3 Images of Timanfaya National Park
The Timanfaya National Park, on the Canary Island of Lanzarote, extending to 5,107 Ha of solidified volcanic lava, has a truly luna landscape, in an area also known as the Montañas del Fuego (Fire Mountains).
Temperatures just a few metres below the surface can be as high as 4-600 deg C and there are a number of geysers and hot springs.
At the visitor centre they will demonstrate how hot the area is by throwing dry brush wood into a hole in the ground, when it will catch fire immediately, while water poured into a bore hole erupts seconds later in the form of steam - like a mini-geyser.
A restaurant also provides food cooked by geothermal heat - a grid can be placed over a hole in the ground for cooking.
Access is allowed on foot in the coastal area of the park as long as you stay on the coastal paths.
Elsewhere, it is necessary to enter via a visitor centre, where access into the park are strictly controlled though camel rides may be available.
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