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Lanzarote, a Spanish island, is the easternmost of the Canary Islands, in the Atlantic Ocean ca. 125 km off the coast of Africa as well as 1,000 km from the Iberian Peninsula. It is situated at 29°00' north, 13°40' west. It is located 11 km NE of Fuerteventura and only 1 km from Graciosa. The first recorded name for the island, given by Angelino Dulcert, was Insula de Lanzarotus Marocelus, after the Genoese navigator Lancelotto Malocello, from which the modern name is derived. The island's Guanche name was Tite-Roy-Gatra, which may mean "the red mountains."
The elongated island has an area of 845,9 km², and a population of around 125,000. The dimensions of the island are 60 km from north to south and 25 km from west to east. Lanzarote has 213 km of coastline, of which 10 km are sand, 16.5 km are beach, and the remainder are rocky. Its dramatic landscape includes the mountain ranges of Famara (671 m) in the north and Ajaches (608 m) to the south. South of the Famara massif is the El Jable desert which separates Famara and Montañas del Fuego. Tourism has been the mainstay of the island's economy for the past 50 years. Other industries include agriculture.
The island has its own international airport, Arrecife Airport, which receives around 5.5 million passengers per year.
Its mountains include Montañas del Fuego located in the Timanfaya National Park. The tallest mountain is Peñas del Chache elevating 670 m above sea level. The island is under protection as a Biospherical Reserve by UNESCO. It has the largest submerged volcanic tunnel in the world and is called the "Tunnel of Atlantis".
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The island's only airport is just to the west of Arrecife, with the airport designator code ACE. In addition to the charter flights that serve Lanzarote from Northern Europe, there are scheduled flights operated to some of the other Canary Islands, to the Spanish mainland and to a few international locations, most notably London (Gatwick). Some of the airlines serving Lanzarote (ACE) include: Iberia, Spanair, AirEuropa, British Airways, Binter, Thomsonfly, Thomas Cook, Hapag Lloid, Air Berlin, Jetair, Lauda Air, Aer Lingus and more.
Bus and Taxi. Taxi drivers may make the most of the pay meter if you travel in groups, perhaps by missing a turning.
Hire car. Car hire is relatively cheap in Lanzarote. A hire car is the best option for discovering the remote wilderness regions. Reputable companies include AutoReisen, ORCAR, CICAR, Cabrera Medina, PaylessCAR. It only takes about 40 minutes to cross the entire island from North to South by car, and about 25 minutes across.
Public transport is quite inconvenient. It does not serve any of the tourist sights, and should be avoided. Hire cars are a far better idea.
Lanzarote tends to be a bit windy, and often a bit more in July, making motor scooters or bicycles a little difficult and risky.
The Airport is served only by a small bus that stops at both terminals to the city of Playa Honda and the Capital Arrecife, so it would be necessary to go there to connect to other destinations by BUS. Buses leave about twice per hour daily for most of the day, except for Sundays when there is a reduced schedule. Check ARRECIFEBUS for bus schedules (bus line 23). As in 2006, bus fare from the airport to Arrecife is about 1€ and from Arrecife to Puerto del Carmen about 1.5€. A Taxi ride from the Airport to Puerto del Carmen can range from 12€ to 24€. And around 30 Euros to the resort of Playa Blanca at the south of the island.
The beaches. There are also water activities such as snorkeling, scuba diving, surfing, windsurfing, parasailing and canoeing. There is also a water park (with bus service from Puerto del Carmen), a Zoo Park (Guinate Park), an aquarium-type park and a wild-west themed animal park (Rancho Texas). Also submarine trips from Ports in Puerto del Carmen and Puerto Calero.