Southern Region Activities


 

  El Golfo
 

Just a short drive from Playa Blanca is El Golfo: a half-submerged cone of a volcano, which over time has been eroded by the sea, leaving behind only the striated wall of the crater. At the foot of the crater wall is Lago Verde, a half-moon-shaped green lagoon, it gets its spectacular colour from the green rocks containing the mineral Olivine and the algae Ruppia Maritima.
 

 

 

Timanfaya National Park


Located in the south of the island the Timanfaya national park is an area of striking natural beauty. It is an area of over 200 square kilometres and was declared as a national park in 1974. The area is still volcanically active but don't worry you won't have to run from any lava flows. What it does mean is that just 10 meters below the ground tempatures can be up to 600°C, this is demonstrated by the pouring of water into bore holes which create a rush of steam in a geyser like effect.

You can take a tour by coach or by camel throughout the year, which gives you a chance to see the landscape that has been described by some to be almost lunar in appearance. Some might even describe it as a post apocalyptic landscape, we will leave it to you to judge. The land here has barely changed since the last major volcanic eruptions that took place in 1732. UNESCO has declared this a biosphere reserve and as such the access to the public is strictly regulated but it really is worth a visit.

The park is open daily.

 

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