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The village of Tiagua and the Agricultural Museum El Patio in Lanzarote

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Tiagua is a small farming village in the center of the island of Lanzarote; The village has about 300 inhabitants and is part of the municipality of Teguise. He is best known for its agricultural museum, the Museo Agrícola El Patio, which occupies the buildings of what was once the largest agricultural area of the island in the early twentieth century.

SituationSituation

The village of Tiagua in Lanzarote. La Montaña del Clérigo Duarte. Click to enlarge the image in Fotolia (new tab).Tiagua is located 5 km north of the Monumento al Campesino Lanzaroteño (Monument to the Peasant Lanzarote), which symbolically marks the geographical center of the island at the crossroads of LZ-30 and LZ-20 roads.

LZ-20 road first crosses the wine village of Mozaga, before reaching Tiagua. Continuing on the LZ-20 road, we reached the town of Tinajo, 4.5 km and the coastal village of La Santa, 9 km; leaving the LZ-20 highway in Tiagua, you can continue to the fishing village of La Caleta de Famara, 11 km. Teguise, the capital of the municipality which includes Tiagua, lies on the other side of the desert plain of El Jable, 12 km to the east by the LZ-20 highway and then the LZ-30 highway.

The village of Tiagua is at the foot of the volcano named Montaña del Clérigo Duarte (ecclesiastical Mountain Duarte) is the appearance of the volcano which marked the beginning of the last important phase of volcanism in Lanzarote, July 31, 1824.

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Ethnographic MuseumThe Agricultural Museum El Patio (Museo Agrícola El Patio)
The village of Tiagua in Lanzarote. Entrance of Agricultural Museum El Patio. Click to enlarge the image.The village of Tiagua in Lanzarote. Map of Agricultural Museum. Click to enlarge the image.The Museo Agrícola El Patio is located in a finca (farm field) created about 1845 to cultivate the land fertilized by volcanic eruptions from 1824.

This finca, named Villa Agrícola El Patio, was a small village - as were the “villae” under the Roman Empire - with two windmills, a bread oven, cistern, winery, fields and vineyards , a stable, a backyard, a mansion and living quarters for the foreman and laborers, and a chapel.

The village of Tiagua in Lanzarote. Stable dromedary. Click to enlarge the image in Fotolia (new tab).In half a century the Villa El Patio became the largest and most productive agricultural area of the island, employing 25 laborers and 20 camels; the finca was operated until about 1949. In 1975 the estate was bought by the family Barreto; for 20 years, Dr. Barreto Feo spent much time to rehabilitate buildings and collect on the island of representative objects of rural life in Lanzarote. In 1996, his son, José María and Germán, opened to the public the finca become agricultural museum, but where agriculture and wine production continues.

The village of Tiagua in Lanzarote. the flower garden. Click to enlarge the image.The village of Tiagua in Lanzarote. male and female grinder mill. Click to enlarge the image.The Museo Agrícola El Patio is an ethnographic museum that offers a glimpse of rural architecture and furniture of the late nineteenth century and early twentieth century, agricultural practices of the past and the traditional culture of the island of Lanzarote.

The original buildings have been added to a building housing the collections and a cactus garden.

In its action, the private agricultural museum El Patio - which receives no subsidies - deserved awards, including a tourism award given by the Cabildo Insular de Lanzarote.

FarmLa villa agrícola El Patio
The village of Tiagua in Lanzarote. Magnolia. Click to enlarge the image.The buildings of agriculture El Patio is set around a large courtyard; to the left is the master’s house; in front of the entrance, operating and housing foreman buildings; right, the small wooden chapel, under the patronage of St. Joseph the Worker (San José Obrero).
The village of Tiagua in Lanzarote. Court of agricultural villa. Click to enlarge the image in Fotolia (new tab).The village of Tiagua in Lanzarote. Court. Click to enlarge the image.The village of Tiagua in Lanzarote. Chapel of agricultural villa. Click to enlarge the image.
ManorThe house of the Masters
The village of Tiagua in Lanzarote. Perron agricultural villa. Click to enlarge the image.The manor house - which belonged to the Count of La Quinta - has been preserved as it was in the early twentieth century; you can visit the rooms of the house, including the living room, bedrooms and kitchen.

The village of Tiagua in Lanzarote. Perron agricultural villa. Click to enlarge the image.

CottageThe housing of the foreman
The village of Tiagua in Lanzarote. Dining room. Click to enlarge the image.The village of Tiagua in Lanzarote. Bedroom. Click to enlarge the image.The housing foreman was reconstituted as it was in the early twentieth century; you can see the dining room, which also served as living room and bedroom - very austere - with a bed mattress made of strings, and a chamber pot. The foreman of the field lived there until 1949.
BakeryThe bread
The village of Tiagua in Lanzarote. bread oven and barbecue. Click to enlarge the image.The area El Patio has two windmills well restored: a male mill (molino), masonry mill with a tiled roof, and a female mill (molina) mill with a wooden exterior mechanism. The grilled corn was milled there to produce gofio. There are also two animal-powered mills (tahona) and an exhibition of hand mills. A furnace allowed to bake bread.
The village of Tiagua in Lanzarote. male Moulin dela agricultural villa. Click to enlarge the image in Fotolia (new tab).The village of Tiagua in Lanzarote. female Moulin. Click to enlarge the image in Fotolia (new tab).The village of Tiagua in Lanzarote. the attic. Click to enlarge the image.
The village of Tiagua in Lanzarote. Mill Animal (tahona). Click to enlarge the image.The village of Tiagua in Lanzarote. Animal Moulin. Click to enlarge the image.The village of Tiagua in Lanzarote. Millstone. Click to enlarge the image.
ViticultureWine
The estate vineyards El Patio annually produce about 40,000 liters of wine.
The village of Tiagua in Lanzarote. Muret stones. Click to enlarge the image.The village of Tiagua in Lanzarote. Canary Pressoir. Click to enlarge the image.The village of Tiagua in Lanzarote. Cuvage. Click to enlarge the image.
Cheese factoryCheese
Domain El Patio student a flock of goats that allows it to produce cheese. The farm also has chickens and ducks roam freely around the farm, which form a background noise with their songs. A dromedary recalls the role played by this animal in farm work.
The village of Tiagua in Lanzarote. Pool and farm chickens. Click to enlarge the image.The village of Tiagua in Lanzarote. Stable. Click to enlarge the image.The village of Tiagua in Lanzarote. Stable dromedary. Click to enlarge the image in Fotolia (new tab).
AgricultureCultures
The village of Tiagua in Lanzarote. The vegetable garden and vineyards. Click to enlarge the image in Fotolia (new tab).For decades the finca El Patio practiced the cultivation of tobacco, which was an important economic activity in the north of the island of Lanzarote; Today the area specializes in onions, squash and watermelons, on a smaller scale. Its vines allow him to produce his own wine.
The village of Tiagua in Lanzarote. Squash Blossom Musk (Cucurbita moschata). Click to enlarge the image in Fotolia (new tab).The village of Tiagua in Lanzarote. Butternut squash (Cucurbita moschata). Click to enlarge the image in Fotolia (new tab).The village of Tiagua in Lanzarote. Specimens of butternut squash. Click to enlarge the image in Fotolia (new tab).
Cactus GardenThe cactus garden and other succulents
Cacti
The village of Tiagua in Lanzarote. Cylindropuntia tunicata. Click to enlarge the image in Fotolia (new tab).The village of Tiagua in Lanzarote. Cylindropuntia tunicata. Click to enlarge the image in Fotolia (new tab).The village of Tiagua in Lanzarote. Oreocereus pseudofossulatus. Click to enlarge the image in Fotolia (new tab).
The village of Tiagua in Lanzarote. Mammilaria compressa. Click to enlarge the image in Fotolia (new tab).The village of Tiagua in Lanzarote. Myrtillocactus geometrizans. Click to enlarge the image in Fotolia (new tab).The village of Tiagua in Lanzarote. Austrocylindropuntia subulata. Click to enlarge the image in Fotolia (new tab).
The village of Tiagua in Lanzarote. Pachycereus pecten-aboriginum. Click to enlarge the image in Fotolia (new tab).The village of Tiagua in Lanzarote. browningia hertlingiana. Click to enlarge the image in Fotolia (new tab).The village of Tiagua in Lanzarote. Echinopsis spachiana. Click to enlarge the image in Fotolia (new tab).
The village of Tiagua in Lanzarote. stepmother Cushion (Echinocactus grusonii). Click to enlarge the image in Fotolia (new tab).The village of Tiagua in Lanzarote. Ferocactus Echidne?. Click to enlarge the image in Fotolia (new tab).The village of Tiagua in Lanzarote. Mammillaria spinosissima. Click to enlarge the image.
The village of Tiagua in Lanzarote. Cephalocereus senilis. Click to enlarge the image in Fotolia (new tab).The village of Tiagua in Lanzarote. Pachycereus pecten-aboriginum. Click to enlarge the image in Fotolia (new tab).The village of Tiagua in Lanzarote. Carnegiea gigantea. Click to enlarge the image in Fotolia (new tab).
Euphorbia
The village of Tiagua in Lanzarote. swan neck Agaves (Agave attenuata). Click to enlarge the image in Fotolia (new tab).The village of Tiagua in Lanzarote. swan neck Agaves or foxtail agave (Agave attenuata). Click to enlarge the image in Fotolia (new tab).The village of Tiagua in Lanzarote. swan neck Agave (Agave attenuata). Click to enlarge the image.
The village of Tiagua in Lanzarote. balsamifère Spurge (Euphorbia balsamifera). Click to enlarge the image.The village of Tiagua in Lanzarote. balsamifère Spurge (Euphorbia balsamifera). Click to enlarge the image in Fotolia (new tab).The village of Tiagua in Lanzarote. Euphorbia. Click to enlarge the image in Fotolia (new tab).
The village of Tiagua in Lanzarote. Euphorbia aggregata. Click to enlarge the image in Fotolia (new tab).The village of Tiagua in Lanzarote. candelabra spurge (Euphorbia candelabrum). Click to enlarge the image in Fotolia (new tab).The village of Tiagua in Lanzarote. leafless spurge (Euphorbia aphylla). Click to enlarge the image in Fotolia (new tab).
Other succulents
The village of Tiagua in Lanzarote. Haworthia herbacea. Click to enlarge the image in Fotolia (new tab).The village of Tiagua in Lanzarote. Yuccas. Click to enlarge the image in Fotolia (new tab).
The village of Tiagua in Lanzarote. Malephora crocea. Click to enlarge the image in Fotolia (new tab).The village of Tiagua in Lanzarote. Malephora crocea. Click to enlarge the image in Fotolia (new tab).The village of Tiagua in Lanzarote. Malephora crocea. Click to enlarge the image.
The exhibition building
The village of Tiagua in Lanzarote. Museum. Click to enlarge the image.The village of Tiagua in Lanzarote. Museum. Click to enlarge the image.A large exhibition building was built to house the rich collection of agricultural and household utensils of country life in the early twentieth century.

You can see harnesses, yokes, saddles for dromedaries, plows, bushels, trays for cheese making, pottery, tools for harvesting and preparation of tobacco, a basketry workshop and a workshop carpentry.

Many original photographs illustrate the agricultural old life on Lanzarote.

The village of Tiagua in Lanzarote. Collection of agricultural implements. Click to enlarge the image.The village of Tiagua in Lanzarote. Carpentry workshop. Click to enlarge the image.The village of Tiagua in Lanzarote. basketry workshop. Click to enlarge the image.
The village of Tiagua in Lanzarote. loom. Click to enlarge the image.On the mezzanine in particular we see a loom.

The village of Tiagua in Lanzarote. loom. Click to enlarge the image.

The village of Tiagua in Lanzarote. Hispanic pottery. Click to enlarge the image.The village of Tiagua in Lanzarote. Pottery. Click to enlarge the image.Pottery has always been one of the most established and most traditional activities in rural areas of Lanzarote. The craft of pottery has been passed from generation to generation and its roots in pre-Hispanic times.
The tavern and the bodega
The village of Tiagua in Lanzarote. Bougainvillea above the tavern. Click to enlarge the image in Fotolia (new tab).The village of Tiagua in Lanzarote. Bougainvillea above the tavern. Click to enlarge the image.The visit of the Agricultural Museum El Patio can end the old Canarian tavern - shaded by a beautiful bougainvillea - where, formerly, the farmers of the island and guests of the owners took a break for a drink of wine or restore with the products of the earth. You can taste the wine of the bodega El Patio and goat cheese produced by the finca.

One can also taste the wines in the bodega that offers a choice of malvoisies and muscat.

In the museum shop you can buy local products.

The village of Tiagua in Lanzarote. The shop. Click to enlarge the image.The village of Tiagua in Lanzarote. The old shop. Click to enlarge the image.The village of Tiagua in Lanzarote. The old shop. Click to enlarge the image.
ChapelThe Chapel of Our Lady of Perpetual Help (Ermita de Nuestra Señora del Perpetuo Socorro)
The village of Tiagua in Lanzarote. The Chapel of Our Lady of Perpetual Help (author Charly-G). Click to enlarge the image in Panoramio (new tab).In the village center of Tiagua, at the crossroads of the LZ-401 road and Calle Echeyde that leads to El Patio, you can see a very simple chapel, dating from the eighteenth century, the Ermita de la Virgen del Perpetuo Socorro. Plus, on the left of the road, passing another type wind mill molino.

Practical informationPractical information

Visiting hoursVisiting hours
The village of Tiagua in Lanzarote. Prospectus agricultural museum. Click to enlarge the image.The village of Tiagua in Lanzarote. Access to Agricultural Museum Plan. Click to enlarge the image.Visit the Agricultural Museum El Patio :

Address: Calle Echeyde, 18. At the end of the village, on the LZ-401 road towards Sóo, turn right at the crossroads: the museum is 300 meters.

Hours: Monday to Friday, from 10 am to 17: 30 pm; up to 14 h 30 on Saturday; close on Sunday.

Admission: € 6 for nonresident adults; € 3 for children.

Phone: 00 34 928 529 134

Site on the Web: www.museoelpatio.com

BusBus lines
The village of Tiagua is served by the bus line No. 16 which connects Arrecife to the village of La Santa, as well as line No. 20 which connects Arrecife to La Caleta de Famara.

Hours at: www.arrecifebus.com

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