Lanzarote is full of wonderful tourist attractions, and a quick web search will quickly list them for you, with all the information you could possibly want to know about them. But what about the secret places only the locals know about? The places you won’t find in any tourist guide? You’d be surprised how many there are!
We’re going to share five secret places with you now:
Mirador de Guinate
Take the main road from Haria and Maguez towards The Mirador del Rio. When you see the sign for Guinate tropical park, turn left and follow the road through the village and out of the other side. Eventually, you will come to a dead end, which opens into a car parking area. You’ll hardly ever see anyone else there, but the car park provides an amazing view of La Graciosa, and the salt pans and beach below the Mirador.
From the roundabout in Tinajo, turn into the town towards Timanfaya. Take the third turning to your right (by the Ferreteria) and follow the road. It will eventually become a dirt track – keep going! When you drop down to sea level, you’ll come to the “lost” village of Tenesar. There are people living there still, and others who use the properties at the weekends, but many of the houses are ruins. It’s a fascinating place!
At the top of the hill above Haria, near the radar station, you’ll find the bosquecillo, which means “grove.” Access is via a fairly rough dirt track by the radar station and not sign posted, you’ll suddenly come into an area with trees (yes really!) and barbecues and picnic tables anyone can use. The views down to Famara from the top of the cliffs are some of the best on the island.
Playa Quemada is the next village down the coast from Puerto Calero, going south. There’s only one road in and out of it. It couldn’t be more different from it’s sophisticated neighbour – a few dozen houses, a beach with easy access to the water, and a four restaurants which serve fabulous fresh fish.
Charco del Palo Naturist Village
Did you know we had a naturist village in Lanzarote? Charo del Palo (Peter’s puddle!) is accessed by a single road – take the old LZ1 towards the Cactus Gardens and in Mala you’ll spot a turning to the right, between two restaurants. Follow the road to the coast and you’ll come to Charco del Palo. Plenty of people live there full time, and there are naturist complexes, a small shopping centre and bars and restaurants. Don’t go there if you are offended by nudity, and don’t take photos.
Those are the five secret places we promised for Lanzarote. Can you think of others?
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