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Cueva de los Verdes

Descend into one of the world's most stunning natural wonders, an underground causeway formed by the erosion of ancient lava flows. 

Step into an underground wonderland as you explore Cueva de los Verdes. This series of caves stretches across Lanzarote's protected volcanic plains, Monumento Natural del Malpais de La Corona. Explore within to see dramatically lit chambers, strange rock formations and reflective underground pools. 

Cueva de Los Verdes is a lava tube, a geological formation created by the lava flows from Monte Corona. As the molten rock oozed across the Malpais (Badlands) 3 millennia ago, the surface cooled and solidified, leaving huge caverns beneath. These caverns are locally known as “jameos.”

Access the caves through one such jameo, which serves as the main visitor entrance. Tours leave often and take visitors 1.2 miles (2 kilometers) through the cave system, which actually extends 3.6 miles (6 kilometers) to the sea. 

The lighting in the chambers was set up by a local artist, Jesus Soto, who is renowned for his work with light and shadows. Apart from the warm glow of spotlights, note the red hues of the rock surfaces. This results from the iron content of the cave's basalt walls. Marvel at other colors produced by light refracting off salt that seeped into the rock from the ocean. 

At the coastal end of the cave, the lava tube descends into the sea, creating an underwater section known as the “Tunnel of Atlantis.” Throughout the caves, look for small pools inhabited by albino crabs. These blind crustaceans are native to the area and serve as a symbol of the caves. 

Guided tours lasting about an hour are available in many languages. Be sure to ask your guide about the cave's early human history, when it was used by civilians to hide from marauding pirates or slave traders.

Find Cueva de Los Verdes in the northern Haria municipality of Lanzarote. Get there on a tour bus or by rented car and use available parking. The caves are open daily and several tours run throughout the day. An admission fee is charged. Be aware that some walkways within the caves are quite enclosed. 

Popular Activities at Los Verdes Cave

Make the most of your time spent at Los Verdes Cave. Here is a list of the most popular things to do:

Why not think about purchasing a Following in the Footsteps of Cesar Manrique Guided Tour? It's one of the most exciting activities on offer here.

If you're seeking even more activities, have a look at our Teguise things to do page.

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Apartamentos Casa Azul

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    3.0 out of 5.0 Stars

    Nestled on the beach, this Haria vacation home is within 2 mi (3 km) of Jameos del Agua Caves, Playa La Garita, and Los Verdes Cave. Cactus Garden and Las Cocinitas are also within 6 mi (10 km).

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    Haria, Canary Islands
       
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      Sargo in Punta Mujeres
      Sargo in Punta Mujeres

      Sargo in Punta Mujeres

      Haria, Canary Islands
         
        0.0 out of 5.0 Stars

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        Haria, Canary Islands
           
          0.0 out of 5.0 Stars

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          Duplex Near the Sea. Casa Maria. Lanzarote. Natural Pools
          Duplex Near the Sea. Casa Maria. Lanzarote. Natural Pools

          Duplex Near the Sea. Casa Maria. Lanzarote. Natural Pools

          Haria, Canary Islands
             
            0.0 out of 5.0 Stars

            Situated by the ocean, this vacation home is within 2 mi (3 km) of Jameos del Agua Caves, Los Verdes Cave, and Playa La Garita. Cactus Garden and La Caleta are also within 6 mi (10 km).

            Luxury Apartment Las Salinas
            Luxury Apartment Las Salinas

            Luxury Apartment Las Salinas

            Calle las Salinas 36, Haria, Lanzarote
               
              3.5 out of 5.0 Stars

              Situated by the sea, this apartment building is within 2 mi (3 km) of Jameos del Agua Caves, Los Verdes Cave, and Playa La Garita. Cactus Garden and Rio Lookout are also within 6 mi (10 km).

              Blue House La Cueva Apartment
              Blue House La Cueva Apartment

              Blue House La Cueva Apartment

              Haria, Canary Islands
                 
                0.0 out of 5.0 Stars

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                Blue House Apartment Jameos
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                Blue House Apartment Jameos

                Haria, Canary Islands
                   
                  0.0 out of 5.0 Stars

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