12 Mar Discovering Lanzarote: What to do while staying at our villas – Mirador del Río
This week we continue sharing Lanzarote’s treasures with you. This is the fifth in our series on the sights and sounds awaiting you when you come to stay at one of our luxury villas, and we will climb to higher ground for today’s attraction.
At 479 metres above sea level, El Mirador del Río is one of the best viewpoints on the Island of Lanzarote and is also a short distance from our rural villas in the north of the island. Originally called Batería del Río and designed to hold a battery of canons used in the war between Spain and the US over Cuba in the nineteenth century, César Manrique transformed it, as he did so many places on this, his home island. In collaboration with Jesus Soto and Eduardo Caceres, Manrique didn’t just dig into the side of the cliff—volcanic, of course! Instead, he dug out, then created and buried, a building with two large observation domes. The view from the domes, and from the walkway outside of them, is spectacular. You can see the El Risco beach below you, with Las Salinas del Río, the oldest salt flats on Lanzarote. Salt was being harvested there in Roman times, and archaeologists have found prehistoric remains there as well. Beyond the beach, across the Río strait, you can see the island of La Graciosa. Part of a biosphere marine reserve, motor vehicles are strictly prohibited on La Graciosa. If you want to spend time on quiet, secluded beaches, you can take a short, 35 minute ferry ride from Orzola to visit La Graciosa.
In addition to spectacular views, the cafeteria at El Mirador is a lovely place to share a meal, perhaps including the fruits of the attraction we will talk about next time. If you want a more energetic visit, hike down the steep cliffs to El Risco and back—but be warned that it is a strenuous climb, and the trip will take most of your day!
So when you come to Lanzarote, make sure to add El Mirador del Río to your list of must-see spots. If you contact us now, we will be happy to answer your questions and make a reservation for you at one of our luxury villas!