Where is and what to see in Lanzarote's Cactus Garden

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The Cactus Garden is the classic example of the union between art and nature, a combination that can be admired in the many attractions of Lanzarote and in particular in the architectural works created by the artist C茅sar Manrique.

What was an old quarry where volcanic ashes were extracted has been transformed into a true natural paradise, a botanical garden of 5,000 square meters with more than 1,400 different species of cactus from all over the world.


Let's go to the discovery of this wonderful work!


Cactus Garden

The Cactus Garden was created in 1990, when Manrique managed to convince the Lanzarote Town Hall to redevelop the area where the old abandoned quarry was located. The architectural work integrates perfectly with the surrounding natural landscape.

This wonderful garden has been structured as an amphitheater with real steps, reinforcing the theme of balance between man and nature.

The work goes beyond the concept of cactus as a decorative plant, in this case the incredible variety of species and the architectural intervention create a truly unique aesthetic sense, more than just a garden it is a true work of art.

Although it is not the most famous attraction on the island, it is worth a visit for its uniqueness, charm and truly unforgettable color contrasts.

As I told you we are talking about more than 1400 specimens of Cactus, coming from distant lands, which increase year after year, as new species are frequently planted. Each specimen is marked with a plaque showing the name and origin.


On a small hill overlooking the garden there is an old restored windmill and a panoramic terrace where you can admire the work from above and take wonderful photos.


Where is the cactus garden?

The Cactus Garden is located in Guatiza in the north of the island, you can reach it easily and you can't go wrong because it is easily recognizable thanks to the big statue in the shape of a cactus placed in front of the entrance.

Other attractions near The Cactus Garden

The northern area of Lanzarote, where The Cactus Garden is located, is full of important points of interest that you should not miss: among them, no doubt, are the Cueva de Los Verdes, Jameos de Agua and il Mirador del Rio. In any case, if you want to discover all the wonders of this island I suggest you read the article What to do in Lanzarote.


general information

Opening hours: from 10: 00 to 17 a: 45.

Summer opening hours: from 09: 00 17 to: 45

Duration of the visit: about 1 hour and a half hour

Opening hours: from 10: 00 17 to: 45.

Summer schedule: from 09: 00 to 17: 45.

services: Free parking. Refreshment point and souvenir store.


cost: 5.8 euros adults - 2.9 euros reduced (7-12).

Conclusions

If you plan to visit the island of Lanzarote do not miss the Cactus Garden, even if you are not particularly fond of plants and botany, it is still a unique work that will surprise you. The place is particularly relaxing and the only sounds you will hear will be the birds singing, you just have to enjoy this natural paradise!

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