Arrieta is a small coastal village in the municipality of Haría in the north of Lanzarote, around 19 miles (30 kilometres) from the capital city of Arrecife and is an undiscovered gem waiting to be explored.
A lovely little harbour in a typical Canarian fishing community is what you will find here. Fishermen go out to sea every morning and can be seen unloading their catch that they supply to the local restaurants – great places to eat for lovers of fresh fish and seafood.
In the south of Arrieta is Playa de la Garita, a golden sandy beach that has been awarded the European Blue Flag for its cleanliness, pristine waters and excellent facilities. The currents here attract surfers who love to ride the waves, so please remember this when enjoying a swim.
Spain-Lanzarote would advise visitors to hire a car to explore this quaint, picturesque place because it is a little off the beaten track.
While in this area, you may like to take in Punta Mujeres, just a bit further north of Arrieta. This little, and still untouched, fishing hamlet marks the beginning of Malpaís de la Corona, a stretch of badlands extending for about 6 miles (10 kilometres) to the north
Some 5,000 years ago, volcanic eruptions caused lava to spill out from the colossal Monte de la Corona, a volcano that stands 2,000 ft (609 metres) high and is clearly visible from a distance. In spite of these eruptions dating back thousands of years, the Malpaís still shows remarkable little vegetation, but it boasts one of the longest lava tubes in the world, which runs southeast from the volcano for about 5 miles (7.5 kilometres) – the last mile of which is already under water – before it joins the sea at around 164 ft (50 metres) under water level.
Two of the most popular tourist attractions in Lanzarote, Jameos del Agua and Cueva de los Verdes, originated from occasional dilatations of this tube – coming about through explosions of enclosed gas – producing these strange and spectacular lava formations.
See our Lanzarote Map for a closer look.