Art and Culture
Lanzarote is the island of inspiration for many artists and also for those who want to be one. César Manrique is the reference of art in Lanzarote for everything he did in the island, although in recent decades, Lanzarote and its unique landscape and exclusive atmosphere has helped many people to discover their talents and creativity. Many artists are associated with the island of Lanzarote. Some of them are: Francisco Lasso, Jesus Soto, Rufina Santana, Ildefonso Aguilar, Andrés Allí, Paco Curbelo, Juan Santiago Gopar or German.
Architecture of Lanzarote
The architecture of the island has been influenced by the weather. White is the predominant color of the houses, they work as a mirror to the sun's rays, not allowing the temperature to rise in the interior.
Rooftops and concrete patio castings that are inclined seek to collect the small amount of rainwater in ponds made of stone. Flat roofs decorated with typical decorations in the form of a hat or umbrella. Green is the color that predominates in doors and windows, it is because in the past fishermen were using the remnants of paint, having painted their boats. Traditional architecture also has a colonial touch.
Portuguese and Andalusian influences have led to a particular architecture, as the typical wooden balconies hanging from the facade and the interior courtyards, and skylights typical of Teguise, for example. Indoors are usually very sober. The houses are often decorated with pieces of ceramics and pottery.
You cannot talk about the architecture of Lanzarote, without mentioning the outstanding work done by the artist and designer of Lanzarote, César Manrique, his influence and his work is the identity of the island.
Did you know that ... ?
San Borondón is an island that appears and disappears. It has been mentioned and described in the past by several seafarers and characters, such as the pastor of Alajeró in La Gomera (1759). Almost all locate it in the range between the West - Southwest of La Palma and West - Northwest of El Hierro. The rumor of this mysterious island, without doubt, was after the discovery and conquest of the Canary Islands.
It is impossible to imagine Lanzarote as it is today without Cesar Manrique. Painter, sculptor, ecologist, curator of monuments, construction counselor and complex urban planner, configurator of landscapes and gardens. A whole reference to follow.
People & Customs
To know Lanzarote is necessary to know the customs and history of its people.
The mix of people of different origins, and therefore, of cultures, reflects nowadays an island full of tradition.