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Northern Delights – Exploring ‘The Real Lanzarote’

Whilst plenty of property buyers tend to focus on the main resorts located along Lanzarote’s south eastern coastline some prefer to search a little further afield instead, hoping to secure a slice of more authentic island life. And the north of Lanzarote is where most of the island’s oldest villages and settlements are located, making it the best place to seek out more historic properties.

The former capital of Teguise best exemplifies this, as here visitors can walk through cobbled streets and discover buildings dating back as far as the 15th century, as this town was once home to the island’s elite of merchants and generals, many of whom created palatial homes such as the Palacio Spinola. There are even whispers of a secret tunnel that is said to run from the Palacio de Marquez (now a restaurant) up to the Castillo de Santa Barbara, which was built in the 17th century and which is sited on Mount Guanapay. This historic fortification once served as a lookout point, providing locals with advance warning of the pirate raids which blighted the town during the 1600´s.

But whilst Teguise can lay claim to being the oldest settlement on the island none quite match the village of Haria for breathtaking scenery, as this picturesque pueblo is located on the floor of the Valley of 1000 Palms, creating a verdant backdrop for the white washed houses of the village. Little surprise then that Haria is a very popular choice for anyone planning to relocate to the island as it provides a really atmospheric and authentic environment.

We currently have a superb house for sale in the village, priced at €420,000. The property boasts no less than five bedrooms and is set in 70,000 square metres of land, a substantial holding that lends itself perfectly to growing your own fruit and veg. The property could also provide a useful rental income too as it is currently divided into three apartments, which could be let on either a long term or holiday rental basis. Best of all the house´s elevated position grants superb views of the surrounding valley.

Haria is located close to the popular beach of Arrieta, another small but prominent property hot spot as this unspoilt coastal village is a real favourite with both local and foreign holidaymakers. As a result properties here snapped up as soon as they come onto the market.

As well as pretty villages and beaches the north also boasts most of the main tourist attractions on Lanzarote, such as the Cactus Garden, Jameos del Agua, Mirador del Rio and Cuevas de los Verdes. All of which were developed by the guiding hand of César Manrique, the famous local artist who helped to create unique sights that work in perfect harmony with Lanzarote´s harsh volcanic landscapes.