Explore the otherworldly terrain of this volcanic park, with rugged lava flows, resilient wildlife species and a restaurant serving meals heated by volcanic gases.
Experience the strange and wonderful landscapes of Timanfaya National Park, a testament to Lanzarote's volcanic history. This reserve covers 12,600 acres (5,100 hectares) of the southwest part of the island, stretching between the Montanas del Fuego (Fire Mountains) and the sea.
Let the plains of the Timanfaya National Park charm you with their dramatic emptiness. These stretches of jagged volcanic rock, called the Malpais (Badlands), were formed by eruptions recorded between 1730 and 1736. Lava flows from the mountains buried a number of farms and hamlets on their way to the ocean, leaving behind extraordinary caves and rock formations.
Visit the park's tourist center on the road between Yaiza and Tinajo to see interactive exhibits of the natural processes that created this landscape. Admire the architecture of the building, whose seamless blending with the scenery is the hallmark of its architect, César Manrique. Stop by the gift shop and buy a themed souvenir.
Follow marked roads through this jagged landscape and find El Diablo restaurant, which offers a unique culinary experience. This glass-walled restaurant is famed for its views of the black volcanic landscape and its methods of cooking meat. Chefs use the superheated volcanic gases rising through chutes from below the earth to heat your meal.
Exploring the park is strictly regulated. Be aware that unescorted walking is prohibited. To see the park best, join a bus tour, take the guided walking tour of the Ruta de Tremesana or connect with a camel train that leaves regularly from the visitor's center. Walking tours are very popular; it is recommended to book in advance.
Despite its barren outlook, the park has so much flora and fauna that it has been designated a core part of Lanzarote's biosphere. As you explore, spot species of colorful lichen, fig trees and Barbary falcons patrolling the sky.
Allow 2 hours to visit Timanfaya National Park. Get there by bus or rented car and use the public car park. The park is open daily and charges admission.