FIRE & MOUNTAINS
If you come to Lanzarote as a Tourist one of the “Must see” is definitely The Fire Mountains, a volcanic park in the Southern part of the island.
If you don’t, you are going to miss a great opportunity to experience an ” out of this world” landscape.
It’s interesting to note that on Mother Earth there are few any Volcanic Parks.
Whatever your age, I am sure you will find this specific park amazing and fascinating and the experience may print itself into your memory forever and leave an impact on you.
Here is some facts about The Fire Mountains: The Fire Mountains, Las Montañas del Fuego, were created between 1730 and 1736 with more than100 volcanoes rising from an enormous eruption and devastated the Southern part of the island.
The affected area of 50 km2 was swallowed up by hot molten lava enclosing several villages, their houses, plants and farm animals left behind.
This area looks much the same today as it did just after the eruptions 280 years ago.
In 1968 the area was declared national heritage and named “Parque Nacional de Timanfaya” by the Spanish goverment.
From the moment you pass by the road sign with “The Devil” in Yaiza you are on the right track.
It`s straight forward following road the whole way through and the scenery will change many times colourwise, before you reach the Timanfaya Ticket office. Enjoy it and let yourself be filled with joy and astonishment.
Once you arrive at the visitors Car Park you will be showed two demonstrations of how “Hot” the area is.
Really high temperatures are just few meters below the surface and can reach between 400°C and 600°C. A bunch of dry tumbleweed will be thrown into the hole in the ground and you see how it catches fire immediately.
Just after they’ll pour water into another hole and it erupts seconds later in spitting out a geyser of steam.
The landscape is an impressive backdrop to therestaurant ‘El Diablo’ which was designed by my hero Cesar Manrique. It serves a variety of Canarian food cooked using geothermal heat and on a cast-iron grill placed over a large hole in the ground.
You’ll also find a Cafeteria where you can enjoy a Coffee or Tea whilst admiring the view over the park through the floor-to-ceiling windows.
While you are not allowed to walk freely around the volcano park by yourself there’s a coach trip tour through the National Park and it’s included in the entry fee.
On the bus tour there will be an audio commentary playing that includes excerpts from the diary of a local Priest who was an important and unique eyewitness to the devastating eruptions nearly 300 years ago.
Listening to the background music and the tale of times forgotten while driving through this amazing volcanic nature will surely do a trick to your imagination.
The chauffer will stop once in a while to let you shoot photos from the bus.