Lanzarote is one of the most fascinating islands of the Canary archipelago. With resorts such as Playa Costa Bianca each year it attracts thousands of visitors who come to the island not only for its beaches but also for its natural beauty and the great National Park of Timanfaya, also known as the land of fire. An expanse of 5107 volcanic hectares declared a World Biosphere Reserve by UNESCO.
The area around the Timanfaya, the volcano from which the park takes its name, is the result of a continuing series of eruptions which began in 1730 and ended in 1736. Here the landscape has remained unchanged for centuries thanks to favorable climatic conditions while nature is almost unreal and seems to belong to another planet. These landscapes are so beautiful but can be visited for the most part only through guided tours where you can enter between volcanic craters and underground caverns.
The park is divided into two ecosystems: the land and the sea. In the first, dominated by the lunar landscape there are several environmental units such as cones of volcanic origin and expanses of sea of lava tabaibal. While in the marine ecosystem there are fumaroles and hot flashes, black beaches and slabs. The volcanic activity in the park is still active but dormant. For this reason the soil can reach very high temperatures where you can also attend the show of artificial geysers, cold water that turns into a powerful column of steam.
Inside the park there is the restaurant El Diablo, a symbol of Lanzarote, built by architect Cesar Marnique. The particularity of this restaurant as well as the particular architecture, is the kitchen. The restaurant serves local cuisine prepared directly in an oven that uses natural geothermal energy of the lava. The entrance to the park costs 8 euro and can be visited from 9 am to 6 pm. You can visit the park on the back of a camel or dromedary but at an increased cost. One thing is certain: It’s very unlikely you’ll be able to forget this wonderful and fascinating desolation.