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Santa Rosa

Costa Teguise, Lanzarote

The Timanfaya Mountains National Park, Lanzarote

Posted by Luci Ackers on Mar 04, 2015
Timanfaya Mountains National Park, Lanzarote
Timanfaya Mountains National Park, Lanzarote
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Parque Nacional de Timanfaya, or the Fire Mountains, form part of a large area that was affected by huge volcanic eruptions that struck Lanzarote in the 1730s. The island was shaken by the eruptions and surrounding villages were lost to lava. No one was killed, although most of the farmland was destroyed. Now designated a National Park this rugged landscape is situated in the north-west part of the island and covers an area of 51 square kilometres.

Today the Timanfaya Mountains are one of the biggest tourist attractions on the island. With beautiful black landscapes and a fantastic glass walled restaurant which has views to the sea, it's not hard to see why it is so popular. The restaurant, named El Diablo (The devil), is a must visit - the chefs use geothermal heat and a cast iron grill placed over a hole in the ground to cook. The heat comes from a broiling chamber of magma, estimated to be 4km beneath the surface.

Camel rides in the Park are also a favourite, and the camel station is located right next to the museum where you can learn all about the history and importance of the National Park and why it has been declared a protected site.

The area can only be visited through a guided walk or coach tour, and no 'free roaming' around the National Park is allowed, a small entrance fee is required as well. 

Find out more about the incredible landscape of this National Park here.

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Author: Luci Ackers

Luci loves getting out and about for a good cycle ride or easy-going walks in the countryside, and thoroughly enjoyed the time she previously spent working for the National Trust. Her love of writing started from a young age and on rainy days nothing beats curling up in a secret corner with a good book.


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