Timanfaya, Montaña De Fuego

October 5, 2012 | By | Reply More

Timanfaya National Park, one of Lanzarote ´s most famous land mark is located at the Fire Mountain (Montaña de Fuego) on the west of the island.

The park is part each in the districts of Tinajo and Yaiza.  The area also has the last remaining active volcano of the island;  El Islote de Hilario (Islet of Hilario).  Amazingly in the Timanfaya park there are approximately 300 volcanoes.

 

Watch this Youtube Video on Timanfaya – Fire Mountain (Montaña de Fuego)

 

 

 

In modern times the most spectacular eruptions occurred between the 1730 and 1736 are amongst the most important and one of the longest & continuous in history of volcanoes. The lava covered almost 1/3rd of the island. The last eruptions at Lanzarote in this area was in 1824.

 

Fire Mountain, Timanfaya

 

This whole area is still unusuable and the total area is close to about 174 sq kms. In 1974 about 51 kms of the total area was converted into a National Park. The National Park designation corresponds to the highest level of protection. Cesar Manrique and Jesus Soto in 1968 had a road laid out so that visitors could enter the park without disturbing the fragile eco system of the National park. A stretch of about 14 kms of road was laid out perfectly camouflaged within and passing through mountains, caves, volcanic ash and Stone.

The park has a large bio-diversity with 180 different plant species and several types of lizards.

 

El Diablo Restaurant

 

Volcanic Natural Grill

 

 

This is another of the artistic creations of César Manrique. The restaurant “El Diablo” was built in 1970. The building has a round solid structure made of dry dark stone with glazed walls and glass windows as a lookout over the volcanic landscape.

At the mountain top at the the restaurant El Diablo you can taste the most typical and traditional local dishes, cooked completely with the underground heat. With your own eyes you can see the meat, chicken, pizza and other local dishes being prepared with natural heat.

The underground still has exteme heat and fires burning. When wáter is poured over the cavity the wáter gets thrown out as steam in an instant. Similarly if something is thrown into the cracks in the earth it immediately burns out. Temperatures can reach 600 ° C at a depth of 13m and it is as high as 120 ° C on the surface.

At various locations within the park we can see the figure of a devil made of rusty iron. This was the symbol used for Timanfaya. created by César Manrique, is part and parcel of the tragic and sublime nature of the volcanic landscape.

The Camel Echadero (Short Camel Ride)

 

At the Timanfaya park you can also take a camel ride. The ride is fairly short one and is up a hill on the back of a camel and back. This ride however will give give you a closer view of the Fire mountain.The camels walk on the volcano is undoubtedly one of the most classic of Lanzarote´s transport means combining with the exotic & spectacular surroundings.

Timanfaya is visited by over 1.5 Million each year this represents an important source of income for the island’s economy.

 

Services: Restaurant & Cafeteria

Location: Yaiza

Tel: + 34 928 84 00 56 / + 34 928 84 00 57

Hours: Monday to Sunday from 10:00 to 18:00

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Category: Haria, SIGHT SEEING, THEME PARKS, Tinajo, Yaiza (Playa Blanca)

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