Jose Saramago House Museum (A Casa José Saramago)
Lanzarote is compact, and it's easy to visit the Jose Saramago House Museum from any point on the island. Learn more by taking a tour, offered in Spanish, Portuguese, French, English, and German. In addition to wandering through the house, gardens, and library, Saramago fans should pop into the museum's shop, which carries his books in many languages and offers artistic and creative gifts.
Things to Know Before You Go
The Jose Saramago House Museum is a must for literature buffs.
José Saramago hand-planted the simple, timeless garden; bring a hat or sunscreen if visiting in summer.
Children under 16 enter free of charge.
A cup of Portugeuse coffee is included in the ticket price.
The museum is wheelchair accessible, with a paved route through the garden and an adapted bathroom.
How to Get There
A Casa José Saramago sits in the heart of Tias, a historic town in southeastern Lanzarote, about seven miles (11 kilometers) south of Arrecife. To take public transport from the Arrecife bus station, board bus Nos. 5, 19, and 60 that run to Tias Centro, less than a 5-minute walk from Saramago’s home. For ease, consider driving or arriving as part of a guided tour with transport.
When to Get There
The Jose Saramago House Museum is open Monday to Saturday, from midmorning until after lunch. In summer, visit earlier in the day to walk the garden before it gets too hot. The museum is rarely busy, but it's at its quietest on weekdays.
Who Was José Saramago?
Born into poverty in Lisbon, Portugal, the novelist, poet, and essayist José Saramago (1922–2010) was a lifelong Communist. He moved to Lanzarote after the Catholic church objected to a satirical novel he wrote, portraying Jesus as an innocent caught in conflict between God and Satan. His best-known works include Blindness and The History of the Siege of Lisbon.
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