San Bartolomé, Lanzarote
Lanzarote is pure geology
Underwater and lunar landscapes, transparent waters, thirsty lands, oasis of palm trees, coexistence in harmony between man and nature. Without a doubt it is a land of contrasts.
It is the easternmost of the Canary Islands, is identified by the large number of volcanoes that extend through it due to the great volcanic activity of the early eighteenth century.
Places of interest
Castle of San José
Cave of los Verdes
Jameos de Agua
Mirador del Río
Monument to the Peasant
Salinas del Janubio
Mercadillo de Teguise
César Manrique Legacy
César Manrique Fundation
The César Manrique Foundation is located in the house-studio that the artist lived in, located in the Taro de Tahíche (Lanzarote). Perhaps it is the work that best represents the personal and artistic ideals of Manrique.
Built in 1968 on a lava flow of the eruption that occurred on the island during 1730-36, it takes advantage, at the lower level, of the natural formation of five volcanic bubbles, to configure a surprising and exemplary habitable space as a space action natural. For its part, the exterior of the house and upper level is inspired by the traditional architecture of Lanzarote.
The César Manrique Foundation, created in 1992, is a private non-profit institution. Its scope is international. Currently, it receives more than 300,000 visitors a year.It is constituted as a cultural platform formed from the attention given to three crossed lines of development: the plastic arts, the environment and cultural reflection. The programs and the different initiatives developed are included in this meeting zone, addressed with a vocation for transversality and a critical and alternative spirit. These are his three lines of work:
- Conservation, study and dissemination of the work of César Manrique.
- Promotion of artistic activity and cultural reflection.
- Development of activities that favor respect for the natural environment and the organization of the territory
Organizes regular forums for reflection and debate. Since 1994 the spaces The author and his work and Divergent looks have been developing with continuity.
The Environment has been consolidated during 1997 as a key area of the Foundation. Among the activities that are already established, the reflection forum Frontiers and Directions of Progress stands out. A space for proposals and debate in which the speakers, from pluridisciplinary approaches, approach new models and conceptions of progress.
For César Manrique, nature was the fundamental reference of his art and his existence. Until the end of his days he maintained a deep commitment to the defense of the environment and, specifically, of his native island, Lanzarote.
Lanzarote, the easternmost island of the Canarian archipelago, boasts one of the most characteristic and spectacular landscapes in the world. A huge expanse of solidified black lava extends over the center of the island, which means that no vegetation can grow in this area. However, its edges provide a unique terrain for the vineyard, rich in volcanic ash, called lapilli.
The vines are planted in holes or ditches so that their roots reach the soil under the ash. In addition, each hole is surrounded with a parapet of stones to protect it from the African winds. This is one of the most original and impressive landscapes that can be seen, with a lunar aspect provided by the set of excavated pits.
The Malvasía grape is planted in more than three quarters of the vineyards.