Cactus Garden in Lanzarote

The Cactus Garden (Jardin de Cactus) was our favourite site on our trip around the volcanic island of Lanzarote

Located on the north side of the island, near Guatiza, the garden showcases over 1,400 species of cactus.  I was surprised to see the multitude of shapes and colors of so many varieties.  Everything in the garden was a cactus, even the statue.IMG_4482

The terraced garden was arranged by the island’s favourite son, Cesar Manrique.  The artist cleverly converted a former quarry into one of the island’s hottest attractions.

The black volcanic gravel offered a stunning backdrop to the rainbow of cactus. The quarry shelters these hardy plants from the windy. As we wandered the gardens felt like a cozy sunspot.

The site includes a gift shop, a windmill and a top side café with uninterrupted views.

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The Colors of Lanzarote

This small island of volcanic black, reddish rock, pristine white and petal green villas built on the edge of blue ocean is a visual wonder. From top to bottom, east to west, I warmed to the kaleidoscope of deep beautiful colors.

I enjoyed the spectacular volcanic landscapes of the Timanfaya National Park, the intricate cave formations of Jameos del Aqua, the Cactus Garden and the distinctive wine fields of La Geria.  The depth and beauty of this place held me spellbound for two weeks.