Jameos del Agua
S/N C/ Jameos del Agua, Lanzarote, Spain
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Jameos del Agua Lanzarote Reviews
Harmonious blend of nature and architecture Feb 25, 2008
In the northern part of Lanzarote we found another interesting center for tourism. It’s called “Jameos del Agua” and includes some volcanic caverns, a volcano museum and a visitors’ center. There’s even a concert hall, built into one of the volcanic caverns which are part of the same long volcanic tunnel as the Cueva de los Verdes.
Again, the combination of architecture and nature was designed by Cesar Manrique. It opened in 1966 and was the first center for tourism that he designed on the island. I wanted to know what “Jameo” means and according to what I have read it is a kind of skylight at the top of a volcanic tube or dome. So, when we enter these caves and caverns, we are doing so through a "jameo."
This is an interesting visit. When you look into the water in the volcanic cavern you see hundreds of little white specks, but when you get closer you see that they are actually small albino crabs which have evolved here. They are completely white and are blind and have adapted to life in the semi-darkness very well. Manrique chose these little crabs as the symbol for this place. The pool where they live is the beginning of the sub-aquatic portion of the Atlantis Tunnel.
The site includes a museum dealing with volcanoes and a bar / restaurant. We went there during the day, but the illumination at night is supposed to be fantastic. There’s also another of Manrique’s beautiful, free-form swimming pools and the whole area has beautiful landscaping and nice ocean views.
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