“Cueva de los Verdes” is located in the north of the island of Lanzarote, in the municipality of Haria, and integrated into the vast volcanic landscape of the Natural Monument of “Malpaís de La Corona”. And it is the result of the eruptive activity of the volcano of the Crown (Volcán de la corona), which, according to the geologists, it’s 3000 or 5000 years ago, approximately, which created an extensive underground volcanic tunnel over six kilometers long that reaches the sea. In the tunnel are the “Cave of the Greens” and the “Jameos del Agua”. Given its unique aesthetic, geological and historical values, it was necessary to create the Center for Art, Culture and Tourism “Cueva de los Verdes” to promote tourism. This ambitious project was led by the Lanzarote artist Jesus Soto, who was in charge of lighting and created the inner journey.
The center was opened in February 1964, enhancing the attraction of the island. It has a secret, and if you’ve been there, you know it, but don’t share so it can be a surprise for other visitors. It plays with the eco, light and the greatness of this volcanic tunnel.
The visit to the Cueva de los Verdes shows a kilometer of superimposed galleries and some spaces that grow to up to three levels. The tunnel is about 50 meters in height and about 15 meters wide, approximately.
Part of what can be seen in this unusual underground landscape are the peculiar formations, lava channels, solid blocks dragged by the current, salt deposits and layers of solidified lava. In the cave there is a unique range of colors, including the vaults and walls, with reddish due to the oxidation of iron and ocher color with reflections of light on the salt produced by water filtration. Ypu can’t miss the chance to visit this amazing tunnel that has a temperature less than 20 degrees which is maintained by the currents of air and natural ventilation.