LagOmar Lanzarote is not your typical museum: it’s a fun architectural adventure designed by Jesus Soto.
A place that delights adults and children alike!
Here’s our guide to help you plan your visit to the LagOmar Lanzarote museum, with map, photos and tips.
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Why visit the LagOmar Museum in Lanzarote?
Is visiting LagOmar worth it?
Yes, LagOmar is a unique place in Lanzarote, one of the island’s most spectacular private properties. It’s a volcanic garden, a fun maze and Omar Sharif’s famous home for a little while.
It’s a place where architecture is totally integrated into its environment.
In our opinion, it’s one of the best attractions on Lanzarote.
History of the LagOmar Museum
- The LagoMar house was built in a volcanic quarry, around the same rock from which it was constructed, from molten lava on the slopes of an ancient volcano.
- The idea for the house was conceived by César Manrique and designed by Jesus Soto. Developer Sam Benady made it happen.
- In the early 70s, Omar Sharif came to Lanzarote to shoot The Mysterious Island, fell in love with LagOmar and bought it.
- In 1989, it was developed by two foreign architects.
- And it was inaugurated as a museum in 1997.
More photos after the planning boards.
Practical tips and map: LagOmar, Lanzarote
How to get to Lagomar in Lanzarote – Map
- Located in the village of Nazaret, near the town of Teguise.
- Easily accessible by car
- From Costa Teguise to LagOmar – 15 minutes drive
- Puerto del Carmen to LagOmar – 25 minutes drive
- From Playa Blanca to LagOmar – 40 minutes by car.
- Here is a map to help you find your way:
Access to LagOmar
- LagOmar opening hours – Open daily from 10am to 6pm (latest info on the official website here)
- LagOmar ticket price – €6 admission
- Limited parking
- If you don’t want to drive, you can book a day trip to the north of Lanzarote, including several attractions and LagOmar – See the program and book.
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- A small car is all you need.
- But you can also choose a larger one if you wish, as the parking spaces are rather large.
- There’s a lot of demand and it’s an island, so book early.
Visit LagOmar – Tips
- It’s best to be there at opening time or in the late afternoon to avoid bus tours. Because of the narrow corridors and staircases, it gets crowded fast.
- Many steps inside
- Don’t bring big backpacks
- The museum can be visited in less than an hour
- On-site facilities
- Restaurant on site
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Entrance to Museo LagOmar
As soon as you approach the museum entrance, the white of the building stands out against the natural color of the rock.
Very promising, don’t you think?
The location was once a rock quarry on the side of an ancient volcano. It was César Manrique who suggested building houses following the curves of the rocks, which he did in his house.
The LagOmar house is set into the hillside. It features different levels opening onto magnificent views. Already from the parking lot, you can enjoy the view of the village of Nazaret and the volcanoes in the background. But once inside, you’ll see more.
LagOmar swimming pool
As you enter, you discover the central area around a swimming pool.
This is the lower level of the house, where you can best see the quarry walls and the integration of rooms and staircases.
In Lanzarote, they’re really good at creating an inviting pool where we’re not allowed to swim… (we’re thinking of the other one at Jameos del Agua). It’s so frustrating!
This lower level features a magnificent round tunnel that leads into the labyrinth. You can go straight ahead or turn and explore different sections of the house.
Don’t worry, it’s not too big – you’ll always find your way back.
See the quarry wall in the photo below. The set on the left side with the shite wall is a bar. Every corner and room is used and integrated into the architecture.
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Tunnels and caves
You can then explore the garden and outdoor area, with its white walls, tunnels, paths, caves and staircases…
It’s great fun for adults and children alike.
The developer had the Arab stories of the 1,000 Nights in mind when building this house, and it really does feel like you’re exploring a magical world.
Some of the caves in the quarry wall have been transformed into gathering areas with benches and superb views.
We love this view of LagOmar Lanzarote, with the white walls, quarry stones and plants added to create a whimsical oasis.
You can also find strange architectural elements, with round or geometric shapes.
Some are very special indeed. And it’s great to explore, to go down a staircase and discover another imaginative zone. It really transports you into a world of fantasy.
Even the stairs are perfectly integrated, following the curves of the rocks and using the same rock for each step. They look so welcoming, you wonder what you’ll find at the top!
Omar Sharif’s house
You can then enter the inner part of the property, which includes a kitchen, living room, bedroom and bathroom.
This space has been converted into a small museum on Omar Sharif, with information on his life and work.
Legend has it that Sam Benady, the developer, wanted the property back and challenged Omar Sharif to a game of bridge, during which the actor gave the house in play to Sam, who was European bridge champion.
So Omar never really lived in this house.
The interior of the house was the least fascinating for us. We quickly turned back to explore more of the exterior and admire the integration of the white walls with the rocks.
LagOmar Restaurant and Bar
Within the museum, you’ll find restaurants and bars in various sections.
They serve an à la carte menu and tapas specializing in Mediterranean cuisine.
The restaurant is open from midday to 11.30pm
The bar is open from 6:30 pm to late with musical events.
They also have a guest house that can be rented for a whole week – to find out more, click here.
Video – virtual visit
Let’s start with a short video that shows you what it’s like to explore LagOmar Lanzarote’s tunnels, corridors, staircases and rooms. A fun-filled excursion!