Welcome to La Cueva de los Verdes, a labyrinth of caves that was once used by inhabitants as a secret hiding place from pirates back in the 17th Century. Today, it is a popular attraction that also features the longest lava caves in the world, called Tunel de Atlántida.
Its name has actually nothing to do with the colour ‘green’ (Verde means green in Spanish). It derives from a shepherd family called ‘Verde’ who occupied these caves during the 18th and 19th Centuries.
With artificial lighting being installed in 1964, a section of about 1.3 miles (2 kilometres) of this cave was opened to the public. During an hour-long guided circular tour on narrow passageways, you can take in the sights and sounds of this spectacular masterpiece of Mother Nature, where human intervention has been kept to a minimum in order to maintain the natural beauty.
This intriguing maze of gigantic caves, caverns and galleries on different levels is brought to life by ingenious lighting, which makes these impressive rock formations reflect in a multitude of colours, while atmospheric music plays in the background.
Half way through the excursion you arrive at a turning point with a cave, which has been converted into a small auditorium with outstanding acoustics. Spectacular effects of light and colour on its rugged walls make this an ideal background for all kinds of performances.
One of the caves at the end of this tour features a small lake, with clever illumination designed by artist Jesús Soto.
A wonderful attraction not to be missed and remember… this cave hides a secret!
Daily from 10.00 to 18.00 hrs. Last entrance at 17.00 hrs.
Nominal entrance fee.
Visit also Jameos del Agua.