Cesar Manrique

Cesar Manrique's legacy remains influential in Lanzarote to this day – some 18 years after his death from a tragic road accident in 1992.

Prior to his time in the Spanish civil war Manrique had not embarked on his work - i
t was only after the wartime experiences, and his time in New York sponsored by the Rockefeller family, that he voiced his vision for Lanzarote.


" When I returned from New York, I came with the intention of turning my native island into one of the more beautiful places in the planet, due to the endless possibilities that Lanzarote had to offer. ".


He is to be thanked for lack of high rise developments on the island, and the preservation of many traditional aspects of the architecture here - so much so, that he is often referred to as Lanzarote's Architect.

Manrique recognised the potential for tourism on the island but lobbied hard to ensure that none of the character or personality of the island was destroyed. He became instrumental in the planning of new projects and buildings all over the island, including:


Casa Museo Monumento del Campesino - a tribute to the old ways of farming and life in Lanzarote, with a monument,  museum and a restaurant. There is a replica of an old Lanzarote farm,  and many details have been painstakingly recreated for visitors.
Situated on the outskirts of San Bartolome, and open each day from 10am Tel -
928 520136

Mirador Del Rio, built in 1973 -  overlooking the neighbouring island of La Graciosa. This is a breathtaking place to visit from both the height perspective, and the amount of work involved in the excavation of the cliff face. The site was once a garrison. 
Open daily from 10 am to 7pm. Tel :  928.526.551


La Era, Yaiza – constructed out of one of the few houses that remained standing after the volcanic eruptions in the 18th century. This house was re constructed by Manrique during the 1970s, and turned into an Arts Centre initially. It is now a unique restaurant experience, consisting of several small and intimate dining rooms off a central courtyard.  The cuisine is classic Canarian, and enjoys masses of good reviews. You do need to book in advance. Tel: 928 830 016


Jameos Del Agua -Cesar Manrique remarked that this was the most beautiful nightclub in the world. Set in a series of lava “bubbles” Jameos Del Agua offers a stunning environment with many natural wonders as well as an amphitheatre, venue and restaurant rolled into one.  


Jardín de Cactus  - This is set in a disused quarry and has an astonishing 10,000 plus cacti on display.  It is situated in the area used historically for farming of the cochineal beetle, which lives among cacti.  Manrique's massive sculpture of a giant cactus marks the entrance point.


Taro de Tahíche -  This was Cesar Manrique's house. Created in the late 1960s from a series of lava bubbles it is modern for the time it was built, but also in keeping with the traditional styles of Lanzarote architecture. The house is now the Cesar Manrique Foundation and above ground you can look at various exhibitions and also some of Cesar Manrique's own art collection including Picasso, Miro, Chillida, Guerrero, and many more notable artists. All revenue goes into supporting and continuing his vision.


Museo Internacional de Arte Contemporaneo -

(International Museum of Contemporary Arts in Castillo de San José, featuring the paintings of Miró, Millares, Mompó, Oscar Dominguez, Gerardo Rueda, Eusebio Sempérez, Augustín Cárdena and Manrique).

Manrique stepped in during the 1970s and assisted with the renovation of the castle and the creation of the gallery.


El Almacén  - is a multi purpose art centre and gallery in Arrecife, opened in 1974.


El Diablo -  symbol of the Timanfaya National Park.


Manrique's unique wind mobiles are to be spotted at various points over the island, and are immediately recognisable as his work.

Click here for Cesar Manrique's official web site.

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