Desperate for some sunshine I spent a week exploring this amazing island, with the guaranteed good weather, volcanic landscape, beaches and my camera in hand, it was the perfect little adventure.
The best way to get around the Island is to drive, so hiring a car was a good option for the trip, that way you got more freedom and can explore every little bit of the island. It’s definitely more exciting finding somewhere off the beaten track, away from the tourist destinations that you can call ‘your place’ and that is almost undiscovered by others. My favourite place from the trip was the mountain just up and around the corner from the Beatriz hotel, here you could climb to the top of the volcano to see the sunset, and see the view of the trailing volcano peaks in the distance. Unfortunately there was some cloud cover but in a way this made for a more effective photo shoot as the clouds became wispy and patches of pink sky started to appear through the gaps.
With good weather every day meant there was a sunset opportunity every evening! On the first night before discovering Mount Corona I wasn’t sure how to get the best shot of probably the clearest sunset of the week, so I decided to chase this one in the car, heading south towards Playa Blanca there were some great opportunities to get different angles and views of the sun setting, the colours were so vibrant and dusk quickly followed which allowed the colours to change into a hazy pink and purple once the sun had disappeared…
The beauty of this little island is that nothing is too far of an hours drive along deserted roads and picturesque scenery, so to drive anywhere is a breeze, just as long as you have a rough idea as to the place you’re heading! For one of the days I had to make way for visiting the Timanfaya National Park (also know as the fire mountains). It’s here that you can see a spectacular volcanic vast land, which was the center of a massive volcanic catastrophe 250 years ago and erupted for over six years! As the cars are banned from driving around the narrow roads, a bus tour takes people around the park instead, which allows you to see the most breath taking views of the craters and the lava valleys. The crusty land is burnt red in some places making it seem like a spacey ordeal, almost like you’re on Mars! Once back at the top, there is a great restaurant (El Diabolo) at the highest point in the park where you can have a meal or drink and look out at the view. It is also here that chicken is cooked on top of a hole in the ground with only natural volcanic heat cooking it from beneath the earth’s surface- it’s without a doubt the worlds coolest BBQ!
One of the highlights was getting to meet a camel- or i should say many camels! As there were at least 50 or so all lined up in groups ready to take people on trips just a little way up to a small view point around the Timanafaya area. They were very friendly animals, as I had expected them to be spitting all over you, as I had heard that camels and lamas are known to do this! Luckily they had fairly sturdy seats on them so you didn’t have to straddle one so it was a fairly comfy ride, although on the way up the camel in front of mine needed the loo and ended up peeing for nearly half the journey!
Another great attraction were the caves, The Jameos del Agua and the Cueva de los verdes are separate caves and very different, but are part of a 6KM long lava tube that formed 4000 years ago! I was excited to visit the Jameos Del Aqua as I had heard about the species of blind albino crabs that you can see in the natural lake which was formed within the cave, and it is the only place in the world you can find them! Surprisingly they were absolutely tiny, so small in fact that my camera even found it hard to pick them out, they covered the bed of the lake and looked like small white glowing pebbles from a distance, which made the cave look even more magical! The entrance to the cave was amazing, as you enter by climbing down a stone stair case into the first cave known as ‘Jameo Chico’, there was an unusual bar / restaurant, and then looking down you get a great view over the small blue lake. The Cueva de los verdes was a completely different experience, as the caves were much deeper underground, you could only see these caves as part of a tour, as there was every chance of getting lost if directing yourself alone. The lava tubes were lit up with special lighting effects, and this made for a real theatrical experience, as you also had to duck and crawl along narrow ways to get round parts of the cave.