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Lag O Mar - you have to go!


One of Lanzarote´s leading restaurants was actually built for the Hollywood star Omar Sharif back in the 70s. The leading actor of the box-office hit Dr Zhivago, was fascinated by tLanzarote and decided to build a home on Lanzarote, which today is a restaurant and museum due to some curious circumstances.

Situated near the top of Oasis de Nazaret, and built within volcanic rock, lays the restaurant of Lagomar. A unique restaurant with impressive surroundings including caves, grottoes, a pool, and secret passages.

The grounds in which the restaurant is set was formally the location of the property of Omar Sharif with the restaurant having been constructed in the garden area.

Jesus Soto had built his own house based on an idea from another famous architect from the island, Cesar Manrique. The unique style and technique used in Cesar Manriques art is ever so present in Lagomar and is therefore many times misleading as actually it was Jesus Soto that had designed the house using Manriques concepts and thinking

Unfortunately Omar Sharif never got to enjoy his wonderful house for very long period. While filming on the island, Omar Sharif being an extremely good Bridge player, challenged a man to a very high stakes game. He added his house to the bet and lost Lag O Mar during the game. After losing his house Omar Sharif never returned to Lanzarote!

Lagomar Today

One can enjoy the beauty of this location by visiting either the restaurant (It has many head Chefs over the years, so the quality of the food is varied) bar or museum located on the premises. The restaurant overlooks wonderful views of the rock gardens and the caves located within the volcanic rock. It is one of the most exclusive restaurants on the island and serves a variety of Mediterranean dishes. T

The bar is called La Cueva and is, as the name suggests, it is set in a cave with many small and cozy passageways. Here one can enjoy drinks in a unique ambience while listening to some electric tunes.

At times there are also organised concerts set in the bar with different musicians and artists performing.

From Villa Antonio it is a 10 minute uphill walk to Lag O Mar - much easier on the way back!

For opening times etc - Lag O Mar has a new website which can be found at http://www.lag-o-mar.com/museum/

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