HPB’s holiday booking service has been rated 4.7 out of 5
based on 14720 customer reviews on Feefo.
Feefo Platinum Award Feefo logo

Discover the underground world of Lanzarote

Posted by Katy Peck on 21 January 2019
Related property: Santa Rosa
Discover the underground world of Lanzarote

Lanzarote has some spectacular landscapes to enjoy, from sandy beaches to dramatic black mountains. However, did you know that some of the island’s most awe-inspiring sights can be found beneath the surface? Within half an hour drive of our Santa Rosa property, there’s a network of volcanic caves and hollows to discover, full of surprises that are sure to take your breath away.

Cueva de Los Verdes

Just 25 minutes’ drive from Santa Rosa, you’ll find the Cueva de Los Verdes. Loosely translated to ‘the Cave of Greens’, it’s part of one of the longest volcanic tunnels in the world. The 6km long lava tube was formed 4,000 years ago when then Montaña La Corona erupted. During the 16th and 17th Centuries, Cueva de Los Verde was used as a hideout by local people who needed protection from pirates coming in and attacking from Africa. In fact, during the 1618 attack from Tabán Arraez and Solimán, locals lived in the caves for 2 whole months.

 In 1964, 2km of the caves were opened to the public, having been transformed into a truly spectacular attraction by the artist Jesus Soto. Keen to avoid making too many changes to the caves themselves, Solo instead focused on lights and shadows to create his installations, highlighting the impressive shapes, textures and colours of the rocks. The natural colour changes are down to the iron and salt in the rock, changing the shades from red to white.

During the tour, which lasts about an hour and is the only way to explore the caves, you will visit several interesting sections, including Pie del Guanche (Guanche’s Foot), Cabeza del Monstruo (The Monster’s Head), La Cripta (The Crypt) and Horno del Diablo (The Devil’s Furnace). You will also be shown the cave’s famous natural auditorium, which hosts several unforgettable classical concerts throughout the year – a definite must for any music lovers! You can find dates and tickets for these here.

At €8 for an adult ticket and €4 for children, Cueva de Los Verdes is well worth a visit. Discover some of the most fascinating volcanic structures on Lanzarote, and marvel at the optical illusions, surprises and majesty hidden within the famous tunnels. However, please bear in mind that some sections are quite low and/or narrow, and some may find it claustrophobic. The Cueva de Los Verdes is also not suitable for those with limited mobility.

There aren’t many facilities on site, which is why we’d recommend teaming a visit to Cueva de Los Verdes with another spectacular volcanic wonder…

Jameos del Agua

Only 5 minutes down the road from Cueva de Los Verdes is the famous Jameos del Agua. Also created in the 1960s, this is the brainchild of Cesar Manrique, Lanzarote-born architect and artist. Made from the same volcanic tunnel as Cueva de Los Verdes, the site was created from sections where the roof of the tunnel has collapsed, leaving a series of caves and openings in the ground.

Entrance costs €11, after which you descend a staircase into the first cave. Here you will find a one-of-a-kind café and bar built into the stone walls. Take a seat at one of the tables, which are laid out across the floor of the cave, and admire the view over the small-yet-stunning natural lake. Surrounded by vegetation and natural ornamentation, it’s a truly unique place to stop and enjoy a bite to eat, although booking may be required during busy seasons.

You’ll notice that the lake, with its crystal-clear waters, contains thousands of little white dots. On closer inspection, these will reveal themselves to be tiny albino crabs. These rare crabs are blind and extremely rare. In fact, they can only be found here, and have therefore been adopted as the symbol on Lanzarote.

When you’re ready to move on, you’ll find another path on the far side of the lake. This emerges back into the daylight, where some fabulous foliage covers the rocks and pathways. Here you will also find a picture-perfect swimming pool, with turquoise waters contrasting dramatically with the dark volcanic surroundings. Unfortunately, swimming is not allowed… it’s said that only the King of Spain is allowed a dip in these waters! There is also an auditorium further along, which hosts exciting cultural and entertainment events throughout the year.

Last but not least, don’t miss the Casa de los Volcanes. This avant-garde building is actually a small museum, containing many facts and interesting exhibits on volcanology. You can also view instruments showing live temperature measurements and movements of the earth beneath your feet.

For the night owls amongst you, it’s possible to visit the Jameos del Agua at night. Sit back and enjoy a three-course meal or a cocktail at the underground restaurant, watching your surroundings come alive as they illuminate around you. As well as regular night-time shows, the venue turns into what’s been called the ‘most beautiful nightclub in the world’ on Tuesday, Friday and Saturday nights. If you’re feeling up to it, you can dance the night away in these unique surroundings. (Due to the popularity of these events, booking in advance is advised.)

From fascinating geological features to beautiful scenery, there’s something for everyone to enjoy in these unique underground settings. But once you get back above ground, you’ll need somewhere special to relax and relive your adventures. With it’s comfortable accommodation and excellent facilities, our beautiful Santa Rosa property is the perfect base from which to explore the island.

To find out more about our Santa Rosa property, as well as our 31 additional locations, simply request a brochure.

Katy Peck

Katy Peck

How can I find out more?

The Holiday Property Bond could do as much for your quality of life as it has done for many thousands of families who have already invested. That's why we invite you to get in touch with us in any of these 3 ways and please don't forget our unique 'Money back promise' and 'interest free loan' options.

Request our brochure Speak to a representative Explore one of our UK sites

Please request our fully illustrated holiday property brochure

Please read "How HPB works" and then we will be delighted to send you our brochure, including our property portfolio, and your FREE copy of Insight Magazine. See the beautiful holiday homes and magnificent locations where you can spend your holidays as a Bondholder and learn how impressed Bondholders have been by our handling of the problems caused by coronavirus.

Please complete and submit the form or, alternatively, telephone our FREE brochure request line on 0800 230 0391

Request a brochure
Title *  
First Name *  
Surname *  
Email address *
Postcode *  
Telephone number
How did you hear about us?

We will use the details you provide above to send you our detailed HPB brochure and keep you updated about HPB holiday offers. Details of how we use the information you provide are in our privacy policy.

This site is protected by reCAPTCHA and the Google Privacy Policy and Terms of Service apply.

* Indicates required fields
HPB’s holiday booking service has been rated 4.7 out of 5 based on 14720 customer reviews on Feefo.

You can speak to one of our representatives

Your local HPB representative will be happy to call or video call you at a convenient time for an informal chat. Simply fill in your details and we'll do the rest.

Most of our representatives are Bondholders themselves and all have visited a number of Bond sites.

The representative will give you all the information you need and then leave you to make up your own mind. He or she will talk to you about your holiday requirements and what level of investment is needed to secure the kind of holidays you want.

Video chat now available with a local representative

This request is for new enquiries only, if you are an existing Bondholder please contact us via myBond.

How should we contact you? *  
Title *  
First Name *  
Surname *  
Email address *
Telephone number *  
Post code *  
Preferred Date/Time
Preferred Date/Time 2
Preferred Date/Time 3
Please contact me to arrange a date

Your local representative will contact you to confirm the date and time.

Date/Time *  
How did you hear about us?
Chosen date (choose above) *
Chosen time (choose above) *

We will use the details you provide above for a representative to contact you. Details of how we use the information you provide are in our privacy policy.

This site is protected by reCAPTCHA and the Google Privacy Policy and Terms of Service apply.

* Indicates required fields

Receive a free £20 M&S gift card when you find out more...

Have a Private Tour, Personal Presentation, Video Call or Home Appointment between 1st - 31st May 2024 and we’ll give you a free £20 M&S gift card to thank you.

...And you could double your Holiday Points for your first year!

Become a Bondholder by 31st May and we’ll enter your details into our Prize Draw for your chance to double your Holiday Points for your first year.

These extra points are for one use only. You can redeem them on holiday accommodation where and when you wish, but they will not be renewed once you have used them. Your local representative will give you full details of this offer.

See our stunning holiday properties for yourself

Having a Private Tour at an HPB holiday location is an enjoyable way to see the high standards of furnishings and facilities you could enjoy with HPB. One of our representatives will show you around the site and answer any questions you may have.

Alternatively, you are welcome to book a Personal Presentation at a hotel near you. You can chat to one of our representatives, ask your questions and view the complete portfolio of HPB locations.


This advertisement is issued by HPB Management Limited (HPBM), the main UK agent and the property manager for HPB, authorised and regulated by the Financial Conduct Authority, registered at HPB House, Newmarket, Suffolk, CB8 8EH. HPB is available exclusively through HPBM. HPB is issued by HPB Assurance Limited (HPBA) registered in the Isle of Man and authorised by the Financial Services Authority there. The Trustee of HPB is Equiom (Isle of Man) Limited, registered at Jubilee Buildings, Victoria Street, Douglas, Isle of Man, IM1 2SH. The Securities Adviser is Stanhope Capital LLP of 35 Portman Square, London W1H 6LR. No medical examination is required.

HPBM promotes only HPB and is not independent of HPBA. Holders of policies issued by HPBA will not be protected by the Financial Services Compensation Scheme if the company becomes unable to meet its liabilities to them but Isle of Man compensation arrangements apply to new policies.