Mirador del Río
Located 500 meters above a cliff, El Mirador del Río -viewpoint- offers a spectacular panoramic view of Lanzarote and the Chinijo Archipelago.
Inaugurated in the 70s, it is one of the most representative architectural works of César Manrique for the integration of man’s hand in the natural environment, a harmonious formula that unites art and nature.
Its access is guarded by a sculpture by Manrique representing a bird and a fish. They are a metaphor of water and air, the elements of greater presence in the environment.
After crossing a suggestive entrance, we will find two impressive vaulted windows. They are the eyes of the viewpoint, through which Manrique conceived an extraordinary panoramic view.
In it we can see the slopes of the Risco de Famara, and then we see El Río: a narrow strip of sea that gives its name to the viewpoint and separates Lanzarote from La Graciosa, the eighth Canary Island.
Behind, we can see the mountains Montaña Clara, Roque del Oeste and Alegranza, which together with Roque del Este, form the Chinijo Archipelago, a small group unique in the world for its volcanic landscapes and its rich marine reserve, currently the largest in Europe.
Inside the Mirador there are two large sculptures by Manrique and other decorative details typical of the artist, as well as the spiral staircase, a bar-cafeteria area, its spectacular upper terrace and the souvenir store.
The construction of El Mirador took two years, with the collaboration of Eduardo Cáceres and Jesús Soto. First, it involved the excavation of the land, and after the completion of the work, it was covered with volcanic stone, thus camuﬂing with the environment and respecting the landscape characteristics that so much deﬁne Manrique.
During the colder months, October to May, we recommend wearing warm clothing, as Mirador del Río is located on top of Risco de Famara, and the wind makes the temperature decrease.
We recommend taking photographs on the top terrace or the balcony, where you can see the Chinijo Islands. Also, the sculpture Manrique created at the centre, a fish and a bird on the stone facade, or the iron lamp sculpture inside the premises.
Adverse weather: should it be cloudy or should the weather not be appropriate, the Centre avails of a reduced rate for cloudy days that would allow you to continue to enjoy the work of César Manrique, bonding with nature, as well as all other services. Come to a world of clouds!
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The whole centre may be accessed except for the top terrace. The Art, Culture and Tourism Centres are in the process of removing architectural barriers and making access suitable for people with reduced mobility. This is a Predif Association approved Centre.
Free access to children under 7. Comfortable high chairs for children available at the coffee shop. Limited access for pushchair use when getting to the top floor
Unfortunately, due to health regulations, we are unable to allow pets in our establishment except for guide dogs for visually impaired persons.
We appreciate your understanding and apologize for any inconvenience.
An exceptional view of the Chinijo Islands through a large glass window, as you try our high quality coffee and pastries, or a snack in the morning.