Gruta das Torres Visitors Centre
The Gruta das Torres Visitors Centre (CVGT) is an example of sustainable use of a natural resource for recreational purposes and environmental awareness.
The Gruta das Torres is the biggest lava tube in Portugal, with a length of 5150 metres, and it’s a part of the formation of Lajidos - Gruta das Torres, inserted in the Mountain Volcanic Complex. It is estimated that it was formed about 1500 years ago during an eruption originated in Cabeço Bravo.
In 2006, it was a finalist of the Portuguese selection commission of the V Ibero-American Biennale of Architecture and Urbanism. It was nominated, in 2007, for the Contemporary Architecture Mies van der Rohe Award and, in 2009, it won the first place in Tektónica National Award of the Architects Order.
The visit is absolutely an innovation in Portugal, following a cavity that allows the good conservation of the cave, over a length of 450 metres and the approximate duration of one hour. For this expedition, the visitor is provided with the necessary equipment to discover the cave in its natural state and to observe various types of lavas and several geological formations, of which stands out the different types of lava stalactites and stalagmites, side counters, lava balls, striated walls and ropy lavas.