El Golfo

Lago verde del Golfo

One of the many geologial marvels of Lanzarote is, without doubt, El Golfo, an emerald green lake situated at the base of a spectacular crater on the west coast of the island.

Passing by Los Hervideros, at just one and a half miles from a constantly wave batered coast, the clifts become much more spectacula until they convert themselves by the tremedous force of the sea during so many centuries in an inmense petrified wave just about to break.

In El Golfo the coast is formed by the left overs of a volcanic cone where half has been erroded by the sea. There is an impresive contrast between the emerald green lagoon that take on the color of microscopic organisms and the overwhelming rock above.

The lagoon is seperated from the sea by a black sand beach which is doted with grains of olivine, a semi precios green colored stone. The resulting geological landscape is a little disconcerting to say the least. There are so many things to see in lanzarote one does not know where to start.