Lanzarote - Sun, Sea and Fire
Lying just 100km off the coast of West Coast of Africa, Lanzarote is
blessed with hot summers tempered by cool Atlantic breezes, mild winters
and the possibility of year-round sea bathing. But the island is more
than just sea and sunshine: two elements have combined to make Lanzarote
a unique destination for visitors who venture out into the island:
The Island of Fire: Lanzarote’s 300 volcanoes are
extinct but you can see their presence everywhere: mountains, craters,
lava flows – the landscapes of Lanzarote are dramatic and fascinating.
Timanfaya National Park – where the earth still smoulders just a few
centimetres below the surface.
The vineyards of La Geria – 2million litres of wine per year are
produced by the vines which grow in black volcanic picon, protected by
low stone semi-circular zocos.
The Jameos del Agua - extraordinary restaurant/nightclub in two
underground caves linked by a natural underground lake formed by molten
The legacy of Cesar Manrique: That the island of
Lanzarote has escaped the high-rise buildings and roadside hoardings
that plague other tourist destinations is largely down to one man, Cesar
Manrique. Artist, designer, sculptor and architect of international
standing, Manrique strove to ensure that local customs and traditions
were respected in all development on the island. His work included the
development of a number of extraordinary tourist attractions.
His legacy lives on, not just within his own projects and the attitude
of the island to development, but also in the fact that the island
continues to attract artists and makers from all over the world, drawn,
as was Manrique, to the island’s strange mysterious landscapes.
Atlántico has been conceived as
a place to promote education and preserve and protect the marine and
natural environment as an integral part of the system of human values.
Almost three years in the making, Museo Atlántico, off the south coast
of Lanzarote, in the Bahía de Las Coloradas, officially ‘opened’ on 10
January 2017. The project consists of 12 installations and more than 300
life-size human figures, created by British sculptor Jason deCaires
Taylor, 12 to 14 metres under water. This work, called Portal, forms
part of an underwater botanical garden. The mirror reflects the moving
surface of the ocean and is elevated on a series of supports which
contain small compartments and “living stations” designed to attract
octopus, sea urchins and juvenile fish.
The Guardian |
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