Mostly Manrique

We spent Christmas on Lanzarote, it’s famous for its volcanic landscape, warm windy climate and low white houses their windows picked out in blue or green. This last feature is so strong because of the influence of Lanzarote’s most famous son Cesar Manrique, artist and architect.

He campaigned to preserve the landscape, leading to a ban on high rise buildings* and a national park designation for much of the south of the island. It is a designated  UNESCO biosphere reserve.

blooming-lava

 

It’s impossible to escape Manrique’s influence if you visit any of the main attractions.  The logo and restaurant of the Timanfaya National Park, the Mirador del Rio, the restaurant at the Museum of Contemporary Art and the Jameos del Agua,  are all his designs; and that’s without mentioning the Fundacion Cesar Manrique and his last residence at Haria.

An embrace of the volcanic landscape utilising its unique features, and bringing the outside inside are his hallmarks.

 

He embraced the landscape, enhanced it and built monuments to it.

graciosa-form-mirador

Isla Graciosa from the Mirador del Rio

 

More later

 

Marina x

Links you may like:

Timanfaya National Park

Museum of ContemporaryArt, Arrecife

Mirador del Rio

Cesar Manrique Foundation

and we stayed here

Gran Hotel Arrecife*

This hotel is one of the few high rise buildings and at 17 floors the tallest in Lanzarote

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