It had been some time since the last time we went; it seems that, for those of us who reside on the island, it is difficult to go back to the tourist spots. Maybe because deep down, we still remember going on the trip with friends visiting from out of town came to visit, which almost every year gave us a chance to proudly show them off. Now things have changed, visitors rent cars and organise the trip in their own way, using information from the internet and sites like this one.
Along the Yaiza road before reaching the entrance, you will find the “Camels stall” (dromedary camels), with the typical “English saddle”, taking tourists for a stroll. For us, “once is enough” so we carry on, but it is a recommended experience for anyone who has never done it.
Once past the taro, the entrance to the resort, you start to see the work done by the workers of the council under the direction of César Manrique, and the intention to surprise the visitor: It looks like you are heading straight to the bottom of a volcano…
… going just ahead, like you were in the stage of a theater.
When we got there, we are told that a guagua (bus) is just about to leave for the “Route of the Volcanoes” tour, so we got on board expectantly.
Travelers gets a panoramic view…
…the spectacular landscape formed during the intense five-year eruptive process is not to be missed.
The 14-kilometre route lasts approximately 35 minutes; it runs along a narrow road, with uneven walls of lava with some depth on either side, where the driver shows off his expertise by making the journey more impressive, if possible…
…that takes you to unique places…
… that everyone wants to photograph.
Suddenly we climb up, like a plane gaining height…
… and the view that was before impressive, is now breathtaking.
From the top we see the tourists strolling on their camels …
… And the Corazoncillo Caldera in all its glory. The same view of the Jorge Marsá painting …
… going back to the starting point, Hilario Islet.
The visit continues with demonstrations of how the heat emanating from just a few meters deep can be used, like for a barbecue for use by the visitors, or like how quickly the dry gorse catches fire when you put it in a hole in the ground.
Another example of the heat coming out you will see if you pick up a bit of rofe (lava stone) on the ground…
… dropping it instantly because of the heat.
Now we see the geysers in action:
Water is put on tubes that go down into the ground and it evaporates almost instantly, leaving a jet of steam at full speed producing an intense sound that surprises spectators, particularly children.
We entered the El Diablo restaurant, a circular building with stunning panoramic views, and at the center of which there is a withered Fig Tree and part of the skeleton of the Camel of Hilario, the person who lived here alone for fifty years, according to legend, and who lent his name to the islet.
Let’s choose a table…
… we curiously approach the grill where food is cooked with the heat emanating from the volcano.
On the recommendation of Luis Diaz Fair, on his Gastro blog, we choose chicken thighs, with skewered shrimp and grouper, cooked on the volcanic grill, washed down with a few cold beers.
While lunch was being prepared, the visitors’ enjoyment was plain to see.
First we shared a “Gran Canaria” salad, which was very tasty.
“Chicken thighs marinated in citrus,” cooked in volcanic heat.
“Prawn and sea bass kebab sticks”, cooked over volcanic heat.
If you want to take a souvenir home with you, there is a shop next door. Oh, and don’t forget to visit the bright baths, with their iron gates.
In the end, the post was rather long but the visit was so intense with so many stories to tell that I could not make it any briefer. We went on a Sunday, the most comfortable day because they are fewer tourists.
Don’t miss out on the spectacular scenery; and, if you live in Lanzarote, you don’t need to wait for a friend to visit to come to see it again.