The artist César Manrique, who died in 1990, is probably the most famous son of the Canary Island of Lanzarote. With a great deal of commitment and love, he shaped the appearance of “his” island actively. It is due to the fact that the natural beauty Lanzarotes did not sink into mass tourism, but was emphasized by the harmonious combination of art and nature. His basic idea of making Lanzarote the most beautiful place on earth is reflected in all his works. Above all his architectonic works of art show his basic ideas: living in harmony with nature.
No matter where you are on Lanzarote, whether in the tourist centers of Costa Teguise, Playa Blanca or Puerto del Carmen or in the capital Arrecife or somewhere in one of the countless villages, a trip to the north of the island is always worth it. Especially if you would like to get to know César Manrique’s work better
To start the journey to the north, we start in Uga in the morning and drive up the LZ-30 to the picturesque La Geria wine region. There we meet for the first eye-candy of the tour. Here the winegrowers have dug deep holes into which they planted the wine, so that it remains protected from the wind, which always blows over the island. The road crosses the vineyard. And the vineyards, which stretch across the valley and the slopes, provide a wonderful view of a particular Lanzarotes
For those who want to stop for the first time after the short distance, they recommend Barbara Hendrik’s Bodega “El Chupadero”. There you can sit amidst the vineyards and enjoy delicious tapas.
Then we continue on the LZ-30 via Masdache to Teguise, the old capital of Lanzarotes. Tequise is located next to Benfacuria on Fuerteventura as the oldest city of the Canaries. She was also Bischofsitz. It is also worth a short break to visit the Nuestra Señora de Guadalupe church in Plaza de la Constitución, the central square with palm trees, Indian laurel trees and Araucaria. It has three church ships in Neo-Gothic style. The landmark is the bell tower of red volcano rock. It was originally built in 1428 but was destroyed several times by pirate raids. A fire also caused great damage in 1909, since the archives of the parish of Teguises were also burnt.
From Tequise, take the LZ-10 northbound. The traffic is slow, and fewer and fewer cars meet us on the way over the pass to Haria – the city of the thousand palm trees. The city is picturesque in a talk chair below the pass. Especially during the summer, when the colors brown, red and black predominate, the green palms of Hari are enchanting.
A short stop in Haria is also worthwhile, but the highlights of the trip are still there. You should be careful to leave Haria at 12:30 at the latest to see all the sights of the North – or you are planning a second tour!
In Haria, we leave the LZ-10 and turn onto the much smaller LZ-201 towards Maquez. Follow the signs for “Mirador del Rio”, as this is the first highlight of our trip.
The “Mirador del Rio” viewpoint, designed by César Manrique, was opened in 1974 and was one of the most important avant-garde constructions in the world. Typical for the artist are the round forms, which consistently go through from the parking lot of the attraction to the seating possibility worked into the rock. White lime, typical of the architectural style dominated by lanzarote. The viewpoint, built in the rock, is located at an altitude of 475 m above sea level. The visitor has three possibilities to enjoy the breathtaking view. The view is simply indescribable and attracts many tourists every year from the lookout platform, the “Mirador del Rio” café with panoramic glazing or the parapet which is located above the cliff top.
When you are at the edge of the Atlantic you can see “La Graciosa”, the small neighbor island of Lanzarote, in the blue of the Atlantic Ocean.