LOS JAMEOS DEL AGUA

The Jameos del Agua is to the north of Lanzarote, on the road from Arrecife to Orzola, just North of Arrieta.

 

los jameos del aguaThe Jameos del Agua — like the Cueva de los Verdes — are part of a 6Km long lava tube that formed about 3,000 years ago when the Montaña La Corona erupted. Molten lava continued to flow as the surface hardened, which in turn led to the formation of the tubes, which run down under the Atlantic.

 

The word Jameo is used in this context to refer to the large openings in the tube which formed when parts of the roof collapsed, due to a pressure build up caused by the volcanic gases. It is these open-air caves which Manrique used as the centrepiece for the attraction and which have given it a name.

 

You enter the Jameos by climbing down a stone-staircase into the first cave known as ‘Jameo Chico’, which has been turned into an unusual bar / restaurant, with views over a small lake.

 

This natural lake has extremely clear water — regulated by the Atlantic Ocean — and is home to a species of blind albino crabs known as ‘Jameitos’, which are only found on Lanzarote. These crabs have been adopted as the symbol of the Jameos del Agua.

 

jameos del aguaCrossing the lake, by a narrow footpath, we find ourselves in the ‘Jameo Grande’.

 

Although you have probably seen this picture before on a myriad of postcards, nothing is quite like walking out of the dark tunnel to be faced, suddenly with a huge open-air cave lined with tropical plants and the most fantastic swimming-pool you may ever see.

 

This crystal-clear, turquoise pool is truly paradise, even if you can’t actually use it, as swimming is forbidden.

 

From the far end of the ‘Jameo Grande’ you can access the auditorium, which has been constructed in part of the volcanic tube running down to the Ocean. The auditorium has unbelievable acoustics and has been the setting for some memorable concerts.

 

As well as the bar / restaurant in the ‘Jameo Chico’ there is a second cafe next to the Casa de los Volcanes; which enjoys great views over the Swimming Pool area and out to the Atlantic Ocean nearby.

  

Jameos del Agua open daily from 10.00 to 18.30 hrs (reduced hours in winter).

Restaurant: on Tuesday, Friday and Saturday from 19.30 to 23.30 hrs.

1st Bar: daily from 10.00 to 18.30 h.

2nd Bar: Tuesday, Friday and Saturday from 19.00 to 02.00 hrs (dress code after 19.30 h)

Price: 8€