Un paseo por Haría
The silhouette of the palm tree alongside the scattering of village houses gives it a mysterious air which is captivating: one of the best examples of patrimonial heritage in Lanzarote, where large wooden doors and windows and balconies full of plants and flowers contrasting against the stark whiteness of the houses can still be seen.
Haría exudes tranquillity. Silence prevails and the sensation of freshness from the Laurel trees from India that protect the main square of the village. Every day its inhabitants make their way towards their plots of land to work the land. The Saturday street market brings together this way of life and its traditional arts and crafts.
The pretty image of the village of Haría is enhanced by its many surrounding palm trees. Hundreds of palm trees enrich the urban structure (Haría is also known as the valley of 1000 palm trees) and this corner of Lanzarote with its abundance of flowers will enchant you. The silhouette of the palm tree alongside the scattering of village houses gives it a mysterious air which is captivating. Mysterious and bewitching: at night when the village is lit up, the palm tree is reminiscent of a witch’s silhouette.
A stroll around the rambling streets and the most renowned spots (the two squares the ‘Plaza de la Constitución’ and the ‘Plaza de León y Castillo’) allows the visitor to experience the patrimonial heritage of Lanzarote which is only rivalled by La Villa. The architecture is a true reflection of the historical evolution of the village, where the traditional construction from other eras stands out. However there is a homogeny between the different styles due to the common features of large wooden doors and windows, the balconies decorated with plants and flowers, and the stark whiteness of the little houses. The recent opening of the House-Museum of César Manrique gives you the opportunity to admire the rich architectural heritage of Haría.
Day to day life in Haría is very laid back. The prevailing silence, is only broken by the cheerful sound of birds singing, as they fly around the majestic Laurel trees from India that protect the ‘Plaza León y Castillo’. A few local men that no longer work in the fields, greet the tourists that come through the village on a daily basis.
The permanent tranquillity of Haría is due to its agricultural character. From dawn the inhabitants of the village make their way towards their plots (small rural terraces that are typical of the valleys and ravines) to work the land. Even today plantations of potatoes, legumes and figs are found alongside the palm trees, pine trees and acacia trees….Without a doubt the ideal moment to discover Haría is the day of the street market.
Every Saturday (from 10.00 to 14.30) the ‘Plaza León y Castillo’ houses the agricultural and handicraft market. The heart of the village becomes alive with dozens of visitors who admire and try out the typical products from the area.