What is Jameos del Agua?
The Jameos del Agua are a series of lava caves created when the Monte Corona Volcano erupted thousands of years ago. The native Guanche word "jameo" refers to an opening where the roof of a lava tube has collapsed.
The lava tube - which is also home to the Cueva de los Verdes - is 6 kilometres long in total, of which at least 1.5 kilometres are located underwater, earning the name “Tunnel of Atlantis”.
In 1966, César Manrique set his sights on this intriguing cave system for a new project combining art and architecture with nature. Jameos del Agua was opened in 1968 as an art and culture centre, and over the years it has become one of the most important tourist attractions in Lanzarote.
What to see in the Jameos del Agua
After descending a spiral staircase of volcanic stone, you'll find yourself in a dreamlike scene: a rocky cave framed by abundant vegetation and home to a large natural lake of crystal-clear water. If you look closely at the lake, which is perfectly illuminated to captivate your gaze, you'll see the tiny "squat lobsters" that live in the water, a native species of blind lobsters unique to Lanzarote.
Continuing through the tunnels, you'll reach the surface of the largest jameo, where a fantastic bar invites visitors to relax, dream and admire this incredible natural space and its transformation into art by César Manrique.
The final part of the Jameos del Agua hides a garden surrounded by dramatic walls of volcanic rock, a tranquil white pool and lush greenery creating a paradise oasis.
The Jameos del Agua art and culture centre offers visitors the unique opportunity to explore inside a geological marvel made even more special by César Manrique. As one of the most popular places to see in Lanzarote, it receives thousands of visitors every day: to avoid waiting in long lines, we recommend visiting between 10 and 11 am and 3 and 5 pm, especially during high season (from 15 July to 15 September and at Easter).
Daily from 10 am to 5 pm.
Saturdays: also open from 7 pm to 1 am.
Adults: € 10 (US$ 10.50).
Children between 7 and 12 years old: € 5 (US$ 5.30).
Children under 7: free entry.
Combined entry ticket with Cueva de los Verdes, Mirador del Río, Timanfaya National Park and the Jardín de Cactus saves up to € 9.50 (US$ 10).
Excursion to Timanfaya and the Jameos del Agua € 55 (US$ 57.90)