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Los Jameos del Agua, essence of César Manrique

Los Jameos del Agua are a natural and artistic environment located in the north of the island of Lanzarote. It is a space that combines nature, architecture, culture and art. Since its creation, this place designed by César Manrique has positioned itself as one of the main tourist attractions on this Canary Island. Do you want to know more about him?

What are the Jameos del Agua in Lanzarote

The jameos are holes that occur in nature as a result of the collapse of the roof of a volcanic tube. This name comes from the language of the ancient aborigines of the island. In Lanzarote, due to its volcanic origin, we can find many of them.

The main jameos in Lanzarote are those created by the La Corona volcano. This volcano, in its continuous eruptions, created an underground tunnel that is at least six kilometers long, of which more than one is under the sea. This part of the tunnel is known as the Atlantis tunnel.

In this tunnel there are three jameos: the Jameo Chico, the Jameo Grande and the Jameo de la Cazuela. In them, César Manrique knew how to make an impressive work of art. It is a center that serves to value the nature and culture of the island and that is used as a tourist and cultural center, since it has an auditorium and spaces for performances.

The work of Cesar Manrique

Entering the work that César Manrique carried out in the Jameos del Agua is to feel that you are entering a magical world, full of fantasy. The natural environment in which it takes place is spectacular and the intervention of this artist could not be more respectful and successful.

The cleaning, conditioning and development of this incredible space lasted from 1960 to 1977. It unknown environment necessitated an in-depth exploration of the same. Thus, the continuous findings caused the change and rethinking of the work on countless occasions.

The Jameo Boy

The beginning of this intervention was in the space called Jameo Chico. It is the space that currently serves as the entrance to the entire complex.. There, a giant crab welcomes the visitor, an essential animal in the Jameos del Agua.

 

Whoever begins to descend to the jameos sees how the details, decoration, furniture and lighting are expressly designed to create a unique space that astonishes whoever enters it. It is a place that aims to show the magic of Lanzarote.

The lagoon of the albino crabs

Between the Jameo Chico and the Jameo Grande there is a beautiful salty lagoon inhabited by the protagonist of the Jameos del Agua by César Manrique. It is a very sensitive endemic species, a small albino and blind crab.

This animal needs its natural environment, its lagoon, to always be kept in the same conditions. Therefore, if you visit it you must be very respectful, because a strong variation in water conditions can cause its disappearance.

The Jameo Grande and the Jameo de la Cazuela

Continuing with the walk you reach the Jameo Grande, where there is a pool of turquoise water. From it a spiral staircase leads to a restaurant. It is a space of great luminosity and color that contrasts with the lagoon that you have seen before.

Here, in addition, you will find the entrance to the Jameo de la Cazuelawhere the auditorium is located. It is a very unique place where César Manrique knew how to perfectly mix the wonders of the natural environment in which he found himself and the pure lines of his architectural style.

Times to visit the Jameos del Agua

Los Jameos del Agua is open every day from 10:00 a.m. to 6:30 p.m.. It has two restaurants. One of them has the same opening hours as the rest of the Jameos del Agua space. Meanwhile, the second opens on Tuesdays, Fridays and Saturdays from 7:00 p.m. to 2:00 a.m. One of the singularities of this establishment is that a dress code is required after 7:30 p.m. to be able to enter and enjoy such a beautiful space.

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