Spain Destinations: A Visit To Timanfaya National Park In Lanzarote, Canary Islands

Located in the north of Lanzarote, Timanfaya National Park is a must-see for any visitor to the island. The impressive volcanic landscape was the result of six years of continuous eruptions between 1730 and 1736. Many locals had to abandon their homes and when they returned, the landscape was so changed that they couldn’t recognize their surroundings.

What To See In Timanfaya National Park

To visit this incredible place, you can either rent a car or take part in an organized tour. I would highly recommend taking the tour as you will get amazing information about the area and visit places you may not know about if you go on your own. This company is an excellent choice if you decide to take the guided tour

The tour lasts around five hours and it starts at the Mountains of Fire Center. Here you will experience first hand the incredible heat (up to 610°C  at 13 feet below) with a demonstration of some straw igniting after being dropped into a shallow pit. The heat also creates geysers when it comes in contact with water.

Then, you will be taken on a volcano route where you can admire the intense redness of the land in contrast with the blue sky. You can only take pictures from the bus, as the park is a protected natural space.

The next stop is the camel ride. This is a unique attraction in Lanzarote and it’s a lot of fun. Camels are very well taken care of and trained. The ride takes about twenty minutes and it takes you up the hill on the side of one of the volcanoes. The fee is only €11.

After that, you will find yourself admiring a unique landscape. The Green Lagoon was formed in the crater of an extinct volcano that submerges into the Atlantic ocean. The  green color is caused by the algae at the bottom and it contrasts beautifully with the blue of the sky and sea and the black sand on the beach. 

The last stop is La Geria, a huge expanse of volcanic ash where vine plantations are found. This is an ingenious method of cultivating vines that started as a way to adapt to the new landscape after the volcanic eruptions. Locals figured out a way of planting the vines in shallow holes protected by a low stone wall. They cover the ground with ashes to retain the little moisture that stays in the soil. The area is quite famous for their wineries, where you can enjoy a glass of wine and admire the beautiful landscape.

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