Aaaahhhh… Your favourite tunes in your earbuds. Warm sun and soft sea breezes caressing your body, cradled by powdery white sands beneath you. The gently swooshing surf in the background. This is what you’ve been needing – unplugging from the daily grind on a balmy beach in the Canary Islands. And not just one of those crowded, mass-tourism, turn-and-burn factories but a lovely little out-of-the-way enclave on Lanzarote. You’ve become one of the select few who’ve discovered Caleta de Famara.
More familiarly known as La Caleta, this small, sleepy, whitewashed fishing village of barely 1,200 sits on the island’s northwestern Teguise coast, a half hour from capital Arrecife. Sitting at the foot of rocky hills (popular with hang gliders!) and at the southern end of dreamy, six-kilometre (3¾-mile) Famara Beach (including a secluded nudist bit at the north end) which lures visitors here, it’s special also by virtue of being located in the Chinijo Archipelago Natural Park, the first land/sea reserve of its kind in Spain.
Facing the open Atlantic Ocean, this is a beach whose waters have a bit of froth to them – in fact, it’s something of a magnet for surfers and kitesurfers, with schools lining the village streets along with a nice selection of interesting little restaurants and cafés in which fresh seafood has pride of place on menus. Nightlife is similarly mellow at its small bars, pubs, and cafés – you don’t come here for hot ‘n’ heavy action, after all!
Instead, you come here to chill out and recharge. And for that, Caleta de Famara is fantastic. Come see for yourself!