If you come from the airport in a stressed state, you will be immediately enchanted by the view of the valley of a thousand palm trees and the snow-white village of Haria. In the middle of this village hides the island-typical house "Arte de Obra" by Bettina Bork. As a master builder and student of the famous Canarian artist and visionary Cesar Manrique, she has created a place that, in a reserved manner, brings visitors closer to the secret of the island of Lanzarote.
A special highlight is the service with always up-to-date information on culture - tradition - social aspects - Geopark Lanzarote - Biosphere Reserve Lanzarote ... and much more that the founder of the center "Arte de Obra" offers. In a very charming way, she likes to share her island knowledge and invites you to thematic excursions about architecture, water and the manicured way of seeing. In addition, courses, excursions are organized and sometimes a Canarian meal from Santiago is cooked before our eyes. There is a nice atmosphere.
Bettina Bork has been living on the island for 30 years. When she bought the house, it was in ailing condition. Step by step and with great attention to detail and respect, she has transformed the house into the beautiful "Arte de Obra". Since 2004 she has been renting three apartments and the central building with three rooms to her guests and customers. The influences of the artist Manriques can always be felt in the design of the rooms, such as the showers and perforated plant openings.
From the central, light-flooded courtyard there are three simple, white-colored rooms that, together with a shared kitchen and either a private or shared bathroom, offer relaxing accommodation for active island explorers. In addition, there are three more spacious studio apartments with their own kitchens, which encourage guests to stay longer and be creative, such as painting or writing. The WiFi provided throughout the house also makes a work vacation possible. All guests have access to another bathroom, shared kitchen, courtyard and garden. Two of the apartments are located a bit further on the outskirts of the village and are designed like a typical, small holiday home with a separate entrance. A small, sheltered courtyard with an attached bathroom and a small terrace with sea views also invite you to relax with a glass of red wine. The location is quiet, away from the main street.
All accommodations are just a few minutes' walk from the town center and the nearest beach in Arrieta can be reached by car in just ten minutes. We particularly recommend the weekly farmers' market on the main square of the village and the small market hall, where guests can stock up on wonderfully fresh, yet inexpensive organic products.
However, Bettina Bork has not only continued Manrique's architectural stance, but, like her role model, is passionately fighting for the preservation of the island.
ArchitectureThe island son Cesar Manrique, who died in 1992, has fought against building speculators throughout his life and campaigned for gentle, nature-friendly tourism. It is thanks to him that Lanzarote was largely saved from building sins. Bettina Bork continues Manrique's life's work through various projects with students and passes on her knowledge in lectures. In her accommodations, she tries to reflect on traditions and use local building materials whenever possible. This includes the custom of painting windows and doors with the remains of green ship paint, as well as the floors, which were cut from thick lava rock chunks. Many pieces of furniture are collected and found pieces that have been restored and lovingly arranged.
It is extremely important to Bettina Bork that the local people also benefit from her tourism offer. It sees itself as a kind of central office that communicates its guests to locals as needed. That is why it only offers living and sleeping spaces in the "Arte de Obra" guests should eat their meals in the village. Yoga and pottery courses as well as excursions are also carried out by villagers. The income from the accommodation is partly used for projects and campaigns with students or in projects for sustainable tourism.
EnvironmentIn Lanzarote, large areas have been declared nature reserves and world heritage sites by UNESCO. Bettina Bork is committed to sustainable tourism, organizes lectures on environmental issues and tries to protect the biosphere reserve against speculators. The shower water in your system is heated in an environmentally friendly way by a solar heating system. All accommodations are of course equipped with energy-saving lamps. The garbage is separated; Biowaste is fed to the animals of neighboring farmers. Water is a precious and scarce resource in Lanzarote, because seawater has to be desalinated in an energy-intensive manner. In the "Arte de Obra" holiday complex, everything is done to save water, for example by using mixer taps. To ensure that the water also has the necessary quality for cooking, a filter system for the additional cleaning of the water has been installed in the accommodations. The water pressure corresponds to European standards.
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The airport or port in Arrecife is approximately 30 km from Arte de Obra. There is a bus connection to Haría. You will receive the exact route description when booking.
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