Timanfaya National Park (Lanzarote)

#6 in Best Things To Do in Canary Islands
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  • 4.0Atmosphere

Located on the western coast of Lanzarote, Timanfaya National Park looks like the cratered surface of the moon, leading many visitors to describe it as "extraterrestrial." Visitors will also be impressed by the talent shows that the geothermal environment provides. Just a few meters below the earth's surface, the temperatures of the sizzling ground range from 750 to 1,112 degrees Fahrenheit. To display the earth's great heat, park guides will throw water down holes into the ground to create a violent steam geyser. When they toss dry brush, they immediately flame with fire. Because of this volatile environment, you won't be able to traverse the park on your own. The park offers two walking tours, a coach tour and even a camel tour. And many visitors opt to participate in an independent bus tour of the park.

One TripAdvisor user recommends touring the park via coach, saying: "You get a complete tour through the park that you would miss by car, as they are not allowed to travel through the park."

Timanfaya National Park is located on the western coast of Lanzarote. It's open daily from 9 a.m. to 5:45 p.m. During the park's busy summertime season, tourism officials recommend visiting between 9 and 10:30 a.m. or 3 and 5 p.m. to avoid the biggest crowds. Park admission costs €9 EUR (or about $12.50 USD) for adults and €4 EUR (or about $6.25 USD) for children; admission includes the coach ride. Meanwhile, camel tours cost an additional €7 EUR (about $10 USD) and walking tours are free. For more information, visit the national park's website.

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Las Palmas is a popular place to base a Canary Islands vacation. Not only is it the Canaries' largest city, it's also got a number of world-class attractions. Its beach — the 2½-mile Playa de las Canteras — is an attractive urban shoreline. Guarded by a barrier reef, the waters are gentle and suitable for travelers of all ages. And the promenade that backs the beach is a spectacular place for a sunset stroll.

When it comes to shopping, you'll want to wander down Calle Triana as well as the streets right around it. Along with well-known fashion brands like Zara and H&M, there are Spanish chains and local boutiques. Meanwhile, recent visitors say that come evening, the atmosphere is like no other, as the street comes to life with people. You'll find this street about 3 miles south of Playa de las Canteras.

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