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Fascinating lava tubes now accepting organised visits 

A stunning lava tube on La Palma is now taking visits from small guided groups.

The Cabildo’s environment department has opened the doors of the “Cueva de Las Palomas” on prior request for groups of no more than 15 people.

Area councillor, Juan Ma-nuel González said this decision coincides with completion of the first phase of work in the cave, including installation of a footbridge supported on pillars, a parking area and a reception centre for visitors.

Visits can be made to the site in an organised manner and in compliance with a series of standards.

Thus, groups should not exceed 15 people and they will be accompanied by a guide. All those taking part must follow a series of recommendations concerning lighting, protection and footwear.

Sr. González said these measures had been taken in order to preserve the natural values of the tube and the balance of this fragile ecosystem formed by recent magmatic episodes.

Visitors can see and learn about this section of balsamic tubing formed during the most recent eruption on the island in 1949 and which now forms an official part of the protected Canary Network of Natural Spaces.

Anyone interested in arranging a visit should ring 922 42 31 00 extension 6836.

Meantime, the Cabildo says it is intent on pressing ahead with further work at the cave, including finalising the interpretation centre and opening the Cuevas to the public in general with prior authorisation.

The gallery is about three metres wide and over 500 metres deep and features various invertebrates which have adapted to life in the dark.

The project has been grant-aided with European funds.