Pay at gate
Steam and fire
Timanfaya National Park
The raw volcanic beauty of Timanfaya.
The Timanfaya National Park is one of the must sees in Lanzarote. An area where the most recent volcanic eruptions occurred has another world feel.
Pay at the entrance and drive into a moon like landscape. Park you car and get take a coach tour. The tour takes you around specially constructed roads that weave across the dramatic volcanic landscape. See some amazing craters, lava flows and rocks. Listen to ambient music on the coach and learn about the history of this magical area.
Less than 300 hundred years ago the whole area was erupting for six long years. Previously the Timanfaya area was the most fertile on Lanzarote. Residents had to move away or live in caves to survive this apocalyptic era.
Even now very high temperatures lay just below the surface. On your visit this will be illustrated by steam shooting out of holes and wood catching fire in small holes.
There is a restaurant that uses the heat from the ground to cook. At the entrance to the restaurant is a deep hole with food cooking from the heat emanating from the ground.
It is hard to imagine what it must have been like to endure five years of almost constant volcanic eruptions. A priest lived in the area and wrote detailed diaries about life living there in those times. Quotes from writing are mentioned on the coach tour.