With volcanic origins and stunning lunar landscapes, Lanzarote is an island of singular beauty, a land where nature and man have been able to play in harmony, remaining in the memory of everyone who visits it.
The Art, Culture and Tourism Centers (CACT) of the Cabildo of Lanzarote are the main tourist reference of the island, promoting and protecting that singularity that makes it a unique territory. Created by the Lanzarote artist César Manrique, they perfectly combine the union between nature and art under a ﬁlosophy and a model of intervention based on sustainability.
Its origin dates back to the 1960s, when Lanzarote begins to project itself in the tourism industry through public initiatives with the ﬁnds of improving the local economy. The Cabildo of Lanzarote, chaired by José Ramírez, together with César Manrique, Luis Morales, Antonio Álvarez, Jesús Soto, Ildefonso Aguilar and workers of the CACT, as well as professionals from other fields and the Lanzarote society itself, set out to recover and put into public use some areas of the island that stood out for their peculiar landscape, following Manrique’s vision of seeking the maximum integration of art in the natural environment, and deepen the potential of Lanzarote as a global benchmark for sustainable tourism.
Thus were born La Cueva de los Verdes (1964), Los Jameos del Agua (1966), La Casa-Museo del Campesino (1968), El Diablo Restaurant (1970), El Mirador del Río (1973), the International Museum of Contemporary Art, MIAC-Castillo de San José (1976) and El Jardín de Cáctus (1991).
Seven spaces that represent a synthesis of the natural and cultural values of the island and are a must to discover the true essence of Lanzarote, places where art and nature become one energy.