Size: 795 km²
Population: ca. 53.100
Lanzarote is strange and bizarre, comparable to a moon landscape.
No green areas, just a few trees, plenty of black magma. A brittle
Shaped by elemental powers. Serpentines for sport addicts. The
fire of the earth created an island of nature miracles. Lanzarote,
only 125 km from the African mainland and therefore the most
northeastern island of the archipelago, is, with its 795 sqkm
the fourth biggest of the Canary Islands. This island leaves
nobody unimpressed. Some of the visitors come year after year,
addicted to its magnificent charm. Others are shocked by all
the rock, heat, solidified magma and the meagre landscape under
a burning sun.
It is noticeable that under this islands, there boils the
volcano at the moment luckily at a very small flame.
It is especially this dryness and brittle landscape that attracts
the tourists apart from the beaches and the sea. The senses
are provoked by the elemental powers. Fire and water are next
to each other. Because Lanzarote is apart from being volcanic,
of course, also a beach holiday destination. Unlike in Fuerteventura
there are, apart from the foreigners who have their permanent
residence here, plenty of people who dont live of the
tourism. The natives near the coast are still fishermen and
further inland near the white villages one will still find a
strange, traditional kind of agriculture. Nowhere else in the
world is vine cultivated the way it is in Lanzarote. The vines
are grown in funnels of clinker each surrounded by a little
wall. The clinker collects the dew and the funnel directs it
towards the vines. The hotels are still not high here, the landscape
is mostly preserved.
The charm of the island is created by a combination of the primeval,
volcanic nature, the tranquil life of the natives, the sea and
the reasonable way of dealing with tourism. Costa Teguise, Playa
Blanca and Puerto del Carmen are the touristic hotspots of this
individual island which is biosphere reservation protected by
the UNESCO. Despite the fact that the island is only approx.
60 km long from Northeast to Southwest and only 20 km wide from
east to west there are still very contrasting landscapes: Endless
clinker- and ash fields are covering especially the western
parts like the Montaña del Fuego the fire mountains.
These are also Lanzarotes national parks.
The south is dry and sparsely populated and very popular
with the tourists because of its beautiful golden beaches around
EL Papagayo. The centre of the island is famous for its strange
vine cultivation around La Geria and disperses in the east into
the tourist centres Puerto del Carmen and Costa de Teguise which
frame in the capital of Lanzarote, Arrecife.
The north around the village Haría is unexpectedly
green and sumptuous and forms the agricultural part of the island.
And one mustnt forget the three little islands La Graciosa,
Montaña Clara and Alegranza, which seemed to be spots
of colour detached from the pallet of Lanzarote. (from www.immo7.com