Eat at Lanzarote’s volcano restaurant, the most unique dining experience in Spain

The "Vulkan grill", food cooked over a volcano in Lanzarote's national park / Wikipedia
The "Vulkan grill", food cooked over a volcano in Lanzarote's national park / Wikipedia
13 June 2019, Tom Beck

If you’re visiting the Canary Islands in Spain and looking for some unusual things to do in Lanzarote, you can’t do much better than eat El Diablo restaurant, the famous volcano restaurant where they cook the food without electricity or gas but using the heat of the volcano. Discover Spain's most extreme dining experience!

Located near Teguise in the centre of the Timanfaya National Park, one of the most famous tourist attractions and best parts of Lanzarote, the Restaurante El Diablo was built around the mouth of a volcano. They couldn’t lay down foundations for the building, so they had to build it on slabs of basalt rock. That’s because just six feet under the restaurant is a 400⁰C pool of lava.

The chefs at El Diablo place their grills over the hole and barbecue the meat in the most natural way imaginable. The technique was invented by a famous architect from the Canary Islands, César Manrique, who called it “Vulkan grill”. The restaurant serves all kind of volcano-roasted food, including steaks, grilled chicken, sausages and potatoes, as well as exquisite fresh Canarian fish and seafood.

El Diablo restaurant with fantastic views over the Timanfaya National Park, Spain / Son of Groucho/Flickr
El Diablo restaurant with fantastic views over the Timanfaya National Park, Spain / Son of Groucho/Flickr

El Diablo in Lanzarote also affords diners some of the best views on the island. The restaurant has huge glass windows that offer a panoramic view of the rocky volcanic mountains of the national park that stretch for almost 20 square miles down to the beautiful, blue Atlantic Ocean. These are the Montañas del Fuego”, the Fire Mountains of Lanzarote, made up of around a hundred dormant volcanoes. Don’t worry – the last eruption was about 200 years ago, so there’s not much danger of your steak being lethally overcooked…

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