The Centres of Art, Culture and Tourism of Lanzarote is an internationally renowned tourist model consisting of a network of spaces designed to excite through art, nature and sustainability. The relationship between art and tourism on the island has enabled the preservation of the landscape and has become a social, cultural and economic vector for Lanzarote.
The mission of the Centres of Art, Culture and Tourism is to conserve and defend the values of the island, which has been was declared a Biosphere Reserve and Geopark by UNESCO, as well as to inspire and generate environmental awareness through its actions.
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.
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).