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Tube visits will soon have visitor centre with volcanic sensatins 

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A new information centre for a fascinating tourist attraction on Lanzarote is expected to open its doors in 2018.

The Cabildo has allocated more than half a million euros to equip the Centre of Interpretation of the Cave of Las Palomas.

It is hoped this will become one of the most visited tourist attractions on the island, as well as a place for environ-mental education.

The centre will have audio visual equipment and sound effects and is being described as “a pioneering centre for the enhancement of this type of natural space on our island.”

Environment councillor Juan Manuel González said the project had a five-month deadline so the Centre could definitively open its doors to the public at the beginning of 2018.

The centre will be of interest to all those wishing to find out more about the volcanic activity on the island and the different cavities of the Natural Monument of the Coladas del Volcán de San Juan.

It will incorporate access to the Cueva del Vidrio (Cave of Glass) and visitors will even be able to feel the sensation of what it would be like to be in the midst of volcanic rum-blings!

The Cabildo has invested more than 1.8 million euros in creating the centre and incorporating it into its environment.

The property has three levels: on the main floor there is a space for a cafeteria with a large glazed lookout and a large exhibition hall; on the ground floor there is a projection room that can accommodate up to 70 people; and the upper floor is an uncovered gazebo terrace with breathtaking views of the surroundings of the Las Manchas area in particular and of the entire Aridane Valley in general.

In the same environment of the Centre for the Interpretation of Volcanic Cavities, the environmental councillor recalled that the volcanic tube of Cueva de Las Palomas can be visited on a provisional basis with scheduled visits through three companies authorised by the Cabildo. This possibility will be maintained until the Centre is finally opened.

With protection of the environment in mind, elevated accesses and platforms were built on pillars and metal beams on which there is a wooden platform and stairs with the same structure and steps and an access walkway to the main access tunnel to the tube.