Jameos del Agua
Jameos del Agua is one of the main attractions in the north-eastern part of Lanzarote and it’s located on the main LZ-1 highway to Órzola.
Just a short walk from the sea, this ‘natural wonder’ consisting of caverns and partially collapsed volcanic tubes was transformed into a unique entertainment venue by César Manrique.
The Jameos del Agua – like the Cueva de los Verdes – are part of a 6Km long lava tube which formed about 4,000 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.
The visitors’ route leads into a huge cave, featuring a mysterious salt lake, which is home to tiny albino crabs and transparent waters connected to the ocean.
From here, meandering paths guide you up to a contrasting world above ground filled with lush plants. These include palms and bougainvilleas, skillfully set around El Jameo Grande: a picturesque, emerald-green pool. The far end opens to an underground auditorium with 550 seats, frequently used for concerts, shows and meetings: a unique setting, famous for its outstanding acoustics.
Steps wind down to an extraordinary underground restaurant and bar. Three times a week it is transformed into a popular evening venue with dining and dancing in spectacular surroundings below sea level.
Some more steps zigzag upwards from the pool to the top, where you will find a terrace with a café and the Casa de los Volcanes, a small interactive scientific museum with an interesting exhibition on volcanism.
Opening Hours: from 10:00 to 18:30 h. Special opening hours: Tuesdays and Saturdays 10:00 to 00:30 (open on Wednesdays at the same time during the summer) Recommended opening hours: 10:00 to 11:00 and 15:00 to 17:00. It is advisable to visit during the recommended opening hours in order to avoid waiting in line, especially during high season, from 1 July to 30 September and at Easter.
During the winter months, it is recommended that you bring a jacket as the humidity in the cave causes a feeling of cold. You should also wear sensible shoes as the cave floor is uneven in places.
The Art, Culture and Tourism Centres are in the process of removing architectural barriers and adapting access to physically disabled visitors. At present, this Centre is not suitable for visitors with reduced mobility.
Our eco-retreat Finca de Arrieta is only a short drive from Jameos del Agua and Cueva de los Verdes.