ride – Located just inside the Timanfaya National Park, you really should do
this. Camels are pretty ugly things, but this short trip up the mountain is a
bit of light hearted fun. €5 per person.
National Park – As with
Mirador del Rio,
this is not to be missed. For my money, better than the volcano tour on
Hawaii. You cannot drive around the park, you must get on a bus which takes
you to some pretty cool areas which have been untouched since the last
eruption in the 19th century. The multilingual commentary is pretty good, but
somehow ruined by the closing music ‘2001 a Space Odyssey’ – a bit too corny
for me. You can dine at a great restaurant which cooks food over a natural
oven. The temperature is 610C just 40 feet below the surface. There are also
some fairly basic demonstrations of exactly how warm the ground remains after
all these years. Cost is €8 per person in a car.
El Golfo – is a small
town famous for ‘El Charco de los Clicos’ a deep green lagoon. It is quite
beautiful, and well worth a look around. If you look around the rocks, you
might find some olivine, a semi precious stone, however I am sure most of the
tourists before you have picked the easy ones. The contrast between the blue
sea, the green lagoon, the black sand beach, and the red cliffs is quite
the road from El Golfo to Playa Blanca, don't miss
Los Hervideros; an
underground cave where the ocean crashes in with incredible power. You can
see the different levels of erosion of volcanic rock, and the thumping sound
that reverberates as the waves hit the lava flow is quite something.
flats of Janubio – As a volcanic island, there is no fresh water anywhere to
be found. Today, all the water comes from the desalination plant in Arrecife,
but in the past, the water was evaporated at these salt flats, which obviously
provided salt as well as fresh drinking water. Kind of interesting from the
La Geria - a small town
in the South that is known for its vineyards. You get a tour of the winery,
and see their interesting process of grafting vines to the prickly pear
cactus. Just goes to show that however desolate, one of the first things
people will do is produce alcohol!! The one hour tours are only conducted on
Tuesday's and Thursday's starting at noon. Cost is €5 per person, but
includes a wine sampling at the end.
is provided on most of the bus tours
If you drive South instead of taking the bus tour, add
– the most picturesque town on the island. A really quaint restaurant has
stunning views over the valley, and a beautiful church.
Blanca – despite its name, there really is no beach to speak of, mainly rocks
and a sea wall. However, the town is quite pretty, with a nice pedestrian
walkway and some fun shopping.
Puerto Calero – an interesting town that has a wonderful infrastructure, just
very few houses and business at this time. The harbor of Puerto Calero is
full of very expensive yachts, and you can have a great cup of tea on the
waterfront dreaming about wealth.