Lanzarote Cactus Garden
Located in Guatiza, municipality of Teguise, El Jardín de Cactus is the last great work of César Manrique in Lanzarote , a fascinating creation that houses around 4,500 specimens of cacti of some 500 species from the five continents. The artist chose an old rofera (canteen, for the Canaries) used as a dump in an agricultural area with extensive prickly pear plantations dedicated to the cultivation of cochineal, thus assuming the rehabilitation of an area of great scenic value on the island in a state of abandonment. After 20 years of creation, the work gives life to an architecture full of decorative and sculptural elements that integrate with the environment, further enhancing its natural beauty. The presence of volcanic stone and basaltic monoliths turned into sculptures stands out, resulting from the time when earth was extracted; but it is the liveliness and exoticism of the cactus that intoxicates the visitor in an authentic poetic setting of shapes, textures and colors.