Welcome to El Golfo & Around

Just south of El Golfo is one of the most dramatic and scenic stretches of road on the island: the LZ-703, flanked by the shifting colours of the volcanic peaks on one side and the sea and a string of small black-sand beaches on the other.

The beach fronting the Charco de los Clicos is worth taking a look at. The Charco itself is a small emerald-green pond, just in from the beach; the colour comes from the algae in the water. This was the famous backdrop for Raquel Welch who slipped into that fur bikini in the iconic publicity still for the 1960s One Million Years BC movie. Back to the present, the visual paint palette is further enhanced by the wonderfully colourful and textured volcanic rock surroundings. It is not safe to swim here though, as it can get very rough.

Along the coast road, which eventually leads to La Hoya, stop by Los Hervideros, a pair of caves through which the sea glugs and froths. After about 6km you reach the long Playa de Janubio, behind which are Las Salinas de Janubio, salt pans from where sea salt is extracted (up to around 15,000 tonnes a year).

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