Jameos del Agua

Jameos del Agua is a place on earth where nature and mankind decided to come together.

It was César Manrique who knew how to envision and transform what used to be debris of a volcanic tube with lava flowing from Volcán de la Corona, on the north of the island, into a unique place in the world. It was his privileged mind and hands full of life, the ones that gave shape to the rough black basalt, a place where peace and quiet, harmony and beauty prevail.

White, blue, green and black, those are the colours Manrique gave to his island. Those colours get mixed up along a path of outstanding and extraordinary beauty, encouraging the imagination and dreams. On every corner, from a fresh entrance covered by large green ferns where small birds sing, to an original Auditorium, unique in the world due to its geological and acoustic features, in Jameos del Agua, every detail is a constant suggestion to reflect on, look inwards and day dream.

Blind crabs (Munidopsis Polimorpha), an endemic local species, always moved by low and high tides. It is strictly forbidden to throw coins or other objects into the
interior lagoon. Help us protect crabs environment. It is absolutely forbidden to throw coins or other objects into the crabs lagoon.

The pristine water pool, and the never-ending Atlántida tunnel that goes deep into the Atlantic, help visitors enjoy a personal experience difficult to forget. Jameos del Agua is the first Art, Culture and Tourism Centre ever to be created by César Manrique, and for many, it is also a reflection of his aesthetic ideals: harmony between nature and art.

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Opening Hours: from 10:00 to 18:30 h.

Special opening hours from 19:00 to 01:00 : Tuesdays and Saturdays (also Wednesdays from July 15th to September 15th)

Recommended opening hours: 10:00 to 11:00 and 15:00 to 17:00. It is advisable to visit during the recommended opening hours in order to avoid waiting in line, especially during high season, from 15 July to 15 September and at Easter.

Valid Fee from 1st May 2017

Adult: 9,50 euros – 20% off from 15:00 h. – 20% off from 15:00 h. to 19:00 h

Children: 4,75 euros (7 – 12) – 20% off from 15:00 h. – 20% off from 15:00 h. to 19:00 h.

 

Canarian Adult Resident: 7,60 euros

Canarian Child Resident: 3,80 euros

Residents in Lanzarote: 2.00 euro

We recommend purchasing one of the 3, 4 or 6-centre tickets available, saving up to €10,55.

You will be able to organise your trip more comfortably and enjoy the work of artist César Manrique from different perspectives. If you have already visited Montañas del Fuego at the Parque Nacional de Timanfaya and you wish to do a tour around the north of the island, we recommend purchasing the 3-centre ticket: Jameos del Agua, Cueva de los Verdes, and you may choose between Mirador del Río and Jardín de Cactus.

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1 hour and a half.

 Work of artist César Manrique. Find out all the places of interest. Free parking for cars and bicycles available. Restaurant located in a volcanic cave. The Snack Bar Galería has the best panoramic sea views of the centre, surrounded by vegetation, and a sunny terrace. Bar 3 overlooks the crab lake. There is a gift shop at the end of the tour. The only Auditorium in the world inside a volcanic cave, with capacity for 550 people. Free Wi fi at the Centre.

The Art, Culture and Tourism Centres are in the process of removing architectural barriers and adapting access to physically disabled visitors. At present, this Centre is not suitable for visitors with reduced mobility

It is advisable to wear comfortable shoes, as the floor inside the centre consists mainly of volcanic rock. Wear a hat in the summer, as well as sunscreen and sunglasses when outside.

 Free access for children under 7. There are comfortable high chairs available for children at the restaurant. There is no access for pushchairs. Baby carriers are recommended. There are baby changing facilities in the toilets.

Pets are not allowed, except for guide dogs

Jameos del Agua has beautiful paths that unveil during your free visit, go where you wish and take pictures to remember the centre by.

Jesús Soto exhibition

Casa de los Volcanes

Jesús Soto en Casa de los Volcanes, Jameos del Agua

Casa de los Volcanes in Jameos del Agua holds a permanent exhibition dedicated to Jesús Soto, an art master who led the construction work of this centre, which was originally designed as international scientific dissemination centre.

The artist’s collection of minerals, also a self-taught electrician and inventor, float in the midst of a galaxy imagined by the group CNFSN based on primitive shapes. The mural done by artists Tono Márquez and Felo Monzón, is the core of the exhibition, with portraits of Soto and the geometries that made him as a person and as a professional: magmatic triangles, cones cut short and equations solved in the field of Lanzarote.

The exhibition, curated by writer Félix Hormiga, aims to portray the essence of a man who played an essential role in the creation of the Art, Culture and Tourism Centres of Lanzarote, a network of spaces conceived by Soto with a core idea: “Science as a truth, art as beauty, nature as unity”.

He was the man behind the idea of displaying the water vapour generated by the heat of the earth in Timanfaya and also the one who came up with the use of the heat in restaurante El Diablo over an area at 500 ºC. For the first time, at the exhibition of Casa de los Volcanes, we can see ten paintings done by Soto: aerial views of volcanic explosions. Some of them are part of his Quimiosíntesis series: obtaining organic matter from inorganic matter; the magic of life that Soto was so fascinated by.

Dos jolateros, small boats made with fuel barrels, remind us of a story that says a lot about Soto’s quiet, and yet affectionate character. When he was a child, he decided to build a small brass boat for his grandmother. She was from Fuerteventura and felt nostalgic, so he wanted her to be able to visit the neighbouring island.

A series of black and white photographs show Jesús Soto as thinker and explorer wearing a in the quarries of Guatiza (“it looks like it could be Egypt”, said one of the visitors at the exhibition), one foot in the blind crab lagoon, watching the volcanoes, observing and measuring the world among tabaibas (Euphorbia balsamifera).

The exhibition ends in a corridor with triangular shapes: a tunnel that reminds us of Cueva de los Verdes, perhaps the most delicate and extraordinary one of Soto’s works. The lighting blends in with the geology and the path makes the lowest possible impact on the landscape.

Events

Auditorium and concert area at the restaurant.

Restaurants

Everyday Cuisine

International cuisine with high quality local products. We recommend our fresh fruit juices and delicious tapas at the Snack-Bar Galería. Menus for vegetarians and celiacs available. Children’s menu available.

Cafeteria/Bar: 10:00 to 18:30 h. Restaurante Jameos de Agua: 12:00 to 16:00 h (everyday) and 19:00 to 23:00 Tuesdays and Saturdays (and every Wednesday in summer season) . Cocktail Bar next to the Lake: 19:00 to 00:30 on Tuesdays Wednesday (summer) and Saturdays.

Menus for vegetarians and celiacs available. Children’s menu available. We recommend the Volcán breakfast.

E-mail our commercial department if you wish to make a reservation or book a special event.

Gift Shop

Popular craftwork and a wide range of products on offer

The gift shop at Jameos del Agua has a broad selection of products, from popular handicrafts to local jewellery, books and magazines based on different themes and personalised souvenirs.

10:00 to 18:30

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Get to know our history

+ 50 years sharing César Manrique’s creation
The Art, Culture and Tourism Centres (CACT) of the Cabildo of Lanzarote are the main tourism role model on the island. In January 2005, the Art, Culture and Tourism Centres began to be run by a Local Business Entity (EPEL), supported in its entirety by the Cabildo of Lanzarote. The EPEL-CACT, the Tourism Board and the Domestic Tourism Office, are the three public entities that manage tourism in Lanzarote. For the people, but with a corporate philosophy, the Tourism Centres are the economic engine of the island, focusing their profits greatly on Social Work on the island.

Protection of natural values

Protection of natural valuesArtist from Lanzarote, César Manrique was its main creator,wisely making art and nature bond. The Centres have become a modern version of the traditional intervention of local people on their natural surroundings, which sets deep in the roots of the local population. Currently, the CACT are a tourist product that smoothly meets the existing demands, respecting the essence and philosophy they were intended for.

César Manrique Cabrera (Arrecife, 24 April 1919- Teguise, 25 September 1992) was a Spanish painter, sculptor, and landscape artist from the island of Lanzarote. He balanced his art with the protection of environmental values on the Canary Islands. He sought harmony between art and nature creatively. He was awarded the Global Ecology and Tourism Award (1978) and the Europa Nostra Award, among others, for his art and environmental work in Lanzarote (1985). He displayed a range of art forms (paint, sculpture, urban-planning and public art, among others) with an underlying willingness to integrate his natural surroundings. An all-encompassing syncretism (total art, in his words) plain to see in his public space designs. Making an effort to find harmony, not only showing his passion for beauty, but also for life.

César Manrique, Cabecera

Fundación César Manrique Archive


More infohttp://www.fcmanrique.org/

César Manrique artist

Fundación César Manrique Archive


The origins of the Art, Culture and Tourism Centresdate back to approximately 1966. After a three-year stay in New York, César Manrique (1919-1992), one of the Spanish abstract painting pioneers, came back to Lanzarote, his home town, for good, where at that time tourism seemed to be emerging. Being aware of the uniqueness of the island’s landscape, he started to promote an ambitious creative project that consisted of the intervention with nature, aiming to preserve and protect the environment, and linking it to a new economy for Lanzarote related to the tourism industry. Quickly, and backed by an enthusiastic team of collaborators on his side, they started to obtain their first results: Jameos del Agua (1966), Monumento al Campesino (1968), El Diablo Restaurant (1970), Mirador del Río (1973), Museo Internacional de Arte Contemporáneo, MIAC (1976) and Jardín de Cactus (1990).
More infohttp://www.fcmanrique.org/