Lanzarote island lies at the far right of the Canarian archipelago, just 79 miles off the African coast. It is the fourth largest of the Canary Islands, spanning a length of 37 miles and a width of 12 miles. At the north of the island is a group of islets, La Graciosa, Alegranza, Montaña Clara, Roque del Este and Roque del Oeste, which form the Chinijo archipelago. These small islands are considered a part of Lanzarote, though only La Graciosa is inhabited and typically featured on the Lanzarote map.
Much of Lanzarote’s land mass is fairly new, born from massive volcanic eruptions that occurred during the 18th and 19th centuries. These eruptions formed an extraordinary landscape that has been described as “lunar” or “Martian” due to the presence of lava and ashes. Many of its beaches are a mixture of the golden sand and black volcanic dust – a sight that would not be seen on any other Mediterranean holiday. The volcanic activity also created more than 300 volcanoes and gave birth to the longest volcanic tunnel in the world, the Atlantida Tunnel. La Cueva de los Verdes and Jameos del Agua, shown in the Lanzarote map below, form part of this 7 kilometers long tunnel.
There are 3 main holiday resorts in Lanzarote:
Costa Teguise, which lies at the north near Arrecife, the island’s main capital; Puerto Del Carmen, which sits at the center and is the largest and most popular of the island’s resorts; and Playa Blanca, a tranquil resort in the south that is frequented by travelling families. It is advisable for visitors using rented cars to purchase the latest Lanzarote map, as it is easy to get lost in this bustling island.