Timanfaya National Park

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Timanfaya National Park

Timanfaya National Park is a must to visit. It is not every day you get chance to stand on a live volcano!

On arrival at the car park (having paid to enter the area) a free coach ride will take you for a tour around the mountain. Driving very close to the lava on each side and edges of the thin roadway, this is an interesting experience to say the least! Once back in the car park, a guide will take you over to an area with an opening in the ground. The temperature just a couple of metres below ground level is over 400°C and when he puts some hay in the whole, it quickly bursts into flames. In another hole the guide drops a bucket of water. Seconds later this spurts back up as steam!

There is a restaurant built on top of the volcano. Check out the barbecue. Of cause - volcano heated!

History - The Montanas del Fuego (Fire Mountains) were created between 1730 and 1736 when more than 100 volcanoes, covering more than 50 square km, rose up and devastated this part of the island (including several villages). The last eruptions were in 1824, however due to the low rainfall (and therefore lack of erosion) this area appears much the same as it did just after the ruptions. .

In 1968 the area was declared a national park, Parque Nacional de Timanfaya.

Opening Hours: Everyday 10.00 - 18.00