Manrique was very much a child of the 60´s. This was epitomised by his transformation of a former naval gun battery in the North of the island into the most breathtaking lookout point – or Mirador – on Lanzarote.
The Mirador Del Rio sits some 479 metres high, at one of the highest points on the island. This affords the most incredible views down and across to the neighbouring island of La Graciosa – just one thousand metres away across the El Rio Strait and the uninhabited islets of Montana Clara and Alegranza.
Originally, Manrique planned to create a restaurant here. The curvaceous windows of the Mirador are very similar to those he later used when transforming the basement of the Castillo de San Jose in Arrecife into one of the most impressive dining rooms on the island.
But today, whilst it’s still possible to buy snacks and drinks at the Mirador, it doesn’t house the grand restaurant that Manrique initially envisaged.