The island of Lanzarote is full secret places and hidden gems. To actively seek these the secluded spots you must visit the rural hideaways that are tucked neatly away from popular resort areas.
For those who want to ensure your their vacation memories are the envy of your friends, and not just another Instagram storybook, just keep in reading!
There’s a treasure trove of hidden gems in and around the town of Orzola, with Playa Caleton Blanco being one of the most popular attractions.
Playa Caleton Blanco
Also known as Spiaggia del Caleton Blanco, this beach with turquoise waters and thin white sand is one of the few places on the island with little to no people at all. Its lack of waves and deepness makes it perfect for the whole family to enjoy it, including children and the elderly. Even though there’s wind sometimes, it is easily fixed by using protection.
Coming into the water, the beach is a little rocky. This is natural, considering there’s a volcano nearby. As you go deeper -it’s not so deep at first, so it might take a little- you’ll notice they start fading away and there’s more clear white sand.
Playa de Orzola
This beach features contrasting colors of the fine white sand and black lava rocks with a giant dark cliff aside. All of these form a landscape that melts with the water and the sky to form an almost virgin beach. In the water, the mountains of Lanzarote rise strongly, reaffirming their presence as a symbolic element in the island.
Orzola is considered a sleeping village and the location is a little difficult to reach, so few tourists visit this place -even in the summer. Therefore, it is not a wild beach with bars or amenities. Instead, it represents a small oasis in the crowded Canary island.
Caleta de Mojon Blanco
Also known as Caleta del Mero, this 500-yard semi-nudist beach is surrounded by a dune field that can easily be seen on both sides of the road and the rural parking space. Even though it isn’t as big, very few people know of its existence.
The beach is a little windy, but the lava rocks around the shore are a good refuge. Also, the sea strikes a little rough against the right cliff, so it’s recommended to stay away from that side. Deep in the sea, it is great for surfing, but it’s not as wavy on the shore.
Although not as popular among tourists, this beach is certainly a local attraction for the islanders. This beach is a little difficult to access, but the contrasts of white sand, clear water, and the black rocks that recall the volcano eruption in the 18th century are worth it. These last pieces of history are placed on top of each other to serve well as windbreakers, so try to get as close to one as you can.
Kids are usually very attracted to this particular beach because they can easily find fish and swim around with them. Also, the water is not too deep, so children have lots of space to paddle around and play with the water.
Many adventures rightly go to Famara Beach for a day of surfing lessons only to realize there’s much more to see than just the beach. The cliff above the town lead all the way to Haria and there so gorgeous views every step of the way.
Mirador de Guinate
The views from this mountain are just as good as the ones who require admission price. The downside is that there’s limited parking space, but it’s usually not as crowded -or publicized- to not find a spot. As it is located in the dead-end of the main road, Mirador Guinate has plenty of views to photograph, admire and take in.
Probably the most important sighting is across to the island La Graciosa. This exact spot delights their visitors with the strong mountain on which they are located, the beach right down, the blue sea and the sand -and land- on which the other island is standing.
Mirador del Bosquecillo
El Bosquecillo is a beautiful park located right on the top of a volcanic mountain – it’s inactive, so don’t worry. This place is characterized by the local flora, among which is possible to find the Argyranthemum maderense, a wide number of spurges and the Kleinia Neriifolia; as well as the local fauna, which consists mostly of cold-blooded animals and birds, like the Atlantic Lizard (Gallotia Atlantica) or the Abubilla (Upupa epops).
The sights of the mountain have a clear view of the Acantilado de Famara, as well as La Graciosa, Alegranza, Montaña Clara and all the valley behind. The strategic position of this park melts sights of the town with the vegetation, mountains, beaches, sea and even other islands in a single place.
There are no shortages of hidden gems in Timanfaya National Park, as it there are secret nooks and crannies all throughout the volcanic landscape. While the touristy things to do here are to go on a camel safari or have a lava cooked lunch, the real treasures around found by exploring.
Caldera de Los Cuervos
This black crater, also known as Volcan El Cuervo, is a vivid representation of the circle of life: the destruction of the early 18th century opened the path for a new rocky setting that, while feels like a whole different planet, contains the hope for a new beginning.
The mountain is part of the Natural Park Los Volcanes and the Canarian Network of Protected Natural Spaces. The 388-meter “fire mountain” -as locals call it- has over 10,000 hectares and is divided between the Municipalities of Yaiza, Tinajo, and Tias.
As the gravel ground is not as hilly, even “chinijos” -how kids are locally called- can enjoy and learn from the natural formation. There are signs and plaques all over the place, where it’s explained what happened and each part of the process.
While many visit this historical town for the Teguise Market and the town church, if you simply look up you’ll see why it’s worth visiting the Santa Barabara Castle, as well as, its pirate museum.
Castillo de Santa Barbara
This Castle dates back to the 14th century and it is considered an Asset of Cultural Interest for the Spanish Historic Patrimony. The fortress located right on the top of a volcano was initially meant to watch the coast. Over the years, the new mandates reformed it to fully transform it into a castle so the population of Teguise could shelter when being attacked.
The construction was finalized when the tower was surrounded with squared rock.walls and circular turrets in the angles. It was destroyed and rebuilt, but by the 17th century, it lost its defensive importance because of its strategic position and outdated technology.
The salt flats of Janubio are the main attraction at sunset, but if you get there a little earlier in the day, be sure to visit Los Charcones to take a dip in this unique swimming hole on a rocky coastline.
The volcanoes that erupted hundreds of years ago built multiple facilities on the island and Los Charcones is one of them. The petrified lava on this coast created a set of natural pools of all sizes, depths, shapes, and colors. The safest ones are the farthest from the coast, as they tend to be deeper and wider.
As the natural formations are a little difficult to access and it is quite a deserted area, visitors should be aware of natural light. Otherwise, it might be easier to get injured or get back. Other than that, it is a 2,5-mile walk from El Faro or a car drive surrounding the red mountain.
Right in the northern part of the island, Punta Mujeres homes the widest and deepest -ergo, the safest- natural pools on the island. Although it is quite touristy, the true gem is a small restaurant-bar located in the back of the natural formations: La Piscina. [The Pool in English]
The highlights of this place are the outdoor sitting opposite to Piscinas Naturales; famous fish dishes, like grilled octopus, shrimps and fish, steamed blue mussels, and deep-fried baby squids; and Spanish tapas, such as tortillas, papas bravas, and Mediterranean salads. It also has a bar, so it’s easy to relax from the heat of a sunny day with a beer and sea view.
You can find more hidden gems like the stratified city on our unusual places in Lanzarote list, along with those found on our free things to do in Lanzarote page like the Salinas Salt Flats and Casa Museo del Campesino.