This is the start of a long running series of things to do in Lanzarote , which we will link together, so you can read them all before coming here on holiday. For this one, we're going to look at Haria market, which takes place every Saturday morning from 1000 until 1400.
If you're brave you should approach Haria from Teguise on the top road via Los Valles. You need to be brave, as the road is narrow and tortuous, but you will be rewarded by some spectacular views. First from the top, near the radar station, where you can see down to Punta Mujeres and Arrieta on one side, and behind, you will see the Castillo Santa Barbara at Teguise, and in the distance the Timanfaya Mountain range. A little further on, you'll drop down slightly, and the valley of Haria will unfold beneath you. I promise you, it will take your breath away!
If you aren't brave, you can get to Haria on the main road from Tahiche to the north, and you'll run along the coast until you get to Arrieta, then you'll turn left up the hill to Haria.
Haria is known as the valley of a thousand palms, and traditionally palms were planted to celebrate the birth of children in the town. As a consequence, the valley is full of them, mainly the more attractive Canarian palm, but there are also a good number of the faster growing Washington palm. The valley is the most fertile part of the island, and in winter can be remarkably green by Lanzarote standards, with plenty of wild flowers and some unusual cactus.
Parking is never easy, so be prepared to park a little out of town and walk in to the market, which is in the town square. You'll walk past the Plaza de la constitución and the Ayuntamiento (town hall), which you'll spot from the flags.
The market itself is on the tree lined plaza leading to the church. It's not big - there are perhaps 30 stalls, but it is quaint. There are several food stalls, selling fresh local produce, including goats cheese, bread, dried fish and fruit and vegetables. Local coriander is a speciality and people come from far and wide to buy it. There are also many craft stalls selling gifts made from palm leaves, volcanic rock, silver jewellery and pottery fired in pits dug into the soil. Many artists exhibit their work at the market, including the well known Bob Ferrer, who paints some amazing canvases using inks and other unusual effects. Several musicians play regularly at the market, including a guitarist and a jazz keyboard player. My favourite stall is one that sells t shirts which have been hand painted with local designs - I'd have one for every day if I could afford to!
Other places of interest to visit include the village barbers, which is owned and run by Ladislao, is is both deaf and dumb. He offers two types of haircut, a number one or a number two, and also a full shave service with a cut throat razor. The shave isn't painful, but the alcohol he puts on afterwards is! You should also call in the Bar Neya for a beer or a coffee, or into the town bakery, which is the centre of life in Haria.
Once you've enjoyed the market, have lunch at one of the local restaurants. For cheap and cheerful, go to the sociedad, Read what sociedades are here for meat grilled on a wood barbecue or Paella go to Méson la Frontera, and for great tapas, pop in to see the team at La Puerta Verde.
After Haria, call in to one of the other attractions in the north - there's the Mirador del Rio, Los Cuevos de los verdes, El Jameos del Agua and the Cactus Gardens, as well as the fabulous beach at Arrieta. Have a great day!