Timanfaya (which means ‘Fire Mountain’) defines Lanzarote in so many ways, being responsible for the formation of much of the terrain on the South of the island following its last major eruption in the 18th Century. It is a must-see trip during anyone’s visit to Lanzarote.
Key features of a trip to the Parque Nacional de Timanfaya include a demonstration of steam erupting from a hole in the ground in response to water being poured down another hole 20 feet away, brushwood spontaneously combusting on contact with the hot volcanic ground, and a barbecue that cooks meat above a pit with the heat of the active volcano below.
When you arrive at the visitor centre (which you can do by car, or by camel from an area further back down the access road from Yaiza), you transfer to one of the park’s coaches which then negotiates the narrow and twisty roads of the park, stopping for photo opportunities along the way. Throughout the 20 minute ride, there is a fascinating narration of the volcanic eruptions that took place between 1730 and 1736.
At the visitor centre there is a restaurant ‘El Diablo’, with the pit barbecue as its centrepiece, and a souvenir shop. The restaurant enjoys spectacular views over the 51 square kilometres of the park, which was designated a national park in 1974 (formalised by law in 1981).
Telephone: +34 928 840 056 or +34 928 840 057.
Opening Hours: Daily 9 am to 5 pm or 7 pm, depending on season. (closes at 5 pm from 15th July to 15th September)
El Diablo restaurant: open 12am to 15:30pm
Volcano coach trip: final set off at 5 pm.
Prices: 8€ per adult. Children (7 – 12 years) 4€.