Lanzarote is a Spanish Island and is the most eastern island of the seven Canary Islands. Created by the Canary Hotspot about 35 million years ago, Lanzarote has a very differentlandscape to most places in Spain with rocky hills and little greenery. Despite the lack of greenery there is still a lot of farming that takes place in Lanzarote. Lanzarote has 132 miles of coastlinealthough only 10 miles are beach, and the remainder is rocky. The dramatic landscape includes the mountain ranges of Famara. To the South side of the Famara Massif is the El Jable desert separating the Famara and Montañas del Fuego.
The population of Lanzarote is 139,506 (as of 2008) and the population of the capital of Lanzarote, Arrecife, is 59,040. Arrecife has not always been the capital of Lanzarote. The town of Teguise was the original capital of Lanzarote from 1414 until 1852 before the title moved to Arrecife. Today Teguise has a population of 14,214, its main source of income is through tourism. The president of the island is Jose Luis Rodriguez Zapatero.
The island is home to a wide range of different wildlife ranging from bats to dromedary. Lanzarote has35 different types of wildlife including birds such as falcons. There are also a wide variety of reptiles; some interesting endemic creatures are the Gallotia lizards, and the blind deep-water Remipendia found in the Jameos del Agua lagoon, which was created by a volcanic eruption. It is home to one of two surviving populations of the threatened Canarian Egyptian Vulture. There are five hundred different kinds of plants and lichen on the island, 17 of the plants forms are endemic and there are 180 varieties of lichen. There is plenty to see and discover in Lanzarote. Plus you can have just as much fun lying on the glorious beaches and soaking up the red hot sun.
The island has its own international airport, Arrecife Airport, which handles over 5.5 million passengers each year. Many of those passengers are repeat visitors coming back to see and experience the islands many sights and tourist attractions. Amongst the popular places to visit are the Timanfaya National Park. The Park is in the southwest of the island covering 51 square kilometres that is made up entirely of volcanic soil. The greatest number of recorded eruptions occurred between 1730 and 1736. The activity from the volcano continues as the surface temperature in the core ranges from 100 ºC to 600 ºC at the depth of 13 metres (43ft), which is demonstrated by pouring water into the ground, resulting in a Geyser of steam which is an attraction for tourists on the Lanzarote Southern Island Tour. Other attractions in Lanzarote include the fantastic Submarine Safaris. This is a tripunderwater in a submarine to see some of the plant and animal life that can%u2019t be seen from land. Another of the island%u2019s attractions is the Costa Teguise Aqua Water Park which is a great famout with the parks many waterslides. The Lanzarote Aquarium in Arrecife is also a popular attraction as the biggest aquarium in the Canary Islands and houses hundreds of marine species that can be observed.
Car hire at Lanzarote Arrecife Airport
Sixt work with Canary Islands Car at Arrecife to offer the best quality car hire at cheap prices. Once you arrive at Lanzarote simply follow the signs to the car hire area and head to Canary Islands Car desk to collect the keys to your hire car.
The staff at the branch will be pleased to help you with any questions or queries you may have ahead of your rental with us.