Lanzarote owes much of the preservation of its natural resources and beauty to one man, a local artist named César Manrique who was born in Arrecife in 1919. He had a huge influence over the development of the island.
He was a painter, sculptor, architect, ecologist, monument preserver, construction advisor, planner of urban developments and an outliner of landscapes and gardens. His works are varied and visible all over the island, from the wind sculptures on roundabouts to many of the government run tourist attractions such as Jardin de Cactus, Jameos del Agua and Mirador del Rio.
La Fundación Cesar Manrique in Tahiche attracts visitors from all over the world who wish to visit his former home “Taro de Tahiche” and experience his finest work. With an underground level consisting of five volcanic bubbles, the galleries and exhibition rooms are breathtaking and totally unique.
Through his strong architectual influence, the island had kept primarily to its traditional white-washed house and low rise buildings. It is difficult to imagine how Lanzarote would have developed without the role played by Manrique and his love and passion for the island is clear to see by all.
To find out where to see the work of Manrique, visit our Places to Visit page.