The village of Órzola in Lanzarote
|Órzola is the northernmost town of the island of Lanzarote and all the Canary Islands, except for the small town of Caleta del Sebo on the island of La Graciosa. Órzola is a small fishing port, but is best known for being the only embarkation point to travel by ferry to the island of La Graciosa, located a few nautical miles northwest of Órzola; the village people during the half hour before the departure of the ferry, then becomes deserted.|
However Órzola worth a visit for some good beaches owned by the resort, but also for its good fish restaurants.
The village is part of the municipality of Haría and has about 300 residents.
|Órzola is close to North Cape of Lanzarote, the Punta Fariones, at the foot of the Cordillera de Famara (Risco de Famara) and the northern edge of Malpaís de la Corona (Maleterre Crown), a vast expanse of lava and volcanic slag produced by the eruptions of the volcano Monte Corona is located 5 km southwest of Órzola.|
Órzola is distant 37 km (45 minutes) from the capital, Arrecife; from Arrecife we follow LZ-1 road, heading north to its terminus what Órzola. Starting from Arrieta road becomes coastal and then, from the Jameos del Agua, it crosses the Malpaís de la Corona to Órzola.
Since the southern tip of Lanzarote, the resort of Playa Blanca, the route is 72 km, following the LZ-2 road and then the LZ-1 road, and takes about 1 hour 30 minutes.
|Órzola has a small fishing port; in the immediate vicinity of the harbor one can often see long ropes that hung to dry fish. However freshly caught fish can also be enjoyed in a half dozen fish restaurants in town.|
The port also ferries of two shipping companies that serve the island of La Graciosa.
|Since the Jameos del Agua to the Cape of Punta Fariones territory Órzola has some beautiful beaches, small but where white sand contrasts with the dark volcanic lava and blue water.|
800 m northwest of the village is the Playa de la Cantería (« la plage de la carrière »), a range of 300 meters long at the foot of the cliffs of Risco de Famara. The Playa de la Cantería is also known as the Playa de Atrás (Behind beach). It is a white sand beach suitable for surfing but not recommended for swimming because of the strength of ocean currents and heavy surf that creates big breakers.
Access to the Playa de la Cantería is quite hard to find, shortly after entering the village, turn left at a right angle and, after 300 meters, turn right a dirt road that leads in 800 m, to the beach.
Southeast of Órzola there are charcos (puddles), pools formed by volcanic outcrops, which are filled by the ocean at high tide and whose water is then heated by the sun; these pools, surrounded by white sand, are ideal bathing spots for children. The best known of these pools are the Charco Viejo and the Charco de la Condesa (Puddle of Countess).
Continuing further south towards the Jameos del Agua, is found on the left of the road, the caletones, small sandy coves dotted along the coast of Malpaís de la Corona. 3 km southeast of Órzola is the Caletón Blanco; Further south, the Caleta del Mero and Mojón Blanco.
|The Malpaís de la Corona|
|The Malpaís de la Corona is a vast field of lava and volcanic slag created by volcanic eruptions north of the island of Lanzarote, mainly the volcano Monte Corona and the volcano of Quemada de Órzola, the northernmost volcano the Cordillera de Famara (Risco de Famara). The eruptions of these volcanoes have occurred between 3000 and 4500 years before the present.|
The Monte Corona is an impressive Strombolian volcano, which rises to 609 m, measuring 1100 m in diameter at the base and 450 m summit crater; it is the second highest volcano in Lanzarote, after the volcano of Las Peñas del Chache (671 m). Its crater, like the volcano Quemada de Órzola (256 m), is égueulé toward the east, toward where spilled lava to form the malpaís. Because of this égueulement, the scalloped edge of volcanic rocks, the Volcán de la Corona presents the appearance of a crown, which gave it its name "Volcano of the Crown." It is possible to climb the Monte Corona starting from the village of Yé; the hike takes two hours round trip.
The Malpaís de la Corona (Maleterre Crown) is a large cheire which covers 30 km² from the Monte Corona west to the village of Órzola northeast and the seaside resort of Punta de Mujeres, near of Arrieta, southeast. Despite its age this chaotic expanse of volcanic blocks, covered with lichens, carries only low vegetation, mainly made of euphorbia (tabaibas), including balsamiferous euphorbia (Euphorbia balsamifera), and ragwort Klein (Kleinia neriifolia) (verode). Only a few plots of arable land have been cleared, which are hard to grow tomatoes and onions; at the foot of Volcán de la Corona, near the village of Yé, a small vineyard developed.
On the southern edge of malpaís very fluid lava flows have left the volcanic bowels whose vault collapsed in different places, revealing the “caves” as the Cueva de los Verdes, or sinkholes, as the Jameos del Agua.
|Cape Fariones (Punta Fariones)|
|On the territory of Órzola is the northern end of the island of Lanzarote, the Punta Fariones.|
|The Park of Las Pardelas (Parque de las Pardelas)|
|The Park of Las Pardelas (Park Puffins) is an animal park for an audience of young children who can discover the animals of the farm, with a barnyard, goats, horses, donkeys and so on. Children can feed the animals and can also receive an introduction to pottery.|
The Parque de las Pardelas has a restaurant serving local cuisine and cheap, and a shop where you can buy books on the flora and fauna of Lanzarote, and maps of the island .
The park is located about 2 km from the center of Órzola, on the panoramic road LZ-204.
Address: Calle La Quemadita, 88
Hours: daily, 10 am to 19 pm (18 pm in fall and winter).
Admission: adults € 4.5; children € 3.5. Carousel ride on a donkey: 3,5 €.
Phone: 00 34 928 842 545
Site on the Web: www.pardelas-park.com
|Weather and forecasts|
|The bus line No. 9 liaises of Arrecife in Órzola five times a day on weekdays and three on weekends; the trip takes about an hour. Bus schedules are adjusted to ensure correspondence with ferries to the island of La Graciosa.|
Detailed schedule at: www.arrecifebus.com.
|Three pedestrian ferries of the company Líneas Marítimas Romero provide up to 9 return crossings a day between the port of Órzola, at the northern tip of Lanzarote, and the port of Caleta del Sebo in La Graciosa. No auto transport, banned on the island without special permission. Due to strong currents in the Strait crossing may be agitated and cause seasick.|
Crossing time: 15 to 20 minutes.
Price: about € 20 for a return trip.
Address: Avenida Virgen del Mar, 119A, Caleta del Sebo.
Phone: 00 34 928 842 055 / 00 34 928 596 107
Site on the Web: www.lineasromero.com
Another company offers the same services, Líneas Biosfera Express :
Address: Calle Las Quemaditas, s/n - Puerto de Órzola
Phone: 00 34 928 842 585
Site on the Web: www.biosferaexpress.com
There is also a water taxi that provides transport on demand to La Graciosa or beaches, or around the islands of Alegranza and Montaña Clara, or the Playa del Risco at the foot of the Mirador del Río. Transportation is by inflatable boat of 12 people maximum.
Water Taxi La Graciosa :
Price: from 8 to 12 € per person depending on the distance of the destination.
Phone: 00 34 928 842 051; mobile phone: 00 34676901845.
|Órzola is a good place to eat fish and seafood; there are many fish restaurants for such a small town. The most advantaged schools are on the waterfront and have a terrace with harbor views. Fish are generally very fresh, hearty portions and moderate prices.|
|Restaurant Casa Arráez|
|Restaurant fish and seafood, with a terrace overlooking the sea.|
Address: Calle Peña de Señor Dionisio, 8
Price: about 15 to 20 €.
Phone: 00 34 928 842 588; mobile: 00 34 657 617 949
|Restaurant Perla del Atlántico|
|Restaurant overlooking the sea.|
Address: Avenida Marítima de Órzola
Phone: 00 34 928 842 589
Price: about 15 to 20 €.