Saturday Snapshot: Timanfaya National Park, Lanzarote


IT LOOKS for all the world as if it was snapped on Mars – but the remarkable landscape is, in fact, found on Lanzarote, one of the Canary Islands.

Timanfaya National Park is close on 20 square miles of volcanic rock and red soil. In places, it’s so hot that you can cook a steak on the ground.

And although there hasn’t been a major eruption for hundreds of years here, temperatures can reach a staggering 600 °C (1,112 °F) at a depth of just 39 metres.

Guides like to prove the point by pouring water into the ground, resulting in a geyser of steam which is one of those Instagram staples for tourists.

Access to the park is strictly regulated to protect the delicate flora and fauna, and we entered on an official minibus. There are a few footpaths, however, and you can visit by camel.

The picture posted here is actually several shots I took, which were then stitched together by my wife who is more versed in the photographic dark arts than me.

Film fans may be interested to know that 1966 sci-fi classic One Million Years BC, starring a scantily clad Raquel Welch, was filmed in the national park’s rugged landscape.

Lanzarote is easily accessible via direct flights from UK airports, and is also a staple on the cruise ship circuit, with most lines offering guided excursions to Timanfaya.

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