Cooking by volcano in the Canary Islands

Now here's a different take on alternative energy. Have you ever eaten food cooked by an active volcano? If you visit the Canary Islands, you could have the chance. This restaurant on the island of Lanzarote can cook your entree using the natural heat of the volcano.

Food cooking over a volcano on Lanzarote, in the Canary Islands Try dinner cooked by the heat of a volcano in Lanzarote, Canary Islands

The Canary Islands are part of Spain politically and culturally. Geographically, however, they lie off the coast of Morocco, and are much closer to Africa than to the Spanish mainland.

The islands are popular with travelers looking for sun and sand. Lying on the beach and working on your tan is a top activity, but there's a lot more you can do, too. If you're into water sports like snorkeling, scuba diving, surfing, or sport fishing, you'll find plenty of possibilities here. You can also check out some of the varied towns around the island.

All of the Canary Islands were created by volcanic activity, and the island of Lanzarote offers plenty of evidence of this. Here are some cool volcano-related ideas if you're traveling to Lanzarote.

  • You can walk inside one of the longest volcanic tunnels in the world.
  • You can spend the day on a black sand beach (or the traditional white sand if you prefer).
  • You can visit Timanfaya National Park, where the rugged lunar landscape looks as though the last eruption was just last month, not 200+ years ago.
  • You can visit wineries that use a unique method of growing vines behind volcanic rock walls.
  • You can sip a cocktail or watch a show in a cavern created by an underground lava flow.
  • And of course, you can dine on food grilled over the heat of the volcano.

For more info, see: Discover Lanzarote.

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PHOTO CREDITS:  Terry Whalebone

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