Lagomar Lanzarote is not a typical museum: it is a fun architecture adventure as designed by Jesus Soto - a place that enchants both adults and kids. Below is my guide to help you plan your visit the the Lagomar museum Lanzarote.
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Lagomar Museum exploration in Video
Let's start with a short video that shows you what it looks like to explore the tunnels, corridors, staircases and rooms of LagOmar Lanzarote. Such a fun excursion!
About Lagomar Lanzarote
What is LagOmar?
LagOmar is a unique location in Lanzarote, one of the most spectacular private properties on the island.
It is a volcanic garden, a fun labyrinth and the famous house of Omar Sharif for a little while.
It is a place where architecture is fully integrated with its environnement.
History of LagOmar Museum
- The LagoMar house was built in a volcanic quarry, around the same rock from which it was built, from the molten lava on the slopes of an ancient volcano
- The idea of the house was conceived by César Manrique and it was designed by Jesus Soto. Developer Sam Benady made it happened
- In the Early 70S it is said that Omar Sharif came to Lanzarote to film The Mysterious Island, fell under the charm of LagOmar and bought it
- In 1989 it was further developed by 2 foreign architects
- And it opened as a museum in 1997
How to get to Lagomar museum Lanzarote
How to get to Lagomar in Lanzarote
- Located in the village of Nazaret, close to the town of Teguise
- If you don't want to drive you can book a day tour of Northern Lanzarote including several attractions and LagOmar - Check out program and book
But if you are renting a car and driving in Lanzarote:
- Easily accessed by car but limited parking
- Costa Teguise to LagOmar - 15min drive
- Puerto del Carmen to LagOmar - 25 min drive
- Playa Blanca to LagOmar - 40min drive
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- LagOmar Opening hours - Opened everyday from 10am to 6pm
- LogOmar ticket price - 6€ entry
Visiting Lagomar - Tips
- Best to be there at opening time or late afternoon to avoid the bus tours. Because it is full of narrow corridors and staircase it becomes quickly crowded
- Many steps inside
- Don't bring a large backpack
- Can be visited under 1h
- Facilities on site
- Restaurant on site
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Entrance to Museo LagOmar
Already as you approach the entrance f the museum, the white of the building is already striking against the natural colour of the rock. It looks very promising, don't you think?
The location used to be a rock quarry on the side of an ancien volcano. It is César Manrique who advised on how to build houses following the curves of the rocks, which he did in his house.
The LagOmar house is set into the hillside. It has different levels opened to magnificent views. Already from the carpark you can enjoy views of the Nazaret village and volcanoes in the background. But once you get inside you will see more.
As you enter, you discover the central area around a pool. It is the lower level of the house and where you can best see the walls of the quarry and in the integration of rooms and staircases.
In Lanzarote there sure are really good at creating inviting pool where we are not allowed to swim... (thinking about the other one at Jameos del Agua). So frustrating!
This lower level has a beautiful round tunnel that starts you in the labyrinth, you can fo straight or turn and explore different sections of the house.
Don't worry it is not too big, you will always find your way back 🙂
See on the picture below the wall of the quarry. The whole on the left side with the shite wall is a bar. Every corner and chamber is used and integrated in the architecture.
Corridors and open areas
Then you can explore the garden and outdoors area with white walls, tunnels, pathways, caves, staircases...
It is really fun for both adults and kids.
The developper has the Arabian 1000nights stories in mind to build this house and it really feels like exploring a magical world.
Some of the caves in the quarry wall have been turned into gathering areas with benches and great views.
I love this view of LagOmar Lanzarote with the white of the walls, the quarry rocks and the plants added to create like a fantasy oasis.
You can also find strange architectural elements, with round or geometrical shapes.
Some are really very peculiar. And it is great to explore, get down a staircase and discover yet another imaginative area. It really transports you in a world of fantasy.
Even the stairs are perfectly integrated following the curves of the rocks and using the same rock for each steps. they look so inviting, wondering what you will find a the top!
Omar Sharif Home
Then you can enter the indoor home side of the property with kitchen, living room, bedroom and bathroom.
This has been set up as a small museum about Omar Sharif with information about his life and work.
There is a legend that Sam Benady the developer, wanted the property back and challenged Omar Sharif to a game of bridge during which the actor gambled the house away to Sam, who was the Bridge European champion.
So Oman never actually lived in it.
The inside of the house was the less fascinating for me. I quickly walked back to explore more of the outdoors and admire the integration of the white walls with the rocks.
LagOmar Restaurant & Bar
In the museum you can find restaurants and bars in different sections.
They serve a la carte menu and tapas specializing in Mediterranean cuisine.
Restaurants is opened from noon to 11:30pm
The bar opens from 6:30pm till late with musical events.
They also have a guest cottage that is available for rent for a whole week - Learn more here
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Intriguing, isn't it?
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