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Haría, also known as “the valley of the thousand palms”, is a charming town situated in a valley in the northern part of the island of Lanzarote. It is one of the greenest places on the island and possesses a special microclimate which favours the appearance of a great many species of plants.

The idyllic atmosphere of Haría has attracted many artists who have settled here and can be seen working away in a variety of craft shops and galleries. It was not surprising that César Manrique chose to retire here as well, where he was also buried following his death. The Casa Museo César Manrique (Museum Home) is a must visit. The house has changed very little since the artist’s death, you can feel his presence in every room, it really is as if he just walked out the door on his way to work and didn’t return. Which is what happened on that fateful day back on the 25th September 1992.

There is also an attractive town square, the shady Plaza León y Castillo, bordered by restored historic houses and even more palm trees. At one end you will find the Nuestra Señora de la Encarnación parish church that houses a small sacred art museum.

Every Saturday from 10am to 2pm a local market with various stalls with handmade crafts and artwork and local produce takes place in the main square. If you would like to discover other markets in Lanzarote, we would recommend you checking this list of local weekly markets in Lanzarote.

While in Haría maybe you would like to follow a winding road around the Risco de Famara up to a mountain pass to reach the Mirador de Haria, a high viewpoint just 3 miles (5 kilometres) south of Haria. From this mirador you will enjoy spectacular views over the village, the high cliffs of the north-western coast, the Peñas del Chache which at 2,200 ft (670 metres) tall is the highest mountain on the island and the villages of Tabayesco and Arrieta in the east.