Mirador de la Ermita de las Nieves
One of Lanzarote’s biggest attractions is the Mirador de la Ermita de las Nieves, a fantastic spot to enjoy some of the best views on the island. The scenery up here is spectacular, and you can see the island of La Graciosa and Playa de Famara in the distance.
What is the Mirador de la Ermita de las Nieves?
The Mirador de la Ermita de las Nieves is a natural lookout point where you can take in the island’s volcanic landscape and enjoy some incredible sunsets.
It is a pilgrimage site where it is said that the “Virgen de las Nieves” – the island’s patron saint, appeared before a priest in 1427.
In her honour, a chapel was built on the highest point of Lanzarote, at 650 metres above sea level.
Pirates burnt it down, but it was rebuilt in 1724 so that the local farmers could pilgrimage here to ask for rain for their crops.
Today people still take part in pilgrimages to pay honour to the patron saint, and the chapel was completely renovated in 1966.
What has never changed at the lookout point are the magnificent views over the Chinijo Archipelago and Playa de Famara, on Lanzarote’s east coast.
Where is the Mirador de la Ermita de las Nieves?
You can find the Mirador de la Ermita de las Nieves at Risco de Famara, in the north of Lanzarote, and enjoy some of the best views on the island.
It is located to the north of the village of Los Valles, at the end of the narrow and winding LZ-10 highway, just before reaching Lanzarote’s astronomical observatory.
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