The Ultimate Guide to Traveling the Ruta de los Volcanes
Ruta de los Volcanes is one of the most scenic drives in the world. Located within the Timanfaya National Park in the Canary Islands, in the centre-east of the island of Lanzarote, this is an extraordinary and unforgettable journey, where you will enjoy awe-inspiring views over volcanic cones, look down into craters, see dunes of picón or lapilli and have a glance into lava tubes.
The road is 10 km (6.2 miles) long. It’s a pretty narrow paved loop road in the middle of a rocky desert that resembles a lunar landscape. Expect heavy traffic on summers.
The road runs through the awesome heart of a surprisingly colourful landscape. It was built in 1968 by César Manrique and Jesús Soto. The landscape is lunar barren and otherworldly. The drive is definitely worth it. A drive not to be missed! There are many excellent photo opportunities. Don't forget your camera with lots of film/memory, fully charged batteries and an empty memory card!