Welcome to Mirador del Río
About 2km north of Yé, the Spanish armed forces set up gun batteries at the end of the 19th century at a strategic site overlooking El Río, the strait separating Lanzarote from Isla Graciosa. Spain had gone to war with the US over control of Cuba, and you couldn’t be too careful! In 1973 the ubiquitous César Manrique left his mark, converting the gun emplacement into a spectacular bug-eyed lookout point.
Mirador del Río has a good bar and souvenir shop. There are vertiginous views of the sweeping lava flows – frozen in time – that fall to the ocean, and of Isla Graciosa and the surrounding volcanic islets.