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El Diablo Restaurant – Who Needs a Grill When You Have a Volcano?

Summer is here in full force, and every time we step outside we can feel ourselves barbecuing in the heat. So while we’re on the topic of rising temperatures, let us introduce to you El Diablo, a Spanish restaurant that actually uses natural heat – from a volcano no less, to roast and prepare their food!

This unique restaurant is located in the Timanfaya National Park, situated on the island of Lanzarote off the western coast of Morocco. The area is famous for the Fire Mountains, or Montanas del Fuego, which were created when more than 100 volcanoes sprung up on the island.  El Diablo (which aptly translates into ‘The Devil) uses the literal fires from hell for its dishes, in the form of geothermal heat at 500 degrees Celsius that sears up the vents of the volcano that it is built on.

Constructing a restaurant atop such a massive heat source was no mean task. Architects Eduardo Caceres and Jesus Soto lay down 9 layers of basalt rock to stabilize the structure as digging a foundation was next to impossible. The vent itself is a hole in the ground on top of which food is placed on a cast iron grill to cook, and less than six feet below lies gently bubbling lava!

The menu here includes delectable local dishes as well as Continental fare, with tourists flocking here to especially try their volcanically grilled meats and fish (of course!). Along with a full meal, it is also possible to have the full volcanic experience by taking part in a tour to see the vent and grill. Dramatic cooking methods aside, the panorama from the restaurants windows is no less stunning, with its stark mountainous views.

What are your thoughts on this daredevil restaurant? Is it worth the visit? Let us know in the comments! To influence your decision – if the thought of lava shooting into the air might keep you from enjoying your meal, rest assured that the volcano has been dormant since 1824 and has been officially declared safe.

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