Arrecife Museum of Contemporary Art
Fernando Botero © Roel Wijnants
Modern art in an old building works well in Lanzarote's capital, Arrecife, where a collection of works by international artists is on permanent display in the Castle of San Jose, a fortress built between 1776 and 1779 by King Carlos III of Spain to defend against pirate attacks. The castle was in military use till 1890 and then stood vacant till 1974 when it was converted into a modern art gallery and restaurant by architect and artist Cesar Manrique. The Museo International de Arte Contemporaneo is a small but fascinating gallery space which showcases an interesting collection; the main attraction is actually the building itself and the contrast between the old fortress and the modern art. Some of the artists featured are Bacon, Picasso, Miro, Botero, Damaso and Luis Feito. The restaurant, which serves superb food and has a funky decor, is a big drawcard and has fantastic views over the docks and ocean. It is worth visiting for drinks at the bar at least. Sunset is the best time to enjoy the views and a meal, as the view changes dramatically between day and night. Although there are usually tables available it is recommended that you book in advance to get the best views.
Telephone: +34 928 807 929
Opening times: Art galleries: Monday to Sunday from 11am to 9pm