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Cesar Manrique Foundation

The unique appeal of Lanzarote can be attributed very much to artist Cesar Manrique who’s impact has endured. To really understand the driving forces behind the island’s modern development, we recommend the Foundation as your first stop. Once the artist’s home, it is now a showcase for his life, art and thinking. The Foundation is just outside Tahiche, only 15 minutes from Costa Teguise.

The Cesar Manrique Foundation is based in the breathtaking former home of the island born artist and architect. And gives a whole new meaning to the term housing bubble – as it was built around five volcanic vacuums in the surrounding lava flow.

This ingenious feat of architecture was Manrique’s first major piece of work on Lanzarote – and it never fails to blow visitors away. It perfectly encapsulates the artists desire to create a perfect symbiosis between art and nature.

Manrique discovered the site for his unique house when out walking across the lava fields that surround Tahiche back in the 1960’s. He caught a glimpse of a fig tree poking out of the top of a volcanic chamber and then discovered there were a number of bubbles in the same vicinity.

Work commenced, the five underground bubbles were interconnected, and by the end of 1968 Manrique’s creation was complete, providing him with the perfect work and display space and Lanzarote with a model and vision for future development.

Open :: Monday to Friday 10.00 – 18.00, Saturday & Sunday 10.00 –14.00 Admission :: Adults €6.50 Parking :: Free