El Jardín de Cactus
Art and nature of César Manrique which resulted in the recovery of a space, the old rofero Guatiza, who served as uncontrolled landfill. Five thousand square meters of garden with more than seven thousand copies of various species of latitudes as exotic as Kenya, Tanzania, Peru or Chile.
The building access, as well as shops and cafe-restaurant, replicates the taros, the dilapidated huts of the shepherds, who served as resting place. However, the estate represents the old mill Guatiza, remodeled through this project.
The Cactus Garden is another great example of art-nature of César Manrique. As with Jameos del Agua, the intervention rofero Guatiza village, northeast of Lanzarote,involved the recovery of an impoverished space that served as uncontrolled landfill.Manrique dazzles with the understanding he has of insular landscape.
Many acres of the villages of Guatiza and Mala are colonized by cactus. The cochineal was an asset of the economy Lanzarote . Before falling into oblivion, César replicates this scenario that pays tribute to the botanical world. More than seven thousand one hundred thousand copies of species from different latitudes populate the 5,000 sqm garden. The roferos are flooded plants Canarias, Latin America with species of Peru, Mexico or Chile, majestic African cactus Kenya, Tanzania and Madagascar, which in some specimens United States joins.
The naturist experience living in a flawless architectural framework highlighting the lovely tiered walk natural stone, shaped ditch, which takes the route. As always, Manrique splashes decorating the place with these great details like the brawny gates and lighting elements with finishes in the form of spike tunera. In addition, Cactus Garden is art-nature perfectly integrated into the environment.
Walking Cactus Garden
At Cactus Garden is accessed through a maze of natural stone that comes together in a structure shaped taro. This room represents the ancient shepherds hut that served as a place of rest during the workday overwhelming. The taro hides the garden landscape. Maximum manriqueña is repeated with this initial concealment.Surprise visitor is looking for. The effect, as in El Mirador del Río, is achieved in an outstanding manner. Leaving the taro, the vastness of the open yard wide to heaven is a happy change of contemplative pace. From the first step abroad a comprehensive overview of the route to be launched soon is obtained.
The variety of transit routes through the cobblestone steps brings visitors to the garden areas. Curiously deployment shaped ditch or stands of different halls hosting species of cactus. In the huge square, at a lower level entry, Manrique makes a nod to past mining activity lapilli (rofe) with the provision of a series of monoliths with this compacted material. This postcard contrasts with small lakes whose waters soft focus green water lilies and many colorful fish.
Depending on the visitor's curiosity, the path may extend around an hour. There is time during the tour to make some "breaks" in the beautiful shops and cafes. These spaces are open to the public in some nice natural stone vaulted buildings. Be sure to ascend to the top of the Cactus Garden, where lordly sits the old mill Guatiza point.The opening of the Cactus Garden in 1990 brought the remodeling of this beautiful building. Since then it remains impeccable. In the realm of mill rounded experience of art-nature checking the eye of César Manrique: the amazing scenery of Guatiza and Mala, bathed by cactus and flirty white houses, does understand the connection of Lanzarote artist with his territory.
The best time to visit Cactus Garden
Unlike Los Jameos or Timanfaya, this resort features a visitor traffic does not fill the space. Still, the direction recommended in the busiest months on the island (July, August and September) visit the Cactus Garden in the afternoon (after lunch) to avoid crowds.
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