Timanfaya National Park – The Fire Mountains Of Lanzarote

September 19, 2011 by  
Filed under Lanzarote Attractions, Travel Guide

Otherwise known as the Montañas del Fuego, or Fire Mountains, the area of the Timanfaya National Park once had more than 100 active volcanoes.  One of the most devastating eruptions was in the 1730s and lasted for almost six years.  The last eruption was a hundred years later, but to this day there are still areas that are too hot to touch.  The site now looks very much as it did after that last activity, due to the climatic conditions which have protected the site from erosion.

National Park status was awarded in 1968, and since then its moon-like landscape and rare plant species have been fully protected.  The park is one of Lanzarote’s main attractions, even though the whole island bears signs of extinct volcanoes, such as the grey lava beaches.

The park’s main attraction is its geysers – coaches convey visitors up to them from the park entrance.  There are plenty of opportunities to see just how hot the Earth is below the surface, and the guides demonstrate this phenomenon by throwing brush wood into a hole where it catches fire immediately.

There are several viewing options available to the tourist, including seeing it from the back of a camel.  The coach tour covers around 14 kilometres and takes in the most impressive sights; there is usually an informative commentary on the various past eruptions.

There are also guided tours for walkers, which must be booked in advance from the park’s administration office.  For walkers of a reasonable fitness level this can be one of the best ways to see the amazing landscape with all its strange formations and colours.

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