The Cactus Garden is located in the town of Guatiza, in the Municipality of Teguise on the island of Lanzarote. It occupies 5,000 square meters of land, in the middle of an agricultural area, which had been used for the extraction of aggregates and was in poor condition. César Manrique proposes to the Cabildo de Lanzarote the acquisition and recycling of the hollow and the mill that the enclosure has.
Product of that idea, in 1990 the Center of Art, Culture and Tourism of the “Cactus Garden” opens. With an exemplary design intervention integrating nature, from Manrique. The entrance features a sculpture of a metallic cactus and a wrought iron door that hides the building similar to the “taros” of the shepherds.
The surprise element is, after passing a maze, the meeting of the terraced garden in the cavity of the land. The winding trails follow the vagaries of the garden where we can find more than 1,100 different species of cacti belonging to the Canary Islands and the entire world. The botanical collection continues to expand continuously with new species.
Water lilies and goldfish add a touch of freshness to the arid landscape. A series of monolithic structures such as sculptures, which belonged to the previous activity, complete the decoration.
It remains open daily between 10 am and 5:45 pm. The visit lasts about 45 minutes. The general admission is € 5 and that of minors, between 7 and 12 years, € 2.50.