The mesmerizing Cueva de los Verdes is a natural wonder nestled in the volcanic landscape of Lanzarote, particularly in the Haria municipality. Named “Green Caves” for their enchanting hues, these underground caverns were sculpted a couple of millennia ago by the fiery forces of a volcanic eruption. It’s a world where ethereal beauty meets geological marvel, with intricate rock formations painting a surreal topography. So, as you wander through the labyrinthine passages, let the cave’s hidden secrets and whispered tales captivate your imagination and transport you to the very core of the island’s vibrant history.

The Tale Cueva de los Verdes

Over 3,000 to 5,000 years ago, the Earth trembled, volcanic ash dimmed the sky, and lava flowed like rivers of fire. This dramatic scene sets the stage for the birth of the “Tunnel of Atlantis,” one of the longest volcanic tunnels in the world. As the fiery lava from the Monte Corona volcano races towards the ocean, it begins to cool on the surface, creating a solid crust, while beneath it, the molten river continues to flow. This process carved out a hidden world of tunnels and caverns, among which Cueva de los Verdes is a section, waiting in silence for centuries.

While some parts of the extensive tunnel network are now among Lanzarote’s finest tourist offerings, way back in the 16th and 17th centuries, the caves served as the local inhabitants’ hideout from pirates, when the marauding buccaneers were as much a part of the ocean as the waves themselves. Their dark, winding passageways were a sanctuary for families huddled in the dark, winding passageways of the caves as sounds from the outside world echoed through.

Volcano cave Cueva de los Verdes in Lanzarote
Only the King of SVolcano cave Cueva de los Verdes in Lanzarote – @Tetyana Kochneva

Why Cave In?

Why should you cave in to the temptation of exploring Cueva de los Verdes during your Lanzarote visit? It’s simple: this place is an absolute Lanzarote destination, an adventure into the heart of nature’s artistry, wrapped in a shroud of history and mystery.

To Witness Otherworldly Beauty

The 1-kilometer volcanic tube, with its stunning rock formations and eerie lighting, transports you to another world. It’s an Instagrammer’s paradise, but even if you’re not there for the ‘gram, the place’s sheer beauty and otherworldly vibe are enough to make it unforgettable.

For the Acoustic Magic

Parts of this cave have been ingeniously turned into a concert hall, where its natural sound-enhancing properties elevate performances. It’s not every day you get to experience live music that’s literally been shaped by the Earth itself.

To Journey Through Time

Walking through these ancient tunnels, you’re tracing the path of lava flows from thousands of years ago and stepping into a hideaway once used by locals to escape pirate raids. It’s history you can touch, feel, and explore, adding layers of depth to the natural spectacle.

For the Surprise

The cave has a few tricks up its sleeve that I won’t spoil here, but trust me, they’re worth the anticipation. This combination of natural beauty, unique acoustic experiences, historical intrigue, and a touch of mystery makes Cueva de los Verdes a must-visit. It’s not just another item on your travel checklist; it’s an experience that will linger in your memory long after you’ve left the echoing chambers behind.

Cueva de los Verdes inside
Cueva de los Verdes, picturesque volcanic cave inside – © dziewul

Getting to Cueva de los Verdes

Reaching Cueva de los Verdes from different towns across Lanzarote presents a unique opportunity to witness and experience the island’s varied landscapes. Whether traveling by car, using the provided GPS coordinates (29.157036, -13.443182), or opting for public transportation, the journey is part of the adventure. Additionally, joining coach tours has become a popular and convenient way to visit Cueva de los Verdes, often including stops at other notable attractions like Jameos del Agua. This option not only simplifies the logistics of getting there but also enriches your experience by covering multiple highlights of Lanzarote in one go.

From Arrecife

Driving: Get on LZ-1, following signs for Haría. Continue on LZ-1, then turn left to LZ-205, with clear signages leading you to your destination.

Public Transportation: Bus lines 07 and 09 can get you close to Cueva de los Verdes, but be prepared for a little walk to reach your final destination. If you take bus line 07, you’ll have about a 40-minute walk ahead of you. On the other hand, bus line 09 drops you off near Jameos Del Agua, a shorter, roughly 13-minute walk away from Cueva de los Verdes. Alternatively, you can take a bus to Haría and then catch a taxi from Haría to Cueva de los Verdes. Check the local bus schedules, as they are subject to change.

From Puerto del Carmen

Driving: Head north on LZ-40 and LZ-2 in San Bartolomé. Merge onto LZ-2 towards Arrecife, then take the LZ-3 exit towards Órzola/Haría. Follow LZ-1 north until then turn left onto LZ-205.

Public Transportation: There’s no direct bus route from Puerto del Carmen to Cueva de los Verdes. Consider taking a bus line 03 or 06 to Arrecife and then following the taxi option from Haría as mentioned above.

From Playa Blanca

Driving: Begin on LZ-702, then LZ-2, heading northeast towards Arrecife. Take the exit towards LZ-3/Órzola/Haría, then continue on LZ-1. Look out for signage to Cueva de los Verdes and turn left onto LZ-205.

Public Transportation: Direct public transport from Playa Blanca to Cueva de los Verdes is not available. A practical option is to take either bus line 60 or 62 to Arrecife and then a taxi from Haría to the caves, as outlined above.

Opening Hours and Entrance Fee

Cueva de los Verdes welcomes explorers from 10:00 A.M. up to 5:00 P.M., but keep an eye on the clock because the last tour kicks off at 4:00 P.M. sharp. No one likes to miss out!

Ticket prices are as follows: Adults are 15.00 EUR for a peek into this underground marvel. For the younger crowd aged 7 to 12, it’s 7.50 EUR, while tots aged 6 and under get to tag along for free. Are you a local? Canario residents enjoy a discounted rate of 8.00 EUR for adults and 4.00 EUR for kids (7-12 years).

For those with functional diversity, tickets are available at a special rate of 10.50 EUR. Please note that this discount requires showing up in person with valid documentation to prove eligibility and your ID. It’s a small step to ensure everyone enjoys the wonders of Cueva de los Verdes at a rate that’s right for them.

Top Tips to Keep in Mind

Visiting Cueva de los Verdes is an unforgettable experience. To make the most of your trip to this unique volcanic tunnel system, here are some top tips:

Wear Comfortable Shoes: The ground inside the caves can be uneven and slippery. Wear sturdy, comfortable shoes to navigate the paths safely.

Bring a Light Jacket: Temperatures inside the cave are cooler than on the surface, regardless of the season. A light jacket will guarantee you stay comfortable throughout the tour.

Check Tour Times: The cave operates guided tours at specific times. It’s best to check the schedule in advance and plan your arrival accordingly to avoid long waits.

Photography: While photography is allowed, remember to turn off the flash to preserve the natural lighting effects created by the cave’s illumination. This also helps maintain the atmosphere for your fellow visitors.

Stay on the Path: For your safety and the preservation of the caves, always stay on the marked paths and follow the guide’s instructions.

Consider Language Options: Guided tours are often offered in several languages. If you have a preference, check the tour language schedule ahead of your visit to ensure you get the most from your experience.

Visit Early or Late: To avoid the crowds and enjoy a more serene experience, try to visit early in the morning or later in the afternoon.

Be Prepared for Stairs: There are some stairs to navigate within the cave system, so be prepared for a bit of climbing.

Explore Nearby Attractions: Combine your visit to Cueva de los Verdes with other nearby attractions, such as Jameos Del Agua, which is also part of the same volcanic tunnel.

Cueva de los Verdes Outside
Cueva de los Verdes Outside View – © cactlanzarote

FAQ

Are there public toilets available at Cueva de los Verdes?

Yes, public toilet facilities are available for visitors near the entrance/exit of the cave complex.

Are there places to eat nearby?

While there isn’t a café or restaurant within the cave complex, the surrounding area and nearby towns offer plenty of dining options for visitors. Jameos del Agua also has cafes.

Can we bring a stroller into the caves?

Due to the natural terrain of the caves, including uneven ground and narrow passages, strollers are not recommended. A baby carrier would be more suitable for young children.

Is the cave accessible to people with disabilities?

The unique natural formation of the cave, including steps and uneven surfaces, makes accessibility challenging. Visitors with disabilities should contact the attraction directly for the most accurate and up-to-date information on accessibility.

Are pets allowed inside Cueva de los Verdes?

To protect the cave’s environment and for the safety and comfort of all visitors, pets (except assistance dogs) are not permitted inside Cueva de los Verdes.

Are you allowed to take photographs inside Cueva de los Verdes?

Photography is allowed inside the caves, but please respect the no-flash photography rule to preserve the natural lighting and atmosphere of the caves.

Do I need to book tickets in advance?

Access to Cueva de los Verdes operates on a first-come, first-served basis. So, while booking in advance isn’t necessary, it’s a convenient option. Tickets can be purchased online, with the ticket valid for three months from the issue date and allowing single-use entry. Upon arrival, simply present the QR code from your device at the ticket office. There is no need to print physical tickets.

How long does the tour last?

The guided tour typically lasts between 45 minutes and an hour, depending on the pace of the group and the guide.

People waiting at Cave Cueva de los Verdes
People waiting to descend into a Cave Cueva de los Verdes – © dziewul

Until We Cave Again

And there you have it, your go-to guide for making the most out of your Cueva de los Verdes visit. Remember, it’s not just about stepping into a cave; it’s about immersing yourself in a piece of Earth’s history, a natural wonder that speaks volumes through its silence and shadows. Wear those comfy shoes, keep your camera ready (minus the flash!), and let yourself be guided through this marvel of nature. Whether you’re a history buff, a nature lover, or just in it for the ‘gram, Cueva de los Verdes promises an experience that’s as enriching as it is enchanting.