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“Good but Audio Guide Essential” 4 of 5 stars
Review of Castillo de San Jose Museum

Castillo de San Jose Museum
Puerto Naos, Arrecife, Lanzarote, Spain
00 34 928 812321
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Ranked #6 of 22 things to do in Arrecife
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“Good but Audio Guide Essential”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 9, 2012

This is a gallery of Modern Art contained within a castle, apparently built as piece of local job creation over 200 years ago

It contains many paintings with a few sculptures, and has the air of being frozen in time with most of the exhibits dating back to the mid seventies. Cesar Manrique (whose vision this was) died in 1992 and I suspect that not much has changed since then

There is a modern restaurant below (with great Manrique design), although empty when I visited. The whole thing is incredibly low key - I drove past it the first time because it is not well signed, the gift shop was closed and there were no guide books

I was glad I asked because they produced instead an audio guide on a small paddle and this was invaluable - unfortunately it did not cover a significant number of the exhibits. And with Spanish as the only language in use (I couldn't understand the titles of many of the paintings), it was lacking as an international attraction imho. Without this, I would have given it a lower score - most people seemed to be wandering round fairly aimlessly

Only €2.50 to get in so excellent value for money - I found it a stimulating hour or so

Visited November 2012
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“my first visit”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 30, 2012

It was not so much the art museum to attract my attention, as the restaurant below, one of the many works of Cesar Manrique, a painter, sculptor, architect, ecologist, urban and landscape designer born in Arrecife. Even the bathrooms are a work of art!-D
Really ... DO NOT MISS!

Visited June 2012
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“Art gallery, museum and restaurant”
3 of 5 stars Reviewed June 28, 2006

Built controversially in 1776 at a time when the islanders were on the brink of starvation and suffering drought conditions. And really! a fortified castle at a time when pirate attacks had long since melted into the history books.

Nowadays it is primarly a museum of modern art and a upmarket restaurant overlooking the cruise ship harbour of Puerto Naos.

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