Exploring the Architectural Gem of LagOmar in Lanzarote

Think you’ve had your fill of Lanzarote’s stunning architectural landmarks? It’s unlikely! Having delved into the wonders of the Fundacion Cesar Manrique and the enchanting Los Jameos del Agua, I find myself drawn to yet another remarkable site on this island – the LagOmar Museum.

Delve into the past of LagOmar Museum Nestled within a volcanic quarry, LagOmar emerges as a distinctively crafted residence. The intrigue surrounding this place is palpable, but it’s truly a sight to behold in person.

The Quarry House’s Architectural Conception A British entrepreneur, Sam Benady, conceived a vision of a residence that would be a beacon of inspiration for potential property owners in the vicinity. The architectural blueprint for the house set within a quarry was the brainchild of Jesús Soto, a collaborator of the illustrious Cesar Manrique on numerous ventures across Lanzarote. Soto crafted the design to encapsulate the mystical aura of the ‘Arabian Nights’ narratives, meticulously integrating the natural environment into the very essence of its structure.

Omar Sharif’s Fleeting Ownership In 1972, during Omar Sharif’s time on the island filming “The Mysterious Isle,” he chanced upon this partially completed abode and was so taken by its charm that he acquired it immediately. Yet, his tenure as owner was short-lived; he was outplayed at the card table by none other than Sam Benady himself, not realizing that Benady was not just any player but the European Bridge Champion.

The Evolution of the Quarry House It wasn’t until 1989 that two architects took the reins, transforming the quarry house with a dedication to authentic materials, like wooden beams salvaged from shipwrecks, and nurturing an oasis amidst the stony confines. They curated a botanical ensemble with palm trees, aloe vera, vibrant bougainvillea, and cacti, softening the harshness of the stone surroundings with verdant life.

Exploring LagOmar Lanzarote Nestled within an ancient quarry, LagOmar emerges as a serpentine complex of caves, where red volcanic rock fuses with white plaster and verdant flora, reminiscent of Cesar Manrique’s ethos of minimal disruption to nature. Eschewing conventional lines and geometric shapes, the structure invites visitors into its enigmatic embrace.

Upon entering, you are greeted by the tranquil pool area set at the quarry’s base. The living quarters seem to organically emerge from the rock, viewed clearly from the poolside. Wandering through a rounded, whitewashed tunnel, one embarks on a journey through interconnected caverns, pathways, and stairwells, unveiling the residence bit by bit.

Ascending the stairs leads to a private apartment ensemble, complete with a living area, bedroom, bath, and kitchen, all boasting views that are nothing short of cinematic.

A tribute to its fleeting celebrity owner, the house showcases a bridge table and a life-size photograph of Omar Sharif engrossed in his game. Displayed throughout are snippets of Sharif’s life, his cinematic journey, and snapshots chronicling the evolution of LagOmar.

The legend of Omar Sharif’s association with LagOmar, albeit brief, lends an aura of mystique and narrative to the place.

Highlights of LagOmar The vibrant blooms of bougainvillea and panoramic vistas across the island’s topography from the upper terraces stitch together a tapestry of color and landscape that is quintessentially Lanzarotean. The exterior features, such as a traditional bread oven, invite reflection on the island’s heritage.

When visiting, it’s worthwhile to meander through the complex, absorbing how the vegetation intertwines with the rock, and to marvel at the upper-level views of Lanzarote’s white-washed villages dotting the volcanic terrain.

Directions to LagOmar in Lanzarote Reaching LagOmar by car is straightforward: from Costa Teguise a short 15-minute drive suffices, while from Playa Blanca it’s approximately 40 minutes. Aim for the village of Nazaret, situated near Teguise, where free parking is available outside the museum.

For those less inclined to drive, consider joining an organized tour that includes LagOmar alongside other iconic Lanzarote landmarks such as Los Jameos del Agua and Fundacion Cesar Manrique.

Visitor Information The LagOmar Museum is accessible daily from 10:00 AM until 6:00 PM, with entry priced at 6€ for adults.

There is an on-site restaurant and bar where you can indulge in a meal with a view. For an optimal experience, it’s best to arrive early in the morning or late afternoon to avoid the crowds.

Lastly, appropriate footwear is recommended to navigate the quarry’s uneven stairs—save the flip-flops for the beach.

Think you’ve had your fill of Lanzarote’s stunning architectural landmarks? It’s unlikely! Having delved into the wonders of the Fundacion Cesar Manrique and the enchanting Los Jameos del Agua, I find myself drawn to yet another remarkable site on this island – the LagOmar Museum.

Delve into the past of LagOmar Museum Nestled within a volcanic quarry, LagOmar emerges as a distinctively crafted residence. The intrigue surrounding this place is palpable, but it’s truly a sight to behold in person.

The Quarry House’s Architectural Conception A British entrepreneur, Sam Benady, conceived a vision of a residence that would be a beacon of inspiration for potential property owners in the vicinity. The architectural blueprint for the house set within a quarry was the brainchild of Jesús Soto, a collaborator of the illustrious Cesar Manrique on numerous ventures across Lanzarote. Soto crafted the design to encapsulate the mystical aura of the ‘Arabian Nights’ narratives, meticulously integrating the natural environment into the very essence of its structure.

Omar Sharif’s Fleeting Ownership In 1972, during Omar Sharif’s time on the island filming “The Mysterious Isle,” he chanced upon this partially completed abode and was so taken by its charm that he acquired it immediately. Yet, his tenure as owner was short-lived; he was outplayed at the card table by none other than Sam Benady himself, not realizing that Benady was not just any player but the European Bridge Champion.

The Evolution of the Quarry House It wasn’t until 1989 that two architects took the reins, transforming the quarry house with a dedication to authentic materials, like wooden beams salvaged from shipwrecks, and nurturing an oasis amidst the stony confines. They curated a botanical ensemble with palm trees, aloe vera, vibrant bougainvillea, and cacti, softening the harshness of the stone surroundings with verdant life.

Exploring LagOmar Lanzarote Nestled within an ancient quarry, LagOmar emerges as a serpentine complex of caves, where red volcanic rock fuses with white plaster and verdant flora, reminiscent of Cesar Manrique’s ethos of minimal disruption to nature. Eschewing conventional lines and geometric shapes, the structure invites visitors into its enigmatic embrace.

Upon entering, you are greeted by the tranquil pool area set at the quarry’s base. The living quarters seem to organically emerge from the rock, viewed clearly from the poolside. Wandering through a rounded, whitewashed tunnel, one embarks on a journey through interconnected caverns, pathways, and stairwells, unveiling the residence bit by bit.

Ascending the stairs leads to a private apartment ensemble, complete with a living area, bedroom, bath, and kitchen, all boasting views that are nothing short of cinematic.

A tribute to its fleeting celebrity owner, the house showcases a bridge table and a life-size photograph of Omar Sharif engrossed in his game. Displayed throughout are snippets of Sharif’s life, his cinematic journey, and snapshots chronicling the evolution of LagOmar.

The legend of Omar Sharif’s association with LagOmar, albeit brief, lends an aura of mystique and narrative to the place.

Highlights of LagOmar The vibrant blooms of bougainvillea and panoramic vistas across the island’s topography from the upper terraces stitch together a tapestry of color and landscape that is quintessentially Lanzarotean. The exterior features, such as a traditional bread oven, invite reflection on the island’s heritage.

When visiting, it’s worthwhile to meander through the complex, absorbing how the vegetation intertwines with the rock, and to marvel at the upper-level views of Lanzarote’s white-washed villages dotting the volcanic terrain.

Directions to LagOmar in Lanzarote Reaching LagOmar by car is straightforward: from Costa Teguise a short 15-minute drive suffices, while from Playa Blanca it’s approximately 40 minutes. Aim for the village of Nazaret, situated near Teguise, where free parking is available outside the museum.

For those less inclined to drive, consider joining an organized tour that includes LagOmar alongside other iconic Lanzarote landmarks such as Los Jameos del Agua and Fundacion Cesar Manrique.

Visitor Information The LagOmar Museum is accessible daily from 10:00 AM until 6:00 PM, with entry priced at 6€ for adults.

There is an on-site restaurant and bar where you can indulge in a meal with a view. For an optimal experience, it’s best to arrive early in the morning or late afternoon to avoid the crowds.

Lastly, appropriate footwear is recommended to navigate the quarry’s uneven stairs—save the flip-flops for the beach.

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