What a sight! A sea of black lava, mountains with crumbling peaks, ragged magma boulders and sandy plains as far as the eye can see. We are in the Timanfaya National Park and are about to discover the fiery mountains of Lanzarote.
The National Park was established in 1974 and covers an area of 51m². Here is were the biggest national disaster of the island took place. For six years, volcanos erupted and covered almost a quarter of the island with lava. Today, all of this has long been congealed and it is perfectly safe to explore this environment.
We decided to take a hire car to get here, but there are also buses and guided tours as an option to discover this area.
Go to the Park as early as possible. Only a limited amount of vehicles is allowed in the Park at any given time so that long queues form at around midday.
It’s a 3km drive from the entrance to the visitor centre. The admission fee includes access to all shows and a guided bus tour. Private cars are only allowed up to the visitor car park and cannot be used to make the tour through the National Park!
We started with the shows at the visitor centre. Quite impressive was the set up of an artificial geyser. Water was poured down a pipe that led deep inside the rocks to the hotter layers. About three seconds later a giant water fountain shot up in the air.
The restaurant’s barbeque runs on geothermal energy. The hot air is enough to cook potatoes and meat. Holding a hand over the hole in the ground makes it easier to understand the unimaginable heat down below.
Next, we boarded one of the park’s buses. The tour included a pre-recorded audio guide in multiple languages. It gives information on the development and preservation of this unique landscape. You might have to wait a little while for the next bus, but you should absolutely not miss this tour. The tour takes about 45 minutes and covers a 14km long route through the park. Little photo stops (where you cannot leave the bus!) offer enough time to get some great shots.
A great tour through the firey mountains of Lanzarote.
09.00 – 17.45 (last bus for the volcano tour 17.00)
1st of July to 20th of September: 09.00 – 18.45 (last bus for the volcano tour 18.00)
Children (7 – 12 years): 5,50€