Cesar Manrique & Canary Culture

  • Port

    Arrecife, Lanzarote, Canary Islands, Spain

  • Activity Level

    Moderate

  • Excursion Type

    Local Sightseeing, All

  • Wheelchair Accessible

    NO

  • Cost

    USD USD

    Price between $51-$100
  • Minimum Age

    Information not currently available.

  • Duration

    Approximately 4 hours

  • Meals Included

    Yes

Cesar Manrique was born in Arrecife in 1919. He began his studies at La Laguna, and continued at La Escuela Superior de Bellas Artes de Madrid.

The Jardin de Cactus -- the last work of Cesar Manrique -- is a symbol of the island's history with more than 10,000 cacti set in a converted amphitheatre-like quarry. Cochineal beetles live in the cacti, and their larvae are used to produce the natural food coloring of the same name.

Visit the Cesar Manrique Foundation, custodian of the works of the genius artist. It is housed in what was Cesar Manrique's own residence -- El Taro de Tahiche. Taro is an island word for a construction of stones placed upon each other without the use of cement. The house was built in 1968 on unusual terrain, over five lava bubbles and a jameo -- a collapsed volcanic passage.

Step inside the Museum of Contemporary Art at the Castle of San José.

Enjoy a glass of Lanzarote wine and some local cheese before returning to the ship.