10 Jun Lanzarote Vacation Tips: Top Museums
While on vacation, do you enjoy spending time exploring, learning, and discovering? You will need to leave your holiday villa to visit these interesting museums in Lanzarote, however, these museums will leave you feeling impressed and amazed.
For such a small island, Lanzarote has many interesting museums. Several are traditional museums that feature highlights of the island’s more contemporary history and include exhibits and gift shops. Others are more unconventional and celebrate the ancient history of the island.
César Manrique Foundation – In Tahíche at the home of César Manrique, see his paintings, sculptures and works of other contemporary artists on display. Tour through passages of pure white stone into rooms formed in volcanic bubbles. Visit the gardens of Tahíche Taro and the large mural that the artist made of volcanic stone and tile.
Museum of International and Contemporary Art – Located in the Castillo de San José, the Museum opened its drawbridge and heavy wooden doors in 1976. Enjoy modernist paintings and sculptures from some of the world’s leading artists, set against the backdrop of the Castillo’s ancient stone walls. Visit one of the island’s best restaurants here, overlooking Arrecife’s main port.
Canarian Cetacean Museum – Housed in the former dry dock of Puerto Calero, this museum offers visitors the opportunity to learn about whales and dolphins of the Canary Islands, and plans for their conservation. Experience the ocean setting and learn about dolphin and whale characteristics and lifestyle through images, sound, life-size replicas, models, skeletons, and biological exhibits.
Ethnographic Museum Tanit – Located in San Bartolomé, this museum is in an old wine cellar of a home dating to the 1700s. Furniture, wine-making equipment, farming tools, antique weapons, ceramics, and folk costumes are on display. The museum also includes an art gallery, chapel, library, shop, garden and a stage to showcase regional dances.
Museum of Canarian Emigration – Built in the 16th century, the grand Santa Barbara Castle and watchtower (Castillo de Santa Barbara) in Teguise is home to this museum. It details the lives of the people who emigrated from the Canary Islands to the Americas, specifically Cuba, Puerto Rico, and Venzuela. Exhibits include belongings, stories, and photos of the emigrants. The museum sits a-top Guanapay, an old volcano.
Casa-Museo y Monumento al Campesino – This is a house-museum, monument, landmark, and restaurant to showcase the difficult labor of the rural community. Standing nearly 50 feet tall, the monument constructed of old fishing boat water tanks is “Fertility” by César Manrique. Continue on a path of planed, volcanic slabs to the house museum, the Casa-Museo. Proceed down to the tapas bar, or go underground to the main restaurant. Follow the volcanic tunnel that leads to the Centro de Artesania (Handicraft Center). See local craftsmen making baskets, pottery, leather goods, and woven fabrics.
El Grifo Museum – Situated next to a working vineyard, the family owned winery is the oldest in the Canaries, originating in 1775. In a historic building dating to the 18th century, discover the evolution of wine production on Lanzarote from the earliest days when camels were used to transport the grapes to be crushed under the bare feet of the laborers. Wine-tasting and local wines are available.
If you are looking to stay in a charming, rural villa in between museum tours, contact us so that we may assist you in finding a luxury villa on Lanzarote for your unique holiday experience.