguna
“Ruta de la Tapa” in Valverde
Driving the Las Mimbreras road
Discover the Beautiful North of Lanzarote by Car
Excursion to the Isla de Lobos
La Gomera – a rural tourism paradise
Festival of La Bajada de la Virgen de los Reyes
A morning in Santa Cruz de La Palma
The water route, Valverde and the Bonanza rock
Exploring the San Juan Volcano
Vegueta: Time Travel In Las Palmas de Gran Canaria’s Old Town
Why You Don’t Want to Miss Out on Trekking Masca in Tenerife
Experience Tinajo: Rural traditions and breathtaking natural beauty
A lovely stroll around Villa de Valverde
A Spring Tour Of Gran Canaria
Through the back roads of El Paso
Relaxation and wellbeing, enjoying Lanzarote´s natural treasures
A trip along the coast of El Golfo, El Hierro
Exploring the Highs and Lows of Puerto de Mogán
Why You Will Absolutely Love Exploring Amazing La Graciosa
The Wild North of La Palma
Tenerife, best locations and the British favourite hotspots
Enjoy the best of Lanzarote at Noches de Jameos
www.hellocanaryislands.com