- Location: On Orzola Road in north Lanzarote, Canary Islands
- Attraction Type: Geological formation
- Significance: A unique formation of cave, natural pool and amphitheater
- Best Time to Visit: All through the year
- Visiting Hours: Cave – 10 am to 7 pm; Bar — 10 am to 2 am; Restaurant — 7:30 pm to 11:30 pm
- How to Reach: By road from anywhere in Lanzarote Island
- Nearest International Airport: Arrecife Airport in Lanzarote
Often nature and human beings are pictured to be at loggerheads. However, when human approaches and appropriates nature with love and worshipful respect, the results prove to be more than just spectacular: they become sublime. Nothing proves the point better than Jameos del Agua — an incredible work of Lanzarote’s local architectural hero, Cesar Manrique. Jameos del Agua is an unbelievable geological formation comprising mainly of a volcanic cave, salt lake lagoons, and a natural auditorium. This natural formation was beautified by Jesus Solo and Luis Morales between 1968 and 1987. With a cave bar-cum-restaurant, swimming .pool and auditorium, Jameos del Agua is a complete tourist destination. The pool incidentally is closed for bathing: except that is, for the King of Spain.
Jameos del Agua in Lanzarote was formed from lava flows solidified at the base of Monte de la Corona volcano which erupted about three thousand years ago. A ‘jameo’ is formed when the ceiling of a tunnel collapses to form an enclosure or lake. The entrance of Jameos del Agua has been converted into a bar/restaurant accessed by a stone stairway. This restaurant or ‘jameo chico’ leads to ‘jameo grande’ or tropical garden through a passage and a lake. ‘Jameito’ a small blind albino crab is typical of Lanzarote and is fancy of all visitors. The ‘jameito’ crab is used as a monogram for Jameos del Agua. At the end of ‘jameo grande’ is an auditorium for 600 people and at the center is a vibrant crystal blue pool.
Jameos del Agua activities
Visit ‘Casa de Los Volcanes Museum’ for a thorough presentation on the formation of Jameos del Agua. Every day from 11 am to 6 pm videos, displays, and exhibits endeavor to educate its visitors about the creation and development of this geological formation. Festival of Visual Music of Lanzarote held in autumn attracts the most acclaimed composers from all corners of the globe. In addition, concerts are regularly organized in this auditorium the ambiance of which is magnificent.
Accommodation and Dining
For accommodation in Lanzarote, you could select from Rural Villas in Teguise, Casas Tomare in San Bartolome, or Casa Raul in Yaiza.
Food in Lanzarote is mouthwatering and wholesome. Wrinkled potatoes served with cheese, mussels, los pejines, and limpets is a local delicacy loved universally. Canarian stew, fish consommíé and ‘jareadas’ are other delicious recipes of the Canary Islands. There are also specialized Italian, Chinese, Indian, and Mexican restaurants in Lanzarote Island. Cafíé El Mano in Yaiza, and La Tegala in Tias are a couple of popular restaurants in this island.
Related Links :
http://www.travelblog.org/Europe/Spain/Canary-Islands/Fuerteventura/blog-136525.html: Jameos del Agua features in this travel blog written by two travelers on a lookout for destinations that are either volcanic or have some kind of a volcanic history. Although Jameos del Agua is only one of their many destination, you can check it out. Good read!
http://test.travelblog.org/Europe/Spain/Canary-Islands/Lanzarote/blog-276655.html: Another travel blog with a traveler’s view of Jameos del Agua. Though the entry is short, yet enjoy!