Both villages have remained almost undiscovered by many of the major tour operators so a small amount of tourists visit this part of Lanzarote each year.
The village’s economy is based around tourism (independent travellers) and agriculture (principally rearing of cochineal beetles in fields of opuntia cactus).
The best restaurants in Mala are:
- Arepera in Calle Rostro 4, Mala, has a barbeque grill where all the steaks are cooked, tapas and typical Colombian snacks.
- Don Quijote Restaurant, on the opposite corner to the Arepera, that serves a wide selection of food. There are daily specials, a good selection of fresh fish, paella and Canarian fish stew. The restaurant has a small terrace looking across the hills of Guatiza and beyond.
Mala is served by two regular bus routes between Lanzarote’s capital Arrecife and the north of the island (Órzola and Máguez).
If you hire a car, as you approach Arrecife take the LZ3, Carretera de la Circunvalacón, which is the Arrecife northern ring road, where you will need to keep a sharp lookout for the LZ1, Avda del Campoamor, which takes you inland through the villages of Tahiche and Guatiza leading you all the way north to Mala.