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Arrieta – The Jewel of the North

To many locals the ‘real Lanzarote’ can be found in the North of the island, away from the tourist resorts and lave fields of the south.  Here the terrain has been left largely untouched by tourist development and there is still plenty of evidence of active agricultural activity along with some delightful sleepy villages to explore.

 

Playa La Garita, Arrieta, Lanzarote

Playa La Garita

 

Relaxed Seaside Village

Arrieta is located on the coast here in a small bay and is reminiscent of a small seaside resort, without any of the high rise hotels or apartment complexes spoiling the view.  For decades this has been a favourite retreat for Lanzaroteños and Canarians from some of the other larger islands.  But increasingly Arrieta is making its way onto the tourist radar – and rightly so as this is a fantastically relaxed environment for a holiday.

The area now occupied by Arrieta was once an aboriginal settlement and takes its modern day name from a Basque adventurer, Juan de Arrieta Perdomo, who married the daughter of Maciot and Princess Teguise in 1425.

As you enter the village you are struck by the sight of one of César Manrique’s wind toys adorning the roundabout and this huge red weather vane was in fact the last of these that he created on the island before his untimely death in 1992.

Playa La Garita – One of Lanzarote´s Best Beaches

The village sits right next to the blue flag beach of Playa La Garita, which is one of the most beautiful stretches of sand on the island.  The size of the beach is very dependent on the tides, as at low tide you can walk some 3km from one end of the bay to the other, whilst at high tide there’s just a small pocket of sand to stretch out on close to the village.

Playa La Garita can also be subdivided into two distinct beaches – as to the right pretty much anything goes, with dog lovers, naturists and locals camping by the beach all able to enjoy the sands.  Whilst to the left the rest of the beach is more supervised, with life guards on duty, dogs banned and clothes largely kept on!

Eat On The Beach

There are two good little restaurants located right next to the beach at Arrieta too, which makes it a great spot for a bite to eat if you are out touring the island.  Casa En La Playa sits in between the official and the natural beach and serves good quality sea food and other traditional Canarian fayre, such as Gambas al ajillo and Pimientos de Padron.  El Chiringuito at the other end of the beach focuses more on snack food, such as burgers and sandwiches, along with some tapas. And come the weekend they also cook up large communal plates of paella, which you can enjoy for a few Euros.

There are also quite a few little bars and restaurants in the village itself, including the up market eatery El Marinero, the traditional Canarian favourite El Amanacer and the excellent value tapas bar Pesquidito which sits on the tiny harbour.

Casa Juanita – Architectural Oddity

 

Casa Juanita, Arrieta, Lanzarote

Casa Juanita

Just around the corner from this spot is one of Lanzarote’s main architectural oddities, Casa Juanita, which contrasts sharply with the traditional white washed houses elsewhere in the village and around the island.  Despite its modernist exterior this strange cube shaped house with red and blue walls was built as long ago as 1919 by a resident of the nearby village of Haria called Don Juan de Leon for his daughter Juanita.

Eco Friendly Accommodation

As you walk through the village you come across lots of signs for houses and apartments for rent – and we also offer an interesting range of accommodation options on the Finca de Arrieta, a former farm just two minutes away from the beach which is now Lanzarote’s first and only eco resort.  So you can book a break here in say the Eco Garden Cottage  from as little as £477 per week.  This is an ideal spot for families with kids especially as the Finca has loads to keep children entertained, such as rides on Mollie the farm donkey, a trampoline, playground and communal swimming pool.

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