Today we propose you a visit to one of the last works of César Manrique, located on the island of Lanzarote, which can be reach with the maximum comfort through Air Europa. We are talking, of course, about the Cactus Garden located between Mala and Guatiza, not far away from Be Live Lanzarote Resort, Be Live Grand Teguise Playa or Luabay Lanzarote Beach.
The Cactus Garden is from the seventies, but its doors did not open to the public until the eighties. The story goes like this: Manrique took the hollow area of land, an old volcanic sand quarry; restored the tipical mill from the Island -employed in the preparation of roasted maize meal and millo flour- and carry out his project, the creation of a new Center of Art, Culture and Tourism.
Furthermore, in this space we can recreate in the magnificence that the Spanish artist being able to combine architecture and nature in a way so characteristic of all his space creations.
In addition to the mill, in the Cactus Garden we will find more than ten thousand species of these plants, native from the Canary Islands, America, Madagascar, Morocco, Ethiopia… Also the compacted lapilli monoliths (stones) in the central part, the curious stone paths connected by various steps, etc…
The entrance to the enclosure cannot be missed it, because suddenly we ran into a cactus 8 feet high, but it is better to book the tour with specialists like Halconviajes.com, as they will propose the best days and times to make perfect the visit.
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