Centro de Interpretacion Vulcanologico

Centro de Interpretacion Vulcanologico, La Restinga: Tickets, Tours, Hours, Address, Centro de Interpretacion Vulcanologico Reviews: 4/5

Centro de Interpretacion Vulcanologico

Centro de Interpretacion Vulcanologico
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10:00 AM - 6:00 PM
Monday
10:00 AM - 6:00 PM
Tuesday
10:00 AM - 6:00 PM
Wednesday
10:00 AM - 6:00 PM
Thursday
10:00 AM - 6:00 PM
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10:00 AM - 6:00 PM
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10:00 AM - 6:00 PM
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4.0
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Clive F
Oban, UK38 contributions
Nice low-key centre dealing with local geology
Jan 2019 • Friends
This is a good attraction, educational and reasonably priced. As divers we found the second display area dealing with the underwater effects of the Restinga eruption especially interesting.
Written February 2, 2019
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TravelBug47648
Swindon, UK320 contributions
Volcano tour
Feb 2018 • Couples
The museum is in a great spot where you can see nearly all of the southern coast of the island. It is situated in a lava field so lots to absorb just from its position.

There are two buildings, one has an in depth look at the eruption off the coast of La Restinga in 2011. Great pictures and video that explains not just the geology but what it meant for the local people.

The other building has descriptions of more general volcano information including how the Canary Islands were formed. It has a hand gesture interface to get the information.

All is self guided. We enjoyed the tour.
Written February 22, 2018
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mewcross1
21 contributions
Fun timea
Oct 2017
Learned a lot about volcanoes. A lot of technology which keeps all of us involved and interested. The group enjoyed our time here.

Written December 18, 2017
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Colin F
Belfast City Region, UK11 contributions
A really interesting hour
Dec 2017 • Solo
This is a well presented exhibition showing the eruption which occurred just south of El Hierro some years ago. It's really worth going to and very interesting
Written December 18, 2017
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JasonDV
Cambridge, UK23 contributions
Amazing informative and interactive
Sep 2017 • Couples
This museum blew us away. The landscape itself is stunning with several different types of lava and volcanic formations. It has two rooms, the first with a panormic array of screens providing stunning visuals from the most recent eruption, clleverly and clearly explaining in multiple languages simulataneously. It has a plethora of touch screen desks where you can dig into the bits the eruption that you find interesting.

The second room contains information about the volcanic history of El Hierro and the canary islands, offering several stations which are controled using physical free space gestures thanks to several kinects.

This museum is interesting and informative and well laid out so that everyone can participate no matter what their home language is.

Really very very impressive. Even though no mention of Spock was made.
Written October 7, 2017
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Maynster
London, UK6 contributions
Interesting and educational
Nov 2016 • Couples
Great site to visit to get background on the geography and the volcanic eruption at La Restinga. Not a fan of their "interactive" menu navigation as it was a bit jittery but all the information is interesting, educational and a good mix of different media.
Written November 21, 2016
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J17A
Fuerteventura, Spain31 contributions
Good information on the recent volcanic eruption
Aug 2016
Very interesting visit and informative on general volcanic eruptions and more importantly the recent eruption which was well documented and presented.
Written August 30, 2016
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Adyfield
Fareham, UK99 contributions
News reports of 2011 undersea eruption
Apr 2016 • Couples
When we visited here, it was very quiet and we had the car park to ourselves. There is a walk which takes you through various types of volcanic lava formations down to a room with multi language video presentations of the 2011 offshore eruption which resulted in La Restinga being evacuated. It was an interesting exhibition and worth seeing however I think the exhibition on La Palma was more detailed and a little better overall. The walk does take you over some quite rough loose ground so I recommend wearing walking shoes or boots to avoid any ankle injuries.
Written April 21, 2016
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Jerseylolly
Jersey, UK89 contributions
Learn how the El Hierro volcano erupted again under water in 2011
Mar 2016 • Friends
Interesting information regarding volcanos in general with real clips and film of the 2011 underwater eruption where inhabitants la La Restinga were forced to evacuate the town. Huge computerised multilingual screens with special sound effects bring the 2011 eruption to life and portray events as they happened.
Written March 18, 2016
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AlanR555
Bideford, UK93 contributions
Informative but needs physical stamina
Feb 2016 • Couples
This gathers together information on two themes - a basic understanding of the
volcanic process and the story of the 2011 eruption. There is also a "trail" of rocks
of different types - but these seemed to lack interpretation notices and so were
not so valuable to those who failed to remember the nuances of the information
delivered on the basic processes.

The first building contains an audio-visual arrangement whereby the visitor can
choose the language and navigate a lot of information. Sadly this involves such
visitor standing on two footprints on the floor and then moving a specific hand
(left or right) in order to "control" the information flow. For non-experts it was
very easy to get it wrong. My partner accidentally selected German and found
no way to get back to English. It is also necessary to retain the hand in contact
with an option until it is activated - but not so long that something else occurs.

Those without physical stamina (legs and hands) are likely to find this tiring and
I am sure that I lost value by retiring early from the process. It is a good idea to
have multi-language screens but the implementation was poorly designed. With
a seat and a "mouse"-type device it would have been so much easier.

The second building is reached by a walk over paths made of volcanic produce
and so is accessible only to those steady on their feet. I broke my ankle about
seven weeks before my visit and although back to walking on streets the walk
on this terrain was difficult.

It was good to learn something of the effect on the community of the eruptions
in 2011. I did not visit El Hierro after 2004 until 2014 and with my priorities on
other things I had not appreciated how impactful it all was. The audi visual is
different - there is limited seating and four screens shewing the material in four
languages. Sadly one was out of sync and some were subject to flickering on
and off. The idea for the presentation is fine but implementation is everything.
The four languages need to be co-ordinated.

Overall I could have learned more had the technology served me. This centre
is relatively new (an addition to the "passport" to the centres on the island) but
may set the trend for future additions. If so, more thought will be needed to get
a good visitor experience and hopefully this one will be re-appraised.

My rating is for the material - not the physical experience.
Written February 29, 2016
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