Mirador del Río on Lanzarote

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Cafe at Mirador del Río © Holger Uwe Schmitt/cc-by-sa-4.0

Cafe at Mirador del Río © Holger Uwe Schmitt/cc-by-sa-4.0

Mirador del Río is a viewpoint on an approximately 475-metre-high (1,560 ft) escarpment called Batería del Río in the north of the Canarian island of Lanzarote.

The location was created in between 1971 and 1973 by the local artist César Manrique in his typical style, consisting of a balustraded cafe, a souvenir shop and a platform at the top which are integrated in the lava rock. The technical realization of the work was carried out by Eduardo Cáceres and Jesús Soto and it was inaugurated in 1973. Its surroundings have been declared a protected natural area. The building is barely visible from the outside due to being camouflaged under a heavy stone skin that blends in with the environment.

© afrank99/cc-by-sa-2.0 © Christian Freiherr von der Rop Cafe at Mirador del Río © Christian Freiherr von der Rop Cafe at Mirador del Río © Holger Uwe Schmitt/cc-by-sa-4.0 © Holger Uwe Schmitt/cc-by-sa-4.0 © Holger Uwe Schmitt/cc-by-sa-4.0 © Holger Uwe Schmitt/cc-by-sa-4.0
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Cafe at Mirador del Río © Holger Uwe Schmitt/cc-by-sa-4.0
After entering the building through a winding corridor, there are two spacious vaulted rooms with two large glass windows—the eyes of the Mirador—that provide a panoramic view over the Strait of El Río towards the island of La Graciosa. Also, on clear days, beyond the view of La Graciosa, the small islands of Montaña Clara and Roque del Oeste can be seen, with the furthest of them all being Alegranza. All of these are part of the Chinijo Archipelago.

From here guards watched for secretly landing ships in former times.

Read more on lanzarote.com – Mirador del Río, cactlanzarote.com – Mirador del Río, TurismoLanzarote.com – Mirador del Río and Wikipedia Mirador del Río (Smart Traveler App by U.S. Department of State - Weather report by weather.com - Global Passport Power Rank - Travel Risk Map - Democracy Index - GDP according to IMF, UN, and World Bank - Global Competitiveness Report - Corruption Perceptions Index - Press Freedom Index - World Justice Project - Rule of Law Index - UN Human Development Index - Global Peace Index - Travel & Tourism Competitiveness Index). Photos by Wikimedia Commons. If you have a suggestion, critique, review or comment to this blog entry, we are looking forward to receive your e-mail at comment@wingsch.net. Please name the headline of the blog post to which your e-mail refers to in the subject line.






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