Cactus Garden of Lanzarote · Scenery Artwork of César Manrique. An old Gravel Pit has being converted to a unique Garden with more than 1500 Cactus Plants
The "Jardín de Cactus", situated in the village Guatiza in the north of Lanzarote - was the last art work of César Manrique. He designed this garden in the year 1970 as a symbol of the island's history where we can see now more than 1500 different cactus plants in the setting of a converted quarry, which has the form of an amphitheatre. César Manrique finally had finished this project together with the island government in the year 1990. (Location see map at the bottom)
Opening Hours Jardin de Cactus:
- daily from 10:00 to 17:45 h - Café and Souveni Shop 10:00 to 17:45 h
- Adults Tourists pay 5.50 € / Children 7-12 years only 2.75 €
- Residents of the Canary Islands: Adults 4.40 € / Children 2.20 €
The Jardín de Cactus is found on the outskirts of Guatiza, on the old road to Mala. It is this area where during more than a century the cochineal beetle has been cultivated - an insect which lives in the cactus and whose larva are used to produce the valuable natural colorant, cochineal. The cactus garden itself is surrounded by fields of cactus plants.
From the road, one can easily recognise the entrance to the cactus garden, as there rises up an 8 metre iron sculpture of a cactus - made by the artist César Manrique to show people where to go:
An 8 meter high iron sculpture of a cactus welcomes you - inside you will find real cactus plants...
In this Lanzarote tourist center, an abandoned 'rofe' (volcanic ash) quarry in the shape of an amphitheatre has been used, in whose terraces we can admire today more than 1,500 different kinds of cactus plants from the Canary Islands and other countries and continents. In the centre of this garden landscape there is a small pond with some plants growing in the water and a small cave in the volcanic rocks as well.
Some stone monoliths, which have already been there but now by C.M. are uncovered of the earth and the lava ash and very exposed between the cactus plants - give the garden a very bizarre character.
Thick round cactus balls - long thin ones with hairs and others in artistic forms
with lots of spikes and little flowers... always perfect background for lovely souvenir photos.
Opposite the entrance - at the end of the garden - you will find a shady terrace of a coffee bar and restaurant to have some snacks or "tapas" - and an old windmill, restored in 1973 by César Manrique, in which was produced 'gofio' - the corn flour, used for preparing bread, soups, meat and fish dishes, consumed by the islanders' ancestors.
If you like to visit this lovely and very interested sightseeing place on Lanzarote, you should take about 2 1/2 hours time to walk through it and enjoying the rest on the restaurant terrace with a coffee or a bear. Please mention: you should prepare your camera and should take a "sombrero" (a hat ore head scarf against the sun) with you. Do not forget to prepare your skin with good sun-care against a sunburn.
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Location: Jardin de Cactus in the north of Lanzarote