Eminent Canarian author Alberto Vásquez-Figueroa once described Haría as the most beautiful village in the world. Although a tad exaggerated, the village really does have a pretty bucolic setting, in a palm-filled valley punctuated by splashes of brilliant colour from bougainvillea and poinsettia plants. In the 17th and 18th centuries, locals traditionally planted a palm tree to celebrate a birth (two for a boy, one for a girl!). Later, this North African–style oasis became a popular spa for wealthy Canarians.
The central pedestrian avenue, Plaza León y Castillo, is shaded by eucalyptus trees and is the site of a superb Saturday morning craft and produce market. Handicrafts are available throughout the week at the Taller de Artesanía Reinaldo Dorta Déniz, a town hall–backed craft workshop where local artisans produce silverware, ceramics, embroidery and some charming pieces made of palm leaves and reeds. You can watch the crafters at work before buying.