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Townships and Cities on Lanzarote



Arrecife is the capital of Lanzarote and counts approximately 55.000 inhabitants, most of them native Lanzaroteños.
Its appearance is dominated by a jumble of small streets and alley ways where still some of the oldest buildings of Lanzarote can be found. Meanwhile the former ugly cygnet moulted into a beautiful swan in big parts of town. The very heart of Arrecife, the main street ` Leon y Castillo´ nowadays is a very popular and clean shopping promenade with a quality selection of shops and stores. The beach promenade was embellished and broadened and is now inviting for miles and miles of strolling. Keen walkers should try the recently finished `Camino Maritimo´, which connects Arrecife with the resort of Puerto del Carmen and is one of the longest beach promenades of the world. Furthermore it´s recommended to visit the `Castillo de San Gabriel ´ and the `Castillo de San José ´ , that hosts the museum of contemporary Art. Northwardly of the castles you´ll reach the old fishing port and the harbour `Los Marmoles´ , where, if lucky, you can see some of the worlds biggest cruisers moored.

Especially pretty : the sheltered natural harbour ` El Charco de San Ginés ´ framed by many blue and white painted lodges. Nearby, situated on a small plaza, the church ` San Ginés´ is well worth a visit with its wooden ceilings, lava columns and round arches made of natural stone. The only real eyesore is produced by the high-rised Gran Hotel, that had burned down in 1994 and was recently reopened against public opinion who would rather had it seen demolished. There is, however, a lavish park projected to be construct around that stain.



The, not really small anymore, township of Arrieta is situated in the north - eastern part of the island. In recent years it has seen quite an actvity of building new housing areas there, partially touristic, but mainly weekend houses and flats for the locals. One of the reasons certainly is the beautiful small beach that is ideal for swimming, but the main charm is the originality of the location, where traditionaly music´s in the air on the weekend and some old established bars and restaurants allure with local specialities, especially fresh fish dishes.


Eastern of Mala, Lanzarotes heart of naturism is beating with the nudist centre `Charco del Palo ´. The resort is run by a specialized tour operator and beautifully located within surrounding sanddunes and the black cliffs of the Atlantik with some impressive natural pools.


Costa Teguise

Besides Puerto del Carmen the second biggest touristical development of Lanzarote, the Costa Teguise, hasn´t grown naturally around a historical nucleus but was constructed only to accomodate the demand of mass tourism. Within a short period of time a quite astonishing number of hotels and apartment - resorts have been raised and still today there is no slow - down in sight. The `older parts ´ meanwhile are relatively respectable with nicely shaped gardens and planted promenades. The Costa Teguise offers a wide range of watersport - activities as diving, surfing, sailing and game fishing, as well there is a very green 18 - hole golf course, an aquapark and various sportcenters. If the Costa Teguise might be an acceptable destination for the sportive folks, friends of nightlife and clubbing will be disappointed. The choice of bars and discotheques is inadequate.



A real small and unspoiled Canarian village beside the eponymous crater hosting the unique emerald green lake. The right location to watch unforgettable sunsets. A few old - established restaurants offer fresh fish, daintiest seafood and other rich and recommendable local dishes.

Photos of El Golfo


On top of the mountains of `Los Ajaches´ you´ll find the small village of Femés. As it is situated at the recently finished shortcut that connects Uga and Playa Blanca, the formerly sleepy place nowadays has to face with a lot of traffic. Many travellers stop off here for having a cup and some delicate Tapas while enjoying the superb views the valley offers all the way to Playa Blanca. In the fertile valley between Las Casitas de Femés and Femés still vegetables as tomatoe, onion, potato and maize are troublesome grown.

Photos of Femès


A rather insignificant village, at least, if you are on a sightseeing tour. It is mainly inhabited by locals and ex-pats. The development looks a little bemusing, old and new houses in a confused mix of ages and styles. The parts of Guime are mostly connected by winding gravel tracks. The great panoramic views to Puerto del Carmen, Arrecife and, if you like that, the airport, are well worth mentioning though.



At the bottom of the Famara mountains, the valley of Haria with its hundreds of old palmtrees surely is one of the most pleaseant places on the whole island of Lanzarote. It is mostly inhabited by very friendly locals that are pleased having visitors. The story goes that for every born girl one, and for every boychild two palmtrees had to be planted and for that reason Haria today is a real oasis with small, white and very neat houses. Until his untimely death the great artist César Manrique was the most illustrious habitant of that beautifull village. At the plaza or town center regular fiestas take place and there is a small handicraft market every Saturday until 2 pm. Afterwoods you are warmly wellcome at one of the small restaurants and cafés to enjoy the typical dishes.



La Asomada

Our hometown .
The small village of La Asomada is located 300 meters above sea level at the south - eastern slopes of the mountain of Gaida. La Asomada is a rural place unspoiled by tourism and well known at the local markets for its onions and tomatoes. Every year the inhabitants celebrate a huge fiesta to honour San José Obrero, patron saint of farmers. Individual, small and very neat country homes, a small chapel, mini-market, a tiny school and a community centre shape the appearance of that quiet, adorable village. From here, there are gorgeous views across the entire eastern coastline of Lanzarote and to the islands Los Lobos and Fuerteventura. La Asomada is an ideal point to start long and short hikes and tours with a mountain bike. Pursuing the trail between the nearby mountains `Montana Cupaderos´ and `Montana Guardilama´, the famous wine growing region of La Geria is reached. From the hilltops magnificent panoramic views across the whole island, the fire mountains and even to the our northern neighbour, the island of La Graciosa are possible. Not to be missed is to enjoy one of the spectacular sunsets here. The trails are easy to walk and we are happy to help with further information. The bigger towns Puerto del Carmen and Tias with a variety of shopping facilities are within easy reach using a car. A five minutes drive away, the village of Macher offers the first good restaurants. Travelling time from the airport is just about 15 minutes.


Caleta de Famara

Situated southern of the popular beaches of Famara, the small fishig village of La Caleta de Famara with its unpaved roads and old houses is still undiscovered by the mass tourism, but a handful of bars and restaurants invite to stop off for a refreshment or some delicious Tapas. La Caleta by now is the main surf spot of Lanzarote, so people from all over the world fill the bars at sunsets and share their day´s adventures.



This tiny village, consisting of a few houses only, wouldn´t be worth to mention really, if it wouldn´t host the biggest sport- and club hotel existing on Lanzarote. Top athletes from all over the world meet here to practise and exercise their skills or to prepare for their next contests. The Club Hotel La Santa disposes of facilities for all kinds of sportive activities and offers regular ´ sports weeks´ , that are joined by locals and visitors. The participants of the world famous Lanzarote Ironman, taking place annually in May, were accommodated here as well, for the Club is arranging this spectacular meeting.


On the road from Femés to Playa Blanca the traveller passes by the village of `Las Brenas´. The place is not especially big, but has a small and neat church and beautifully restaurated Canarian houses. Local and resident inhabitants enjoy the relaxing atmosphere of that very quiet location.



Macher is situated at the main road connecting Yaiza and Tias. Besides a modern filling station there is a communal centre and a nicely restaurated church. Old and new buildings stand together in harmony and who likes, can taste some products of the recently established salmon smokehouse for free.



Small village in the northern part of the island, surrounded by large fields of cacti. Still nowadays the main source of income is the breeding of cochenille - lice, that produce a very precious pigment. Mala possesses its own, very modern hospital, but is a very quiet place. Some of the fondly trimmed front gardens are real eye catchers.


The northernmost village of Lanzarote disposes of a tiny, romantic fishing port with the ferry station to the neighbouring island La Graciosa. Local restaurants invite for a stay to try some of the freshest fish and other local specialities.

Photos of Orzola


Playa Blanca

In Playa Blanca, once a small and humble village and fishing port with a promenade, a handful of restaurants, hotels and apartments at the southern tip of Lanzarote, insanity strikes. For years building cranes, heavy machinery and trucks dominate the impression while raising complex after complex after complex. Hotels and bungalows are growing like weed into the landscape. Meanwhile even the natural reserve adjacent the Papagayo Beaches was profaned to construct yet another senseless hotel and a luxury marina.
César Manrique would turn in his grave beeing exposed to that sight. However, the old and original part of Playa Blanca is nevertheless worth a visit. Some very nice beaches with crystal water entice having a swim and a big choice of bars and restaurants with views across the Atlantic to Fuerteventura is waiting for thirsty and hungry guests. From the harbour scheduled car ferries connect Lanzarote and Fuertventura. The brand-new fast ferry ´Bocayna Express´ does the passage in astonishing 20 minutes.



Between the airport and Arrecife, the town Playa Honda grew fast paced from a handful of houses near the capital to a real residential housing area with plenty of lodgings, apartments and pretty town houses. Everything was nicely planted and the whole place has a harmonic atmosphere. Playa Honda is rarely visited by tourists, although it has a very nice beach with a long promenade and fine restaurants and bars alongside. More common is the big and very modern `Deiland´ shopping centre, located directly at the mainroad towards Arrecife, with its mulitude of shops and recreational - facilities like cinema, bowling etc. The nearby situated, 2 mile- long beach `Playa Guacimeta´ is known for its nude swimming and is rarely frequented because of the noisy airport.


Still a quiet, typical Canary village. Easy to reach from the road that connects Tias and Yaiza. Some small houses directly at the beach, in between a few restaurants and a small black beach, mostly visited by locals. There is a nice trail along the coast between Playa Quemada and Puerto Calero to take a beautiful stroll or explore the bizarre cliffs with its many small and hidden stony bays.


Originally Puerto Calero was projected only as residential marina situated between the resort Puerto del Carmen and Playa Quemada. There result certainly was one of the most beautiful ports in the whole Canary Islands with a quite upscale quality of living. Therefore it was thought to be kept small and a `better adress´ with limited permissions to build. Until two years ago ... since, even Puerto Calero is `blessed´ with two giantic hotels.



Puerto del Carmen

Without doubt, Puerto del Carmen at the sheltered souther coast is the oldest and, stretched out about 5 miles along the beaches, biggest holiday resort. The hotels `San Antonio´ and ´Los Fariones´ are the first established ones and still the biggest. The many apartments altogether don´t exceed two storeys and fit harmonically into the big picture. The long promenade offers really everything, your heart might desire ; From supermarkets, boutiques, souveniers, bars, banks, to electronic shops, hairdressers, restaurants, casino etc. etc... At night some bars will stay opened untill very late, for example the 20 - year established `Waikiki-Beach Club´. A great selection of discotheques with all kinds of rhythms and bars with life music keep the aficionados dancing until sunrise. The old harbour was fondly restaurated the recent years and is a very nice view with the surrounding `Pueblo´, the old town, with its nest-like looking architecture sticking at the hills. Here are numerous bars, restaurants and the big `Plaza de Fiestas´ , the fairground, where on whatever occasion life music is staged and cheerful dancing goes on all night. From the harbour different minicruises and trips to Fuerteventura can be undertaken or a boat can be chartered for a day of game fishing. Those who aren´t good sailors can enjoy the rich diversity of life in the harbour´s water and, if lucky, even meet the resident family of huge stingrays.
Puerto del Carmen is an ideal place for holidays, to relax in the sun on a golden beach as well as to welcome the day at an early mornings´ stroll at sunrise. Experienced friends of the nightlife will always prefer Puerto del Carmen to the newer focal points of touristic developements, Costa Teguise and Playa Blanca.

Punta Mujeres

Photos of Punta Mujeres


Located in the heart of the island, San Bartolomé has kept relatively untouched in his original appearance. It´s surrounded by fields where mainly potatoes and onions are grown. The small and pretty `plaza´ with the church is regularly crowded at folkloric events and the communities local theater stages many performances and concerts. San Bartolomé is inhabitated mainly by locals and the atmoshere at the local tapas bars is rather rustical.


Tahiche is situated between Arrecife and the former capital Teguise and mostly known for beeing domicil to the artist César Manrique, who fitted his famouse house into the lava bubbles here. Today this building hosts the influential César Manrique Foundation and a museum with permanent exhibition dedicated to this great artist and popular politician. Funny: Tahiche has been choosen the place for the only prison on the island ...



Until 1852 Villa de Teguise was the islands capital and is under preservation-order today. It is a very picturesque village and hosts the probably most beautiful little Bodegas, integrated in old Canarian houses. The small white houses of the residents and the impressive mansions of the upper class have been mainly renovated, as well as the local church `Nuestra Senora de Guadelupe´ and the monastry `Santo Domingo´, where sometimes concerts are performend. Every Sunday between 9 in the morning and 2 in the afternoon, the normally sleepy town changes into a multi cultural spectacle, when the biggest market of the island takes place and the town gets flushed with people and cars. At 4 o´clock Teguise is falling back into its part as sleeping beauty ... for another week. Meanwhile the village tells its history of centuries ruled by battles and pirates. It´s worth considering a visit of the old `Castillo de Santa Barbara´ with the museum of the Canarian emigrants. In Villa Teguise you can find a variety of interesting handicraft shops, for example you can buy a `Timple´, a typical Canarian, guitar-like instrument with 5 strings.



The hills above Puerto del Carmen set the location for Tias, seat of the local administration. Tias was well modernized in recent years with many new streets, shops, restaurants and tenements. Locals and residents from all over Europe live door at door in nice accordance. The small, restaurated church is the towns centre, at the local theatre and the `Arena de Lucha de Canaria´ , the wrestling coliseum, regularly interesting performances like concerts, ballets and puppet theatre take place.


Beside the only main road leading throught the small village of Tinajo, palm trees row up and between them some typical small houses with neatly trimmed front gardens. Adjoint to local church a big wrestling arena, where contests of `Luche de Canaria´ are held. From Tinajo the wine growing valleys of `La Geria´ are just a couple of miles southern.



An enchanting suburb of Yaiza to be reached either from the valleys of La Geria or from the mainroad between Tias and Yaiza. Like litte white spots the scattered houses are visible between lots of palm trees at the hills. Uga is the home of the famous Dromedars ( not Camels ! ), that where brought home after a days work carrying people around the park of Timanfaya, throught a especially dug tunnel. Further there is a church, well worth seeing with its open bellfry, a handful of restaurants and an old- established smokehouse with excellent salmon.


On the road to the south and Playa Blanca the picturesque village of Yaiza is traversed. Yaiza archieved many times the award of the most beautiful and clean village in whole Spain and it deserves. All buildings are shiny white with green shutters and doors. Rich plantings of palms, geraniums and other tropical species complete the unique flair of this beautiful place. Directly at the boundary of Yaiza starts the giantic though sensitive area of the fire mountains. The parish church of `Nuestra Senora de Los Remidos´ is worth a visit, as well the Yaiza Cultural Centre, with frequent exhibitions of Canarian artists. A lovely laid - out retaurant named `La Era´ with a patio made from natural stones in the middle of an old, Canarian ruin is especially recommended.


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