Lanzarote is the most north-east of the Canary Islands. It owes its name to Lancelotto Malocello, the Genoese navigator, born in Varazze, who first discovered it in 1312 and occupied it for some time. The land area is 806 km2 (fourth island in size). The population is about 140,000 inhabitants. The capital of the island is Arrecife. Administratively the island is part of the province of Las Palmas.
The main attraction in Lanzarote is the Timanfaya National Park, located in the south west - a vast volcanic landscape home to the dormant volcano, Fire Mountain. Other tourist attractions include the caves of Jameos del Agua and the Cueva de los Verdes (green caves).
Lanzarote is located on the path of the trade wind from the North East . Without these winds, the climate of the island would look like that of the nearby Sahara. Often, sandstorms transported from the Sahara cross the narrow strip of sea driving up temperatures even at 40 ° and reducing visibility to less than 100 meters. The sand storms are known as a Calima.
Puerto del Carmen, Costa Teguise and Playa Blanca are the 3 main resorts in Lanzarote, all located along the east coast.
Puerto del Carmen is located south of Arrecife and a few miles from the airport. It is the biggest resort, developed in the island and is a nice central base for those wishing to explore. Puerto del Carmen has a fantastic long promenade, beaches, accommodation and a good nightlife.
Costa Teguise is located north of the capital was raised at the end of the 70's, as a destination sporting interest, especially for windsurfing and golfing. The resort has a water park and small cove like beaches, great family accommodation and various commercial centres with shops, bars and restaurants.
Playa Blanca, located in the southern tip of Lanzarote is still expanding and it enjoys the best climate, especially during winter. It has 2 marinas, one of which is home to the 2 ferries that leave for Corralejo in Fuerteventura daily. Playa Blanca offers great quality accommodation is very close to the stunning white beaches of Papagayo.