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Tahiche, Lanzarote Destination Guide - Canary Islands Now

Tahiche

Where is Tahiche

With a population of around 4000, Tahiche is a small town within the municipality of Teguise, located in the East Central part of Lanzarote. This traditional town is only a 10 minutes drive away from Arrecife and Costa Teguise.

Full of character and seemingly unaffected by the high rise of tourism in Lanzarote, Tahiche is the birthplace of Lanzarote’s most famous architect César Manrique, who left his imprint on most of the architectural design of the island.

César Manrique

The César Manrique foundation

Born in 1919, the visionary and great artist César Manrique left the island to make a name for himself in New York in 1964. He returned to his hometown in 1966, after successfully conquering the Big Apple with his works, many of which were exhibited in the famous Catherine Viviano gallery.

His 3000 m2 home and studio - El Taro, was built within the lava fields and volcanic bubbles which cover most of Tahiche, as he truly believed in preserving the island’s unique shape and formations. Now an art gallery, Manrique’s home is - like many of his other creations - a piece of art, that can be visited by tourists thanks to The César Manrique foundation.

He managed to implement his vision of nature conservation throughout his other works carried on the island, such as Los Aljibes, now used as an exhibition and events space. He was an adept of large living spaces with an abundance of natural light, all done with minimal impact on the exteriors - these trademark touches are the reason there are no high buildings and hotels on the island, but rather eco-friendly tourist attractions.

The Volcanoes of Tahiche

Tahiche is home to the largest lava field in Lanzarote, Llano de Zonzamas, where tourists can visit and get very near these volcanic formations on foot, unlike the Timanfaya National Park, where visiting is carefully monitored and regulated.

The volcanic park is worth visiting if you’re in the area, as the lava flow is quite a remarkable display: starting from Montaña Ubique – the point of the eruption, all the way to the outskirts of the capital Arrecife and lower half of Tahiche.

Following Manrique’s concept, the locals built their houses within these lava fields, preserving the unique aspect of their town. Fauna has also flourished on these fields, with a wide diversity of birdlife ranging from storks to hoopoes.

If you’re visiting the volcanic park, make sure you go see the remnants of the Palace of Zonzamas. These can be found on the lava fields of Tahiche and represent the ancient residence of the chieftain of the Berbers – the island’s aboriginal occupants. Although there are just stone frameworks remaining of the ancient palace, the Palace of Zonzamas is still considered an important archaeological spot because it is one of the few remaining fragments of the Berbers’ civilization.

Palace of Zonzamas, Tahiche, Lanzarote

Where to eat and drink

Tahiche is by far a more traditional town than the rest of touristy Lanzarote. Although you will not find as many restaurants as in Arrecife for example, there are a few good places to eat out.

La Malecita is a smokehouse and grill restaurant, which specializes in meats and customary dishes. It has received excellent reviews from tourists, praising them for their great children’s play area.

Café Aloe is another popular place amongst locals. Stop for a meal and drink and enjoy the beautiful sights over the town and the nearby village of Nazaret.

El Pastelito – the German bakery is one of the locals’ favourites, as it is open during siestas as well, Monday to Sunday, making it a hotspot for weekend coffee and pastries. They also serve breakfast and sandwiches, praised for their good taste and cheap prices.