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CACT Lanzarote Centres for Art, Culture and Tourism

The Cabildo de Lanzarote’s Centres for Art, Culture and Tourism are integrated in the volcanic nature of the island and are its main tourist benchmark. They are a must-visit for anyone wanting to discover the true essence of Lanzarote. 

César Manrique, a local artist of international renown, created these unique spaces by perfectly bringing together Art and Nature under a philosophy and a model of intervention based on sustainability.

Discover the Art, Culture and Tourism Centres of Lanzarote

Visit Lanzarote means live memorable experiences. The singular visión of Cesar Manrique offers The posibility to enjoy this unique places where art and nature coexist in perfect harmony:

Montañas del fuego

The Montañas del Fuego (Mountains of Fire) are located in the Parque Nacional de Timanfaya, where you can enjoy the spectacular landscape and see volcanic activity first hand, as well as taste dishes cooked using the heat of the volcano in the El Diablo restaurant.

Monumento al Campesino

In the geographical heart of Lanzarote, at an important crossroad from which any point of the island can be reached, stands one of the most important works by César Manrique, and the one most loaded with symbolic references: the architectural complex of the Casa-Museo del Campesino y Monumento a la Fecundidad (House-Museum of the Farmer and the Monument to Fertility).

Cueva de Los Verdes

The tunnel formed by La Corona Volcano is one of the longest and most interesting on the planet. Along its length there are at least sixteen “jameos” (lava caves). The more than six kilometres of underground passage go from the volcano’s crater all the way into the sea, with an underwater section that is one and a half kilometres long, known as the “Túnel de la Atlántida” (Tunnel of Atlantis). Visiting the Cueva de los Verdes will allow you to enter and explore part of this incredible tunnel.

Jardín de Cactus

The Jardín de Cactus (Cactus Garden) is a wonderful example of an architectural intervention integrated into the landscape. César Manrique created this audacious architectural complex, maintaining the same unbreakable connection between art and nature that is found in all his spacial interventions. It is located in the village of Guatiza, in the municipality of Teguise, in the heart of an agricultural landscape characterised by extensive plantations of prickly pear cactus dedicated to the cultivation of cochineal.

The underwater  Museum Lanzarote “Museo Atlántico”

Created by Jason deCaires Taylor, this new museum from the Centres of Art, Culture and Tourism is the first underwater museum in Europe. Its aim is to create a large coral reef formed from 300 sculptures made from cement that is pH neutral. Over time, these will contribute to increasing marine biomass.

Jameos del Agua

Los Jameos del Agua, like the Cueva de los Verdes, is located inside a volcanic tunnel produced by eruptions of the Corona Volcano. Los Jameos is located in the section of the tunnel that is closest to the coast. It owes its name to the existence of an interior lake caused by infiltrating sea water, and which gives rise to a unique geological formation.

MIAC – Castillo de San José

The Museo Internacional de Arte Contemporáneo (International Museum of Contemporary Art, or MIAC for its initials in Spanish) is located in the Castillo de San José (San José Castle), an ancient military fortress. The museum was inaugurated in 1975 with the aim of “promoting, gathering and exhibiting the most significant works of modern artistic creation”.

Mirador del Río

Mirador del Río (Río Viewpoint) is one of the most unique architectural creations by César Manrique. It is located high up on the Risco de Famara escarpment, at an altitude of 474 metres, in the northernmost part of the island. From here you can gaze out at one of Lanzarote’s most spectacular panoramic viewsthe Parque Natural del Archipiélago Chinijo (Chinijo Archipelago National Park) and the Risco de Famara escarpment.

La Casa Amarilla

La Casa Amarilla is the popular name for the building located in the centre of Arrecife that was formerly the headquarters of the island’s Cabildo (the government of the island). It was declared a cultural asset (BIC, for its initials in Spanish) in 2002, and currently the ground floor hosts temporary exhibitions about the knowledge and ethnographic memory of Lanzarote.

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