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El Golfo

Listed under Extreme Environments in Spain.

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The poisonous, tennis ball green colour of the lagoon at El Golfo was what won it the coveted role as the backdrop for the film ‘One Million Years B.C.’ staring an animal skin bikini clad Raquel Welch. It got that way because it’s the breeding ground for an almost luminous algae, which flourish in the sea water that has been cut off from the sea in this lagoon for so long by the crazy volcanic activity Lanzarote suffers. The lagoon’s surrounds are just as dramatic and prehistoric world-y – towering rocky cliffs and a jutting rocky finger of land that the still nearby ocean crashes against. Even some of the surrounding rocks are tinged green – but they’re that way because of their mineral content rather than more algae.

There are restaurants and visitors facilities in the nearby town. It has the same name.

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El Golfo, Lanzarote

Driving to El Golfo from the south, the road runs by the sea. The coast is made of black lava and the sea crashes against the rocks. You can pull off the road at several places to enjoy the spectacular views.

El Golfo itself is a submerged volcanic crater. Approaching from the south, you can park and walk round the cliffs which must be the edge of the old volcanic cone. The wind has eroded the cliffs into sculptural shapes. The village itself is to the north of the gulf. Climb up the headland here for great views along the coast. In the village, there are several bars and restaurants overlooking the sea.

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