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The secret white sand beaches of Lanzarote


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
Relish the thrill and views of El Faro La Entallada, in Fuerteventura
Menceyes and our Lady of Candelaria, in Tenerife
The Wine Run Lanzarote: food, wine and scenery
Experience the beauty of the pink caves of Puertito de Los Molinos
A Saturday in the beautiful village of Haría, Lanzarote
A must do in Fuerteventura – Picnic in the dunes of Corralejo
Playa San Juan in Tenerife, a charming place
A walk along the El Golfo ridge, El Hierro
The five best places to eat in Puerto del Rosario, Fuerteventura
A cup of coffee at Casa José Saramago, Lanzarote
Why Forestal Park is One of the Best Experiences in Tenerife
San Sebastián, the high part of Santa Cruz de La Palma
Sunset On The Rocks At Puerto de Mogán in Gran Canaria
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27 Jun 2016

I admit to being slightly biased about how beautiful the north of Lanzarote is, after all I’ve made it my home and it’s captured my heart.

On your next visit to Lanzarote, I really want you to escape your holiday resort and hire a car for the day to discover the beauty of the unspoilt north of Lanzarote. You can visit two of the island’s most interesting attractions, and discover little lagoons & coves, with the purest white sand and the bluest ocean water. I adore this area, it’s the opposite of the busy resorts in Lanzarote, and provides a wonderful, tranquil oasis in the midst of any holiday visit.

Take the LZ1, which heads north from Tahíche towards Órzola, the northernmost tip of the island. After about 25 KM, you’ll pass the little fishing villages of Arrieta and Punta Mujeres - we’ll come back to those later. Five minutes after that, you’ll reach the Jameos del Agua and the Cueva de los Verdes, two visitor attractions - one on either side of the road. It doesn’t matter which you visit first, so make you choice and park in the relevant car park.

Cueva de Los Verdes

As the name suggests, it’s a cave! It was formed during the very early eruptions on the island, and it is one of the world’s most extensive lava tunnels, running 6 KM from the corona to the ocean. In previous times the inhabitants of the island used the natural tunnel to escape pirates.

The section of lava tunnel which is open to visitors comprises of various galleries, small guided tours depart regularly.  You can learn something of the history, see spectacularly coloured rock, which is beautifully lit, and look out for one of the world’s great optical illusions!

Cueva de Los Verdes

Jameos del Agua

Built by Cesár Manrique, the Jameos del Agua is at the ocean end of the tunnel, and has an amazingly clear lake in it inhabited by blind albino crabs, found nowhere else in the world. At the centre, there is a fabulous swimming pool built in the “Jameo” style, and an auditorium where concerts are played, using the amazing natural acoustics of the cave. As you leave, walk down to the end of the car park to look at the ocean, where the lava flowed out to sea. You might also find some kite / windsurfers just along the coast towards Arrieta if the conditions are right.

Now it’s time to head to the secret white beaches! Continue north along the coast road towards Órzola and within a few KM, you will start to see a series of pure white sandy beaches, protected by natural lava reefs, in little coves. There are car parks for most of them on your left, so park up and go and have a look. You don’t need shoes, as the sand is so soft. I would suggest heading to one of these two beaches for a paddle and chill out, before lunch.

Jameos del Agua

Caleta del Mero

This beautiful little cove is found on the crest of the hill, after the wide sweeping bend. Access is either via a rocky footpath or through the sand dunes. This beach is favoured by naturists, who tend to like chilling out in the zocos. These low level circular structures on the beach, are simply volcanic stones placed on top of each other, to provide some shelter from the breeze. Don’t worry if you don’t like sunbathing in the all together, textiles are welcome here too!

Caleta del Mero

Caletón Blanco

The sheltered and shallow beach of Caletón Blanco is popular with local families. This beach is accessed via a dirt track leading off on the right as you approach Órzola. Simply park your car next to the beach and pick your spot.

The water is shallow and amazingly clear, we love rock pooling and paddling here, this place is always a winner with young children who are mesmerised by the fish to be found swimming around their feet.

Once you’ve enjoyed a paddle or a swim, it will be time to get some lunch!

Caletón Blanco

Órzola

Órzola is Lanzarote’s northern most village, and provides all the communication links with the island of La Graciosa, there are regular ferries running from the harbour here over to Caleta del Sebo.

There’s a great choice of restaurants facing on to the harbour area in Órzola, for us it has to be fresh fish or paella when eating out in this location. Take a stroll along the main street and the promenade beside the harbour, the waiters are friendly, you can have a look at the specials boards and see which one tempts you.

Our favourite local fresh fish include dorada (sea bream), cherne (stone bass), lubina (sea bass), vieja (parrot fish) and the ugly but tasty cantarero (scorpion). The fresh fish of the day is usually cooked on the grill and served whole with flakes of toasted garlic and a squeeze of lemon. We adore the cantarero fried, the skin is scored and the whole fish cooked in a deep fat fryer. For something a little special look for the fish baked in salt, this is normally served in fillets at the table. A glass of chilled Lanzarote white wine is the perfect drink to enjoy with your lunch, but not for the designated driver!

Road to Órzola

After lunch you may want to visit two attractions that are in this area, Lanzaloe is an aloe vera farm where you can visit the fields and sample the products. If you are out for the day with young children, they’ll enjoy a visit to Pardelas Park, where little ones can pet and feed a variety of animals.

On your drive back take the turn off for Punta Mujeres, this village has a selection of sea pools along the coastline and a slip way which is littered with pretty little fishing boats. It’s great snorkeling from the harbour and La Piscina is a popular seafront bar if in need of refreshment.

The next village along is Arrieta, it’s worth a pause at the harbour here too, to see the “dolls house” it’s an unsual construction for the island’s strict planning laws and has an interesting history. If you’ve got time to spare, head for Playa La Garita it’s a fabulous locals beach, with golden sand, a pier, children’s play area, toilets and showers. The best part about this beach is the Chiringuito, an excellent beach bar serving tapas and drinks.

It’s only 12KM from Arrieta to Órzola, I’ve suggested doing this route by car, however by far the best way to enjoy this stretch of coastline is on a bicycle. So if you get a chance, ditch the car in Arrieta and pedal this undulating coast road, it’s a little bit special and light in traffic.

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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
Relish the thrill and views of El Faro La Entallada, in Fuerteventura
Menceyes and our Lady of Candelaria, in Tenerife
The Wine Run Lanzarote: food, wine and scenery
Experience the beauty of the pink caves of Puertito de Los Molinos
A Saturday in the beautiful village of Haría, Lanzarote
A must do in Fuerteventura – Picnic in the dunes of Corralejo
Playa San Juan in Tenerife, a charming place
A walk along the El Golfo ridge, El Hierro
The five best places to eat in Puerto del Rosario, Fuerteventura
A cup of coffee at Casa José Saramago, Lanzarote
Why Forestal Park is One of the Best Experiences in Tenerife
San Sebastián, the high part of Santa Cruz de La Palma
Sunset On The Rocks At Puerto de Mogán in Gran Canaria
www.hellocanaryislands.com