We show you the natural jewel of Lanzarote. The Green Lake
Lanzarote's landscapes seem taken from another planet. That is what you will feel again in the Charco de los Clicos, a place full of contrasts right on the edge of the sea. It is a Green Lake that is located in the crater of a volcano submerged in the sea. The color of the pond contrasts with the black of the beach that is right next to it. By the way, this area is great for watching the sunset and in the town of El Golfo they eat very tasty fish.
"El Lago Verde" is popularly known among Lanzarote as Charco de los Clicos and the green color of its waters contrasts greatly with the black colors of the sand that make up this beautiful beach and the brown of the mountains. This green color of the lagoon is due to a type of algae and to the sulfur in its waters, since this unusual chemical due to its abundance makes the water take on its green color.
It was named after a type of bivalve mollusk called colic, which was very abundant at the time and used to be found in this area. Until someone released two turtles into the imprisoned waters of El Golfo and this edible clam became extinct.
Lago Verde is surrounded by a spectacular volcano that has been collapsing over time due to the activity of the wind and the sea, which has caused said Lake to be located on the same crater of the volcano at the foot of the sea, something quirky, out of the ordinary, not to be missed...
At the foot of the lake we find a wonderful black sand beach. It is a spectacularly beautiful beach due to the intense color of its black sands, bathing is very dangerous, due to the fact that it is a beach that faces the geographical north of the island, to bathe in said beach you must first seek advice, beware of the North Sea from Lanzarote since bathing is not recommended in this area because the sea is very treacherous and dangerous, but we do recommend a visit to this beautiful place, especially if you like photography and intense color contrasts.
The lake has been declared a natural reserve, so bathing is prohibited as it is inside the Volcanoes Natural Park. However, it can be visited for free at any time of the day. It can be seen very well from a small viewpoint near the car park.
How to get to El Golfo?
Coming from Playa Blanca, on the LZ-2 highway, which passes through the Salinas de Janubio and Los Hervideros. From Yaiza, the LZ-404 highway leads directly to El Golfo.
El Golfo beach and its green lake may be familiar to moviegoers. And it is that this magnetic landscape has caught the attention of several filmmakers, including Pedro Almodóvar, who traveled here with his team in 2008 to record a romantic sequence, starring Penélope Cruz and Lluís Homar, from his drama Los abrazos rotos (2009 ).
Classic film lovers will have Raquel Welsch stuck in their retinas as she emerges from the green waters of the lake in a “prehistoric” bikini in the British film One Million Years Ago (1966), which took place in the Paleolithic. Other films have also been shot in this place.
Entering to visit Lago Verde is free, and we must not forget that next to Lago Verde we find a small fishing village, the only one that refuses to disappear in the south of the island, called El Golfo. When walking through the quiet streets of El Golfo, the small boats that we find among the white houses remind us that it is a traditionally fishing town, therefore here you can have lunch or dinner of any kind and very fresh fish, it is worth spending a good time looking at the sea at sunset in this fishermen's area.
We hope you have enjoyed the information we have provided you. If you feel like it, we invite you to meet it with us on one of our excursions, South Tour and Grand Tour as it is worth visiting.