Mirador del Río
Located 400 metres high, on the Risco de Famara, the Mirador del Río is one of César Manrique’s most representative architectural creations as it shows a series of artistic and architectural details and his eagerness to combine art and nature. It is located near the remains of an ancient military base that dates back to the end of the 19th Century. It is camouflaged on the rock in a way in which only a genius of Manrique’s magnitude could conceive. The Mirador takes over El Río, the narrow stretch of the sea separating Lanzarote from La Graciosa.
Although unassuming on the outside, the inside hides surprising details and impressive glass windows, the eyes of El Mirador, conceived by the artist aiming to increase the effect of the panoramic view, and the monumental and unique sculptures hanging off the ceiling challenging gravity. From the atalaya, visitors may watch the eighth Canary Island, La Graciosa, and the group of islets part of the Chinijo Islands National Park. At the bottom of the cliff, the reddish shades of the salinas del Rio stand out, also known as Guza, the oldest ones on the Canary Islands.
Architect Eduardo Cáceres and artist Jesús Soto, collaborated in the creation of El Mirador, which was quite outstanding taking into consideration that there were scarce means, and the terrain had to be dug and the building later had to be covered with volcanic rock.
Opening Hours: 10:00 to 17:45
Summer opening hours (1 July to 30 September): 10:00 to 18:45
Recommended opening hours: during the summer months (July, August and September), due to the larger number of visitors present, we recommend making individual visits in the afternoon in order to avoid crowds.
Adult: 4.50 euros
Children: 2.25 euros (7-12)
Canarian Adult Resident: 3.60 euros
Canarian Children Resident: 1.80 euros
Residents in Lanzarote: 1.00 euro
We recommend purchasing our 3, 4 or 6-centre tickets, saving up to €11. In doing so, you will be able to organise your trip more comfortably and enjoy the work of artist César Manrique from different perspectives, combining visits to Mirador del Rio with other centres of interest on the island
Free car and bicycle parking.
The whole centre may be accessed except for the top terrace. The Art, Culture and Tourism Centres are in the process of removing architectural barriers and making access suitable for people with reduced mobility.
This is a Predif Association approved Centre.
During the colder months, October to May, we recommend wearing warm clothing, as Mirador del Río is located on top of Risco de Famara, and the wind makes the temperature decrease.
Free access to children under 7.
Comfortable high chairs for children available at the coffee shop.
Limited access for pushchair use when getting to the top floor
No pets allowed, except for guide dogs.
We recommend taking photographs on the top terrace or the balcony, where you can see the Chinijo Islands. Also, the sculpture Manrique created at the centre, a fish and a bird on the stone facade, or the iron lamp sculpture inside the premises.
Adverse weather: should it be cloudy or should the weather not be appropriate, the Centre avails of a reduced rate for cloudy days that would allow you to continue to enjoy the work of César Manrique, bonding with nature, as well as all other services.
Come to a world of clouds!
Wide range of pastries and snacks
An exceptional view of the Chinijo Islands through a large glass window, as you try our high quality coffee and pastries, or a snack in the morning.
Cafeteria: 10:00 to 17:45 and in the summer, 10:00 to 18:45
Handcrafts, books and magazines and popular ceramics
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Get to know our history
+ 50 years sharing César Manrique’s art
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.
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.
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).