Fodor's Expert Review Parque Nacional de Timanfaya

Yaiza Park (National/State/Provincial) Fodor's Choice

Popularly known as "the Fire Mountains," this national park takes up much of southern Lanzarote. As you enter the park from Yaiza, you'll see the staging area for the Canaries' best-known camel rides; a bumpy camel trek among the rust-red dunes lasts about 20 minutes. The volcanic landscape inside Timanfaya is a violent jumble of exploded craters, cinder cones, lava formations, and heat fissures. The park is protected, and you can't drive or hike through it yourself (leave your car in the lot beside the volcano-top restaurant, El Diablo); the only way to see the central volcanic area is on a 14-km (9-mile) bus circuit called the Ruta de los Volcanes, designed to have minimal environmental impact. (Photographers will be bummed that the only pics you can take on tour are through smudged windows.)

A taped English commentary explains how the parish priest of Yaiza took notes during the 1730 eruption that buried two villages. He had plenty of time—the... READ MORE

Popularly known as "the Fire Mountains," this national park takes up much of southern Lanzarote. As you enter the park from Yaiza, you'll see the staging area for the Canaries' best-known camel rides; a bumpy camel trek among the rust-red dunes lasts about 20 minutes. The volcanic landscape inside Timanfaya is a violent jumble of exploded craters, cinder cones, lava formations, and heat fissures. The park is protected, and you can't drive or hike through it yourself (leave your car in the lot beside the volcano-top restaurant, El Diablo); the only way to see the central volcanic area is on a 14-km (9-mile) bus circuit called the Ruta de los Volcanes, designed to have minimal environmental impact. (Photographers will be bummed that the only pics you can take on tour are through smudged windows.)

A taped English commentary explains how the parish priest of Yaiza took notes during the 1730 eruption that buried two villages. He had plenty of time—the eruption lasted six years, making it the longest known eruption in volcanic history. By the time it was over, more than 75% of Lanzarote was covered in lava. Throughout the park, on signs and road markers, you'll see a little devil with a pitchfork; this diablito was designed by Manrique. During summer, visit in late afternoon to avoid the crowds.

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Ctra. de Yaiza a Tinajo, Km 11.5
Tinajo, Canary Islands  35560, Spain

928-118042

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Rate Includes: Ruta de los Volcanes €9

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