It’s easy to pass through the historic town of Haria in the north of Lanzarote, without discovering the secrets hidden within. Here’s our guide as to what to look out for when visiting the beautiful valley of a thousand palms.
There’s an underground art exhibition centre in the Plaza de la Constitución in the centre of Haria, look for the A board advertising details of the current artist and exhibition. Opening hours: Monday to Saturday 10:00 to 14:00.
Casa Museo César Manrique
Visit the private house of César Manrique in Haria. Open Sunday to Saturday 10:30 to 14:30 (last entry 13:50) Adults €10 & children €5
Haría Artesanal Market
The weekly craft market is held in the plaza every Saturday from 10:00 to 14:30. There’s a lovely variety of stalls ranging from traditional crafts to fresh local produce.
Taller de Artesanía “Reinaldo Dorta Déniz”
Visit the Tienda y Taller de Artesanía Municipal building, there are several craft workers with workshops inside where you can watch them at work and buy their artisan products. Open Monday to Saturday 10:00 to 13:00 and 16:00 to 19:00 (closed Monday afternoons)
Ladislao Rodríguez Bonilla ‘El Mudo’
Ladislao is an important and popular character in Haría. This deaf and dumb barber is in his 70’s and regularly cuts Miguel’s hair. It’s easy to ask for a No 1, 2 or 3 haircut and cut throat shave, so don’t be shy!
There are several tapas bar and restaurants situated in the plaza de Haria and surrounding streets, our top three are:
El Rincón de Quino This is a lovely spot in the plaza to enjoy a drink with tapas or bocadillo and watch the world go by.
La Puerta Verde A quality restaurant on Calle Fajardo offering a fusion of international cuisine with a selection of al fresco and indoor tables.
La Tegala The sociedad offers fabulous food and indoor dining at great value, situated in the plaza.
The GR131 footpath passes through Haria the information board is next to the library and Ayuntamiento de Haría. There’s also a circular footpath around the valley and a walk up to the Bosquecillo picnic area so look out for the signposts.
Haria has two mini markets at either end of the plaza if you need general shopping, they close for siesta. There’s an asadero de pollos (spit roasted chicken shop) within the Mercado de Abastos as well as fruit & vegetable, butcher & fishmonger stalls and health food shop. Open Monday to Saturday from 09:00 to 15:00.
Casa Canaria has a fabulous selection of wines from the various bodegas in Lanzarote, as well as souvenirs. Capricho de Haría sells a lovely range of clothing, household & gifts. Joyería Göpal sell handcrafted artisan jewellery. The master basket weaver Don Eulogio can be found in his Cesteria workshop, just past Manrique’s house. El Palmeral de Dulce is predominantly a souvenir shop spread out over several rooms including arts and craft for sale too.
There is also a Lanzarote Aloe Vera shop just at the side of the plaza.
Other Places Of Interest:
César Manrique was laid to rest in the ground at the cemetery in Haría after his accidental death on the 25th September 1992.
The Museo de Arte Sacro in the plaza of Haria has a collection of religious art to view, if the building is open.
There are two churches in Haria, the obvious one in the plaza is the Iglesia de Nuestra Señora de la Encarnación, in which the figurine “Our Lady of Incarnation” was created by the great Canarian sculptor José Miguel Luján Pérez. The Ermita de San Juan Bautista is the smaller church on Calle San Juan and dates back to 1625, this church is normally only open during the month of June for the Fiesta de San Juan.
How to get to Haria:
We’d recommend hiring a car to properly explore the north of the island. Get a price here: Lanzarote car hire.
LZ-10 from Teguise
LZ-10 from Arrieta
There is off road parking at the side of the plaza, by the children’s playground in the centre of the town and limited free parking available in the streets.
The library has a free WiFi signal, the two benches outside are convenient places to sit if you need to get online during your visit.