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 am to 5:00 pm
* Cafeteria: we´re open
Recommended opening hours: 10:00 h.
We recommend buying your ticket via our website but at centers ticket office is also available.
Child 7-12 years old: €2.50
Child 0-6 years old: free
Our advice is to buy a VOUCHER of 3, 4 or 6 centres and save up to €12.50.
Discount for people with disabilities: 30% discount off tickets to visit the centre by submitting the corresponding certificate at the tickets office.
- Free car and bicycle parking
- Cafeteria. Binoculars
- Gift Shop
- Free Wi-fi
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.
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.
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- Dress code
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.
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!
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