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Lanzarote/ Haria

Lanzarote the island of contrast

Volcano's - lava - bright light - black sand - dark blue ocean - white surge - black and red formation of rocks - white conchate sandy beach - greenfield with flowers in winter - white houses - and consistently contrast. With a unique choice of nature inherently Lanzarote is present before the visitors.

The south is meagre and sandy - in the middle of Lanzarote is lava and cultivation - in the north is build naturally with a cliffy shaped cragt and ancient volcano's.

The part of Lanzarote orientated to Africa alongside the narrows adjoins to a smooth Atlantic Ocean. On this side are situated the tourist life and the business, which in comparison to other Spanish touristy localities in Lanzarote is a greatly moderate architecture.

The departed son of the island Cesar Manrique it's to owe him , that Lanzarote was wide protect from a unsightly architecture and ample skopes are avowed to nature protection area until the title "RESERVA MUNDIAL" bestowed from the Unesco.

In regions like Tinajo or in the north of the island the live is still authentic and puristic. In this part of Lanzarote are found agriculture - farming and the old Lanzarote architectural style. Tranquillity and serenity you can feel everywhere.

The clouds with the trade wind cool the air down by the night and supplies enough humidity to the soil to guarantee the survival of the plants.

In the winter the north is covered with a green carpet and coloured flowers, ideal time for tracking. In summer little coves and a sunny Spanish holiday-live with little "Fiestas" in the villages give you a feeling like "To forget about the time". Subterranean caves and the most important landmarks of Cesar Manrique are also situated in the north of the island.

The capital of north is HARIA. In the wide opening "valley of the 1000 palm-trees", 270m above sea level, surrounded by protecting hills to three sides Haria is situated. To an old oral tradition in former time for the birth of a girl was planted a palm-tree and for the birth of a son a couple-expression of fertility of soil and inhabitants and respect due to the environment of nature. Ancestors first settled on the surrounding hill-zones with their cave systems. Farming later followed the water to the plateau of Haria.

The prosperity of the village started in consequence of the destruction of the farms in the north-west of the island by seven years of volcanism beginning in 1st of September 1730. Haria became beside the old capital Teguise the most important market. The population of the island was supplied from these places with grain, pulses, fruits and wine. Till today old areas in form of terrace and deep fountains to leave a mark about this old time.

In the middle of the 19th century Arrecife was declared capital and seaport may due to the harbour. Poverty entered Haria and caused many people to emigrate to Venezuela, Cuba and Uruguay. In the second half of the 20th century the tourism reached the south and the west of the island nearly exclusively and original character was victim to hotels, bungalows and line-in settings.

 

In Haria survived an intact landscape in a rare green region of the volcanic island. Above the village is a botanic enclave as hideaway fort he nature. The inhabitants of Haria and surrounding is engaged to keep their environment you will find there no All-inclusive-fortress, no boardwalks near by wide roads, but nice alleys in an original conserved village impression views, high palm-tress, good restaurants and typical fiestas in summertime

The idea of the "soft tourism"is realised by inhabitants of visitors by the offer of some apartments and restored land-houses. Supported is this idea by the institution of natural parks, in the north "Parque national chinijo" and "Parque nacional Corona".

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See the website "memoria digital" for historical black and white images.