View New 360 Degree Panorama of the Timanfaya Volcano Park
(TRAVPR.COM) SPAIN - 22nd July, 2010 - The Timanfaya Volcano Park is one of the most popular national parks in Spain – and the most visited tourist attraction on Lanzarote. Welcoming close to 900,000 visitors per year. Thanks to the surreal scenery created here by enormous eruptions that rocked Lanzarote during the 18th and 19th centuries.
Now it is possible to enjoy an interactive virtual tour of this other worldly terrain – without even touching down on Lanzarote. By visiting the Lanzarote Guidebook website – where visitors can view a 360 degree panorama of the region, featuring directional controls and zoom functions. Which can be viewed without having to install any additional software or plug ins on their computer.
According to Lanzarote Guidebook publisher Nick Ball; “The Timanfaya Volcano Park is one of Lanzarote´s greatest natural wonders and features high on the itineraries of most visitors to the island. Our new interactive tour gives everyone the chance to explore this fascinating region and we plan to add more 360 panoramic shots of other key attractions on the island on an ongoing basis”.
The Fire Mountains of Timanfaya were created by huge eruptions during the 1730´s that lasted for over six years. With a further repeat performance taking place in 1824. This volcanic activity wiped out farmland and villages in what had once been one of Lanzarote´s most fertile regions – forcing many islanders to flee and start a new life abroad.
Today the surreal lavascapes and spent volcanic peaks occupy an area of around 200km square – dominating the interior of this small Canary Island. And the eruptions have had a profound impact on many aspects of life on Lanzarote. Influencing for example the local viniculture, as local producers adapted to the eruptions by using volcanic stone chippings called picon as a type of mulch for their vines. Whilst many of the paintings of Lanzarote´s most famous son, the artist César Manrique, reflect the colours and textures of the Timanfaya region.
Lanzarote´s volcanoes are currently dormant – but temperatures just below the earth’s surface in the region are still extremely high. As park wardens are only too happy to demonstrate by pouring cold water into bore holes in the earth’s surface – which are then expelled just seconds later as jets of steam. An image which can be viewed on the 360 panoramic shot now available on Lanzarote Guidebook
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