The small towns of Mala and Guatiza are fairly close to Costa Teguise, on the north-eastern coast of Lanzarote.
There are vast plantations of prickly pear and cacti in this area as it is part of the last cochineal production in the Canaries. On the outskirts of Guatiza, situated at the very centre of the cactus fields, you will find César Manrique’s last landscape monument, the Jardín de Cactus (the Cactus Garden). This huge garden is filled with specimens from all over the world, including the Canary Islands, America and Madagascar.
Welcoming you at the entrance of this former quarry is Manrique’s eight-metre tall metal, green cactus. Once through the doors, you will be amazed at the 10,000 plants of 1,400 different species – it really is a sight to behold.
Everything carries Manrique’s signature, from the volcanic stone sculptures to the stylish restaurant and bar. There is also a souvenir shop and some of his paintings are on exhibition in the entrance area.
The Jardín de Cactus is open daily from 10.00 to 17.30 hrs.
Entrance costs €5.
See our Lanzarote Map for a closer look.