Saturday, March 2, 2013

Cueva de los Verdes, Lanzarote

Have you ever visited a lava tube? I hadn't, but thought it sounded really cool,
so Cueva de los Verdes was a must see for me while in Lanzarote! 


 This cave is part of a lava tube created about 5000 years ago from the eruptions of the volcano Monte Corona. I have realized on these trips to Tenerife and Lanzarote that I know very little about volcanoes and I think it's incredible how this long tunnel was created by more liquid lava running under more solid lava.
It is amazing to be able to enter such a truly beautiful place. 

  

The whole tube/tunnel is about 6 km. long from the volcano to the coast, and it goes on under water for another 1,5 km. In the 1960's 2 km. of the cave were illuminated and opened to tourists. 


The cave was used by the locals for protection against pirates  and legends say the locals stayed 
in there for a good two months while the pirates were raving around the island.


There is a concert hall in the cave, offering classical music concerts a couple times per year. 
I can only imagine how special it must be to hear a concert in there. 


The last stop on the guided tour is this incredible opening with the most perfect structures.  
It's almost as if it is a mirror. Incredible isn't it?


There is a great optical illusion somewhere in the cave, and I have thought a lot about whether revealing it or not. Lets just say that there is a big surprise in there somewhere, and it gives the visit a little extra.

8 comments:

  1. Only the Spanish would think to put a concert hall in a cave. And that's what makes them great!

    I've been in a cave too...but it was smaller and kinda claustrophobic.

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    1. Haha, it's quite cool use of the space! This cave was quite wide and open I would say, although some places you needed to watch your head.

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  2. I can clearly imagine concerts being held in there...pure awesomeness.

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  3. Another place added to the list ;)

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  4. This is a great "hike" to try when you're on Lanzarote: http://www.spain-holiday.com/Lanzarote/articles/five-great-lanzarote-hikes

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    1. I imagine hiking must be great in Lanzarote. Such a beautiful island.

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