Haria, Lanzarote is a small town in the north of the island, and is the administrative centre for the Municipality of Haria. It is 15km north of the town of Teguise. The village is a complete contrast to most of Lanzarote, in that it is located in a green valley, as opposed to a volcanic landscape. The Municipality covers an area of 106 square kilometers, of which 30% is protected natural area. 4,782 people are registered as living in the area. There are 17 beaches in the area, with the main ones being Caleta del Mero, Canteria, Caleton Blanco, Bajo Risco, La Caleta, Las Cocinitas and La Garita which all have golden sand.
Haria is a quiet and unspoilt town, with white buildings located within the green vegetation of palm trees, climbing bouganvilla and pelargoniums. It is the presence of the many palms which have named the area as the Valley of a Thousand Palms. The tradition is to plant two palm trees when a boy is born and one palm tree when a girl is born. The area has green fields and areas of wildflowers and cactus.
In the centre of the village is the main square, which is a shady place because of the leafy tree branches, and it is in front of the church, called the Inglesia de la Encarnacion, and the museum, called Museo Sacro. Every Saturday morning, from 10.00 to 14.30, a traditional market is held in the square in Haria, and there are stalls there selling farming produce and craft products, of which palm weaving and baskets are the most popular. The main Fiesta in the town is San Juan which is celebrated on the first day of Summer. The other main celebration is Carnival in February.
5km to the south of Haria, Lanzarote is a wonderful viewpoint called the Mirador de Haria, which is next to the main road, the LZ-10, which twists and hairpins around the mountainside of the Galeria de Famara.
Haria was the place that Cesar Manrique spent most of his time in his later years, and a museum has been opened the house that he lived in. It is called Museo Cesar Manrique. The house gives the public the opportunity to see the rooms where the painter/artist lived and worked up to his death in 1992. All of his personal belongings are on display inside the house, in the courtyards, in the workshop and in the gardens. The Museum is open every day of the week from 10.30am until 2.30pm, and costs 10€ for adults and 5€ for children. It is possible to buy a combination ticket, which is discounted, for 15€ which allows a visit to this museum and the Cesar Manrique Fundacion in Tahiche.
Haria in Lanzarote is the municipality in which you can find the tourist attractions of La Cueva de los Verdes, Jameos del Agua, Mirador del Rio and the Montaña Corona, which are all special geological attractions; with the first three being important places adapted by Cesar Manrique to create tourist attractions in sympathy with the natural surroundings.