7 typical villages to visit in Lanzarote

Lanzarote is a delightful island, shaped by the famous César Manrique and all its inhabitants. Its volcanic landscapes are truly enchanting, and its coasts of black rock and white sand beaches offer incredible panoramic views. However, if we had to mention one negative point, it would be its lack of authenticity. It's true that most of the economy is based on tourism and, at first glance, it's hard to come across places untouched by the tourist influence. And yet the island is full of picturesque little villages, often overlooked by visitors who generally prefer the big tourist attractions. Whether by the sea or inland, their authentic charm is instantly appealing. So yes, you'll undoubtedly come across a few tourists, as the island is small, but you'll discover places with a soul, where the real Lanzaroteños live.

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1. Haría

Haría is one ofthe most beautiful villages on the island, not far from the ocean in the north of Lanzarote. This colourful, unspoilt village nestles in a lush green setting surrounded by volcanoes, on higher ground and therefore cooler and quieter, far from the hustle and bustle of the coastline. Although Haría attracts mainly tourists who come to visit the César Manrique House-Museum, where Lanzarote's most famous artist spent the end of his life, don't hesitate to linger in its white streets lined with palm trees. Enjoy a drink in the Plaza Leon y Castillo, where you can admire the village'stypical architecture while taking in theserene atmosphere.

The village of Haría on Lanzarote.

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2. El Golfo

On the south-west coast of Lanzarote, El Golfo is a small fishing village that feels like the end of the world. Although the area is well known to tourists who come to admire the famous green lagoon, many forget to linger in the village. Its small white huts and black sandy beaches are pounded relentlessly by the Atlantic waves. Numerous seafood restaurants offer the chance to enjoy this natural spectacle by serving traditional dishes overlooking the ocean. See our article dedicated to El Golfo for more information!

The village of El Golfo on Lanzarote.

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3. Yaiza

The pretty municipality of Yaiza is also well worth a visit, having been awarded the title of"most beautiful village in Lanzarote" on several occasions. This is a title not to be sniffed at, as the village has plenty of charm, with its tall palm trees, immaculate buildings contrasting with the glowing volcanoes that surround it, and the small seventeenth-century church of Nuestra Señora de los Remedios. In terms of architecture, the Casa de la Cultura Benito Pérez Armas is worth a visit for its traditional balconies and wooden staircase. Don't hesitate to lose yourself in its quiet alleyways to really get a feel for the city'stranquil atmosphere.

Traditional houses in the village of Yaiza on Lanzarote.

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4. Orzola

On the northern tip of Lanzarote, the small fishing village ofOrzola welcomes all visitors in transit to the island of La Graciosa. Its seafront restaurants are a great success, whether you're looking for a drink or a bite to eat while waiting for the next ferry. You can also take a stroll along the harbour, where boats and barques dance to the rhythm of the waves. On the outskirts of the town, there are a number of pretty white sandy coves known as "caletones", which are great for swimming. They're also great snorkelling spots!

Boats in Lanzarote's Orzola roadstead.

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5. Teguise

Visiting Teguise is like travelling back to the 18th century, where time seems to have stood still. Former capital of the island until 1847, it is one of the best-preserved old villages in the Canary Islands, surrounded by a fascinating volcanic landscape of ancient craters and solidified lava flows. Don't miss the church of Our Lady of Guadalupe, the centrepiece of the village. Located in the Plaça San Miguel, it is the meeting point for the locals and a focal point for events and festivals. The Spinola palace in the centre and the Guanapay castle, located on the edge of a volcanic crater, are also well worth a visit.

Church of Our Lady of Guadalupe in Teguise.

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6. Caleta de Famara

At the foot of the Risco cliff, Playa Famara is one of the most beautiful beaches on Lanzarote. Here, you can stroll along the golden sands and enjoy the spectacle of surfers gliding gracefully over the waves, with theisland of La Graciosa in the background. Right next door, Caleta de Famara is a tiny village that takes visitors on a journey to the American West, with its sand-swept streets and small windmill that spins tirelessly. It was here that the young César Manrique spent his holidays.

Caleta de Famara à Lanzarote.

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7. San Bartolomé

Right in the centre of Lanzarote, San Bartolomé is a picturesque village with agricultural roots, as evidenced by its location between the vineyards of La Geria and the jable area where vegetables are grown. Tourists come here to visit the Casa Museo and the Monumento del Campesino, designed by César Manrique, but often forget to linger and discover, for example, the Casa Ajei or the Casa del Mayor Guerra, with their typical architecture. The streets are a delight to stroll through, with pretty little squares planted with trees and delicious restaurants serving Canarian specialities.

The San Bartolomé municipal theater in Lanzarote.

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