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Timanfaya National Park

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Explore Volcanic Landscapes that are out of this world

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Timanfaya National Park or Las Montañas del Fuego (The Fire Mountains).

Form a large part of Lanzarote that was affected by the last volcanic eruptions that hit the island between 1730 and 1736.

With the final subsequent eruptions completing the latest landscaping job and drastically changing the island’s morphology in 1824.

 Almost a quarter of the island, mostly the agricultural areas were consumed and most completely buried under a 20 foot thick layer of ash and frozen lava.

If you are interested you can always see what it looks like underneath the lava by visiting Cueva de los verdes or Jameos del Agua.

175 Km2 of the island was swallowed up forever by the volcanic activity during that period. 

There is plenty to keep you busy at the park. The camel rides on the volcano are without a shadow of a doubt, one of the visitors favourite activities. No better way to view the spectacular nature of the volcanoes than on a back of a camel! 

Prefer to walk yourself? No problemo.. Within the Park there is a walking route that takes you about 10 miles (14 kilometres) open to visitors. 

“La Ruta de los Volcanes” (The Volcano Trail)

Oh, don’t forget to stay and watch the geyser show and the setting fire to things show above the main car park.

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A 200 square kilometre sea of lava

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Surrounded by a 200-square-kilometre sea of lava, Islote de Hilario stands.

Itself surrounded by 25 dormant craters that are spotted across the unfamiliar lunar like landscape. 

It is here once again Lanzarote’s own super hero César Manrique let his artistic flare manifest. He created the concept of El Diablo restaurant bringing that barren deserted place back to life.

Completed in 1970, this large building has a circular floor with glass walls surrounding that illuminates the interior and allows you to see and admire the volcanic landscape.

The furnace that is used to cook the food in El Diablo uses the natural heat of the earth to cook beautiful and unique dishes from right under our feet.

At 10 metres deep, the temperature is about 300 degrees. 

Inside the Restaurant “El Diablo”, there is a unique piece of art: An artificial glass “soco” containing camel bones and a fig tree on top of the black volcanic ash.

This is a homage to the legend of Hilario.

Islote de Hilario actually takes its name from the Lanzaroteño known as Hilario, a Lanzarote legend, who lived here like a hermit after the Spanish-American War ended in the Philippines, with only his camel for company.

Hilario planted a fig tree which, although it grew, never actually bore fruit because “flowers could not feed on flames”.

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MORE PLACES TO VISIT

Take a look below at some more of Lanzarote’s creative volcanic works. These unique attractions have to be visited. Timanfaya is especially nice early evening with its watercolour sunsets across a landscape of deep blood red and fiery orange colours set into Lanzarote’s own volcanic canvas. An artist or photographers dream landscape.

Jameos del Agua

Mirador del Rio

Cueva de los Verdes

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