The complex of Casa Museo del Campesino y Monumento a la Fecundidad (Museum of the Farmer and the Monument to Fertility) is located at a crossroads about 2 km north of San Bartholeme. This is in the centre of the island. The complex lies between the beautiful La Geria wine region to the west and the desert region of El Jable.
The site is visible from quite a distance and very easy to find thanks to the large, 15m tall sculpture. The Monumento a la Fecundidad (Monument of Fertility) was designed by Cesar Manrique.
This is the only one of the seven official visitor centres on the island that is free. The others are Montañas del Fuego (Timanfaya National Park), Cueva de Los Verdes, Jameos del Agua, Jardín del Cactus (Cactus Garden), Mirador del Rio and MIAC – Castillo de San José (International Museum of Contemporary Art – San José Castle).
The Museo is open daily between 10:00 am to 6:00 pm, the restaurant opens between midday and 4:00 pm. Coaches visit here frequently so arrive early or later in the afternoon if you want to avoid crowds on your visit.
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Monumento a la Fecundidad
This cubist sculpture was created in 1968 by Cesar Manrique. It is 15m high and made from the remnants of old fishing boats and water tanks. Its full name is the El Monumento Fecundidad al Campesino Lanzaroteno (the fertility monument to the Lanzarote Peasant). You can climb the steps up to the base of the monument. From here there are great views over the Museo and you can get up close to the sculpture.
Cesar Manrique dedicated the sculpture to the forgotten work of the men and women working in the fields. With a little bit of imagination, you can pick out a farmer with his dog.
In Lanzarote conditions for farming are not great and yet despite this, the land has been brought to life. Now thanks to the tribute paid by Manrique, wine and food products from Lanzarote are internationally renowned.
Casa Museo del Campesino
The museum and craft workshops that sit beside the Monumento used to be a village. This has been restored to house the museum and underground restaurant. The buildings are very photogenic and in typical Lanzarote style, they have whitewashed walls with green doors and windows.
The museum houses farm equipment and tools, such as ploughs and saddlery. There are a number of still life scenes that recreate rural life on the island.
As well as the museum there are a number of craft workshops where artisans display their traditional skills. These include pottery and basket weaving. As well as the workshops there are a number of small shops selling traditional crafts and gifts. Also on sale is a great collection of Lanzarote wine.
In the middle of the complex, there is a staircase that descends into an underground passage. This leads to a volcanic cave which has been turned into a stunning restaurant and function room. The restaurant serves traditional Canarian food.
Entry into the museum is free, there are also available a number of paid workshops such as pottery which are charged.
How to get to Casa Museo del Campesino
The complex is at the side of the roundabout where the LZ 20 from Arrecife and LZ 30 from Teguise meet just to the north of San Bartoleme.
Free car parking is available on site. If you are using public transport the Line 16 bus route (Arrecife to La Santa) passes by the complex.
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