Los Hervideros

Los Hervideros or the place where the hot magma meets the ocean is a special point on the Lanzarote’s touristic map. “The boiling (pot of) water”, as it’s the direct translation from Spanish, has its origin back in time when the volcano Montañas del Fuego erupted in 1730 for 6 years (2056 days, exactly), covering approx. 200 square kilometers and extended to the western coast along a 20km wide front. The eruption spit between 3 and 5 cubic km of lava. During the 6 year eruption, more than 30 volcanic cones were formed in at least 5 eruptive phases, aligned along a volcano-tectonic fracture more than 14 km long. The eruption destroyed fertile land and 26 villages; the resulting famine eventually forced the majority of the population to leave the island. Most of the leaving families settled down in Texas (US) and put the bases of the San Antonio city (the seventh larger city in US). There is a monument in San Antonio that commemorate its Spanish Canarian roots.

Back to Los Hervideros, the road, the balconies that make the access possible near the confrontation of the lava and the ocean are all done thanks to the great man, César Manrique. Enjoy the photos.

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