Canary Islands, Lanzarote – Vulcanological Treasure
The face of the island was fundamentally changed by massive volcanic eruptions that took place in 1730 and 1824. Lava flooded over a quarter of the island, creating a unique mountain range in the southwest of Montañas del Fuego and Timanfaya National Park.
We can't miss a visit to the park. Admission is 8 euros per person and includes a bus tour. This allows us to drive through narrow roads, up and down, and we can admire lava fields, volcanic craters and a unique landscape. In some places we stop at the very edge of the crater, which is not entirely pleasant for weaker characters. After an adrenaline ride, we enter the El Diablo restaurant. There is an oven in it, which heats the hot air from the sleeping volcano and bakes various delicacies on it. In front of the restaurant on the hill, the park staff will show us the power of the volcano, when they pour water into artificial geysers and it immediately gushes steam to the surface.
The black volcanic soil is surprisingly good for the vines, and it is on Lanzarote that you will find many vineyards with delicious wines. The vineyards are most often planted in a circle lined with stones to protect the plants from the wind. You will enrich your collection of holiday photos in the La Geria protected landscape area. You will certainly enrich your wine shop if you buy a bottle of Malvasia or Moskatel in the wine cellar. On your way, you should not miss the northernmost point of the island, which is Mirador del Rio. It includes a restaurant with a very original interior, a minimalist bar carved into the rock and huge windows. From the observation deck there are wonderful views to the side island of La Graciosa. The strait between the two islands is a paradise for geologists and divers. Binoculars are available for closer observation of the surroundings.
And since we are by the sea, you will of course find a large number of beaches on the island. Probably the most frequently mentioned is Playa Papagayo with light sand and turquoise water. It is located in a small bay, so there are not such big waves. Finally, you can walk to the Monte Corona volcano, ride the landscape on camels or enjoy water fun in the water park or the sea aquarium in the Costa Tequise.
GPS: letiště 28°57'06.6"N 13°36'16.6"W
Text and photos: Veronika Kocmanová
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