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Mirador del Río

 

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El Mirador del Río is one of the most representative César Manrique´s architectural creations. It is located high up on the Risco de Famara at an altitude of 474 metres, in the north of the Island. From here we can contemplate one of Lanzarote´s most spectacular views: the Archipiélago Chinijo Natural Reserve and the Famara Cliff.


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  • Estimated duration of the visit: 1 hour
  • Prices: Adults: 4,50 Euros; Children 7-12: 2,25 Euros Resident in the Canary Islands: Adults, 3,60 Euro; Childs, 1,80 Euro
  • Opening hours: Daily from 10:00 h to 17:45 h
  • Coffee-Bar: 10:00 h - 17:45 h
  • Special Summer Opening hours (until 30th September): Daily from 10:00 h to 18:45 h
  • Coffee-Bar in summer: 10:00 h to 18:45 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 building has the peculiarity that is barely visible from the outside thanks to a subtle and ingenious camouflage maneuver of hiding its structure under a heavy stone skin that blends in with the environment.

After accesing inside the building through a winding corridor, we find two spacious vaulted rooms with two large glass windows  - the eyes of the Mirador - that allow contemplating these extraordinary panoramic views from a privileged position.

On clear days we can see the islands that make up the Archipelago Chinijo Nature Park: first we find the island of La Graciosa, behind it are Montaña Clara and Roque del Oeste and at the background, Alegranza. The narrow sea strip that separates us from the islets is called "El Río" (The River) and gives its name to this Viewpoint. From here we can also appreciate the base of the Famara Cliff and the "Salinas del Río" or "Guza", distinguished by its red colors and for being the oldest salt mines of the Island.

It stands out the perimeter railing made of iron and wood that provides the facade with the appearance of the bow of a boat. Symbolically the island would be a ship sailing to the north on the Atlantic waters.

It also highlights the figurative sculpture made of wrought iron welcoming us outside the construction. It represents a fish and a bird, a metaphor for two natural elements with a strong presence in this landscape: water and air.

The strategic position of this enclave was militarily used since the late XIX Century because, like a watchtower, allowed a privileged view of a large northern part of the island. It was then that it was built a coastal defense battery during the Cuban Hispanic -American war (the War of Cuba), therefore this area of the Famara Cliff is popularly known as "The battery of the River."
 

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