When you get to Jameos del Agua, you’ll be carried away by the sense of peace, tranquility and communion with nature.
This is exactly what Cesar Manrique wanted to reflect in this first Art, Culture and Tourism Centre that he created in his native land. In a place that originally held a landfill, the artist was able to perceive the real value of this space and convert it into an authentic jewel that surprises all its visitors.
Stepping into Jameos del Agua is like entering a world from Verne’s novels where you are welcomed by green ferns, carried away by bird song and embraced by the dampness of the cave.
After entering via a stone staircase, you’ll reach the first platform. It features a restaurant that is located almost at the entrance. There are terraces on different levels where the sunshine peeks in through what is known as the Jameo Chico, the first of three spaces that make up this area.
From any part of the restaurant, you can enjoy the view over the lagoon of the Jameo, which is nature-made and filled with sea water.
If you look closely, you’d be able to see little white dots inside the lagoon.
Do you see them?
Keep an eye on them. Wow, they move!
Yes, because they are alive. They are commonly known as “Jameitos” and they have become the symbol of the island.
Actually, they are small, blind albino lobsters, and they can only be found here, in Jameos del Agua, and nowhere else. So, please be careful; don’t try to pick them up or throw coins close to them. They are highly sensitive to oxide on coins and it can even end up killing them.
Continuing along the route through the lake, you’ll reach another small green space with a café. It will then lead you towards Jameo Grande.
This is where Cesar displayed his entire essence of contrasts with rounded shapes, where white comes into the spotlight against the backdrop of black basalt and the blue pool.
It is, without a doubt, one of the most photographed and instagrammable spots on Lanzarote.
Take a walk through its gardens and let the essence of Manrique’s art capture you.
At the back of this space, you’ll see a small cave decorated with an interesting door. If you open it, you’ll step into the Jameos del Agua Auditorium, an unparalleled space where some lucky people have enjoyed an amazing variety of concerts and performances.
However, your visit does not stop just here.
On the ground level, you will find a space dedicated to visitor interpretation. It provides detailed information on the creation of the Tunnel of Atlantis, Jameos del Agua and the entire network of lava tubes that make them up.
You will also find a gift shop so that you can take a souvenir from this magical space home with you.