César Manrique is one of the most famous artists of the Canary Islands. Painter, architect, sculptor and environmentalist – Manrique, who was born in Arrecife (Lanzarote’s capital), had many talents. During the Spanish Civil War, the artist fought on the side of Franco. He would never speak about the terrible experiences he had during the war. After the war, Manrique began studying technical architecture in Tenerife. However, after two years, he interrupted his studies and entered the College of Fine…

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In the north of Lanzarote there is located a group of smaller islands, lovingly called “Archipiélago Chinijo” (“chinijo” is a Canarian word for “small”). The largest of these islands is La Graciosa with 29 square kilometers, the only one of the archipelago that is inhabited – about 600 residents enjoy the beauty and tranquility of this little paradise where not even paved roads exist. The island has two small villages, Caleta de Sebo, the capital, and Pedro Barba, a little…

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The National Park of Timanfaya is also known as “Montañas de Fuego” (“Fire Mountains”) and offers a unique experience. Three-quarters of Lanzarote are covered with lava – the result of about 100 volcanoes and 300 craters. The last eruptions took place in the 18th century and in 1824. The eruptions in the 18th century destroyed several villages and covered the most fertile lands of Lanzarote with lava – a large part of the population was forced to leave the island.…

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Can you imagine losing your house playing bridge? In 1973, Omar Sharif, an Egyptian actor who is known for films such as Doctor Zhivago and Lawrence of Arabia, was making a film on Lanzarote. During his visit to the island, he discovered a beautiful house designed by César Manrique. Omar Sharif decided to buy it immediately. However, the actor enjoyed playing bridge and the lengend tells that he lost his house against his real estate agent. He didn’t know that…

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