The Cueva de los verdes is a volcanic structure located in the municipality of Haría, north of the island of Lanzarote, (Canary Islands, Spain). It is part of the volcanic tube originated by the eruption of the volcano of La Corona.

Cueva de los Verdes - Lanzarote
Cueva de los Verdes – Lanzarote

Geological formation

Cueva de los Verdes - Lanzarote
Cueva de los Verdes – Lanzarote

The tube was formed about 5000 years ago (eruption before Timanfaya), when the very fluid lavas descended below more compact lavas, creating a large elongated cavity.
Cueva de los Verdes - Lanzarote
Cueva de los Verdes – Lanzarote

The tube has a total length of seven kilometers from the Corona volcano to the coast, prefacing its route under the sea in the tunnel known as Atlantis for 1500 meters, being so because the sea level (during the last glaciation) It was 80 meters below the current level, being considered the longest lava tunnel in the world. In the part closest to the coast of said volcanic tube are the Jameos del Agua.
Cueva de los Verdes - Lanzarote
Cueva de los Verdes – Lanzarote

The cave was used by the local population to take refuge from the attacks of Berber corsairs that periodically ravaged the island, receiving the name Cueva de los Verdes, because the Verdes family was the owner of the land where the cave is located.

Architectural intervention

Cueva de los Verdes - Lanzarote
Cueva de los Verdes – Lanzarote

In 1964 lighting interventions were carried out inside the grotto so that it could be visited. Since then it is part of the network of Art, Culture and Tourism Centers belonging to the Cabildo de Lanzarote. Inside it has an auditorium and corners known as the Aesthetics room, the throat of death or the Moorish door. You can also find stafilites and the lines that indicate lava levels.
In the cave is also located the main core of the geodynamic station of Lanzarote.

Protection

Cueva de los Verdes - Lanzarote
Cueva de los Verdes – Lanzarote

The cave is located inside the Natural Monument of La Corona.

See also

La Corona volcanic tube.

La Corona Natural Monument

Features

Coordinates: 29 ° 09’39 N 13 ° 26’19 O (map)
Article and images obtained from Wikipedia

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