In the early 1970s, César Manrique set his sights on the north coast of Lanzarote, and worked his magic to create a monumental viewpoint in harmony with its surrounding natural landscapes. The Mirador del Rio - or River Viewpoint, named after the strip of sea between Lanzarote and La Graciosa - was opened in 1973.
Like the rest of César Manrique's works, the Mirador del Rio is characterised by the way its architecture is integrated into the nature of the island. The viewpoint has an incomparable location 400 metres above sea level on the Risco de Famara, so it offers the best possible views of Lanzarote. At the edge of the cliff you'll feel the refreshing sea breeze while admiring the views of the Chinijo Archipelago Nature Park.
Inside Mirador del Rio
Inside the viewpoint, you'll find spacious vaulted rooms with large windows offering unparalleled views while sheltered from the sun and wind. The Mirador's simple design integrates nature into its architecture, with curved whitewashed walls and wooden furniture decorated with hanging plants and wrought iron sculptures.
From the upper floor, you can access the outside terraces. Up here, you'll have an unforgettable view of the Atlantic Ocean, the mountains and the nearby island of La Graciosa.
The Mirador del Rio is one of Lanzarote's top attractions and a must-visit spot due to its incomparable panoramic views of the Canary Islands. If you're able to choose which day to visit, try and pick the clearest day possible for the best visibility.
How to get to the Mirador del Río
If, like most tourists, you're renting a car to explore Lanzarote, you can reach Mirador del Rio easily from Haria, following roads LZ-201 and LZ-202.
If you'd prefer to relax and let someone else take you to see the island's main places of interest, you can book a César Manrique tour of Lanzarote. As well as taking in the spectacular views from Mirador del Rio, you'll also visit the Campesino Monument, the Cueva de los Verdes, Jameos del Agua, the Jardín de Cactus and the César Manrique Foundation.
Daily from 10 am to 5:45 pm (until 6:45 pm in summer).