Castillo de San José

Price guide: Free

Arrecife , Lanzarote, 35500

Price guide: Free

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#8 of 30
expert-rated things to do in Lanzarote
Expert overall rating:4.3 out of 5
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Recommended for:
Culture vultures, Mature travellers, Seasoned travellers, Singles, Education, Escaping the crowds, Great views / scenery, History

Best for History - Expert review of Castillo de San José

History, art and design come together in Lanzarote's top cultural attraction.

I am not sure what is the most appealing aspect here: the castle, the art, or the César Manrique designed restaurant. It's not really important, as you can easily enjoy all three in one visit. Known as the Hunger of Fortress, the castle was built in 1779 in the rather vain hope of reviving the islanders' fortunes after the great volcanic eruption of Timanfaya. Cross the moat and enter the spacious interior which beautifully, if rather incongruously, showcases contemporary art, including drawings, paintings and sculptures. Spiral steps lead down to a bar and restaurant designed by César Manrique.

Expert tips: 
Combine a visit to the restaurant with a look at the castle museum.

More information on Castillo de San José:

Price guide:
Castle / palace
Arrecife , Lanzarote, 35500
Months open:
All year round
Opening times:
Daily 11am–9pm.
Free tags / Keywords:
Art, History, British history

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