Discover the Islands: Timanfaya National Park in Lanzarote

The Canary Islands can be a real treat this time of year if you want a little bit of a “handy” spring. (without going  around the world)I decided to do a “jump” after the holidays, focusing on the two islands that attracted me the most. Lanzarote in the first place, and then just opposite, Fuerteventura.

Lanzarote Volcano view Lanzarote Volcano Lanzarote

Lanzarote is truly an island planet. I steal this wonderful expression by Giorgio Manganelli, who coined it perfectly for Iceland. Well, if you have seen Iceland, imagine it as aminiature here, next to Africa of hot winds in the blue ocean, evidently without glaciers. Volcanoes, craters, rocks, black, red earth can be seen everywhere. The first thing you see when you run this small land on Mars, is in fact the Timanfaya National Park ( a little emblem of the place and its primeval charm).

Timanfaya Highway

Sunny Timanfaya Timanfaya, Lanzarote On the way to Timanfaya

Timanfaya stretches along the southern portion of Tinajo and the northern portion of Yaiza, on an area of ​​51.07 km ² and it is almost one quarter of the island. It is completely composed of a volcanic geological substratum. The scenery is incredible and for fans like myself, something memorable. The only really bad park, which the Spaniards carefully preserve, is the fact that the tour takes place only inside a bus!

Timanfaya Volcano from above Welcome to Timanfaya

When I think of “risk” in Iceland, in fact, I almost laugh. The greatest recorded eruptions occurred between 1730 and 1736. The activity of the volcano is still alive, as proves the temperatures were measured at a depth of 13 meters below the surface and ranging between 100 and 600 ° C. In 1993, UNESCO recognized a qualification in this area of ​​the reserved biosphere. Moreover, the recognition is free to the entire island of Lanzarote, which owes its name to the navigator Lanzerotto Malocello, Genoese, born in Varazze (SV), the first to discover it in 1312. It was above all the local commitment of the architect César Manrique (we will see later his works, here in the pictures you can see “El Diablo”, a symbol of the park), to save this place (it is unique in the world).All lovers of great cinema should  remember how Stanley Kubrick was right here, in order to shoot some scenes, the initial, “The Dawn of Man” of his cult film ‘2001: A Space Odyssey ‘.More recently, Almodovar, was back to Lanzarote to film part of ‘Broken Embraces’, where the accident suffered by the protagonist reconstructs .

By Ina K


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