Would you like to see the famous great works by César Manrique in Lanzarote?

There are many locations in Lanzarote which showcase the artist’s unique style and vision. This list provides information on all of the best tourist attractions and artworks designed by this famous Lanzarote-born artist. There is also a map and recommended tours at the bottom of the post.

A small green pool surrounded by white painted rocks and brown volcanic rock, green foliage and palms, small white fountain pouring into the pool.
César Manrique Lanzarote – Tahiche House

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14 Amazing Works by César Manrique: Lanzarote

César Manrique is synonymous with modern art in the Canary Islands. The Lanzarote-born artist had a vision for the intertwining of nature and humankind, and he well and truly left his mark on Lanzarote and the other Canary Islands too.

The legendary artist’s works are often referred to as ‘The Great Works’.

Many of the artworks listed in this post can be seen in more detail within my post 14 Amazing Things to do in Lanzarote. I last visited Lanzarote in December 2022.

In a hurry? Here are some quick links:

  • Click here to book a tour of 4 Manrique’s attractions in one day.
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  • Click here to book your ferry ticket from Fuerteventura to Lanzarote.
  • Click here to book your Lanzarote rental car.

14 Amazing Works of Art by César Manrique: Lanzarote

Now I will proceed to my list of 14 main places to see César Manrique’s art in Lanzarote:

1. The Jardín de Cactus (Cactus Garden)

The Jardin De Cactus was designed by Manrique as an ode to the local landscape and its cacti plants. To create this masterpiece, Manrique transformed a former quarry and landfill site into a habitat for over one thousand cacti species in his majestic cactus garden. The site also houses a museum dedicated to Manrique’s work. You can book tickets here.

More info and photos of the cactus garden can be seen in my Lanzarote post here.

Several types of green cactus in the foreground, with circular stone walls and a white windmill in the background against a blue sky. Jardin de Cactus Lanzarote.
Jardin de Cactus

2. Casa Manrique

Casa Manrique is the artist’s former home and studio, which was converted into a museum after his death. The building showcases many of Manrique’s works as well as personal objects from his life.

The main highlight is Manrique’s sunken studio, frozen in time to its state on the day he passed away, filled with incomplete works still intact.

Even though this house appears rather modest in comparison to his other home in Tahíche, its awe-inspiring attention to detail is unmistakable. From the mirrored glass bathrooms with vibrant hues to turquoise pool chairs accented with bright oranges, there is an unmistakable Manrique vibe here.

Slate walls with a table and chairs with orange seating and orange lighting. Cut into a volcanic cave.
César Manrique Foundation

3. Jameos del Agua

Manrique created the Jameos del Agua in 1968 with the intention of using the natural volcanic space to highlight the natural beauty of Lanzarote. This complex of caves and lagoons uses natural volcanic tubes and caves to create a swimming pool, a sea pool and a magnificent auditorium.

A blue lagoon shaped swimming pool in a volcanic landscape with palm trees and a blue sky. By César Manrique Lanzarote..
Jameos del Agua

4. The Fundación César Manrique

After returning to the island of Lanzarote from his travels in New York City, César Manrique built his house “Taro de Tahiche” in 1968. As he strolled across the stunning lava fields at Tahiche, five natural volcanic bubbles captured his attention and provided inspiration for building his very first home. Today it is proudly known as Fundación César Manrique (or the César Manrique foundation).

This house museum and art centre dedicated to preserving Manrique’s legacy opened in 1992. It contains several artworks from his lifetime as well as temporary exhibitions from other artists inspired by César Manrique himself. You can buy tickets here.

Volcanic garden with green plants and a white wall with a multi colour mural designed by artist Cesar Manrique Lanzarote.
Cesar Lanzarote Fundacion

5. Mirador del Río

Mirador del Rio was originally a military gun battery to oversee the strait between Lanzarote and La Graciosa. In 1973, Manrique crafted an architectural masterpiece with a glass facade and veranda, nestled into the cliffs of Lanzarote. This viewing platform offers stunning views over the ocean and nearby islands.

Ocean view from high up, small volcanic island in the distance and a blue sky
The view from Mirador del Rio

6. Timanfaya National Park

Manrique worked with scientists to preserve the volcanic Timanfaya National park, which he described as “the most beautiful spectacle that nature has created in our land.” Visitors can explore the surreal landscape of bubbling lava and steaming geysers that Manrique helped bring to life.

Wooden welcome sign for the Timanfaya national park in Lanzarote. Bright blue sky background.
Timanfaya National Park – by Manrique

There is an amazing Timanfaya volcano tour which I highly recommend – you can book it here. Be sure to check out my post 14 Amazing Things to do in Lanzarote which has a lot more information on Timanfaya.

7. Monumento al Campesino

The Monumento al Campesino was designed in parallel to Manrique’s work on the Jameos del Agua project. The monument was erected in honour of agricultural labourers at San Bartolomé. There is also a museum and relaxing space at this location.

An outdoor sculpture by César Manrique Lanzarote.

8. Cueva De Los Verdes

The Cueva de los Verdes utilised a lava tube which was created thousands of years ago as a result of volcanic eruptions. This attraction is considered to be one of Manrique’s most impressive works, in collaboration with Jesus Soto, who provided the atmospheric lighting.

The Cueva de los Verdes also houses an underground auditorium and natural gallery.

Inside of a cave, light up with orange and green light, reflected in the surface of the water inside the cave.
Cueva de los Verdes

9. Castillo de San José

The Castillo de San José was built by the Spanish, to defend against pirate attacks in the 18th century. Two centuries later, César Manrique took charge of the restoration process and created the International Museum of Contemporary Art (MIAC). This endeavour made MIAC the first museum dedicated to contemporary art in all of the Canary Islands.

A low flat rectagular castle made from stone, against a blue sky. Castillo de San Jose
Castillo de San Jose

10. Lagomar Museum

The Lagomar Villa is an 18th-century villa which was redesigned by Manrique. It is now a museum that showcases his life and works. The building has stunning views over the sea, and it houses a large collection of artworks from the artist’s lifetime.

White rounded Spanish building which is built into the side of a brown volcanic cliff face. Green tree to the right, small green plans in the lower foreground. César Manrique Lanzarote.
césar manrique Lanzarote – Lagomar Museum

11. El Diablo restaurant

Situated within the Timanfaya National Park, this restaurant uses the geothermal heat from the volcanic ground to cook its dishes. The restaurant itself is a cylindrical building with huge glass windows all around, allowing a stunning 360 degree view of the rugged volcanic surrounding landscape.

There is also a tree growing through the centre – another example of Manrique’s fusion of nature and humankind.

A chef cooks various types of meat and poulty over a circular fire pit, barbecue style. Black walls and background.
A chef cooks over the heat of the volcano at El Diablo Lanzarote

12. Costa Teguise Resort

A purpose-built tourist resort built in the 1970s with all white buildings and green doors. Costa Teguise also saw the introduction of Lanzarote’s first 5 star hotel – Gran Meliá Salinas. This was designed in collaboration with celebrated architect Fernando Higueras. Subsequently, many other hotels ranging from four to five stars were added.

White and green villa building with palm trees in Lanzarote
César Manrique Teguise Lanzarote

13. Charco de San Gines

The stunning Charco de San Ginés is an historic lagoon in Arrecife, the capital of Lanzarote. The lagoon is flanked by cute white fishermen’s cottages. This picturesque area was redesigned by Manrique and was previously nicknamed as ‘the Venice of the Atlantic.’

Blue lagoon with white buildings all around and many small blue and white bloats floating on the surface
Charco de San Ginés, Arrecife

14. The Wind Toys

Tragically, Manrique was killed in a car accident in 1992 whilst working on his Wind Toy project. Initially motivated by the observation of windmills slowly disappearing from the island during his childhood years, he had constructed plans for intricate and captivating designs prior to passing away.

Fortunately, through their dedication to honouring what Manrique began, The Fundacion finished designing several works based on his preliminary drawings.

Multi colour artwork sculpture wind toy with a blue sky by César Manrique Lanzarote.
Manrique Wind Toy

The Wind Toys are particularly impressive, interacting with the environment and moving gracefully in response to the wind’s power. You can see them in various places such as the Tahíche roundabout (where Manrique lost his life), the César Manrique Foundation, Puerto del Carmen’s Avenida de las Playas roundabout and Guacimeta Airport.

The Impact of César Manrique on Lanzarote

Lanzarote remains largely unaffected by the modern trend of towering high-rise buildings, in part due to Manrique’s campaigns to keep the architecture on the island in harmony with nature. Manrique worked closely with the local authority to preserve the culture and implement a height restriction for tourism development.

White square buildings in narrow streets with green and blue doors and black stone path.César Manrique Lanzarote.
Lanzarote Houses

César Manrique has been hailed by many as the man who saved Lanzarote from overdevelopment and ‘concrete jungle syndrome’.

With the exception of Arrecife and one other building, the rest of Lanzarote retains its minimalist simplicity, with small whitewashed dwellings with either green or blue doors. There are also no billboards or roadside advertisements. Manrique felt the beauty of the island was too precious to be tainted with such signs of commercialism.

César Manrique Lanzarote

César Manrique is a true treasure of Lanzarote, and it is no wonder that he has become an iconic figure on the island. Manrique’s works will continue to inspire future generations to come.

If you are looking for César Manrique Lanzarote tours and activities, you can see my recommendations below.

Artistic white wall with coloured abstract mosaics, green foliage attached to the wall in places. César Manrique Lanzarote.
César Manrique Foundation

César Manrique Lanzarote Tours

There are many wonderful tours in Lanzarote which showcase Manrique’s work.

  • Click here to book a full day tour of Timanfaya and Jameos del Agua.
  • Click here to book a combined tour of the Cactus Garden and the Fundacion.
  • Click here to tour Timanfaya, Jameos Agua, Mirador del Rio and Cueva de los Verdes in one day.
  • Click here for a tour dedicated to Manrique’s work. You will see the Campesino Monument, Haria House Museum, Mirador del Rio and the Fundacion.

Map of César Manrique Lanzarote attractions

The map below shows all of the Cesar Manrique Lanzarote attractions which are listed in this post, in numbered order. To use the map, click the blue icons to see more information about each place. Click the star to add to your own Google Maps. 

Other Manrique works

César Manrique did not only work in Lanzarote. Manrique’s works can also be found on other Canary Islands too, as follows.

César Manrique Lanzarote FAQ’s

1. What is César Manrique known for?

César Manrique was an acclaimed painter, sculptor, architect and artist. He was born in Arrecife, Lanzarote in 1919 and died in Lanzarote in 1992. Manrique achieved international acclaim for his multidisciplinary artwork. After studying art in Madrid and exhibiting all around the world he became a resident of New York City – known as being at the epicentre of artistic expression during the 1960s.

2. What is the famous house in Lanzarote?

The César Manrique Foundation, former house of the renowned artist, lies in the heart of Lanzarote. It is called Taro de Tahiche and it stands as a testament to Manrique’s ambition. You can read more at number 4 in my list above.

3. Where is César Manrique buried?

To honour his memory, a wind toy sculpture called Fobos was erected in the LZ-1 roundabout of Tahíche where César Manrique lost his life. The beloved Lanzarote artist was laid to rest at Haría cemetery soon after.

4. Why are there no tall buildings in Lanzarote?

César Manrique campaigned to protect Lanzarote from overdevelopment and commercialism. After the Gran hotel was built, Manrique and the local authority decided to impose a height restriction, so no more tall buildings could be constructed after that. There are some tall buildings in Arrecife, but outside of that there is only one other tall building on the whole island.

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