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A Saturday in the beautiful village of Haría, Lanzarote


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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
A walk from San Andrés to Hoya del Morcillo, El Hierro
Enjoyment for the active traveller – Climb the Volcanic Mount Roja
Teguise: immerse yourself in Lanzarote’s history
How to Enjoy a Stunning Walk in Tenerife from Playa San Juan to Los Gigantes
Tazacorte, in La Palma: more than just a sun trap
Art, Architecture and Frogs in Gran Canaria's Garden City
Carnival time on El Hierro
One of the best family days out in Fuerteventura
Journey to another planet at Timanfaya National Park, Lanzarote
From the sea to the sky, a circular drive in South Tenerife
A journey through La Palma’s plant world
Los Carneros de Tigaday, El Hierro
Relaxing Weekend staying in the picture perfect beaches of El Cotillo – Fuerteventura
Lanzarote’s southwest coastline: where ocean meets lava
How to Enjoy North Tenerife and Wine Tasting in One Amazing Trip
A trip around La Palma’s south coast
The Quiet South Gran Canaria Beach With Two Names
What to explore, How to get there and where to stay in San Sebastian the capital of La Gomera.
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El Tablado, La Palma’s remotest settlement
Swimming And Snorkelling At El Puertillo in North Gran Canaria
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A tour around El Hierro’s “Mirador’s”
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How to Enjoy an Easy Adventure from Puerto del Carmen to Puerto Calero
A walk across Llano de Las Cuevas in La Palma
How to Enjoy a Superb Luxury Sailing Trip in Tenerife
From Jungle To Desert at Maspalomas In South Gran Canaria
The sweetness of La Gomera and the Canary Islands – Palm Syrup
Cycling on El Hierro is a great way to see the Island
Isla de Lobos, a natural Paradise
Volcanoes, wine and British history in Lanzarote
The mini-Volcano Route, La Palma
How To Try And Do Tenerife From Top To Bottom In Three Days
Playa Santiago – A glorious mesh of sleepy fishing village and luxury hotel complex
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How to Discover La Gomera With an Amazing Jeep Safari Adventure
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27 Nov 2017

Haría sits in the north of Lanzarote, nestled in the “Valley of a Thousand Palms,” a name derived from an old tradition of planting palm trees with the birth of every new child. Standing at 272 m above sea level, it’s one of the island’s greenest villages.

The beautiful village of Haría, Lanzarote, Canary Islands

Haría’s fertile lands made it Lanzarote’s second most important town, after Teguise, until the mid-eighteenth century when Arrecife became the new capital. The area’s economic activity relied on food cultivation and livestock, salt production, cochineal farming aided by the two ports of Órzola and Arrieta. The municipality gradually suffered the effects of cheaper foreign imports arriving through Arrecife’s larger port, and the town’s importance diminished.

Today, this delightful village is as authentic as it gets. Traditional buildings with fascinating architecture line it’s pretty streets, marked by stone walls, wooden windows and balconies. Flowers in bloom and home-grown vegetables line the gardens.

Haría’s traditional council building, Lanzarote, Canary Islands

Outstanding views accompany you on your trip to Haría, especially if you take the route from Teguise. The winding ascent that starts at Los Valles takes you up past the majestic wind farm. Further along on your right, you can stop to admire panoramic views of Arrieta and Punta Mujeres. The road leads you to Mirador de los Valles, then winds down the steep hillside towards Haría. This is a spectacular sight, although not for those with vertigo!

Arrive early to make the most of Haría’s treasures, to stroll around the market. Enjoy a coffee under the shade of centenary trees. Visit César Manrique’s House Museum and enjoy lunch at one of the town’s good restaurants.

Artisan goat’s cheese at Haría market, Lanzarote, Canary Islands

The Saturday morning artisan market

This small, laid-back market is held in the town’s main square, Plaza León y Castillo, every Saturday from 10:00 until 14:00. The leafy pedestrianised village square is one of Lanzarote’s most beautiful, and is the main hub for Haría’s local community.

If you’re a lover of all things hand-made, this market is for you. Only registered craftsmen and women can offer their wares here in Haría’s market, and everything is made with passion. Those in search of a unique gift or souvenir will surely find it here.

Handmade jewellery at Haría market, Lanzarote, Canary Islands

The market is a mixture of permanent traders, established in the square’s traditional buildings, and temporary market stalls that set up for the day. Browse at a range of produce including clothing, jewellery, paintings, ceramics and pottery, soaps, flavoursome cheeses, ecological fruit and vegetables, to name a few.

Hand crafted ceramics at Haría market, Lanzarote, Canary Islands

One of Haría’s two churches, La Encarnación de Haría, stands at the end of the square. Visitors are welcome to view its charming interior. The church had to be reconstructed following the destruction caused by a storm in 1956, much to the sadness of the community.

El Rincón de Quino in Plaza León y Castillo, Haría, Lanzarote, Canary Islands

The relaxing pace is contagious: a perfect excuse to enjoy some refreshment and home-made cake amongst the locals and market-goers at El Rincón de Quino. Watch the world go by from this pleasant, traditional street café under the shade of huge leafy trees, while listening to live street music.

César Manrique House Museum

César Manrique, Lanzarote’s famous architect, bought this palm orchard with ruins in the 1970’s, and began building his new home in 1986. His dream was to create a place where he could paint in peace and to be inspired by nature. He left his Tahiche house, converting it into a foundation, and moved into his Haría home in 1988, four years before his death.

Entrance to the César Manrique House Museum, Lanzarote, Canary Islands

The house was opened as a museum in 2013. This fascinating property comprises of Manrique’s living quarters, his workshop and a small house for domestic staff. The artist’s trademark style of blending nature with contemporary architecture oozes from the walls of this serene property. Traditional rustic Canarian architecture dominates with the use of solid wood and white stone walls.

Two wonderful courtyards greet you at the entrance to the house. An intimate and cosy feeling embraces you as soon as you step into the house, fusing the antique with the modern. Wooden floors creak under your feet, African masks hang on the wall amongst the elegant, though rustic furnishings.

Inner courtyard at the César Manrique House Museum, Haría, Lanzarote, Canary Islands

Large and inviting sofas gather around a large basalt fireplace adorned with local ceramics and lamps. Artefacts made of recycled metal and wood by the artist himself decorate the walls. A grand piano takes pride of place nearby. Marvel at his collection of books, music and photographs of himself alongside the stars, royalty and other international artists and architects. All this with a smooth musical backdrop of some of his favourite music: jazz, classical and Afro-American.

César Manrique House Museum, Lanzarote, Canary Islands

Huge windows allow natural light to flow inside, integrating the garden and swimming pool area with the lounge. Indoor vegetation breathes life into each room. Both bathrooms of the house appear to naturally blend in with their exterior. It almost feels as though the architect still lives here today. One begins to understand the person he was, how he lived and a glimpse into his fascinating life.

César Manrique’s workshop at the House Museum in Haría, Lanzarote, Canary Islands

Manrique’s workshop, half buried on the far side of the garden was his daily retreat. It has been left exactly as it was when he last used it. Canvasses are scattered on the floor (the way he preferred to paint, using the easel only for finishing touches and smaller works). Brushes and colours are poised at one side. His workshop lends an intriguing insight into his creative mind.

The last basket weaver on Lanzarote

On leaving the César Manrique House Museum, my attention was drawn to some baskets hanging outside a garage door, a little further up the road. Haría is known for its artisanal basket weaving, and I hadn’t seen them at the market earlier.

Basket weaver in Haría, Lanzarote, Canary Islands

Inside the garage sat an elderly man, whose name I learned was Eulogio Concepción Perdomo. The 83-year-old told me how he has been weaving articles from palm leaves for sixty years, and that he is now the last craftsman of his kind on Lanzarote.

When he was younger, before Haria was served by roads, he would stay and weave in the houses of those who ordered his produce, as the daily commute across the mountains was impractical. He would regularly supply a small shop in Arrecife, six hours walk away.

Hand crafted baskets in Haría, Lanzarote, Canary Islands

In the old days, he recalls, it was customary to extract the hearts of palm trees, and every single part of the plant would be used: tools, brooms, roofing, animal feed, furniture, handicrafts, etc. Nowadays, however, it is no longer allowed to extract palm hearts and modern materials have replaced old traditional ones. Eulogio now obtains his raw materials from the local council landscape department for his activity.

On being asked if he thinks of retirement, Eulogio looks puzzled.

‘Retire? What would I do? No, I’ll carry on doing what I love, I always manage to sell something or other.’

Not surprisingly, I left with a bread basket, a lamp and a larger basket for firewood. After all, this is a disappearing tradition. Remember to call in on Eulogio when you visit Haría.

Creative cuisine

Beautiful setting at La Puerta Verde Restaurant, Haría, Lanzarote, Canary Islands

A day out isn’t complete without lunch. Haría offers many places to eat, though curiosity drew me to La Puerta Verde. I had walked passed this charming restaurant on several occasions, but had never stopped to eat. It’s easily accessible and tucked away only a few streets from the centre of the town.

The restaurant has German owners although their creative dishes are mainly Mediterranean, and with excellent options for all vegetarians.

Creative cuisine at La Puerta Verde, Haría, Lanzarote, Canary Islands

Wanting to keep it fairly light, we ordered a few dishes to share: roasted provolone cheese with a rocket and red fruit salad, along with quinoa tabbouleh and caramelised onions, fried almonds and citrus wedges. So unique and absolutely delicious, even more so when washed down with a glass of local white wine!

Haría is a wonderful day out at any time of the year. Its geographical position makes it cooler than other parts of Lanzarote.

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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
A walk from San Andrés to Hoya del Morcillo, El Hierro
Enjoyment for the active traveller – Climb the Volcanic Mount Roja
Teguise: immerse yourself in Lanzarote’s history
How to Enjoy a Stunning Walk in Tenerife from Playa San Juan to Los Gigantes
Tazacorte, in La Palma: more than just a sun trap
Art, Architecture and Frogs in Gran Canaria's Garden City
Carnival time on El Hierro
One of the best family days out in Fuerteventura
Journey to another planet at Timanfaya National Park, Lanzarote
From the sea to the sky, a circular drive in South Tenerife
A journey through La Palma’s plant world
Los Carneros de Tigaday, El Hierro
Relaxing Weekend staying in the picture perfect beaches of El Cotillo – Fuerteventura
Lanzarote’s southwest coastline: where ocean meets lava
How to Enjoy North Tenerife and Wine Tasting in One Amazing Trip
A trip around La Palma’s south coast
The Quiet South Gran Canaria Beach With Two Names
What to explore, How to get there and where to stay in San Sebastian the capital of La Gomera.
Relax by the sea in El Tamaduste
The best olive oil in Fuerteventura – Verde Aurora Bio Farm
Hiking in La Geria: a bird’s eye view of the volcanoes
How to Enjoy a Unique Excursion Around Stunning Santa Cruz
El Tablado, La Palma’s remotest settlement
Swimming And Snorkelling At El Puertillo in North Gran Canaria
Enjoy a morning at the local produce Market in San Sebastián de La Gomera
A tour around El Hierro’s “Mirador’s”
Betancuria, the ancient capital in the mountains of Fuerteventura
How to Enjoy an Easy Adventure from Puerto del Carmen to Puerto Calero
A walk across Llano de Las Cuevas in La Palma
How to Enjoy a Superb Luxury Sailing Trip in Tenerife
From Jungle To Desert at Maspalomas In South Gran Canaria
The sweetness of La Gomera and the Canary Islands – Palm Syrup
Cycling on El Hierro is a great way to see the Island
Isla de Lobos, a natural Paradise
Volcanoes, wine and British history in Lanzarote
The mini-Volcano Route, La Palma
How To Try And Do Tenerife From Top To Bottom In Three Days
Playa Santiago – A glorious mesh of sleepy fishing village and luxury hotel complex
A Day at the Canaribbean In Gran Canaria
Hermigua, the beautiful tropical valley of La Gomera with a Gofio Museum
How to Enjoy Authentic Lanzarote at the Lovely El Charco de San Ginés
La Gomera’s longest beach in the Valley of the great king – Valle Gran Rey
The Charm of Vallehermoso – The Beautiful Valley in La Gomera
How to Discover La Gomera With an Amazing Jeep Safari Adventure
www.hellocanaryislands.com