This Visitor Center of Timanfaya, can be visited both before and after enjoying the Fire Mountains. If we do it before, we will be prepared for what we will see later in the tour by bus and the Islote de Hilario. If we visit it later, as in my case, we already have those fresh experiences in the retina and we can solve some of the doubts or curiosities that have remained in the inkwell.
In Timanfaya Visitors Center you can find a detailed explanation of the eruptions that occurred in Timanfaya between 1730 and 1736. This modern building is located in Mancha Blanca, on the road from Tinajo to Yaiza, it is open every day from 9:00 at 4:30 p.m., and your admission is free. The Center, is a modern construction in the middle of a malpais lava, with large interiors and large windows facing the sea of lava that surrounds the entire area.
It has a parking accessible from the road, and upon entering, past the reception, you find a small, but well-stocked gift shop. Leaving behind the gift shop, the space opens in several heights, this being the permanent exhibition room, where we find the different exhibitions separated by themes.
In one part of the room, we are immediately struck by a large model with the volcanic origin of the Canary Islands, the protected areas of the island of Lanzarote, as well as the National Network of National Parks. And how could it be otherwise, there is also a large part dedicated exclusively to Timanfaya, without forgetting its flora and fauna, as well as the coast, since much of the eruptions stopped, after growing the island, having won land to the sea. To finish, in this room there is also a section dedicated exclusively to La Geria and the way of cultivation that occurs in this peculiar area.
In the upper part are the Library and the Projection Room, which offer two audiovisual programs of 30 minutes each and which have simultaneous translation in four languages (Spanish, English, German and French). We also find the Sensory Experiences Room, equipped with means specially designed for people who suffer some type of disability, whether it is motor, auditory or visual. In it, through panels in Braille, tactile and olfactory elements, these visitors can get close to the natural singularities of the Timanfaya National Park.
Undoubtedly one of the strengths of Timanfaya Visitors Center is the Simulation Room, in it, thanks to a careful combination of sound, lights and movement, we can experience the same sensations as the inhabitants of the island in the 6 years the volcanic eruptions lasted.
To finish the visit, I opted to visit the viewpoints and the walkway. And I must say that walking on the wooden walkway, over the lava flows that cover the landscape, to sit on the bench at the end, and enjoy the stillness of the landscape is shocking.