On a hill in the town of San Bartolomé, a window into history and out over the island
How the mighty once lived in Lanzarote
The town of San Bartolomé is worth visiting in part because it's home to this 19th-century upper-class manse. The Casa de la Guerra was built by local military commander Francisco Guerra Clavijo y Perdomo, on a hilltop overlooking the port of Arrecife as well as Mina and Guaticea mountains. It's a typical traditional Canarian affair of whitewashed adobe, with a red-tile roof, central courtyard, outdoor breezeway, basement with a cistern, and various period-furnished rooms open to visitors and also containing panels describing the history of the town. Open Tuesday through Sunday 10 am to 5 pm.