Ride through the north

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The rain is very scarce in Lanzarote, it averages about sixteen days, and usually between December and February. But when it rains, a few days later, a transformation occurs throughout the island; A color that is almost unknown in the volcanic landscape of Lanzarote makes its way: green. And to see it in all its splendor what I like most is to take a walk in the north of the island.

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The northern part of Lanzarote receives the most rain, and that means that throughout the year the vegetation is more abundant. But in the winter months, with humidity and rain, the browns, reds and blacks of the volcanic landscape give their prominence to the green of the buds and then to the coloring of the flowers.

The best option to visit these sites is to arrive by car and then take a walk to admire the views, but be careful not to get too close to the cliffs!


Las Nieves

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One of the places I love to visit when it is “cold” is the hermitage of Las Nieves, the natural viewpoint that is there is fantastic for taking pictures. The road that leads to Las Nieves is a dirt road so you have to be careful with the car, because with the rain it is normal to make small ravines that make the climb a little difficult.

The hermitage of Las Nieves is located north of the town of Los Valles, in the upper part of the Risco de Famara, was built in the XV century and rebuilt in the SXVIII after it was destroyed by the attacks of pirates.

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At our feet stretches the town of Famara and its beach, one of the best known on the island, especially by surfers.


To get to Gayo we have to go in the direction of Guinate, it is time to climb again on a dirt road where we can leave the car parked on a large flat area, it is normal to find people spending the day, especially on weekends.

Las Fuentes de Gayo is the name of the area, which formerly supplied water to nearby towns, where dry rock constructions in the form of wells supplied water to the towns of Maguez, Haría and Guinate. The area is full of terraces and cultivation areas now in disuse. The best we can do is walk the roads and approach the cliff to admire the Chinijo Archipelago from another perspective.

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One of my favorite photos is the one that can be taken from the Famara massif, as if someone had stuck a big bite.

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Or the stamp of the town of Guinate with the Corona volcano in the background.

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The truth is that taking a walk through the north of the island when it’s raining is worth it, the landscape of Lanzarote changes dramatically after the first drops fall, and lasts so little that you have to take advantage to enjoy it!


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