Timanfaya National Park established in 1974 in the south western part of the island of Lanzarote and covers approx. 20 square miles. It is cover entirely by volcanic soil and roads have been dug out of the rock formations for the touring coachers to travel along. There is no other public access to the site to protect the flora and fauna and the park has been designated a Biosphere reserve by UNESCO. The park still features 1 active volcano and there is a demonstration near to the restaurant where water is poured in to the ground, resulting in a geyser of steam (video below).
I visited on July 30th 2013 and although it wasn't what I expected I think it was perhaps one of the highlights of my visit to Lanzarote. I naively expected there to be volcanic flows viewable by the public, this is obviously not the case but I would recommend anyone to go there but I would suggest using an official coach tour as they get priority when entering the park. Cars were queuing for quite a while to enter. This was also the place where I started to take an interest in photography using my Samsung Galaxy Tablet at the time. The parks symbol is El Diablo by Cesar Manrique which is also the name of the parks restaurant.
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Manto de la Virgen.
A view across the park whilst on the coach tour.
The El Diablo Restaurant users volcanic heat to cook the food like this.
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