Haría is a town 17 miles Arrecife, the capital of Lanzarote. The interesting contrast between the palm trees, the white houses in Haria and the ochre mountains creates one of the most beautiful landscapes within the Canary Islands. This town is known as the “one thousand palm trees valley” or the “flower land” both regarding the plentiful vegetation on this volcanic valley. Visiting Haría from Luabay Lanzarote Beach is very simple, since it is only thirty minutes away by car or public transportation.
There is not a lot of information about Haría foundation, but recent archeologist studies based on findings in the area, reveal that it was a prosper indigenous settlement in the ancient time. This town has based its economy in the agriculture production, since this is one of the most fertile land in the island. In spite of, their constant and prolific activity the population of Haría never enriched since they were continuously attack by pirates and severely punish by unfair land property laws. Nowadays tourism is the main activity in the town.
Haría still remain being a country town with a profound agricultural character. Its cuisine combines the land products with fresh fish, creating delicious stews like “potaje de berros” and “cocido canario”. Also, they have an interesting selection of desserts prepare only for special occasions, like carnival tortillas –a local recipe of pancakes served with honey, olive oil and cinnamon. Like many other town in Spain, Haría has many religious celebration along the year that include interesting makings off. Sant John’s Eve is the most important celebration, after carnival. The Feast of St John coincides with the June solstice also referred to as Midsummer. That night the city is full of bonfires burning “Facundo” a dummy that symbolized the evil.
A visit to Harís should include a stop on the Museo Sadro y Popular –Sacred and Popular Art Museum- and the church. The museum includes a curious collection of antique religious artifacts. The town church has an interesting caving figure recreating the pregnant Virgin Mary, created by Luján Pérez, a very popular sculptor in the XVIII century. In the surrounding of Haría there are many places to visit like Volcán de la Corona –a natural park around an ancient volcano-, la Cueva de los Verdes –a cave gallery with cave paintings- and Jameos del Agua one of the interesting constructions of César Manrique.