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The La Cueva de los Verdes are a major tourist attraction on the Canary Island of Lanzarote, located a 25-minute drive from the capital Arrecife in the northern municipality of Haria.
The caves and tunnels at La Cueva were formed between 4,000 and 5,000 years ago during the eruption of Corona Volcano and formed when new fast flowing lava flowed under an earlier more compact base of lava creating the caves and tunnels we see today.
This series of volcanic activity is not to be confused with the events that formed the National Park of Timanfaya centuries later in the 1730’s.
La Cueva de los Verdes cover a distance of six kilometres stretching from the cone of the volcano to under the sea where it forms that largest underwater lava tunnel in the world, one and a half kilometres long known as the “Tunnel of Atlantis”).
In 20 spots the roof of the tunnel collapsed, forming craters known locally as “Jameos” where you can access the various caves along the route. The most famous of the craters is called the "Jameos del Agua" named after an internal lake that is fed by the filtration of seawater through cracks in the lava.
In 1968 Lanzarote’s most influential artist and architect César Manrique designed and constructed a concert venue for 500 people that he called “the most beautiful nightclub in the world”. So impressed by the futuristic auditorium built into the lava, Hollywood actress Rita Hayworth proclaimed the “Jameos del Agua” to be the “eighth wonder of the world”.
The Caves are NOT Green!
The name La Cueva de los Verdes can often give off the wrong impression to a tourist visiting the site because it is not at all green as the name would suggest, but named after a local family called Los Verdes who used to work in the vicinity of the site.
During the 16th and 17th centuries, the caves and tunnels were the preferred hiding place of many of the islanders escaping pirate raiding parties and Barbary slave traders from North Africa.
Tours of the tunnels take place every 20 minutes and are accompanied by English speaking guides to explain the one-kilometre journey as you leave the sunshine behind while descending into a different world.
The one hour tour is suitable for both young and old and provides a great day out for family’s looking to entertain the children.
One word of advice, however, is to be sure and wear sensible shoes as there is a fair amount of walking to be done during your underground adventure.
Opening Times and Pricing
Prices: Adults, 9€; children, 7-12 years, 4.50€
Opening hours: Daily from 10:00 to 18:00
Last tour: 17:00 h
Opening hours in summer (until 30th September):10:00h - 19:00h
Last tour: 18:00 h
Estimated time of the visit: one hour
** During the summer season (July, August and September) we would recommend individual visits in the afternoon to avoid crowds.