Canary Islands are not only the sea, beaches and cocktails. They are also the charred history of this part of the earth, the fire-breathing vents and salt mines. Especially hot temper among the rest of the islands, the land of Lanzarote is famous. Earlier on this land, volcanic eruptions occurred with an enviable regularity. Now, here tourists go to see the power of fire and magma and even look into the "underworld".
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.Photo pureluxuryvillaslanzarote.com
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.Photo simple.wikipedia.org
Since then, the volcanoes are asleep. And the dug-out land of Timanfaya became the visiting card of the island and a bait for scientific and idle expeditions. Wander for fun between frozen lava will not work. For travelers there are certain routes with a park with signs. You can cross the route on foot, by bus and by camel. In any case, all roads lead to one of the lively attractions - a restaurant with the loud name "Devil". Acuity in the senses is added by the fact that it is built over the hottest volcano on the island, and all the food in it is cooked on natural geothermal heat that breaks out from under the ground. In a vertical brazier fry meat and caught fish off the coast of the island. Near him for the tourists are satisfied with the performances. The visitors are pushed to the cleft in the ground. After it is stuffed with straw, it flashes, after which the fire is extinguished with cold water. Everything is very similar to the current geyser. Tourists are delighted and try to evade the hot spray. All this is done with one purpose - to demonstrate that the volcanoes of the park of Timanfai are not asleep at all and already at a depth of fifteen meters the real "passions" boil with a temperature of six hundred degrees Celsius.Photo nl.m.wikipedia.org
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 Timanfaya Park and fill out a questionnaire. The queue of those wishing to walk on foot is so great that it is advised to sign up for a tour in a few months. Before the beginning of the excursion it is necessary to arrive in advance. Then form two pedestrian groups - Hispanic and for those who speak English. Conductors are professional geologists. Each group consists of only ten people. One who does not have time, goes to the bus and looks at the frozen beauty through the glass. In addition, each of the visitors should have high shoes, a hat, sunscreen and a bottle of water. In bad weather conditions, a three-hour excursion is canceled. Children under sixteen do not take such a walk. Photo planettraveller.blog
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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