In the early 18th Century, Lanzarote shook, and rivers of lava began to gush from the depths of the island in a breathtaking eruption that lasted for years, destroying some of the most productive agricultural land on the island and engulfing entire settlements. Timanfaya was born.
Today, the Park is made up of 25 active volcanoes spread over an area of more than 50km², in a setting with wide biological variety that was declared a Spanish National Park in 1974. After Teide National Park in Tenerife, Timanfaya is the second most-visited National Park in Spain.
Islote de Hilario
One of Timanfaya’s peculiarities, and one of the things that draws the attention of people visiting the park, is the high temperatures coming from the subsoil through the surface.
Islote de Hilario is the main area in which these geothermal anomalies occur as a result of a magmatic chamber located just a few meters below the surface. It is, without a doubt, the most popular part of Timanfaya, as it is where you will find the El Diablo restaurant and the famous geysers that are evidence of the magma beating near the surface of Timanfaya. It is a true natural spectacle.
A spectacle that is reaffirmed when the dry grass is devoured in seconds by the intense heat that emerges from inside the Earth.
El Diablo Restaurant
Restaurante El Diablo is one of the many works of art created by César Manrique throughout Lanzarote.
The magic of El Diablo doesn’t just rest in that its dishes are cooked directly from the heat of the magma – its large windows, which showcase the immensity of the park, are another one of the many little details that make it a unique place.
Taking a camel ride through the park is one of the most popular activities on the island. It’s a classic postcard image of the island, to the point where it has become a symbol of Lanzarote.
Walking upon camelback is an experience in itself but doing it in a setting as extraordinary as Timanfaya makes the experience all the more incredible. The journey lasts around 10-15 minutes.
Ruta de Los Volcanes
The Ruta de Los Volcanes is a 14km route that takes just longer than 30 minutes around the Park. It is a tour of the Park’s edges that shows the less known, but equally spectacular, corners of the Timanfaya National Park.
Prices and Opening Hours
- Opening hours: 9:30am – 3:45pm – Monday to Sunday
- Adults: €12 | Children: €6 (7–12-year-olds)