The Timanfaya National Park is arguably the most iconic area of Lanzarote. This impressive 51 square kilometre volcanic region was formed during the 1700's, when the island endured six years of volcanic lava eruptions. The entire South-Western area was completely devastated, leaving behind over 110 craters and huge rolling lava fields that resemble the surface of the moon.
The National Park grabbed the interest of scientists and geologists alike, eventually earning Lanzarote its bisphere reserve status in 1993.
Timanfaya's main attraction is Montana De Fuego (Mountain of Fire). The heat from this active volcano can be felt from the top, and the temperature at 13 metres reaches up to 600 degrees Celsius. There is a restaurant at its peak, where you can enjoy some food cooked directly from the heat of the volcano itself. You can also enjoy the geothermic experiments up here, with water shooting up from the volcano and bushes setting on fire from the heat.
If you fancy a tour of the park, you can jump on board one of the guide buses that depart from just outside the restaurant. These well practiced drivers will take you around each and every crater, peak, and lava field, along with an audio guide so you can learn about the history of the volcanos. Entry to the park is 8 euros if you make your own way by car.
If you don't have a car, don't worry. Why not book onto the South Tour of Lanzarote trip so as not to miss out on this amazing piece of Lanzarote history.