The distinctive Monumento a la Fecundidad created by César Manrique marks the entrance to the Monumento al Campesino in San Bartolomé.
The white fertility sculpture was constructed from disused water tanks and dedicated to the conejero farmers who work so hard to produce crops from the volcanic land in Lanzarote. It stands 15 metres high and visitors can take the path to climb up the steps to the base of the monument for a panoramic view. The sculpture was created by Manrique in 1968 and the monument created by Jesus Soto who was tasked with creating a base suitable to withstand the wind in Lanzarote.
There is no entry fee to visit the Monumento al Campesino, it’s the only one of the seven official visitor centre’s on the island which is free to enjoy. Situated in the centre of the island, the farmer’s monument is easy to find, located on the roundabout where the main LZ-20 and LZ-30 roads from Arrecife and Teguise interconnect. For this reason it’s also a popular meeting place for the annual pilgrimage to Mancha Blanca for Los Dolores in September. The memorial is situated in between the beautiful La Geria wine region and El Jable, the desert of Lanzarote.
At the rear of the centre is a courtyard with a series of rooms facing on to the central feature where a spiral staircase has been installed into an old stone quarry. Each of the rooms represents a different artisan craft and a shop offers traditional crafts and gifts for sale. There’s a great collection of Lanzarote wine available to purchase from this location, which was well priced. We also noticed a selection of traditional music albums for sale including parrandas, folklore and timple artists, which we’ve previously been asked for details of where it is possible to buy on the island.
This house / museum of the peasant farmer combines the traditional architecture of Lanzarote, white washed walls with furniture, doors and windows painted in the typical Lanzarote green. You can find lovely examples of Lanzarote features such as chimneys & window shutters combined with cultural and agricultural artefacts.
The huge circular dining room at the Monumento is often used for large events and is available for private hire for weddings etc. We particularly like the smaller bar / restaurant area which has achieved a 2 fork classification and open each day from 12:00 – 16:30 offering typical Canarian cuisine from Lanzarote. For reservations telephone: 928 520 136
The Monumento al Campesino is open every day from 10:00 to 17:45.
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