El Golfo

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South West of the island, Lanzarote

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Green Lagoon
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By Jane Egginton, your Lanzarote expert

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expert-rated things to do in Lanzarote
Expert overall rating:4.1 out of 5
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Recommended for:
Couples, Families with teenagers, Mature travellers, Seasoned travellers, Escaping the crowds, Great views / scenery, Nature / wildlife, Relaxation

Expert review of El Golfo

Natural wonder of green lagoon and submerged volcano.

I think the emerald green lagoon framed by the blue Atlantic ocean and the black rock of a submerged volcano is one of the most enchanting places in Lanzarote. The extraordinary landscape was created when Timanfaya erupted and, sculpted by the pounding of waves, formed a deep amphitheatre of lava. The dazzling green of the lake comes from the algae which lives in its waters. It is reached by a small access road around 2km before the fishing village of El Golfo, famed for its fish restaurants. 

Expert tips: 
Don't miss lunch in one of the fish restaurants. I recommend Costa Azul.
There are car parking spaces by the road leading to the Green Lagoon.

More information on El Golfo:

Price guide:
Beach, Natural wonder
South West of the island, Lanzarote
Months open:
All year round

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Community comments (1)

15 minutes from Playa Blanca past the Janubio de Salinas this is a must to visit. The lagoon is roped off to prevent damage from visitors footfall. You can walk on one side or drive through to El Golfo and walk up to a viewpoint overlooking the lagoon. Stop off a bit earlier at the black lava beaches, isolated and beatiful.Finish off with a meal in El Golfo overlooking the Atlantic Breakers. Costa Azul restaurant stands on land created by the 18th century eruptions