Montanas del fuego, Lanzarote

lucieanne from lincolnshire

Last updated at 13:20 06 April 2005

Most people probably go to the Canary islands for the good year-round climate, a mixture of lively and relaxing resorts fringed with safe beaches, which are lapped by the crystal clear warm waters of the Atlantic ocean.

However, there is more to Lanzarote than just a few good beaches. The trip to what is commonly known as the 'lava fields' in the Timanfaya National Park is definitely worth missing a day by the pool for.

It is best taken by hiring a car and doing it at your own leisure. There are excursions widely available, but when you're on holiday, it's nice to do things at your own pace, so I would reccommend hiring a car if possible.

On arrival at Montanas del fuego ('fire mountain'), you park up your car and board a coach which takes you round the park. It costs approx 10 euros, but it's worth every cent. The views are phenomenal.

The coach stops every now and then for you to take photos, and there is a recorded commentary giving an interesting account of the eruptions.

On the top of the semi-active volcano sits a restaurant, where the food is actually cooked by the geo-thermic heat. The guides also put on displays, which the kids will find entertaining.

All in all, it's a fabulous day out - certainly not one to be missed!

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