Lanzarote, is situated approximately 100km off the west coast of Africa, which makes it the most easterly of the Canary Islands. The approx. dimensions of the island are 70 km from north to south and 25 km from west to east, so size wise it is the fourth largest island in the Canaries. Lanzarote has over 200 km of coastline, of which 10 km are sand, 16.5 km are beach, and the remainder is rocky.
Lanzarote is blessed with 330 days a year of sunshine on average, the good weather and the lifestyle are what mostly attract people to the island.
This island has a stark beauty. The volcanic moonscape is most vivid in the island’s centre, while to the north there’s a gentle greenness. The south is home to the best beaches, while throughout the island César Manrique demonstrates how man can work with nature with extraordinary results. Away from the coast, Lanzarote’s landscape is unique. In fact, UNESCO has given the island World Biosphere Reserve status, in order to protect it.
Despite the Volcanic nature of the island, Lanzarote has several beautiful white beaches such as those at Playa Blanca, Papagayo and Caleton Blanco.
For the more active, the island offers great surf at Famara, windsurfing at Costa Teguise and world-class sports training facilities at La Santa Sport. Local authority regulations on the amount and style of development mean that there is no billboard advertising and no high rise buildings in Lanzarote (with the exception of the Gran Hotel in Arrecife).
Take a look at some more photos of the island in the Lanzarote Gallery.