Following my route through the Tourist Centers of Lanzarote, it was the turn of the Timanfaya National Park. Located south of the island, in the municipalities of Yaiza and Tinajo.
As when I visited the Cueva de los Verdes, it is recommended to go early since it has a large influx of visitors and there may be queues. So I left early to be there before ten o’clock in the morning. After sealing the ticket at the entrance is when you really access the road of the park, just under a kilometer along a paved road between a sea of volcanic rocks lead to a parking lot on the top of a hill: the Islet of Hilario.
El Diablo Restaurant
At the top of Hilario’s Islet we have the beautiful El Diablo restaurant, the work of the Lanzarote’s artist César Manrique. It has spectacular views of the Park, and you can have breakfast or lunch looking at the landscape of another planet that make up the volcanoes of Timanfaya.
The Kiln Grill of Timanfaya is a hole that goes into the basement of the Mountains of Fire, where taking advantage of the geothermal energy and using grills on which to deposit food is cooked much of the food that can be tasted in the Restaurant El Diablo .
Fire and Water
Simply by touching the ground you can already feel the heat emanating from the earth. The temperature of the ground is so high that outside the restaurant, the workers of the park, make demonstrations by pouring water through tubes inserted into the ground, which in a few seconds is fired in the form of a geyser.
We can also see a little below as simply introducing a dry bush into a hole in the ground, after a few seconds it burns into flames, simply with the heat that is released from the interior of the earth. It is not surprising that this place is known as The Fire Mountains.
Tour of the Volcanoes
After the demonstrations, it is our turn to have a ride in bus through the volcanoes. Every so often a bus leaves to do the route that explains how the eruptions that gave shape to this area of the island were thanks to the newspaper’s notes of the parish priest of the time.
The beauty of the terrain leaves you speechless, the reds and blacks that the lava has left in its wake and the formations that transport us to lunar or Martian landscapes creates a succession of unique sensations that remain etched in the retina.
The bus tour lasts just over half an hour, about fourteen kilometers accompanied by the history of the eruptions in Spanish, English and German, with a soundtrack that eclipsed us at times.
Without a doubt, the visit to the Timanfaya National Park is a must when you visit Lanzarote. Simply incredible. It’s like traveling to another planet for a few hours.
Hiking among volcanoes
You can go hiking at any time of year in Lanzarote. Temperatures are stable all year round and this route is classified as easy, without significant elevation.
If you’re going by car then drive to Mancha Blanca, but the tour does include pickup from the main resorts to take you hiking among the volcanoes and lava. The landscape in the National Park is unique and inhospitable, but full of life and energy at the same time. Our guide explains that the landscape seems to have been destroyed by six years of eruptions, but that life has adapted and re-emerged in this terrain.
If you want to feel the same energy that I did and learn more about Timanfaya, check out — WALKING AMONG VOLCANOES IN TIMANFAYA >— with transport and snack included.
Guided tour of Timanfaya
I opted to buy discounted tickets at the tourist centres, but there are also a variety of guided tours that will take you for a must-do tour of Timanfaya National Park. Depending on how long you want to spend on a tour, you can choose a Full day tour of Lanzarote which will also take you to Jameos del Agua, passing through the old capital of Teguise. On the other hand, you could join the tour of southern Lanzarote and taste some Denomination of Origin Malvasía wine in La Geria or Los Hervideros. If you’re short on time and only want to see Timanfaya, you may be interested in the Express Tour to Timanfaya National Park – 3h and learn about the eruptions that shook Lanzarote and the spectacular landscape they left behind.