The island of Lanzarote has the blessing of Unesco and is listed as a Biosphere Reserve in its entirety. In this paradise, where the reviled expression “land of contrasts”Makes real sense, we find places of great natural beauty that seem to have emerged from a canvas of a half-mad genius. It is the case of Timanfaya National Park, to the southwest of the island, a hidden place where the force of nature has chiseled at will, emerging from its multiple volcanoes.
A bus crossing the lunar landscape of Timanfaya
History of Timanfaya National Park
Life and destruction come together throughout Timanfaya's history to show that destruction is necessary to get your best image.
At the beginning of the 18th century, a strong volcanic eruption It was unleashed around the town of Yaiza. From among the stones a new mountain emerged that burst into fire and lava destroyed much of its surroundings. The destruction lasted about six years, rivers of lava and ash evaporated from the map about thirty locations marking a point and end of a chapter and starting a new stage for Lanzarote.
El Diablillo that gives image to Timanfaya National Park
Much of the islanders had to emigrate to neighboring islands or the mainland. As time passed, it was observed that the new land of Lanzarote was again fertile thanks to volcanic ash and the tremors seemed to be spaced more over time. So gradually the island came back to life. After death, the island was reborn into something new with unusual beauty.
During the following century, in 1824, the volcanoes returned to do theirs but without that virulence that had ravaged the island before. Even so, new forms were configured over the Timanfaya area and molded in the same way that we can see it today.
At the end of the 20th century, in 1974, Timanfaya was finally declared National Park, with its more than 25 volcanoes and an extension slightly greater than 50 square kilometers.
The fauna and flora of Timanfaya National Park
Volcano in Timanfaya National Park