Cueva de los Verdes

There aren’t many places that gather as many areas of interest for the cultural and natural heritage of Lanzarote as Cueva de los Verdes, a unique mythological-looking cave, full of legends and extraordinary landscape and beauty.

It came about after the eruption of the Volcán de la Corona, and it’s one of the most impressive hidden wonders in the depths of Lanzarote. It was used as a hideout by the locals who needed shelter to protect themselves from invasions and attacks of pirates coming from the north of Africa during the 16th and 17th Centuries. In the 19th Century, it became a must for travellers, experts and European scientists due to the uniqueness of this volcanic territory, named after a family that kept their cattle in the area, the story goes.

In the 1960s, the Cabildo of Lanzarote turned to artist from Fuerteventura Jesús Soto, later in close collaboration with Manrique, to adapt this natural volcanic sanctuary that has become an attraction for thousands of visitors who wish to unveil its secret. Soto used his knowledge and focused on the lights and shadows to make the most of the brightness on rocks and highlight the shapes left by the lava on its way.

The range of ochre, grey, black and red shades take over this dark paradise and imitate the light drawing grotesque landscapes and spectacular rocky structures to the amazement of visitors. Going into Cueva de los Verdes is, without a doubt, going on a journey to the centre of the earth.

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We recommend you to stay close to the tour guide during your visit in order to be able to listen to the characteristics, peculiarities, and secret of Cueva de los Verdes. It is better if you do not look up too much information prior to your visit, let yourself be surprised.

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Opening hours: 10.00 to 17:00.

Summer opening hours (15 July – 15 September): 10:00 to 18:00.

Recommended opening hours: 15:00 to 17:00. The last visit takes place at 17:00. At 18:00 in the summer.

Valid Fee from 1st May 2017

Adult: 9,50 euros – 20% off from 15:00 h.
Children: 4,75 euros (7 – 12) – 20% off from 15:00 h.
Canarian Adult Resident: 7,60 euros
Canarian Child Resident: 3,80 euros
Residents in Lanzarote: 2.00 euro

Discount for people with disabilities:  

30% discount off tickets to visit the centre by submitting the corresponding certificate at the tickets office.

We recommend purchasing our 3, 4 or 6-centre tickets, saving up to €10,55. In doing so, you will be able to organise your trip more comfortably and enjoy the work of artist César Manrique from different perspectives, combining visits to Cueva de los Verdes with other centres of your choice, like Jameos del Agua and Mirador del Río.

50 minutes.

Work of artist Jesús Soto in collaboration with César Manrique, discover it with every step. Free car and bicycle parking available. There are toilets in the parking area. On the inside of the cave, there are no toilets available.

This centre is not suitable for people with reduced mobility.

We recommend you wear comfortable clothing and shoes with rubber soles to avoid slipping. The temperature inside the cave is very pleasant, around 18º C all year round. You will therefore not feel cold

Baby pushchairs may not be used within the centre. Baby carriers are recommended. Free access to children under 7. There are toilets outside the cave, and baby changing facilities available.

Pets not allowed, except for guide dogs.

You may take photographs at all times except when a tour guide tells you otherwise due to safety reasons. Anywhere inside the cave is ideal for taking pictures, but we recommend the entrance, the auditorium, and without a doubt, the secret spot.

Remember this is a cave. Ask any questions you may have at the entrance. Aconsejable llevar agua.

Get to know our history

+ 50 years sharing César Manrique’s art
The Art, Culture and Tourism Centres (CACT) of the Cabildo of Lanzarote are the main tourism role model on the island. In January 2005, the Art, Culture and Tourism Centres began to be run by a Local Business Entity (EPEL), supported in its entirety by the Cabildo of Lanzarote. The EPEL-CACT, the Tourism Board and the Domestic Tourism Office, are the three public entities that manage tourism in Lanzarote. For the people, but with a corporate philosophy, the Tourism Centres are the economic engine of the island, focusing their profits greatly on Social Work on the island.

Protection of natural values

Protection of natural valuesArtist from Lanzarote, César Manrique was its main creator,wisely making art and nature bond. The Centres have become a modern version of the traditional intervention of local people on their natural surroundings, which sets deep in the roots of the local population. Currently, the CACT are a tourist product that smoothly meets the existing demands, respecting the essence and philosophy they were intended for.

César Manrique Cabrera (Arrecife, 24 April 1919- Teguise, 25 September 1992) was a Spanish painter, sculptor, and landscape artist from the island of Lanzarote. He balanced his art with the protection of environmental values on the Canary Islands. He sought harmony between art and nature creatively. He was awarded the Global Ecology and Tourism Award (1978) and the Europa Nostra Award, among others, for his art and environmental work in Lanzarote (1985). He displayed a range of art forms (paint, sculpture, urban-planning and public art, among others) with an underlying willingness to integrate his natural surroundings. An all-encompassing syncretism (total art, in his words) plain to see in his public space designs. Making an effort to find harmony, not only showing his passion for beauty, but also for life.

César Manrique, Cabecera

Fundación César Manrique Archive

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César Manrique artist

Fundación César Manrique Archive

The origins of the Art, Culture and Tourism Centresdate back to approximately 1966. After a three-year stay in New York, César Manrique (1919-1992), one of the Spanish abstract painting pioneers, came back to Lanzarote, his home town, for good, where at that time tourism seemed to be emerging. Being aware of the uniqueness of the island’s landscape, he started to promote an ambitious creative project that consisted of the intervention with nature, aiming to preserve and protect the environment, and linking it to a new economy for Lanzarote related to the tourism industry. Quickly, and backed by an enthusiastic team of collaborators on his side, they started to obtain their first results: Jameos del Agua (1966), Monumento al Campesino (1968), El Diablo Restaurant (1970), Mirador del Río (1973), Museo Internacional de Arte Contemporáneo, MIAC (1976) and Jardín de Cactus (1990).
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