Lancelot possesses The National Park of Timanfaya, declared National Park on 9 August 1974.
“The day 1 September 1730, between the nine and the ten of the night, the earth opened in Timanfaya, to two leguas of Yaiza…and an enormous mountain raised of the breast of the earth», according to the evidence of the rector Lorenzo Curbelo. The island transformed completely. Ten villages remained buried (Tingafa, White Mountain, Maretas, Santa Catalina, Jaretas, San Juan, Crag of Palms, Testeina and Rodeos) and during six years the lava extended by the zone south covering a chamber of the island and filling the vegas near of volcanic ashes. In 1824 again they begin the eruptions in Timanfaya. They produced terrible hambrunas and good part of the population saw forced to emigrate. Since the landscape has transformed thanks to the agricultural technicians of crop on lapilli (rofe) volcanic that the conejeros employ to attract the humidity of the alisios.
The National Park of Timanfaya was declared National Park on 9 August 1974. It has more than 25 volcanos, being some emblematic, such as the Mountain of Fire, Mountain Rajada or the Boiler of the Corazoncillo. Still it presents volcanic activity, existing heat sources in the surface that achieve the 100–120°C and 600°C to 13 metres of depth.
This volcanic habitat finds in the first stages of the ecological succession (in total find some 180 vegetal species), by what is an excellent place for the study of the processes of colonisation and succession.
In 1993, UNESCO awarded him the qualification of Reservation of the Biosphere to all the island. Also it is Zone of Special Protection for the Birds (1994).
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1. Beach of the Cochino
This route is the only that transita by the seaboard of the park of the Timafaya and the only in which there is free access. The access can do from the North by the beach of the Wood or from the South by the beach of the Step.
To start with from the South arrives until the beach of the Step from the small coastal village of The Gulf. We will leave the car at the end of the road beside a childish park and will follow a way that goes by the coast to the north sorteando at the end the cliff that protects the beach of the Step. In this stretch the footpath this desdibujado in some points but suffices with following the line of the coast not to lose .
To the 45 minutes of trek and 2,20 Km arrive to the track that heads to beach of the Step. Once achieved the track that carries to the beach will find a signal that indicates us the footpath to be followed between malpaís. To the 5 minutes will arrive to the edge of the sea where find cliffs formed by the coladas volcanic. We follow the way where abound volcanic bombs, posaderos of seagulls and will happen the zones of The Caletón, The Playitas, the resaltes of the Drop of the Crabs, The Three Tips, etc.
To the hour of trek see the first stretches of Pahoe-hoe that announce us the arrival to the beach of the Cochino. The Pahoe-hoe is a type of fluent lava of smooth surface or with some rugosidades called cordadas.
To 1:45 minutes of trek and 7 K.m Arrive to the Beach of the Cochino. The Beach of the Cochino is a zone of rocky beach and zone of callaos. Also it is characteristic the training of swimming pools intermareales where the water renews with the waves. In these puddles can observe lapas, crabs, anemonas, etc.
Once in this point can follow the footpath until the beach of the Wood going through the best zone Pahoe-hoe or return by the same way.
If we decide to go until the beach of the Wood it is necessary to add 7 Km more, since we find us in the half of the way. In this case. We will have to have foreseen a method of return unless we want to go back by the same way and realise more than 30 Km. In a day.
2. Cliff of Famara
We will move us until the village The Caleta of Famara and from here will head to the top of the urbanisation that there is looking to the And. Justo when it finishes the asphalt will leave our vehicle (60 metres on the level of the sea).
From a sign that indicates “supermarket” split two tracks, will take the one of the left, for adentrarnos by the Ravine of the Poceta. The rise is comfortable, going through some houses (135 m, 1,36 Km, 20 minutes), until arriving to a tank that collects water of rain, here finishes the track (275 m, 2,65 Km, 40 minutes).
In this point find us with a marked footpath by the use and with milestones. From here the slope is more pronounced. In a pair of stretches will go through the interior of ravines. When already it does more evident the end of the rise the way begins to zigzaguear until arriving to the top (620 m, 4 Km, 1:15 h).
Once in the top, divisaremos a military base. We will take the footpath of our left direction West, to three antennas. Before arriving to these, will go to the tip that have in front of us (20 minutes). The seen from this point are of the most impressive. We have under our feet more than 600 m. Of desnivel.
We will return to the way going through the left of the antennas, direction N, until arriving to the recreational area The Bosquecillo (20 minutes). The seen from here are a wonder, so much to the sea as to the village of would do with which there is connection continuing the footpath. The agriculturalists and fishermen of would do and Famara used in the past this footpath to go of a population to the another.
The return realises by the same footpath.
3. Beach of the Wood
Two hundred metres after exceeding the last house of White Stain by the road that carries to the Timanfaya, goes out to the right a small road. We follow it until a diverted asphalted to the left.
We continue by this road without abandoning it in any moment between fields of crops with the background curtain of the mountain Tenézara until toparnos with some houses that cut the sense of the just course to the foot of the mountain Tenézara.
In this point turn to the left and are still in direction to the coladas of lavas. To the left we can observe the silhouette of the Boiler of White Mountain and a bit more near the Mountain Caldereta.
Soon we find the entrance to a track. We abandon the road asphalted to continue by this track of earth.
We follow this track without abandoning it in any moment and after 6 kilometres arrive first to the Beach of the Mallows and next to the Beach of the Wood.
Here it finishes the Route of the Seaboard (Beach of the Cochino). Can splice with her but it is necessary to take into account that we will have to add 7 Km. Until the Beach of the Cochino, 7 Km more until the village of The Gulf and will have to foresee like going back until the village of White Stain.
4. Mountain of the Surround
The Mountain of the Surround is an oriel of prime importance on the Natural Park of the Timanfaya. With the perspective southeast of the volcanos of the Beak Split, the Mountain of Santa Catalina and the boiler of the Rilla.
We will leave the car in the explanada existent to the left of the road LZ-56 in sense Tinguantón (Km. 5,4), just in the base of the Mountain Coruja.
We begin to walk by the track that visits the base of the mountain in a southerly direction and that shows us terrains of crop and some perforación in the mountain of our right.
It follows the track in direction to the volcano of the Mountain of the Surround. The way continues until arriving to the base of the mountain to the 25 minutes of trek roughly. In this point take the track of the right. 300 metres more forward go through the entrance of what seems to be a cave and that serves us of reference to abandon the main way and begin to go up by the slope of the mountain.
We begin to go up to the collado that separates what seems two different mountains but that afterwards will check that it treats of the same mountain of The Surround. To said collado will bequeath to the 15 minutes. From here we can divisar perfectly the footpath that will carry us until the peak aplanada of the volcano (445 metres).
The return realises by the same footpath.
5. Way of the Gracioseros
This way descends by the impressive bluff of Famara arriving until the saltworks of the river, of the 15th century, the most ancient of Canaries and today already abandoned. It is the ancient way that the inhabitants of the island of the Funny used to communicate with the island of Lancelot.
This footpath finds situated in the north of the Island, in the municipality of would do. To access to this footpath, will take the road of Máguez with direction to Yé. Shortly before this village takes a manually left detour indicated with the poster of Finca the Crown. We access to a zone called The Rositas where has conditioned a parking that connects the road asphalted more next with the beginning of the footpath.
Once situated in this point, to 370 metres on the level of the sea, walk some 300 m. By a way empedrado that carries us until the narrow footpath that descends in shape of zig-zag by the Cliff of Famara.
The landscape presents dominated by some walls of stone and covered by a considerable quantity of líquenes in the faces that look the north. We descend, opening in front of us an impressive landscape, and that in clear days achieves distinguish the Islotes of the Archipelago Chinijo.
To the 70 m. Of altitude the slope softens discurriendo the way on line more or less straight, to the beach of the Bluff to which arrive after 45 minutes of trek and 3,25 Km. The way to the Saltworks of the River finds to some metres.
The return realise it by the same footpath. In total are some two hours of trek and a total of 7,50 Km.
6. Volcano of the Crown
The footpath begins in the church of Ye. To some 100 metres of the church, by the road to the village of Ye, goes out a track rightwards. The first part of the travesía realises between crops by an agricultural track.
The fauna that will be able to observe in this area are the curruca tomillera (Sylvia conspicillata) and the tórtola common (Streptopelia turtur), as well as the pardela cenicienta (Calonctris diomedea) that uses the malpaises for nidificar. Other species that find presents in all the route are the hedgehog moruno (Atelerix algirius), the perenquén (Tarentola angustimentalis) or the lizard of would do (Gallotia atlantica), as well as the rabbit (Orictulugus cuniculus)
When finalising the track, will go up one by a small rocky slope surrounded by a vegetation formed by tabaibas bitter (Euphorbia regis-jubae) and numerous líquenes, between which stands out the orchilla, exploded in the past for the obtaining of dye.
Leaving backwards the slope and direct us to the crater of the Volcano after 1,5 Km. Of trek and to some 500 metres on the level of the mar. From this point some impressive sights on the boiler and all his crater. We can observe exemplary of bejeque (Aeonium lancerottense), navel of Venus (Umbilicius horizontalis), gamonas (Asphodelus aestivus).
Going up the walls rightwards, the panoramic that offers us is spectacular, eastwards will contemplate the Malpaís of the Crown and the coast, and to the west Órzola. In the skirts Southwest of the Volcano, in direction to Máguez, will see one of the best examples of aljibe of the island, with a volume of 900 m3 and surface for collected of water of 9.600 square metres.
In the last stretch is necessary a small grinpada. After her we will have arrived to the point more álgido of our route: 600 metres on the level of the sea and 2 Km. In roughly an hour of camita.
The return realises by the same footpath.
7. White mountain
Two hundred metres after exceeding the last house of White Stain by the road that carries to the Timanfaya, goes out to the right a small road. Justo in the same detour goes out a track of earth that will drive us to the parking of the start of the footpath.
We begin to walk by the footpath that goes out of this parking (255 m.) Direction to the White Mountain through a way that discurre in the middle of a sea of lava.
To the 25 minutes of trek arrive to the base of the first of the craters The Caldereta.
We film the crater of The Caldereta by the right and arrive to the entrance of the bottom of the crater (25 minutes, 2 Km, 210 m.). After aiming us to his interior retreat by the footpath until the main way and continue the trek to cross one of the most singular points of the route: the waterfall of lava between both volcanos.
We follow the footpath that will carry us to a detour to some 40 minutes of trek where take the footpath of the left heading to us the base of the White Mountain.
A first rise of a pair of minutes leaves us beside a group of farmyards. From here we take the footpath that visits the base of the mountain leftwards during some 5 minutes.
In this point takes the footpath that rises by the slope tracing a diagonal to the sea (right).
To the 5 minutes of the ascensión will arrive to the edge of the crater (50 minutes, 3.40 Km, 280m.). We take the senda that voltea the crater by the left during the next 30 minutes. The way goes by the same edge won perspective to steps enlarged.
In the point more álgido of the edge of the crater (458 metres, 5 Km, 1:15 h.) We arrive to a geodesic point. From here the seen are impressive on the National Park. To our backs to the immense boquete of the white boiler: it is like the drawing that a boy would do of a volcano.
The return realises by the same footpath.
8. Turn to the Round Beak
Footpath that surrounds the Round Beak, by ways used traditionally by herds of goats. During the footpath will have interesting seen of the macizo of the Ajaches, the zone of White Beach and the island of Fuerteventura.
Splitting of the square of Femés (380 m. Of altitude) takes a track rightwards that goes out from the same square of the church in upward sense to the regulatory tank of the network of supply, that drives to the backside of said tank (410 m. Of altitude). From this point observes a beautiful panoramic of the Ravine of the Higuera until his mouth in the Beach of The Pozo.
To continuation, takes a footpath indicated with a marked poster with a point of orange colour. The footpath begins to descend levemente for later begin to rise until the 445 m. Of altitude until going out to the Degollada of Carlos, place in which it appreciates by first time an excellent sight of the zone of White Beach and Fuerteventura, as well as simultaneously to our backs follow observing the Ravine of the Higuera and prolongation until Port of Carmen if the visibility is good.
To the 30 minutes and us 2 kilometres of trek takes a detour to the left following the marks of orange colour. This detour, takes a footpath of very easy distance by a cut semi-levelled in the expensive NW of Round Beak that turns until achieving the bottom of the Ravine of the Casita to the 3.80 kilometres and 50 minutes of trek (255 m. Of altitude).
Rising from there will arrive to the Shelter of the Aljibe in which it still exists an abrevadero for the goats.
The footpath now situates us in the crossing that drives to the Muzzle of the Loma of the Pozo or as it is the case of this distance again to the farmyards of goats situated in the high of Femés, previous descent to the Ravine of the Higuera. From here it begins a continuous promotion of rampas with slopes of marked inclination, but of an enormous visual wealth given the magnificiencia geological of the Macizo of the Ajaches in this zone.
It finalises the route descending again by the start of the route from the tank of water until the Beach of Femés.
9. Montañ Yellow - Beach of the Kitchen - The Funny
This footpath is a coastal route that joins Caleta of Tallow with Yellow Mountain, one of the geological trainings but elevated of The Funny.
The footpath goes through beaches of big interest, in which we will be able to enjoy of a good bathroom in his crystalline waters surrounded of a rich vegetation and fauna.
To arrive to The Funny have to take a ship that goes out from Órzola all the days to the 10, 12 and 17 h., expanding the schedule between the 1 of Julio and on 30 September until the 18:30 h.
After arriving to Caleta of Tallow, village of an important activity pesquera, will leave to the South by the sand, to go on down the coast until arriving to Yellow Mountain.
We can have the luck to observe a rich avifauna, composed by seagulls argénteas (Larus cachinnans), pardelas cenicientas (Calonctris diomedea), petreles of Bulwer (Bulweria bulwerii) and other species, in addition to the plants like the balancón (Traganum moquinii) and the salty white (Polycarpea nivea), able to survive in the extreme conditions of the salinity and aridez of this coastal zone.
After 5 kilometres and an hour of walked, arrive to Beach Cooks. A rincón spectacular under the Yellow Mountain of 172 metres of height. Crystalline waters, golden sand, in summary ones of the rincones but magic of all the Canary Islands.
10. Route of Tremesana
The route of Tremesana passes in the National Park of Timanfaya in the beautiful island of Lancelot. In some two kilometres of distance visits a majestuoso landscape of volcanic forms.
The route is organised by the Centre of Visitors of White Stain of the National Park of Timanfaya and has guide that realises an explanation of the volcanic trainings that find as well as of the origin of the park and of the eruptions that caused it. They offer eight free squares all the Mondays, Wednesday and Friday and is necessary to reserve previously through the pagina web of the National Park (https://www.reservasparquesnacionales.es/real/parquesnac/usu/html/inicio-reserva-oapn.aspx?cen=6&act=%201). If we have not been able to realise the reservation through the site, can present us in the centre of the park to first hour of the morning with the end to inscribe us in a list of wait which will allow us participate in this route in the case that there is low of last hour.
The eruptions of Timanfaya became between 1730 and 1736. The seismic activity had a new episode eruptivo of three months in 1824. The more than 5.000 hectares of sea of lavas of Timanfaya owe in his elder splits to the eruptions of the 18th century. A descomunal crack (split of the terrestrial soil) of some twenty kilometres brought achieve a vomit of coladas volcanic continued that sepultó numerous populated.
The travesía by Tremesana allows to observe the lava, the malpaís, and the cordajes more rugosos of "pahoehoe" conviven between immense stock exchanges of volcanic ash. The variety of materials, melted like an alone piece exposes under the hard climatic conditions will find with tabaibas, bitter and sweet, and always calls the attention the presence of the líquen colonising the lavas of malpaís.
Along the route will have the possibility of adentrarnos in a volcanic tube.
Leaving backwards the mountains of María Hernández and Loved, the caminante will enter of full in a postcard of Mars. Encarando Boiler Rajada and Mountain Rajada, the stage return in crisol of forms and colours: a sea of lavas entremezclado with volcanic ashes, malpaís, cordajes and the ochre and red mountains compose an only photography.
In spite of the hard conditions of the territory checks the activity of the man in the zone. The immense stock exchanges of volcanic ash have the peculiarity to concentrate the humidity. So although apparently it can result impossible, the field of lava is fertile. If The Geria, surrounding space to Timanfaya, concentrates the main plantation of vineyard of the island, here, in full mountains of the Fire, the riada of higueras, morals and guayaberos populates the valley of ashes.
In the middle of the lunar landscape arise the paseros. With appearance of ovens and built with volcanic stone his ceilings received the fruit until it dried for his back transport to Yaiza or Uga. We achieve the mountain Tremesana. Looking north guesses Timanfaya, the tourist centre.
The organisation of the park commissions to carry us in a mini van from the centre of visitors until the start of the footpath and of turn to the once finalised centre the route.
It fits to stand out that it is of forced cumplimineto the use of suitable footwear. People are sandalias or footwear on foot discovered will be automatically invited to not realising the route.
Finally, a special quotation to the guides of the park that with his know do and explanations will do us visit these places of the most pleasant way
11. Boiler of The Ravens
The crater of the volcano of the Raven, situated between the National Park of Timanfaya and the Geria treats of a volcano of dimensions rather reduced if we take like comparative reference the half size of the volcanos of the island, but however the boiler or crater is proportionally big and of walls arriscadas, finding his bottom to more than 15 m underneath of the external terrain in that it assent the volcano.
According to the history vulcanológica, the first volcano in opening was the known today to popular level with the name of The Boiler of the Ravens, by this zone began the eruptions of Timanfaya, in the year 1730 and that perduraron in the time at all more and at all less than 6 years, covering a third part of the island by the materials issued by the volcanos.
The crater has a marked elliptical form cone 369 m of length on his main axis, in direction And.-W. And some 200 m. In the axis N.-S. The edge of his crater is formed by a singing ruiniforme and his maximum depth round the 90 m. The entrance in the boiler realises by his extreme N., by a narrow rocky porthole some 20 m. Elevated above his bottom. In the same have practised works of collected of picón (lapilli) with agricultural ends.
From the road of The Geria-Tinajo (T2), l cross the division of terms of Aunts and Tinajo, signposted clearly in the road, gives gone in in the natural park of the volcanos. From this same point has start the way, although it results better to park in an explanada situated some metres more advance (336 m).
Take, to the left of the road a way that directs to the volcanic cone. After situating us without difficulty to the foot of the same follow the outline of the boiler in time sense. A footpath visits it and allows to give access to the rocky portico that gives access to the interior of the crater. To go back to the starting point will go out of the crater and will take the footpath that following the base of the talud connects with the way that have been still in the approximation to the volcano.
It is possible to lengthen a bit more the excursion, bordeando the mountain entirely in sense anti schedule.
12. Beach of the Shells
The footpath begins in Caleta of the Tallow, taking the track that carries to The Mareta, in soft promotion during some 1700 metres, until arriving to the flat of The Mareta, between The Mojón and The Needles.
From the crossing of The Mareta can see the examples of aprovechamiento of the terrain in crops and aljibes. In the Flat, ancient ways and Coa into disuse, but even visible while it advances his regeneration, can confuse our route, by have to be it attentive to the signaling and to the geographic references. We have to go down, turning slightly rightwards and afterwards to the left in “a that”, until arriving, in hardly 150 metres, to an ancient track cut by a cord of stones.
We will take the track leftwards for bordear The Needles, leaving this volcanic building to our right, and with the reference of the islote of Clear Mountain at the front.
Left backwards The Mareta, and after a brief rise of 1 Km, the way goes down to the Flat of The Drop of the Livestock, following the main track. This descent offers a panoramic only of Mountain Bermeja, with his characteristic reddish colour and at the end the islotes of Clear Mountain and Alegranza.
We will ignore the way that goes out to the left and that carries to the Muzzle of the Estribas, going on down the main track, that vira slightly to the right. To some 500 m of this crossing will find the aparcabicis of the Drop of the Livestock. From this point will go on down the track until arriving in some 700 metres to the crossing with the track that adentra in the Island in a northeasterly direction and bordea Mountain Bermeja by the interior. We will take this crossing rightwards, following during 1,4 km the track.
In this point incorporates from the way that carries to the beach of The Shells. We follow straight and in hardly a kilometre will arrive again to the sea, very near already of the Beach of the Amber. From this point a senda peatonal carries to Majapalomas. We will go on down the main track, that turns some 90º to the right, and that in some 200 metres arrives to the aparcabicis of the beach of the Amber. The way follows parallel to the beach to the end of this, where it is necessary to turn again 90º to the right to take the track that carries to Pedro Beard and The Mareta.
Along 1,5 Km will find several ways that incorporate to the main, but that we have to avoid following a line more or less north / south until arriving to the crossing that allows to take the variant to Pedro Beard. The main route takes the crossing rightwards, bordeando to half height The Needles. After a brief and pronounced promotion, will follow during something more than 3,5 km between rises and descents until the Flat of The Mareta, where will be able to observe closely the aljibe of The Watered and the cultured plots that saw of far to the start of the day.
Happened the aljibe will take again the way of the left, that is by which begin the route and that goes down to Caleta of the Tallow, offering an only sight with the Bluffs of Famara at the end. The Variant to Pedro Beard allows to visit this core of population. From the crossing of the track that carries to The Mareta, takes the way leftwards that goes down to the mar.