We recently visited Charco de Palo and stayed for over two weeks in October/ November, the weather was superb. We are Lanzofiles having visited every year for 26 years, initially going to Puerto del Carmen then gradually moving inland to Macher, Soo, Masdache, Conil, Playa Blanca and eventually Charco de Palo. After the Lively resorts it is a real pleasure to stay at Charco because of its lack of urgency and being low in commercial outlets,3 bar/restaurants and a general shop. A very laid back place indeed. The accommodation was Casa Delfin apartment or more like a bungalow. Very good furniture and kitchen equipment. Nice quite area. We have been to Charco twice now and have already booked flights for a third visit next year, one reason we came to this area was to visit the northern region more deeply. we used to come up on regular day visits and realised what great scenery and features it has to offer.
Arrieta and Orzola being only two of many typical canarian villages, brilliant for seafood and just hanging around. One of the more adventurous places to visit is La Graciosa a small island off the north coast. For a charge of 20 Euros each you can get a ferry from Orzola to the port of Sebo on La graciosa. The journey is about 40 minutes on a well equipped ferry boat which will carry lots of people on two decks, one for the fresh air people and one below. The island itself is delightful almost a time forgotten place, Sebo has a few food outlets of various types, snacks takeaway food, restaurants all of which serve the freshest seafood. There are lots of accommodation places. It has some lovely walks a two of which we have done both taking approx. 90 minutes each way. Each time we probably saw 15 people. The last one was to a Beach on the opposite side of the island called Las conchas. Nothing there but a great beach, scenery and a hand full of people, so if you do go for a walk outside of Sebo take a drink at least. The walking terrain is mostly good with slight inclines so no special footwear is needed trainers are best. There are landrover trips which will give you a tour around also cycles can be hired. The walk just mentioned is ok for bikes but beware of other routes where the sand is quite deep and not good for two wheels. Generally a very good day out if you like peace and quite, and total solitude if that's what you want. At the end of a walk there is a nice cold drink in Sebo, and food of course the fish meals are so fresh.
The ferries run from 8 am and roughly every hour, the last boat back is approx. 5pm winter 6 ish in summer.
Just a little word of warning about parking in Orzola look for the correct areas to park beware of resident only and 2 hour restrictions , but there are plenty of parking places.
Hope you do go it is different.
Hope this information is of use to you.