One of our most spectacular visits on the island of Lanzarote brought us to the Cueva de los Verdes, the lava caves in Lanzarote’s north.
A vast volcanic landscape spreads out over the Malpaís de La Corona National Park in the Haría municipality. This is where the Cueva de los Verdes caves are.
These lava caves on Lanzarote were created when the Volcán de la Corona erupted 5000 years ago. A tunnel of more than 6 km in length was formed that leads from the volcanic cone down to the ocean. The 40 m high caves are in there. During the times when pirates frequented Lanzarote on their raids, the caves became an important shelter for a few thousand locals.
Today, about 2 km of the lava caves on Lanzarote are open for visitors. Galleries with vertical connections to each other allow visitors to discover different spaces in the caves. The different shades of red that are created by oxidising basaltic rock are particularly pretty. A 45 minute guided tour leads through narrow and small passages. A brief stop in the auditorium of the caves that is also used for concerts and the demonstration of a fascinating effect (no spoilers!) mark the end of the visit.
At the time of our visit tours were offered in Spanish and English. And, to my strong dislike, were quite hasty. Our guide started his elaborations at many spots way before the majority of the group had reached him. What we did hear of his explanations was very interesting and detailed. Visitors are not allowed to enter the caves by themselves!
Las Palmas, Spanien
daily between 10:00 and 17:00
Children 7 – 12 years: 4,75€
Combi tickets for visits to other attractions are available and are cheaper than single tickets!