The works of Cesar
artist Cesar Manrique was a sculpture, painter, architect and one
of the pioneers of modern art in Spain.
He created the 7 tourist centers of Lanzarote and had a great influence
on the protection of both the nature and the culture of the island.
He convinced the local government to disallow the construction of
high buildings and the use of billboards that would harm the beauty
of the natural landscape.
To give the people an example of the typical Lanzarote architecture
Cesar Manrique builded the "Casa del Campesino".
Often there are demostrations of typical Lanzarote handycrafts and
there is a resaurant sitated in a cave.
Next to the house there stands one of Cesar Manriques most famous
sculptures named "Fecundidad".
Jardin de Cactus
As his seventh and last work for the government´s touristic
centers, he constructed the Jardin de Cactus.
The cactus garden is located in Guatiza, one of the villages where
Cojinilla, a sort of plantlouses, is still cultivated on cacti named
Mirrador del Rio
The Mirrador del Rio is situated in the north of Lanzarote on the
steep cliff named "Risco de Famara".
From a hight of about 600 meters you have a wonderful view over the
small neighboring island "La Graciosa".
The outside is made out of lavastones in harmony with it´s natural
Jameos del Agua
A Jameos is a place where the roof of a lava tunnel collapsed.
Los Jameos del Agua exists out of a smal and the big Jameo, joined
together by a lava tunnel.
In the tunnel there is a lake which is connected to the Atlantic Ocean
and in which blind small crabs live named "Jameitos".
Upon entering the Jameos del Agua one arrives at the Jameo Chica.
Here there is a cave with another small lake and a bar build into
the lava wall.
From here one can step into a volcanic tunnel where the big lake is
and one can observe the blind Jameito crabs from nearby.
The tunnel leads to the big Jameo in which there is a beautiful garden
with a swimmingpool, all decorated in the style of Cesar Manrique.
At the end of the garden there is a large cave with great acoustic
qualities. Manrique coverted the cave into a theater where often musical
concerts are given.
Also part of the Jameos del Agua is the "Casa de los Volcanes".
Here volcanic activities are studied and there is a museum about volcanology.
of Contemporary Art
The "Castillo de San Jose" , was built in the 18th century
by King Carlos III to protect the harbour from pirate attacs.
Cesar Manrique converted the fortress into a modern art museum and
a restaurant with excellent views.
The house of Cesar Manrique is also build in his pesonal style and
decored with pieces of his art work. Big bubbels in the black lava
form some of the rooms and a part of the house forms an exposition
of his paintings and sculptures.
Cesar Manrique´s house now is the home of the "Fundation
Cesar Manrique" an organisation of with one of it´s goals
is to conserve and study his creations.