Timanfaya. Devastatingly beautiful
In Timanfaya weaklings do not go. Although this park of volcanic activity placed on the island Lanzarote, has long been trampled on by the boots of thousands of inquisitive, it is still capable of causing a mystical fear in those who ventured to come here. Black sand, the open craters of volcanoes, the muzzle of fire, the rocks warm to the touch, stones from bright yellow to purple. Everything creates sensations of a different reality. The last time when local mountains erupted lava was in the eighteenth century. At the same time, about thirty craters awoke. This eruption lasted six years. Lava and ash then covered one third of the island. Since then, most of the inhabitants of the island moved to the neighboring Gran Canaria, and part of Lanzarote is recognized as a biosphere reserve, its flora and fauna are protected by UNESCO.
The horror experienced by eyewitnesses of the fiery performance is known from the records of a certain priest who refused to leave the troubled land even during an intense eruption. He carefully recorded what was happening around. Among his records there are testimonies of how the earth was splitting and mountains were rising on an equal place, as lava was burying villages and towns and about how with a terrible crash, hissing and sparks the hot interior of the earth met with a raging ocean. The chronicle tells that the inhabitants of the village Tinajo, among the raging elements, conducted a religious procession, installed a cross on the path of the lava, and that miraculously stopped short of reaching it. Then the grateful villagers erected a chapel in honor of their new patron Virgin Virgen de los Volcanes.
Since then, the volcanoes are asleep. And the dug-out
The rules for visiting the park are strict enough. This is connected both with the unique ecosystem and with the safety of tourists. Away from the verified trails are quite sharp stones, the fall on which does not bode well. The most problematic is to make a walk on it. Not only is it possible to move among frozen lava along a strictly designated route, not everyone can get to it. First you should get a written permission from the park rangers for this. To do this, you need to find the site of the
However, the island Lanzarote is capable of capturing not only its fire-breathing park. Due to volcanic activity, caves were formed here, which are still being investigated by scientists. There is also a fortress on the island, which once served as a defense pad for pirates and a castle. In it from time to time the work of famous artists are exhibited. For connoisseurs of flora, there is a park of cacti. There are many beaches on the island. However, some of them are quite windy.
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