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.
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 scientific viewpoint.
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
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