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LagOmar Casa Omar Sharif Museum, Nazaret, Lanzarote
More than meets the eye here
Set above the village of Nazaret is one of Lanzarote’s most famous restaurants LagOmar. Designed by local artist Jesús Soto on ideas conceived by architect César Manrique, this unique private residence was to be a show home for British property developer Sam Benady.
Built to embrace a volcanic quarry complete with caves and natural labyrinths the house was intended to appear as if it had come straight out of a folktale from the Arabian Nights.
Legend has it that Hollywood actor Omar Sharif while on Lanzarote filming Jules Verne’s, The Mysterious Island in 1973 visited Benady’s unique house and bought it on the spot.
The very next day Benady had a bout of seller’s remorse and knowing Sharif’s love of gambling challenged him to a game of Bridge with the house up as a prize for the winner.
Not knowing that the Englishman was a Bridge champions Sharif, of course, accepted the challenge and lost, never even spending a single night in the spectacular property.
The house was later transformed into what you see today after being acquired by Uruguayan and German architects Beatriz van Hoff and Dominik von Boettinger in 1989.
Together with the advice of local artists, the couple refurbished the caves and tunnels using wood they found on local shipwrecks while replacing tiles with washed concrete and pebbles to create a natural look in fitting with the setting.
Add to this the incorporation of native plants and bougainvillaea to the outside area combined with glass and water features; you now have the house you see today.
Museum, Gallery, Shop and much more
Often used as a location for movies and fashion shoots while also doubling as a gallery for up and coming artists, LagOmar is open to the public every day from 10am until 6pm. Tickets cost 6.00€ for adults and 2.00€ for children.
Following your visit to the museum make sure to peruse around the gift shop where you will find products made by local artisans together with paintings, drawings and sculptures. For a great gift to take back home for a family member or friend, LagOmar sells wine from La Geria ,sea salt from La Playa del Janubio and all the spices and grains needed to make traditional Canarian food.
For couples looking for a unique escape in stunning surroundings, LagOmar has two private cottages that are available for rent. Built on different levels the self-catering accommodation affords unsurpassed views over the volcanic craters to the sea and comes with a small private pool and the use of two tennis courts.
Drinks and Dining in beautiful surroundings
For a unique dining experience, visit the LagOmar restaurant just before sunset to watch the volcanic rocks turn red as you sample their unique Mediterranean inspired tapas while selecting from the extensive a la carte menu.
LagOmar restaurant is open Tuesday to Sunday from 12.00 until 23.30, closed on Monday.
For early evening cocktails or a night out, visit the Cave Bar at LagOmar for the best Mojito you will find on Lanzarote. This iconic bar has seen some fabulous party’s over the years and is a popular hangout for both tourists and locals.
The Cave Bar at LagOmar is open to the public from 18.30 till late and is closed on Monday.