Bathe in contemporary art
“El Lago”, a place that the locals are very proud of, is one of the most admired examples of coastal landscape transformation for leisure in the world; A museum of contemporary outdoor art, built with basalt rock, emerald waters, gardens and sculptures, with imposing views of Mount Teide in the backdrop.
The Costa Martiánez tourist complex was designed by the painter, sculptor and designer César Manrique – World Ecology and Tourism Award Winner 1978 – using elements of traditional Canarian architecture and endemic flora. Within the enclosure are six of its sculptures: Los Alisios, La Jibia, Barlovento, Raíces al Viento, a tribute to William Reich and Monumento al mar. The large lake has about 27,000 cubic metres of sea water and is surrounded by four swimming pools for adults and three children’s pools. In its interior there are 5 islands with bars, restaurants, steak house and rooms of celebrations and gatherings.
The first swimming pools were inaugurated in 1971, on a beach and natural pools in Llanos de Martiánez, and was the place where the first tourists bathed in the late nineteenth and early twentieth century. Years later, in 1977, its final phase was completed and in 2005 it was declared a place of Cultural Interest and categorised as an historical garden.
On the stretch of the promenade that leads up to San Telmo Chapel you will come across three gates, inspired by the one that guards the chapel, that control the access to the pools.
This piece of art is a lively place, which hosts concerts and all kinds of events throughout the year. Find out if there´s anything going on during your stay.
Address: Avenida de Colón, nº 1
Telephone: 922 378 400 ext. 3902
Opening hours: 10am-5pm everyday with the option of stay in the complex up until 6pm.
Price: General rate € 5.5