A January 2005 trip
to Lanzarote by Jill Russell
Quote: This was a winter escape taken in search of sun to an island that is a lot more than just a holiday resort.
The island is small enough to explore in 1 day. Once away from the eastern coastal area, where there are the lines of holiday accommodation sprawl, the scenery is volcanic; russet, lime-green, and coal black coloured; and wild, with plenty of hiking and mountain biking opportunities.
The impact when you enter the Cactus Garden at Guatiza, (designed by Manrique) built on an old rofero, is stunning.
The market at Teguise, the old capital of Lanzarote, is billed as "the place to be" on a Sunday; get there early, as parking can be a nightmare.
Mirador del Rio is a lookout point and a restaurant designed by Manique on an old gun emplacement. Huge picture windows lead to a semicircular viewing platform overlooking Isla Graciosa.
Jameos del Agua is inside a complex of caves, and partially collapsed tubes have been adapted by Cesar Manrique to form one of the most remarkable showpieces.
A guided tour of the Timanfaye National Volcanic Park is a must, though a ride on a camel is definitely optional.
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CC Costa Luz L-9, Avda de Las Playas
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Port at El Sardino
Attraction | "Fundacion Cesar Manrique"
The upper floor is modelled after traditional Lanzarote architecture but manages to incorporate modern and practical elements such as large windows and open spaces used as galleries for paintings and sculptures. On this floor are the main living room, sitting room, and bedroom. The basement level incorporates the five natural volcanic bubbles that Manrique connected by means of small passageways bored into the lava basalt and continued as living quarters. The cave in the centre houses an unexpected recreational area, including a pool, small dance floor, and oven, all decorated with abundant plant life.
The museum tour is carefully planned for a convenient and enjoyable visit. The intention is to ensure a smooth flow through the white-washed underground passages.
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Cezare Manrique Foundation
Taro de Tahiche
Jameos Del Agua
Las Palmas / North of Lanzarote
Hindhead, United Kingdom