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The Canary Islands are a group of seven major Spanish islands situated in the Atlantic ocean 150km off the coast of Africa. Many people look to start their new life in mainland Spain, but are missing the opportunities that the Canary Islands have to offer. Due to their situation the Canary Islands offer a far more stable climate than the mainland of Spain with Lanzarote boasting an average year round temperature of 21c. Lanzarote is the fourth largest CanaryIsland covering 846kmsq, 25km from East to West and 60km from North to South providing the island with 213km of coastline with over 16km being beaches.

The landscape in Lanzarote is quite dramatic with mountain ranges to the North (Famara) and the South (Ajaches). Many visitors will experience a visit to the volcanic area of Lanzarote, Timanfaya National Park which provides a unique insight in to how volcanoes have helped formed this and the other Canary Islands. UNESCO declared Lanzarote a Biosphere Reserve in 1993 making more than 80% of the islands surface become protected against many forms of development and the local government has undertaken a strategy for ‘Sustainable Development’ to ensure the UNESCO guidelines are adhered to.

The island has become widely recognised as a point of reference for natural architecture especially thanks to one of the island’s greatest heroes Cesar Manrique. Cesar Manrique took it upon himself as an artist to convert tradition and modernity into beauty. The truest example of Cesar Manrique’s work is the stunning ‘Jameos del Agua’ where he converted a desert of lava flow in to a place of sheer beauty, using water, tropical vegetation and rock to create a place of leisure and culture amongst the volcanic caves. It is the local government’s wish to recreate this natural architecture with the island’s development.

The tourism of Lanzarote opened up in the 1970s after the local government extended the length of the runway at Arrecife airport to allow the larger international planes to land here. The 1970s didn’t see major growth in the tourism on the island this started in the 1980s with the introduction in much of Europe of the concept of ‘package holidays’. The development firstly focused on the rapid growth of Puerto del Carmen, then followed to Costa Teguise and Playa Blanca which now form the island’s three main tourist resorts (greater guides to these resorts can be found in our registered section).

Tourism currently brings over 1.5 million visitors to the resorts of Lanzarote every year mainly still from Europe with the largest percentage of arrivals coming from United Kingdom, Ireland, Germany and Lanzarote’s home country Spain. Currently due to the all-year season Lanzarote has an 80% average occupancy rate in its hotels, but visitors also use many of the more private options such as holiday homes owned here or private rental of villas and apartments. With flights negotiations in place to open up Lanzarote to the USA and Canada in the near future even more visitors might be visiting Lanzarote.

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