Other Lanzarote areas
Other Lanzarote areas are predominantly rural, and cover the coastal areas outside of the main resorts as well as the wine growing region of La Geria, Timanfaya National Park, and a number of villages with whitewashed houses.
Playa Quemada is a small coastal village in Lanzarote. It is like stepping back 30 years in time, and one of Lanzarote’s best gems for lunchtime visits. It has been a favourote stop off point for hikers and cyclists for some time now.
Playa Quemada translates to “burnt beach”, and the black coastline here shows how it got its name.
Playa Quemada is located between Puerto Calero and Playa Blanca, and is part of the Yaiza municipality. As a town it is very small, with only a few dozen houses at most, and a quantity of caravans too.
It is very easy to access by car. It is well signposted at a roundabout between Uga and Macher. Public transport is a no go, although you could of course get a taxi. You can walk it from Puerto Calero in around an hour.
The views from the seafood restaurants here are spectacular… giving you the sights towards the Ajache mountains flanking Papagayo and Playa Blanca. You can also see the small fish farm just off the coast where they breed sea bass… and the Isle of Lobos when it is clear.
La Gería is the main wine growing region of Lanzarote, and the black hillsides are covered with “zocos”, which are small dugouts, each containing a vine… and protected by a low stone wall. This enables moisture to get to the vines overnight, whilst also allowing them protection from the Lanzarote wind and sun.
Uga is a small town between Macher and Yaiza, and has a sprinking of houses. There are only a couple of places to eat, but on Saturdays there is a Farmer’s market.
San Bartolomé is a residential town, linked by a main road to Arrecife. The road between the two plays host to the Hospital, a number of warehouse stores, and car spares shops. San Bartolome also includes an area called Mozaga, producing its own wines.
Montaña Blanca, not to be confused with Mancha Blanca, is another predminantly residential area. It has one of my favourite places to eat, “Mi Garaje”, which serves up the best goat stew I’ve had since moving here – a large bowlful for only €4.50
Guime is another residential village. At one end of the village, the properties have phenomenal views over the airport and Puerto del Carmen.
Yaiza is the capital of the municipality of the same name. It has often been voted the prettiest village in Spain. There are a number of places to eat – but Yaiza is mostly known for its stunning nativity display at Christmas (called a Belen)
Just up the mountain from Playa Blanca is the tiny village of Femés. There are 3 restaurants in the town – 2 of which have breathtaking views down to Playa Blanca. Aim to arrive for sunset, but expect a queue as these places fill up fast.