César Manrique

César Manrique is Lanzarote, Lanzarote is César Manrique

This sentence is the beginning of the text about César Manrique in the Müller‘s tourist guide about Lanzarote – and if you are on the island, you will quickly notice how correct this is…


There are only a few others that shaped the island of Lanzarote as much as the artist César Manrique. Manrique was, among other things, committed to continue the development of Lanzarote in the traditional style and to abstain from buildings that are higher than an adult palm.This measure has largely kept away the mass tourism from Lanzarote and Lanzarote was not plastered with hotels.

César Manrique was born on 24 April 1919 in Arrecife, Lanzarote. He went to school in Lanzarote and graduated to a civil engineer degree at the University of La Laguna in Tenerife. In 1945 he attended the School of Fine Arts of San Fernando in Madrid, where he earned champion for drawing and painting in 1950. In 1964, Manrique was awarded a scholarship from the International Institute of Art Education for the study of American art in the United States. But in 1968 he returned to Lanzarote and as an old family friend, Pepin Ramirez, was president of the island’s government, Manrique’s ideas had an influential supporter and Manrique was able to convert most of his proposals.

On 25th of September 1992 César Manrique was killed in a traffic accident close to his fundación in Tahiche.

Jameos del Agua Cesár ManriqueWorks
1968 – JAMEOS DEL AGUA, Haría, Lanzarote
1968 – MONUMENTO AL CAMPESINO, Mozaga, Lanzarote
1968 – TARO DE TAHÍCHE/Fundación, Teguise, Lanzarote
1969 – CASA – MUSEO DEL CAMPESINO, San Bartolomé, Lanzarote
1970 – RESTAURANTE EL DIABLO, Parque Nacional de Timanfaya, Lanzarote
1973 – MIRADOR DEL RÍO, Haría, Lanzarote

1990 – JARDÍN DE CACTUS, Teguise, Lanzarote

Manrique’s traces can be discovered in many streets and squares of the island
– especially in the roundabouts you come across his sculptures and wind chimes again and again.

Other works outside of Lanzarote
1971 – COMPLEJO Visiting Museums, Puerto de la Cruz, Tenerife
1982 – LA Vaguada (Dirección Artística), Madrid
1989 – MIRADOR DE LA PEÑA, Valverde, El Hierro
1990 – BMW ART CAR
1991 – Mirador del Palmarejo, Valle Gran Rey, La Gomera
1992 – Playa Jardin, Puerto de la Cruz, Tenerife

The former home of César Manrique in Haría was opened as a museum in 2013.

Since most works of Manrique are large visitor attractions, it is advisable -in case you travel alone- to visit these in the afternoon, as the large tour groups have usually already been gone.

If you plan to visit several properties of Manrique, it is advisable to buy tickets for 4 to 6 visits which are offered by the Centro de Arte, Cultura y Turismo. You can buy them at every sight at the cash desks.