Islote de Hilario

Price guide: Expensive

Timanfaya National Park, 7km North of Yaiza

Price guide: Expensive

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#29 of 30
expert-rated things to do in Lanzarote
Expert overall rating:3.6 out of 5
Value for money:
3.7
3.7
Recommended for:
Culture vultures, Families with teenagers, Mature travellers, Seasoned travellers, Great views / scenery, History, Nature / wildlife

Expert review of Islote de Hilario

Lanzarote's volcanic 'Fire Mountains' are its most popular attraction.

Lanzarote's main 'Fire Mountain' is part of the island's dramatic, volcanic landscape, a sleeping giant that last erupted in 1730, but is still active. At the summit is El Diablo (The Devil) restaurant, where steaks are cooked up on the heat of the volcano, and outside national park workers throw brushwood or buckets of water into a deep well in order to prompt it to emit flames or steam. Don't miss the bus tour (included in the entry fee) which takes visitors on a snaking journey up close to rock formations tortured by the heat, accompanied by classical music that reaches a thundering climax at the end. 

Price advice: 

8 euros (4 euros for children aged between 7 and 12). 

Expert tips: 
In the peak months (July–Sept), try to visit in the afternoon to avoid the crowds.
Look out for colourful lichens that manage to live in the inhospitable terrain.

More information on Islote de Hilario :

Price guide:
Expensive
Type:
Natural wonder, Tour, Viewpoint
Address:
Timanfaya National Park, 7km North of Yaiza
Telephone:
928 173 789
Website:
http://www.centrosturisticos.com
Months open:
All year round
Opening times:
Daily 9am–5.45pm (last tour 5pm).
Indoor/outdoor?:
Both
Free tags / Keywords:
Mountains

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Community comments (1)

This is great value.Hire a car and drive here.Much cheaper than the tour buses.Stop off at the Camels first for a trip up one of the volcanoes (2 or three euros) The volcanic landscapes here are only replicated in Hawaii so are unique to Europe.Although the volcanoes themselves are inactive the whole of the Canaries are active underground as demonstrated by the brushwood burning outside the restaurant. Have a meal in El Diablo, good value and a unique experience.