Lan­zarote is one of the most amaz­ing islands of the Canary arch­i­pel­ago. What makes it inter­est­ing? Of course, this is the “island of vol­ca­noes”! It was even called “Moon on Earth”. Huge areas of hard­ened lava, large craters and oth­er evi­dence of the island’s vol­canic past make up its unique land­scape.

cueva de los verdes cave

Entry relat­ed to loca­tion: Spain

The cave of Cue­va de los Verdes tops the list of amaz­ing won­ders of the Canari­an nature. In addi­tion, it is one of the most exten­sive caves of vol­canic ori­gin in the world. Until 1970, it was con­sid­ered the longest vol­canic tun­nel. Imag­ine that such caves are formed almost instant­ly! Fiery rivers of lava flow­ing on the earth­’s sur­face dur­ing a vol­canic erup­tion grad­u­al­ly hard­en and form the crust. A chan­nel remains under this crust and this is called a lava tube. For some time, fiery liq­uid mag­ma is still flow­ing through this “pipe”. When the pipe becomes emp­ty and cools down, it turns into a sys­tem of vol­canic caves.

Cue­va de los Verdes appeared due to the erup­tion of the Monte Coro­na vol­cano about four thou­sand years ago, when giant lava flows tried to break through to the sea coast. So, this under­ground wind­ing gallery stretch­es for 6100 meters in a com­plete­ly bizarre form. Huge halls with 15-meter vaults flow into a nar­row wind­ing tun­nel. The upper vault is quite spa­cious, with a con­cert hall and ide­al nat­ur­al acoustics. The cave real­ly has very unusu­al acoustics due to the porous walls of the lava, which allows you to hear sounds devoid of res­o­nance. It hosts per­for­mances of acoustic con­certs with the par­tic­i­pa­tion of famous world stars.

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Anoth­er attrac­tion of the cave is locat­ed in the low­er part — the under­ground salt lake Jamios del Agua. The lit­er­al trans­la­tion of the name means “a lake in a col­lapsed cave.” The lake is fed by the salt water of the Atlantic Ocean. Among the inhab­i­tants of the lake, the blind albi­no crab is a rare crea­ture that lives in the deep bow­els of the earth.

Cue­va de los Verdes has been avail­able for tourist excur­sions since 1964. The cave is also open to tourists, but not com­plete­ly, but only about one or two kilo­me­ters of the total length. The air tem­per­a­ture in the cave is accept­able for vis­it­ing, and dur­ing the year it stays at a con­stant mark of 19 degrees Cel­sius.


But don’t think it will be a sim­ple walk! Trav­el­ing through a lava tube is a rather labo­ri­ous process. The wind­ing cor­ri­dors make trav­el­ers bend to get under the sta­lac­tites, and some­times they have to climb quite high rocky rapids. Part of the space of the cave cor­ri­dor is below zero sea lev­el, and the dif­fer­ence in the height of the cave is more than two hun­dred meters. With­out a doubt, this is one of the main attrac­tions of the Canary Islands.

It’s def­i­nite­ly worth the effort. You should def­i­nite­ly vis­it this place to see the fan­tas­tic pat­terns on the walls of the cave, to feel the mys­te­ri­ous atmos­phere, light­ing effects and the feel­ing of a myth­i­cal labyrinth — all this brings plea­sure not only to adven­ture fans, but also to those who make such a trip for the first time!

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