Lanzarote is the easternmost island of the Canary Islands and has a volcanic origin. It was born through fiery eruptions and has solidified lava streams as well as extravagant rock formations. From the spectacular volcanic landscape of the Timanfaya National Park, the intricate cave formations of Jameos Del Aqua to the action packed surfing beaches of Famara, Lanzarote has a depth and beauty which makes it a totally unique place to visit.
The César Manrique Foundation is located in the studio-home that the artist lived in, situated in Taro de Tahiche (Lanzarote). It is probably the work that best represents Manrique’s artistic and personal ideals. Built in 1968 on top of a volcanic trail from a volcanic eruption that occurred in 1730-36. It uses the natural formation of five volcanic bubbles to make an unusual and exemplary living space within a natural space.
BODEGAS EL GRIFO
El Grifo winery, founded after the volcanic eruptions in 1775, is the oldest winery in the Canaries and one of the ten oldest in Spain. El Grifo holds a family vineyard of 50 hectares around the winery and produces about half a million bottles of wine every year under the Lanzarote Guarantee of Origen.
Situated near the town of San Bartolomé, in the centre of the island of Lanzarote, El Grifo winery produces three types of wine from the Malvasía grape, dry, semisweet and sweet as well as wine from the listán negro grape used in making red wine, rosé, red, sparkling and muscatel. The industry claims that this wine has a “strong volcanic and mineral flavour”.
JADIN DE CACTUS
Lanzarote’s famous cactus garden is based towards the north of the island in Guatiza. The gardens were developed under the guidance of Cesar Manrique and showcases over 10,000 different plants. The stunning work of Cesar Manrique, the island born artist and architect, who famously helped shape relatively restrained developments in Lanzarote, whilst other parts of Spain ran headlong into the arms of high-rise, mass-market tourism.