Cesar Manrique borned in 1919 in Arrecife, the actual capital of Lanzarote in the Canary Islands. He was proud of the volcanic and unique environment of the island. Architect, painter, sculptor and writer, Manrique, was an ecological activist and a visionary. He dedicated most of his artistic life to build using nature as a scenery for his creations. Most of his imaginative work are gardens, fountains and incredible platforms from where to admire the landscape. Here is a small list of his main works, all reachable by car from any of the properties listed: Be Live Grand Teguise Playa, Be Live Lanzarote Resort o Luabay Lanzarote Beach.
- The Jardin de los Cactus open its doors in 1990. This curious garden is creating with 1.000 cactus species from around the world. It was built over an old quarry near Teguise.
- La Cueva de los Verdes and Jameos del Agua is a ludic complex created in a series of magma caves. Manrique’s work was decorate, modify and adequate the natural caves to human activities. The visit is pretty impressive starting with a descent of 225 feet on a natural stairs. At the end of the stairs there is the main cave transformed into a 600 seats auditorium and sometimes nightclub, too. This huge cave is 65 feet tall and 50 feet width. The visit ends with a stroll through a huge gallery of decorated tunnels that lead to a beautiful garden and a swimming pool.
- Cesar Manrique Foundation is located in the old house of the artist called Taro de Tahíche. A taro is a typical Lanzarote construction build only with local elements and respecting the environment. The Foundation keeps an impressive amount of pieces craft by the artist and his friends. This is a great place to start a route on this genius works.
- The Mirador del Rio is a Civil War guarding platform transform into a recreational place over-viewing the amazing landscape of Graciosa Island. It was created in 1974 by C. Manrique, consisting of a balustrade cafe, a souvenir shop and a platform on its top which are integrated in the lava rock.
- Costa de Martiánez Lake was created artificially to provide a recreational and sports area for the locals. Built in 1977 this amazing places counts with several swimming pools around cactus and magma gardens.