The village of Arrieta has 400 inhabitants and is set in the northern municipality of Haria, the most traditional area of Lanzarote and ideal for the more independent traveller. This northern part of Lanzarote does not offer purpose built resorts such as Costa Teguise, Puerto Del Carmen or Playa Blanca. Arrieta is a small traditional Canarian fishing village which has learnt to adapt to meet the demands of some low key tourism. Among other things, the village offers wonderful sea front fish restaurants, a very good pizzeria take away and a supermarket. As with other villages in the north, Arrieta is peaceful, tranquil and is ideal if you are looking to be away from the neon-lit bars and nightclubs found within the tourist resorts of Lanzarote.
Arrieta boasts a beautiful beach called “Playa de La Garita” which has fine golden sand and is 810m long. This beach has WC/showers, parking, play park and restaurants. The kiosk “Chiringito” is perennially popular – a reflection of the excellent food and inexpensive prices, with tapas of boquerones (white anchovies in vinaigrette), churros (deep-fried battered pieces of fish), albondigas (meatballs) and a delicious paella every weekend being amongst the best to choose from.
A few seconds stroll away sits Restaurante Casa de la Playa, which is open for both lunch and dinner. With a large terrace overlooking the beach, it is a great place to while away the afternoon. The menu offers a selection of fresh fish dishes.
The sea here can be calm and wonderful for snorkelling or it can have a swell and be great for bodyboarding. There is a pier for diving off or fishing and a few minutes walk away there are some lovely restaurants.
There is also a smaller man-made golden beach which is just in front of the Eco Fisherman’s cottage. This is ideal for swimming or snorkelling.
In the Arrieta’s main street there are a variety of shops including a stationer, decorators, supermarket, bakery and gift shop, they jostle for space among the several restaurants, to name a few of our favourites there is El Amanecer, La Nasa and El Charcón. El Amanecer is the cheapest but without compromise on the quality of food on offer, they have a small balcony with direct sea views. La Nasa is known for its great paella and typical Lanzarote desert bienmesabe and El Charcon has the best location, situated right on the old harbour with a large terrace and views to Casa Juanita and the sea. If you fancy pizza, there is also a world-class takeaway pizzeria, La Artesana, with thin bases and a great range of toppings such as Bombay and Barbacoa.