Jardín de Cactus

Jardín de Cactus was the last intervention work César Manrique performed in Lanzarote.

The artist from Lanzarote could see beyond how run down the ancient rofera was. Roferas were the quarries that raids are taken from to create a very particular home for cactaceae flowers from all over he world.

Surrounded by the largest cactus plantation of the island, dedicated to crops of cochineal insect, a product of great financial relevance in Lanzarote in the 19th Century. Jardín de Cactus has around 4,500 specimens of 450 different species, of 13 different families of cactus from the five continents. The green shade of the plants stands out against the blue sky and the dark volcano creating a harmonious explosion of colour that impresses visitors. The only sounds that break the peace and quiet that prevails, are singing birds and boozing insects, enjoying their very own oasis.

High volcanic ash monoliths, that maintain the memory of years gone by, challenging plants from America, Africa and Oceania. At the top, on a small hill, windmills can be seen on the horizon, still standing, where Canarian cornmeal was ground dating back to the 19th Century.

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Opening hours: 10:00 to 17:45.

Summer opening hours (15 July – 15 September)09:00 to 17:45

Valid Fee from 1st May 2017

Adult: 5,80 euros

Children: 2,90 euros (7 – 12)

Canarian Adult Resident: 4,65 euros

Canarian Child Resident: 2,35 euros

Residents in Lanzarote: 1.00 euro

Discount for people with disabilities:

 30% discount off tickets to visit the centre by submitting the corresponding certificate at the tickets office.

We recommend purchasing our 3, 4 or 6-centre tickets, 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, combining visits to Jardín de Cactus with other centres of your choice, such as Jameos del Agua and Montañas del Fuego.

Voucher are available in all CACT Lanzarote ticket offices.

1 hour and a half.

Free car and bicycle parking available.

A coffee shop where you can have a relaxing time.

Gift Shop.

Free Wi-fi.

This centre is suitable for people with reduced mobility. There is a wheelchair available adapted to the centre

We recommend wearing comfortable shoes and clothing, as well as a hat and sunscreen in the summer months.

Comfortable high chairs for children available at the coffee shop. Free access for children under 7. Baby changing facilities available in the toilets.

No pets allowed, except for guide dogs

Jardín de Cactus is a peculiar and unique place where you will be able to take fun and original photos. This is a series of places we recommend taking pictures of during your visit: The 8-metre cactus at the entrance. The panoramic view of the garden from the entrance. A picture at the “asiento de la suegra” cactus, is a must. Ask about it! An interesting fountain located opposite the shop. Manrique’s work outside the toilets. The mural at the coffee shop. Molino de Guatiza.

Coffe Shop

Try our snacks and tapas in an unbeatable place

We have drinks, snacks and tapas available during visiting times at Jardín de Cactus.

Our terraces have panoramic views of the garden in a very special setting. Try our Canarian spicy salted potatoes with mojo sauce; a high quality product.

Original Tip: Try our cactus burger!

Coffe Shop: 10:00 a 17:45 h. Summer opening hours (15 July – 30 September) 09:00 to 17:45 h.

Enjoy our bread rolls and croissants with local cheeses and cold meats. If you prefer a more local touch, try our Canarian potatoes, tuna and Canarian-style octopus, and our fresh local cheeses. You may download our menu on the following link

If you wish to book an event at the Jardín de Cactus, you may do so filling out the application form attached by clicking “Celebrate” “Celebrate

Gift Shop

Handcraft, natural cosmetics and a range of cactus

The shop at the Jardín de Cactus has handicraft work of local artisans, a range of cactus and natural cosmetic product on offer

9:00 to 17:45Summer opening hours 9:00 to 17:45

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Get to know our history

+ 50 years sharing César Manrique’s
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/