César Manrique Tour: Cactus Garden, el Mirador del Rio (Del Rio Viewpoint), Cesar Manrique Foundation, and Jameos del Agua or Cueva de los verdes (Los Verdes Cave)
Duration: 10 hours
Tour days: Wednesday view details and book
It’s still worth visiting Lanzarote even if only to see the work of César Manrique on this Canary island. Clearly, there are many cultural, luxury and natural attractions, and all of them are in reach thanks to the different excursions on Lanzarote that we offer. However, the present of César Manrique’s art on the island is very important, so that it is practically impossible to not see one of his creations at any given time during a guided tour on Lanzarote.
That’s because Manrique was born in Arrecife, the capital of Lanzarote, in 1919, and since childhood he stood out for his artistic talent. He soon emigrated to places like Madrid or New York, where he became very famous for his art. However, he never forgot his Canary islands, especially Lanzarote. Already a well-known artist, he returned to his homeland in 1968. It was a return that became permanent, until his death in 1992.
Those years were possibly the most prolific of his entire life, since in Lanzarote he conceived of and created his great works, which today have been transformed into true tourist attractions, and there are many routes through Lanzarote that travel his entire portfolio.
Lanzarote has a volcanic origin, and for millennia the volcanic activity has shaped the landscape. However, since the 20th century, César Manrique also can be considered responsible for the current appearance of the island. His art is not simply sculptures or paintings destined to be housed in a museum. His creations are integrated into the very landscape of Lanzarote. They are signs of respect to that unique environment, and also signs of admiration for the ancestral people who have lived and worked on this hard land.
The truth is that his creations are sometimes difficult to explain, and the best thing to do is to embark on the many excursions in Lanzarote that visit the works of César Manrique.
This way, the excursions to Timanfaya National Park, in addition to showing those landscapes that at times remind us of the Moon, also show a spectacular work of Manrique, located in the Diablo restaurant, where a large underground barbecue is the true cook of the establishment, and such genius could undoubtedly only happen with a talent like Manrique’s.
That point is located in the southern half of the island, but the different guided tours through northern Lanzarote have various places that are obligatory stops. One of them, for example, is the River Lookout, the best place to catch a glimpse of the far-off Chinijo Archipelago. It is a place where Manrique’s art is integrated into the background of Lanzarote to make it accessible, comfortable and enjoyable.
Something similar happens in Manrique’s other works, which are included in the guided tours through Lanzarote. One of them is the House of Lagomar, or the House of Omar Sharif, which is literally integrated into the landscape since it is mostly carved into the terrain, making it almost a cave. Speaking of caves, such is the great work of Lanzarote’s genius artist: the Jameos del Agua, a cavity of volcanic origin, perfect for visiting and enjoying thanks to the artist’s intervention.
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