Lanzarote is part of the Canary Archipelago, it is the fourth largest in size, and it has been declared part of the Biosphere Reserve by UNESCO in 1993. In terms of natural architecture it is considered an universal model, in which modern living and tradition can be found in a harmonious mixture. Here are some interesting things you could visit.
JAMEOS DEL AGUA
Jameos del Agua is the most important touristic center on the island. It was built by Isus Soto and Luis Morales in 1968, and it is inspired by an idea of Cesar Manrique. Los Jameos del Agua was formed by the flux of lava which resulted after the eruption of the Corona volcano. Due to the action of gazes, a part of the surface has collapsed. The entrance is the so-called “Jameo Chico” which was recently transformed in a bar and restaurant, which can be accessed by a stone staircase. The bar is connected to the “Jameo Grande” through an alley which traverses a small lake which is home to blind albino crabs, an unique species of crabs. The “Jameo Grande” was transformed in a beautiful garden which is decorated with tropical plants and a turquoise swimming pool. An auditorium has also been constructed in this area. It has 600 places and it has excellent acoustics. The auditorium is the place where the Music Festival in Lanzarote takes place.
MONUMENTO AL CAMPESINO
In the heart of the Island is the Monumento al Campesino, a 15 meter sculpture formed by white reservoirs from old fishing boats, glued together and painted. It is also known as the Monument a Fecundidad, and it can be found in a breathtaking setting, La Geria. La Casa Museo, an old rural house which was reconditioned. The refurbished interior has nice patios, balconies, an old press and carpentry workshops, all in an immaculate white color.
CESAR MANRIQUE FOUNDATION
The Cesar Manrique Foundation hosts most of the famous architect’s works. Although it was founded in 1987 under the name of “Lanzarote’s friends”, in 1992 it changed its name. The foundation is located in Cesar Manrique’s old house, also known as the “Taro de Tahiche”. Taro is a local word used for stone structures. One such taro can be seen in the front yard of the building. The basement is formed from five unique rooms, a fountain room, a white room, a red room, a black room and a yellow room. The superior floors is home to the galleries of the museum which display popular works from Picasso, Miro, Guerrro, Sempere and of course. Cesar Manrique.
All these beautiful things can be found on the tiny Lanzarote island. For people who wish to see as many things as possible there are also places like the Cactus Gardens, the Green Caves and the old cities of Arrecife and Teguise.