El Golfo, Timanfaya National Park, La Geria, Lanzarote, Canary Islands, Spain

The Canary Islands (Islas Canarias) are a Spanish archipelago located 100 km off the southern coast of Morocco. The main islands are (from largest to smallest) Tenerife, Fuerteventura, Gran Canaria, Lanzarote, La Palma, La Gomera and El Hierro.

The archipelago’s beaches, climate and important natural attractions, make it a major tourist destination with over 12 million visitors per year, especially Tenerife, Fuerteventura, Gran Canaria and Lanzarote. The islands have a subtropical climate, with long warm summers and moderately warm winters. Tourism is most important of the Islands economy.

El Golfo is a small village at the west coast of Lanzarote. The village is a touristic landmark. At the coastline there are steep volcanic rock formations and a small green lake, Lago Verde. The lake gets its green color by algae. The rock formations are the remains of the volcano El Golfo.

Timanfaya National Park (Parque Nacional de Timanfaya) is a Spanish national park in the southwestern part of the island. The area is 51.07 square kilometres and entirely made up of volcanic soil. The statue ‘El Diablo’ by César Manrique is its symbol.

Timanfaya is known for it’s volcanic activity. The greatest recorded eruptions occurred between 1730 and 1736. The volcanic activity continues as the surface temperature in the core ranges from 100 to 600°C at the depth of 13 metres, which is demonstrated by pouring water into the ground, resulting in a geyser of steam which is an attraction for tourists. Another attraction is the natural BBQ, a BBQ heated by hot volcanic air. There is only one active volcano which gave the name to the park.

La Geria is a famous wine region on the island. The vines are planted in pits in low-lying areas surrounded by volcanic rocks to protect the vines against the strong winds.

The photos give an impression of these 3 touristic places.