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Find Your Ideal Rural Retreat On Lanzarote - Spain Travel Guide

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Lanzarote, the popular holiday island located in the Canaries, is home to three main tourist resorts and this is where the majority of visitors book their breaks.  But away from these destinations lies an island that is almost totally unspoiled, offering lots of options for those in search of a more peaceful rural retreat. 
Cacti and Windmill at Jardin De Los Cactus, Lanzarote, Spain
Jardin De Los Cactus, Lanzarote
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Package tourism used to dominate on Lanzarote, as elsewhere in Spain.  But as more and more tourists book their own holidays online demand for rural accommodation has risen amongst independent travelers. 

Lanzarote is very well positioned to meet this, as tourist development has been very carefully controlled, leaving the bulk of the island largely untouched.  Nowhere is this more evident than in the north, where there are no tourist resorts whatsoever, just small coastal villages such as Famara and Arrieta which attract locals and a few in the know visitors.

Various villa companies and websites specialize in providing good quality self catering accommodation in these locations, offering a handful of hand-picked properties in some of the most beautiful spots on the island.  Such in the village of Haria, which nestles on the floor of the Valley of 1000 Palms, the greenest and most verdant location on Lanzarote and in total contrast to the rest of the island, which is volcanic and arid.

Haria is located about half an hour’s drive from the airport at Arrecife and a ten minute drive from the nearest beach at Arrieta.  Its apt name is derived from a long standing local custom, as locals from the village plant a Canarian palm every time a baby is born here.  The result is an amazing, swaying oasis which provides the ideal backdrop for a relaxing break away from it all.

Haria is a world away from the more standardized holiday experience on offer in the main resorts, boasting an excellent weekly market every  Saturday and plenty of good bars and restaurants where tourists can come into contact with the 'real Lanzarote'.

Boats and Old Red House, Old Port, Puerto Del Carmen, Lanzarote, Canary Islands, Spain
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