13 Feb Discovering Lanzarote: What to do while staying at our villas – Timanfaya National Park
As locals of Lanzarote for over 5 generations, we thought we would share some of the islands treasures with you, to give you a better idea of the pleasures and spectacles which await you when you come to stay at one of our luxury villas. This is the first in a series on that theme, and we thought it would be helpful to start with our island’s beginnings.
The origin of Lanzarote
The Canary Islands are volcanic in origin, being born out of the sea around 15 million years ago. Scientists believe that the islands were formed as a result of the continental drift separating the African and American continental plates. Lanzarote is the easternmost island in the Canaries, and the greatest recorded volcanic eruptions on Lanzarote occurred between 1730 and 1736, in what is now Timanfaya National Park.
Timanfaya National Park
The Timanfaya National Park is a wonderful place to learn about our volcanic heritage and to experience an active volcano. Extending for just under 20 square miles, Timanfaya is entirely volcanic, and temperatures just centimeters underground reach as high as 400 degrees Celsius (750 degrees Fahrenheit). While you are visiting Timanfaya you can have lunch at El Diablo (“the Devil”), where traditional Lanzarote dishes are cooked using the underground heat from the volcano.
UNESCO designated Lanzarote a Biosphere Reserve because of the scientific value of natural places like Timanfaya. Public access to the park is strictly regulated in order to preserve the delicate flora and few fauna of the area and even though there are a couple of footpaths, we highly recommend visiting the park on the popular camel train. Trekking across the desolate Malpais (literally “bad lands”) in wooden chairs on camelback, you will be treated to the unforgettable sights and smells of this surreal volcanic landscape.
Make sure to take notice, when you visit, of the El Diablo statue, created by César Manrique. He is Lanzarote’s most famous son, and he will be next on our virtual tour of Lanzarote. Meanwhile, contact us with any questions you might have about Lanzarote or our luxury villas!