San Bartolomé

San Bartolome is one of Lanzarote’s smallest municipalities. It was previously called Ajei, which means small village. It was one of the first settlements on the island. The village, far from the island’s coasts, was a good place to hide from pirate attacks.

Nowadays, Lanzarote’s airport can be found in San Bartolome.

Where is San Bartolome?

It is located in the geographic centre of the island and is practically the marker between the volcanic and arid south and the lush crops and fields in the north of the island. Due to its central location, it is a crossroads for the routes heading north and south.

What to see in San Bartolome

San Bartolome is a peaceful village, but full of history and very well maintained. Wandering around its streets you can take in the Lanzarote culture and see its historical and artistic buildings such as Casa Palacio del Mayor Guerra or the Casa Ejei.

Places of interest

  • Monumento al Campesino: This is a sculpture by César Manrique to pay homage to all those working in the countryside. It is one of Lanzarote’s most famous monuments.
  • Museo del Campesino: This is right next to the Monumento al Campesino. Craft workshops are held here.
  • Museo Tanit: A beautiful and traditional Canary Island house which is now a museum that will take you on a journey through Lanzarote’s history and culture. Unmissable.
  • San Bartolome Church: This church was built at the end of the 18th Century in the shape of a cross. It is at the very heart of San Bartolome.
  • Playa Honda: A wonderful beach to enjoy a day out at and with great accommodation options. Due to its central location, it has become a highly sought after part of Lanzarote to live in.

THE BEST FOOD IN SAN BARTOLOMÉ

One of the main reasons to visit San Bartolomé is for its gastronomy. Fresh seafood, such as mackerel, vieja or sardines; traditional food, such as gofio and stews; and, of course, the Denomination of Origin wines of Lanzarote, all stand out.

Shopping in San Bartolomé

San Bartolomé has a wide range of services and shops that allow visitors to avoid having to look for basic necessities outside the municipality. Supermarkets, fish shops, butchers and clothes shops help to provide tourists and locals with basic necessities. In addition, there is a health centre that provides first aid in case of need.

Climate in San Bartolomé

The usual harshness of the arid climate is tempered by the island’s mild climate. The best months to visit St Barthélemy are between May and September, when the temperature is between 20 and 23 degrees Celsius. On the other hand, October is generally the month with the highest rainfall traditionally.

LOCAL FIESTAS IN SAN BARTOLOMÉ

The patron saint fiestas of San Bartolomé are held on the 24th of August. During this period the town celebrates numerous cultural, sporting and musical events.

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