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San Bartolomé is the geographical centre of the island of Lanzarote and an important agricultural region where vegetables grow in the sandy "jable" soil, unique to Lanzarote. The main crops that grow in the region are sweet potatoes, watermelons and squash.

San Bartolomé is one of the seven municipalities of Lanzarote and therefore has a town hall, ayuntamiento, headed by the local mayor. The main town, also called San Bartolomé, is of traditional Canarian style with buildings of interest that include the Casa Mayor Guerra, the 18th century home of former military Governor of Lanzarote.

Also close to the town hall itself is the Tanit Ethnic Museum, which contains a display of working and cultural life of Lanzarote over the past centuries.

On the outskirts of the town one will encounter the wonderful home of the late César Manrique. The beautiful building now houses a foundation, Fundacion Cesar Manrique, keeping alive the wonderful legacy of a truly brilliant artist.
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