A hauntingly beautiful island, the most northern of the Canary Isles, it is set about sixty miles off the coast of Morocco. It enjoys year long sunshine. One of the attractions of Lanzarote is that there is no real winter. Some years it does not rain. Often, during the winter, the temperature is in the 20s while Britain is suffering from 0 degrees Centigrade. In the National Parks one can drive through mile after mile of lunar landscapes.



It is due to the purpose and energies of one man, Cesar Manrique, that Lanzarote remained and remains an island paradise. Manrique, an artist and designer, has been a major influence on much of the architecture in that it is being kept in the traditional manner. After leaving Lanzarote to study art and design he returned in 1966 and, from a distance, was appalled and horrified to see the Grande Hotel towering into the sky along the sea front in Arrecife.He was a designer blending art and nature and he wanted to `turn my native island into one of the most beautiful places on the planet'. It is due to his efforts that there is no high rise housing or billboards on the island.  He devoted his life to blending the local traditions to the natural spectacular volcanic landscapes He was also was responsible for many of the sites such as the Mirador del Rio, Jameos del Agua and the Monumento de la Camposinos. He unfortunately was killed in a car accident in 1992. His house at Tahiche is definitely a must. His art is in the Picasso tradition and many examples are to be seen in all areas of Lanzarote. The photos you see here reflect Cesar Manrique' s desires and dreams which became a reality, from the towering cliffs of Famara where he spent childhood holidays to the architectural gems, some of which he was responsible for.  His footprints are to be seen everywhere.