Centres of Arts, Culture and Tourism

Jardín de Cactus - Cactus Garden

 

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The Cactus Garden is a magnificent example of an integrated architectural intervention into the landscape. César Manrique created this audacious architectonic complex whilst maintaining the unshakeable pairing of art and nature that is so tangible in all of his spatial interventions.
It is located at the town of Guatiza, municipality of Teguise, in an agricultural environment characterized by extensive plantations of cactus dedicated to the cultivation of the "cochineal".

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  • Estimated duration of the visit : 1 hour
  • Prices: Adults: 5,50 Euros; Children 7-12: 2,75 Euros Resident in the Canary Islands: Adults, 4,40 Euro; Childs, 2,20 Euro
  • Opening hours: Daily from 10:00 h to 17:45 h
  • Restaurant and Bar: 10:00 h to 17:30 h
  • Gifts Shop: 10:00 h to 17:30 h
**During the summer season (July, August and September) we would recommend individual visits in the afternoon to avoid crowd.

The interior presents a circular structure, a possible metaphor of the Island´s craters.

At our feet we find a double staircase that invites us to walk the winding cobbled paving paths and stairways that connect the different areas of the  garden.

In the 5.000 m2 of this Tourist Centre there are more than 7.200 specimens of over 1.100 cactus species from such different places like Peru, Mexico, Chile, USA, Kenya, Tanzania, Madagascar, Morocco and Canary Islands.
The Cactus Garden also offers a Bar service and a gifts shop where souvenirs and typical products are sold.
 
Opening hours: 10:00 to 17:30 h.

In the "palas" of the cactus (also known as prickly pears) grown a parasitic insect called cochineal (Coccus cacti), a parasitic insect from which is obtained an intense colouring carmine after a careful process of manufacture. Traditionally used as textile dyeing, now this natural dye is highly valued in food and cosmetics industries. Despite in La Vega de Guatiza we find the largest area of cochineal cultivation in the Canary Islands, it is a culture in decline due to the competition of industrial synthetic dyes.
 

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