This is the major
tourist attraction on the island with some justification. It is a landscape
created by major volcanic activity. Tourists are taken round the Park by bus
which is quite frustrating as you have to go at the pace of the tour bus
taped commentary. You are barely allowed off the bus because the powers that
be want to keep the landscape pristine. Photos through bus windows are just
not the same!
You are allowed
off the bus at a limited number of designated points to take photos and
there are the set piece demonstrations of just how close to the surface the
volcanic activity still is, such as water thrown down a hole, which
instantly vaporises, twigs thrown into a hole, which instantly catch fire
and chickens roasting over simply a hole in the ground – or by geothermal
heat if you want to be posh!
Despite what might
be seemed as my unenthusiastic description, Timanfaya is worth a visit, at
least once, because some of the best volcanic remains are there. The shapes
and colours are amazing and because of lack of rainfall are much as they
were when the volcanic activity ceased in the 18th and 19th
As with all the
tourist attractions, it is best visited in the morning soon after it opens,
before the majority of the tour busses arrive.
There is a free
guided walk service but you have to book in advance (48 hours I think) and
it can be difficult to get a place (see Centro
National Park is accessed via the LZ-602 off the LZ-67 and is well
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