Lago Martiánez, also known as the Costa Martiánez Tourist Complex, is a leisure and entertainment park featuring 7 seawater swimming pools, a lake, and gardens, solaria, restaurants, and intriguing sculptures. Designed by Lanzarote artist César Manrique, the park has many unique artistic elements to explore when you’re not enjoying a refreshing dip in the cool pools.
By Maurizio Massaro
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Lago Martiánez | Flickr: Jose M. Rus CC BY-NC-ND 2.0
Enjoy Fresh Seawater PoolsIf your eyes get itchy from chlorine after swimming in pools then have no fear: the pools in Lago Martiánez draw their water directly from the Atlantic Ocean. They contain over 7 million gallons (27,000m3) of saltwater which is replaced completely every few days.
Lago Martiánez | Flickr: Jose Mesa CC BY 2.0
Explore the Huge FacilityThe Lago Martiánez complex is spread over 7 acres of land so if you want to see everything you should make sure you do it earlier in the day. It will take you several hours to explore the whole site, especially if you stop to enjoy the different pools and gardens.
Try the JacuzziFor an additional fee, you can enjoy the jacuzzi designed by César Manrique, letting the bubbles relax you in the only heated pool in the complex.
Test Your Luck in the CasinoThe pool complex boasts its own in-house casino, which offers poker, blackjack, and roulette to those who want to seek some thrills after enjoying a swim.
Frequently Asked Questions
Who was César Manrique?
César Manrique was born in Lanzarote in 1919 and went on to become an artist, architect, and environmental activist who changed the way the world saw the Canary Islands. In the Costa Martiánez complex located in Puerto de la Cruz, Tenerife, he created 13 works of art, including Geysir, a 50-meter high water fountain, as well as other sculptures and wind chimes. He worked on the project from 1970 onwards.Read more.
What are the dining options in the leisure complex?
There are plenty of places where you can grab a snack or a meal, as the entire complex contains six snack bars and kiosks, three bars and cafeterias, and three restaurants. The restaurants include Lago Restaurant, which serves a combination of Canarian and Spanish cuisine, San Telmo, which serves paella and barbequed food, and Alisios, which sells hamburgers and hotdogs.Read more.
Are there special areas for children and families?
There are three dedicated kids’ pools, so there’s lots of space for children of all ages to paddle or swim. The complex is popular with families as the pools offer a safe alternative to the open sea for families with small children.Read more.
What events take place in Lago Martiánez?
The Costa Martiánez complex regularly hosts concerts, festivals, and other events. Since 1973, it’s even hosted an annual Octoberfest, featuring Bavarian brass band music, beer, and other German traditions. To check what’s on during the time of your visit, check the event calendar available on the websites of tourist agencies in the Canary Islands.Read more.
In winter Lago Martiánez is open from 10 am to 6 pm, in summer it’s open from 10 am to 8 pm.
Basic tickets cost €5.50 for visitors aged over 10 and €2.50 for children aged 10 and under. Tickets including a meal are also available, possibly for a discounted price if you’re staying at a partner hotel.
Costa Martiánez Av. Cristóbal Colón, s/n. 38400 Puerto de la Cruz (Sta. Cruz de Tenerife)
How to get there:
The easiest way to reach Lago Martiánez is by taking bus numbers 381 or 382 to Plaza Reyes Catolicos, right next to the complex. If you are intending to drive, please be aware that there is no parking near the complex - the closest car park is at Parking El Muelle, which is a 20-minute walk away.
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