Lanzarote culture has always revolved around making a living, a difficult endeavour considering the island’s lack of water and suitable soil, and the volcanic eruptions that disrupted life in centuries past. The region of La Geria, in almost the exact geographical center of Lanzarote, contains the Monument of the Rural Worker: a set of statues and houses dedicated to the hard-working residents of Lanzarote who have constantly had to rebound from hardship. The exhibit contains a replica of a typical agricultural worker’s house, complete with farming and cooking tools. The monument and house were designed by César Manrique, a local artist and cultural icon whose works inspired generations of Lanzarotiens.

Island handicrafts are another embodiment of Lanzarote’s culture of resilience. Ceramic sculptures and tools, decorative pottery, religious rosettes, oil-lamps, musical instruments, and embroidered textiles are all created and sold in local marketplaces. Perhaps most impressive is the “timple," a small stringed musical instrument similar to a ukulele, which is handcrafted in the municipality of Teguise. It is considerably more difficult for the people of Lanzarote to procure the resources for their craftwork, but through the years they have managed to keep the traditional arts and culture of their people alive.