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El Mirador de Yé
A charming corner of Lanzarote with one of the most attractive views of the island. Situated on one of the slopes of the Famara cliffs about 400 metres above sea level, the panoramic view of the Atlantic Ocean with the islands that make up the Chinijo Archipelago on the horizon is extraordinary.
Located on a gravel road of lava that comes from the Corona Volcano, the view is dominated by the Island of La Graciosa (the only inhabited island of the Chinijo Archiipelago). The golden appearance of the island contrasts dramatically with the stretch of sea that separates Lanzarote from the Archipelago.
From the miniscule but enchanting Mirador of Ye you have one of the most amazing views in Lanzarote, that of the river that separates the island of Lanzarote from the other Canary Islands. The ‘Archipelago Chinijo’ is a group of islands and rocks situated a sea mile away from the volcanic island of Lanzarote. The islands that make up this small archipelago are, La Graciosa, Montaña Clara, Alegranza, and Roque del Oeste (Roque del Este, is another rock in the archipelago but it can not be seen from this place).
The Mirador of Ye is located in the ‘camino de las Rositas’, next to the end of the village, in the direction of the neighbouring village of Guinate. A gravel road of lava that originated from the Corona Volcano will bring you to this point on the Famara Cliffs. The height is about 400 metres. The track known as ‘el Sendero de los Gracioseros’ begins and ends in the Mirador of Ye. It is a winding path which lets you climb up and down the cliff, in the past it was a communication route for the inhabitants of La Graciosa. Nowadays it is a leisure pursuit for those who attempt to walk down and back up again with the added bonus of being able to take a dip in the sea on one of the most exotic beaches in Lanzarote: The Risco Beach.
From this natural balcony, the island of La Graciosa seems like a mock-up, as you can even make out the physiognomy of the small village, Caleta de Sebo, (the capital of La Graciosa which is the only inhabited island of the ‘Chinijo Archipelago’.) You can not help but notice the white surf of the waves hitting the reef in Montañan Amarilla, inviting you to take a boat and go there immediately. The enigmatic Montaña Clara right next to Roque del Oeste and the mysterious contour of Alegranza which is a few more miles to the North, is a beautiful sight.
Although your vision is dominated by the Archipelago Chinijo it’s worthwhile to also cast your eyes over to the majestic Famara Cliffs. This steep cliff that is 22 kilometres cuts through the island from the Punta Fariones to the central municipality of Teguise. The cliffs have a rich biodiversity of flora and fauna. Its likely that if you go there you will coincide with the flight of the Cory’s Shearwater (pardela cenicienta). From the Mirador viewpoint you can clearly see the Risco Beach below and the salt pans. The view from the cliffs is far more solitary than that of the neighbouring Mirador del Río, the public artwork of César Manrique, although it doesn’t have the artistic details of Manrique perhaps it is easier to become integrated with the surroundings. Furthermore access to this view point is free.