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ashbourne, United Kingdom
July 5, 2010
From journal Lanzarote with a young baby
April 5, 2005
The eruptions in the 18th century are amongst the most important stories of eruptions in modern times, not only because of the large volume erupted, but also the duration in time. To day there is a restaurant on the top of one of the volcanos, in the Hilario's Islet, where the temperature is at 600 degrees Celcius just 10 meters below the surface, and only 10 centimeters
(4 inches) below the surface, the temperature can go as high as 160°C. Large crowds of tourists are visiting this center every day. Everybody is offered a guided tour by bus around the volcano area, with information given either in English or German. The tour is included in the entrance-ticket to Timanfaya Park, as it is forbidden for other cars to drive around inside the park!
From journal Lanzarote-The Vulcano Island in the World!
Dunfermline, United Kingdom
December 29, 2004
At the end of the bus tour there are demonstrations on how hot the earth is just a few feet under the ground. During one demonstration, a bush is placed in a hole about 1 metre deep, and after a few seconds, it bursts into flames, and during another, water is poured down a hole, and then a jet of steam shoots high into the air.
The restaurant also uses the heat from the volcano to cook the food.
From journal Lanzarote
December 6, 2004
We entered the park just north of the village of Yaiza and within yards saw rows of camels waiting to give short rides to the tourists. We’ve never really fancied a camel ride, and the sight of these heavily muzzled beasts didn’t really encourage us. We paused, took a few photos, and then entered the park (the entrance fee includes an hour’s bus tour of the park from Islote de Hilario).
The bus tour gave an amazing incite into the history of the area with atmospheric music playing, accompanied by the powerful words of Father Lorenzo Curbelo's personal account of the eruptions. Factual information was presented in a very straightforward fashion and the bus regularly stopped to pander for the photographic wished of the passengers. The scenery is quite haunting in places and the caverns and shapes caused by the eruption as fascinating to check out. Your guide will point out the lines of volcanoes, the tongues of lava, partially collapsed craters, and leaking fissures. Even the bus route through the man made roads on a bright sunny day, is somewhat eerie. There is bizarre but incredibly interesting scenery to observe as the bus picks its way precariously through the dark black lava flows. The volcanoes desolated the land but I suspect the Lanzarote tourist board would be lost without this fantastic landscape.
At the end of our tour we joined the rest of the tourists to witness the unleashing of Fire Mountains’ true power and to confirm that this volcano is truly dormant and not extinct. Local guides push brushwood into fissures and after a few seconds the twigs burst into a ball of fire as the assembled audience gasps with amazement. We were invited to grab some volcanic grit off a nearby ledge and were staggered at the heat, and finally, we waited as water was poured into hollow pipes and startled as a jet of steam erupted from the ground. We were ready for it a second time around but it still made us jump!
Up in El Diablo, the restaurant, we watched as the natural heat of the Mountain cooked fast food on a large griddle –- apparently temperatures of 600 degrees Centigrade are recorded only 10 metres below the surface. We took in the panoramic views of the lunar-type landscape from this amazing restaurant designed by (yes, you’ve guessed) Cesar Manrique. Incorporated into the building is an olive tree that allegedly survived the eruptions but has since then failed to bear fruit (it looked dead to me!)
From journal Lanzarote - a place in the sun
by Holiday Jo
Kettering, United Kingdom
February 13, 2004
From journal Lanzarote the Lazy Way
by I am Matt
Bromley / Central London, London, United Kingdom
July 1, 2003
The visitor center is located in the volcanic plains and has a great deal of information about the area and general geology/vulcanology, so it's great for learning about the area. Access to the summit is controlled by a toll point, but the visitor center is free.
The National Park is easily accessible from anywhere on the island as only one road goes through it to control the human impact on the landscape.
From journal My Lanzarote Guide
Glasgow, United Kingdom
June 16, 2003
From journal Early Summer Sunshine