The Canary Islands were formed as the result of volcanic activity but, more specifically, the Timanfaya National Park, covering an area of 50 sq klm, was created during a series of eruptions between 1730-1736. Because of the absence of rain and other erosive factors, the scenery today remains much as it was at the end of that period. The lava flow was dramatic and swept away several villages yet, strangely, there were no fatalities. The extent of the lava field is quite apparent and there is a clear demarcation of where the devastation reached.
The Timanfaya National Park is noted for its strange ‘lunar’ landscape. There are vast areas of ‘clinker’, but in other places the texture reflects the solidified lava streams.