Fundacion Cesar Manrique in Las Palmas
Discover more about Lanzarote's celebrated artist, Cesar Manrique, with a trip to his quirky former home. Just a few miles north of Arrecife, ”Taro de Tahiche' is now the base for the Fundacion Cesar Manrique where you'll find natural volcanic bubbles transformed into an incredible underground living space. As you go through the main entrance to the courtyard, you'll see what seems to be a traditional Spanish home.
But as soon as you step inside, you'll quickly realise this building is unlike any other in the world. As you walk through the living room and out to the balcony, you'll be able to see over the sunken garden and pool before browsing the collection of modern art. Look out for original drawings by Pablo Picasso and Joan Miro. Next you'll go down the staircase and into the ”bubble' rooms.
As you walk through the ”white' room, through a tunnel and into the ”red' room, you'll see all kinds of unusual interior design touches including a concrete sofa and indoor fountains. Moving on to the garden and swimming pool, take your time as you explore the unique outdoor space before going through the largest bubble room and into Manrique's former studio where you can browse his artwork.
From there you'll come out into another large garden, where you can take plenty of pictures by the brightly coloured mural. Round off your visit to Fundacion Cesar Manrique with a coffee at the onsite cafe, and a visit to the souvenir shop. The Fundacion is open from 10am until 6pm Monday to Saturday, with an earlier 3pm closing time on a Sunday.
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