The Museo Internacional de Arte Contemporáneo, MIAC-Castillo de San José

The Museo Internacional de Arte Contemporáneo-Castillo de San José, is located across the water from the Marina Lanzarote in the center of Arrecife. It was built between 1776 and 1779 under the ruling of King Charles III. The museum’s location meant it was a crucial spot to defend Arrecife and its port from the dangers posed to the Spanish Empire. When its use for defensive purposes decreased, it was left abandoned for almost a century. It was Lanzarote born and famous artist Cesar Manrique (who else), who convinced the authorities of the island to transform the ancient fortress into an art gallery. It opened in 1976. Manrique started up the 1st International Visual Arts Competition with the work of Picasso, Tàpies, Miró, Mompó, Millares, Zóbel and some of his own creations that inspired one of the largest abstract art collections by Canarian and Spanish artists of the second half of the 20th Century in the Canary Islands. He also added a number of modernist sculptures that can be seen when touring the depths of the castle. One of the main contributions Manrique made to the modern areas includes the bar restaurant – a pleasant and harmonious corner within the fortress where visitors can taste a range of innovative dishes whilst looking through a large glass window over the sea and towards the Marina Lanzarote. If you’re looking for a more traditional place to eat in Arrecife, check out our: Things to do in Arrecife – Eating Guide.

And if you wish to find out more about the Centers of Art Culture and Tourism in Lanzarote, click here:

Art Gallery Arrecife

MIAC Art Marina Lanzarote