The best volcanoes in Lanzarote: Timanfaya

Geology and Lanzarote are two sides of the same coin. The island has historically been the scene of numerous geological experiences that have left behind craters and fissures that give the environment a certain aspect of the lunar surface. It is for this reason that Lanzarote is also known as the island of a thousand volcanoes.

From the Montaña Blanca to the Caldera del Cuervo, passing through the Volcán de la Corona and ending in the volcanic complex of the Timanfaya National Park, the best known, most visited and the only one that, to this day, is still active.

Although it may seem unbelievable, Timanfaya currently has internal temperatures that range between 100 and 600ºC at a depth of more than ten meters. A clear example of this is what happens with steam when a member of the park pour water into a hole made in the ground. Experiment that you can observe when you visit the park.

The Timanfaya National Park is considerably large, occupying a quarter of the island. This fact allows you to carry out all kinds of activities related to the most famous volcano on the island.

What activities can we do in the Timanfaya National Park?

The heart of Timanfaya: one of the best volcanoes in Lanzarote

The large volume of tourists that visit the island, around two million a year, make it necessary to make certain decisions to preserve the marvelous landscape. The main measure is that the only way to visit the heart of Timanfaya is in a guided coach tour (thebus for locals), in fact, it is one of the main recommended activities when visiting Lanzarote. To start this excursion, which does not last more than half an hour, you must get to the starting point on the Isolte de Hilario, by car or by public transport.

We recommend you visit in the morning and eat at the El Diablo restaurant to see how tasty the meat roasted in lava is. And it is that the heat given off by the lava pool that is two meters underground and that reaches temperatures of 400 degrees, allows you to cook all kinds of food.

camel stall

The dromedaries (known on the island as camels) represent one of the most important figures since they have traditionally been the animals that have supported man in agricultural tasks.

Now that the machines have replaced them in their work, their mission is to take tourists along the southern slope of Timanfaya on excursions that usually last about 20 minutes.

Some consider it a "tourist" others prefer to walk...

Walking itineraries

Although the mission is for the public to enjoy the National Park, no less true is that care must be taken to make tourism compatible with conservation. It is for this reason that two specially designed itineraries have been defined so that visitors do not alter the natural processes that take place throughout the Timanfaya National Park.

Son two routes that allow us to know the historical and geological reality that the area lived through. Depending on the time we have and our experience in hiking excursions, it will be appropriate to choose one or the other route.

Whichever you choose, you should know that to carry out the route, you must make a prior reservation and comply with the established regulations.

We hope we have been useful to you and that you can enjoy the volcanic area as it deserves.
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