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Fundación César Manrique

Located just off the main LZ-1 road between Arrecife and Tahiche where it crosses the LZ-34, the Fundación César Manrique is actually the name of a charity that is housed in the building, but it is the sign to follow to see the house where the artist himself once lived.

The windchime outside the main entrance

The windchime outside the main entrance

Now the house is open to the public and when we visited it and the end of last year cost €8 per person to visit, although children under 12 are allowed in for free.

Once inside a tour of the house is marked out so that you work your way around from one level to the other, passing from room to room.

Inside one of the lava bubbles

Inside one of the lava bubbles

Part of the house was famously built inside lava bubbles, each of which has a different theme.  One room has a large window that looks out onto a large field of lava.  Others house art collections.

The swimming pool

The swimming pool

One particularly fascinating collection of sketches shows the windchimes that can be seen across the island, presumably in their design stages.

The mural in the garden

The mural in the garden

Having been through the house, the tour finishes on the upper level in a garden which is also home to a large mural along its wall.  Here there is also a café and souvenir shop, where it is possible to buy a CD of the relaxing music that is played throughout the house.

Having heard so much about the house in the past it was interesting to visit it and see it for myself.

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