Volcanic bubble - tranquil hideaway
Jameos del Agua Travel Blog› entry 26 of 40 › view all entries
Time was now dwindling and I needed to begin my final trek southward. It was only a 15 minute, or so, drive to Jameos del Aqua.
One of the most interesting galleries of connecting caves and underground grottoes in the world lies to the north of Lanzarote, at the foot of the volcano Monte de la Corona which erupted around 3.000 years ago.
A jameo is formed when a tunnel ceiling collapses, most often occurring when its width exceeds twenty meters, or when gases accumulate and explode.
Only a jameo reveals the presence of volcanic passages and allows their routes to be traced.
Through a winding staircase visitors enter into the Jameo Grande, a roofless volcanic bubble 100 m. long and 30 m. wide, and from there into a magnificent garden with a large swimming pool. A dance floor and two bars built into the niches formed by the rocks create and exciting night club.
A concert cave opens up towards the end of Jameo Grande. This astonishing hall with its wonderful natural acoustics offers an unique setting for concerts and ballet performances. At the foot of this cave is a large stage that extends into the next volcanic bubble called Jameo de la Cazuela, the latest to be made accessible to the public
A few native and non-native species of animals live here some permanently, others temporarily. The most emblematic is the blind albino crab, a rare and delicate marine crustacean.
The final touch sought by César Manrique to impress the visitor is the incorporation of a small number of extra elements, like the plants and the pool, that have now become an intrinsic part of Jameos.
This was the third Manrique designed masterpieces of the day. Well, I think that the Jameos and the Jardin are Manrique enhanced, right.
I am definitely please that I saw it but, at 8 euro, it is a bit pricey for what you get. Much of what is there could be better appreciated if you were having dinner or drinks with others or attending a function in the 2nd Jameos. The second one is a real let down as it’s not possible to even get down into it. You can only see it from a terrace level….such a shame.