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Fire Mountains (Montañas del Fuego)
Fire Mountains (Montañas del Fuego)

Fire Mountains (Montañas del Fuego)

Timanfaya National Park, Lanzarote, Canary Islands

Part of Lanzarote’s UNESCO Biosphere, the Fire Mountains are popular with hikers, nature photographers, and outdoorsy types. These currently dormant volcanoes were shaped between 1730 and 1736 and feature vibrant rock formations and dramatic peaks. In addition, they’re almost entirely devoid of life.

Half- and full-day tours of the Fire Mountains and Timanfaya National Park cater to travelers with various sightseeing schedules, while shore excursions are aimed at cruise passengers. Combination packages, which may include bus or camel tours, are also available. Don't miss the Ruta de los Volcanes, the geyser area, and the El Diablo statue by local artist César Manrique.

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Things to Know Before You Go

  • The Fire Mountains are known for their arid scenery. Take water, sun protection, and dress for the weather.

  • For a panoramic view of the Fire Mountains, and local cuisine cooked using the area’s thermal heat, dine at El Diablo restaurant.

  • Children under 7 get free admission.

  • Most visitors spend about 2.5 hours in the park.

  • The visitor center offers amenities such as Wi-Fi and a gift shop.

  • The visitor center is accessible to wheelchairs, but many parts of the park are not.

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How to Get There

The Fire Mountains are located in Timanfaya National Park in southeastern Lanzarote but due to the fragile topography, access to the park is limited. Licensed tours by camel and coach are fun and convenient ways to take in the scenery; guided walks are also an option. Most tours offer round-trip transportation, but free parking is also available on-site.

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When to Get There

The park and visitor center are open daily. The Fire Mountains are beautiful year-round, though summer’s soaring temperatures can make the area uncomfortable for heat-sensitive travelers. To beat the crowds and bypass the worst of the heat, go in the early morning or at another time of year.

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Other Southern Lanzarote Highlights

Continue your tour of southern Lanzarote with stops at other area attractions, such as the Green Lagoon (El Golfo) and the Los Hervideros cliffs. Alternatively, wander around a traditional whitewashed village (like Yaiza), or go wine tasting in La Geria.

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