A volcanic eruption shaped Lanzarote and created what has become a global tourist attraction. A visit to the stunning Fire Mountains national park is an unforgettable experience.

Things to do in Lanzarote

Timanfaya National Park

Timanfaya was one of 50 villages that disappeared when the earth split open and covered much of Lanzarote in lava and ash. The vanished village lives on as the name of the unique national park inside the huge area that was devastated by the volcanic eruption in the 18th century.

Roads cut through the miles of black rock and lava cones that make Fire Mountains, but the national park is at the heart of the astonishing scenery. Visitors are taken on a 45-minute coach tour of the lunar landscape of craters, tunnels and ash slides.

Heat from the magma bubbling four kilometres below the ground can still be felt at the visitors’ centre where wardens demonstrate that it is hot enough to ignite brushwood and turn water into geysers of steam. In the “devil’s restaurant” food is barbecued using heat from the centre of the earth.

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