A Lava-ly Excursion

On the Thursday of our holiday to Playa Blanca in Lanzarote (which I wrote about more in this post) we went on an excursion to the Timanfaya National Park in Lanzarote which meant stopping off at viewpoints around the park, seeing a few volcanic demonstrations and eating in a restaurant on a volcano. My brother and I really wanted to experience something volcano-y on our trip and we thought having dinner on a volcano pretty much ticked all of the boxes.

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Lanzarote is famous for its volcanic landscape, something I didn’t know until three years ago. Last time we stayed in Lanzarote we could see volcanoes from our bedroom. As we coached towards the restaurant it was incredible to see the big and bumpy shapes all around us. It’s quite a bumpy and potentially scary ride for some (although our coach driver was brilliant) but it was amazing to be driven all around the park.

Before stopping off at the viewpoints we went to where the restaurant is located to see a few demonstrations. We handled hot rock, saw a demonstration of fire being created and watched hot steam shoot up from a geyser. I’m no geographer/scientist but it was pretty ace. We also got to have a look around and see our food being cooked (on a BBQ) by the heat of the volcano.

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Wandering around volcanoes definitely called for a cheesy tourist photo shoot and even more breathtaking views. We were pretty high up which meant looking out at such a beautiful view. I didn’t actually take too many photographs but eyes are definitely the better version of a camera sometimes!

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We ate at El Diablo restaurant, watching the sunset over the volcanoes as we did so and listening to Spanish singers as they sung and played instruments- they made the experience just that little bit more cultural.  I guess we could have expected naff food but my family and I really enjoyed it.

This trip was one of the best things I have experienced and most certainly worth the money. It also kept my pretentious happy for one more day!

~ Kat ~

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