Lanzarote Island, Population, Capital, Maps & Useful Tourism Facts
Lanzarote is the fourth largest and the most northern of the 7 Canary Islands. This beautiful location lies 78 miles (125 km´s) off the coast of northern Africa.
Covering a distance of 845.9 km², Lanzarote is smaller than Tenerife and Gran Canaria. It´s also quite a bit smaller than Fuerteventura but does have a larger population. Currently, there are some 156 K inhabitants which is the third biggest of the Canaries. This is quite a bit lower than the much larger populations of Tenerife and Gran Canaria.
The capital city of Lanzarote is Arrecife which is also the location of the only airport on the island. Arrecife airport lies on the eastern coast, 8.3 km´s south of Costa Teguise. Puerto del Carmen is 14.5 km´s further south. You can reach both of these super resorts in under 15 minutes by car.
Currently there are 61,500 people living in the capital city Arrecife. This is a little under 50% of the entire population of the island. Arrecife airport once saw a record 5 million arrivals back in 2008. Each year usually sees several million at least travel here to enjoy their holidays. Most will be travelling south to escape the colder climate further north.
Lanzarote is 1075 km or 668 miles from the Spanish mainland or the Cadiz city. It´s possible to take the ferry once a week if you prefer not to fly.
The image below will take you to a full size interactive map of the island. This also highlights many of the top resorts and locations.
Below is a quick reference guide which contains key facts about Lanzarote.
156,000 Inhabitants (2020)
845.9 km´s (326.6 square miles)
191 km´s (118.7 miles)
Capital City & Airport
Top Resorts To Visit
Now we know a little about this island, let´s explore some of the leading resorts here. Most of the best places to visit lie in the southern and eastern areas. There are a few beautiful areas to the north but few to the west of the island. This is because Timanfaya National Park takes up a chunk of the western coast.
Costa Teguise has become the leading resort in Lanzarote in recent times. This popular location boasts four super beaches and an aqua park. The square (Plaza Pueblo Marinero) is where most head to for nightlife. There is also a popular Sunday market here which people flock to from across the island.
Puerto del Carmen
Puerto del Carmen is another leading resort and home to one of the top beaches in Lanzarote. Playa Grande (big beach) is one of the longest on the island with a length of 1190 metres. This resort is also home to a beautiful port which moor small to large vessels.
The Marina and Old Town are are where you will find most of the restaurants and bars. This is also where most head for nightlife. Rancho Texas is a good day out for families here.
Playa Blanca is the most southern resort in Lanzarote and also one of the newest. This area is where many head for a quiet break away from the busier resorts. Playa Blanca is the location of one of the best beaches. Like it´s resort name, Playa Blanca (white beach) is one of three beaches here. Sotavento is another fantastic beach and also the name of a superb hotel.
Marina Rubicon is a pretty port area here which offers ferry trips to Fuerteventura. This is a 30 minute journey to make the trip south for a day trip.
Flag Of Lanzarote
It´s no secret that Lanzarote is one of the hottest of the Canaries all year round. Lanzarote and Fuerteventura are the closest islands to the Sahara Desert. It´s common for this vast desert to blow hot air west throughout the year. This results in very hot summers and mild winters.
Temperartures across Lanzarote can reach 40 Celsius during the hot summer months. The colder months of February and March usually see the temperatures fall to 18 Celsius. It can get a little colder during the night but rarely cooler than 14 Celsius.
Best Beaches in Lanzarote
There are well over 100 beautiful beaches that dot the coastline of Lanzarote. Most line the top resorts across the island such as Playa Blanca, Costa Teguise and Puerto del Carmen. There are however many which are not easy to access unless you pay. Below is a short description of some of the top playas here.
Papagayo Beach (playa de Papagayo) is one of the most famous beaches in Lanzaote. This beacj is also one of hardest to access unless you pay for the ferry from Playa Blanca. The water taxi usually costs 15 Euros to reach this series of beautiful beaches. You can also drive via a dirt track which will cost 3 Euros which includes parking.
Playa Grande is one of the longest beaches on the island with a total length of 1190 metres. This is also one of the most popular thanks to it´s super location in Puerto del Carmen. Playa Grande comes with more facilities than most beaches here. You also have the beautiful promenade running alongside. This is where you can find many of the top restaurants and bars in the area.
Playa de las Cucharas (spoons beach) is not one of the longest but it is one of the most beautiful. This stunning beach measures 650 metres and is the top playa in Costa Teguise. Here there is also a lovely promenade with pretty gardens running alongside. The location is also excellent close to all the shops and amenities in Costa Teguise.
Attactions & Days Out
Below are some of the main attactions and days out in Lanzarote with a brief introduction about each.
Timanfaya National Park
Without doubt the leading attraction in Lanzarote which accounts for 51 km´s of the island. You could walk one of the several hiking routes or make the journey on a Camel. Your guide will take you on this fascinating journey while providing interesting insights. This includes the volanic eruptions which led to the creation of Timanfaya.
Cueva de los Verdes
An amazing cave system that stretches for over 6 km´s above sea level. Cueva de los Verdes is a lava tube which is the result of another volcanic eruption. This cave system lies in a remote part of northern Lanzarote. Enjoy the pretty lighting systems when inside which shows these ancient caves in all their glory.