It belongs to the municipality Yaiza, has 172 inhabitants (2011) and is popular with tourists because of its fish restaurants. South of the former fishing village El Golfo is one of the most famous sights of the island of Lanzarote. It is the partially submerged crater of the Montaña de Golfo volcano, which has formed a lagoon about 50 meters from the coast. The striking green color of the lagoon is caused by unicellular algae, which have adapted to the high salt content of the lake. Subterranean connections to the sea allow seawater to flow into the lagoon, providing constant relief. This balance of nature has been disturbed for some years for unknown reasons. The now closed green lagoon evaporates more and more and today has only a fraction of its original size. The crater lake is called Charco Verde (green pond) or Charco de los Clicos.
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