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 the island of 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.

Flag Of Lanzarote
Lanzarote Flag

Airport & Capital City Of Lanzarote

Lanzarote Island

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.

Top Resorts To Visit

Most of the leading resorts here lie in the southern and eastern areas of the island. These include, Costa Teguise, Playa Blanca and Puerto del Carmen. Haria is another if you are heading to the north of the island.

Best Beaches

There are some beautiful beaches across the island which are one of the top attractions. Those that lie in the many resorts are usually the most accesible. This is the case for Playa Blanca, Puerto del Carmen and Costa Teguise. Other beaches are a lot more difficult to get to such as Papagayo.

Papagayo Beach, Lanzarote
Papagayo Beach, Lanzarote

Municipalities Of Lanzarote

In total there are seven municipalities that cover the island of Lanzarote. Below we will provide a little information about each with their location and key facts.


The pretty capital Arrecife is also one of the seven municipalities of Lanzarote. Currently there are around 61,500 inhabitants here or 39.5% of the total population. This area of Lanzarote lies on the east coast a short drive south of Costa Teguise.

Arrecife covers an area of 28 square kilometres and features a pretty port and lots of places to shop. Much of the islands trade comes through the capital which is also close to the airport. Tourism is big business here with plenty of attractions to visit. There are also lot´s of local parks for the young ones.


Teguise forms much of the centre of the island and is home to one of the top resorts here. Costa Teguise covers the coastal area north of the capital Arrecife. This pretty location features many super attraction to check out. Fundacion Cesar Marique is here, the famous artist is a legend to the locals.

Beaches of Costa Teguise
Costa Teguise Beaches

Cost Teguise has 4 beautiful beaches such as Playa de los Charcos, Playa de las Cucharas. Playa del Jablillo and Playa Bastián are two more worth a visit. There is also a golf course here and a super Sunday market. Teguise Market attracts people from all over the island along with tourists. One other attraction to note is Teguise Aquapark for a fun day out with the family.


Haría lies in the north of the island which is lush green and beautiful. This area is set in a valley with surrounding mountains which collects the rainwater. There are several small fishing towns here and a few sandy beaches. You can also take the boat to La Graciosa which is a tiny islet north.

Lush Green Area Of Haria
Lush Green Area Of Haria

There is a major cave system here also where two of the best attractions on the island are. These are Jameos del Agua and Cueva de los Verdes. Another place to visit is the amazing Cactus Garden.

San Bartolomé

San Bartolomé covers an ares 40.89 km² in the centre of Lanzarote. There are currently 18.500 in habitants in this municipality. Due to the elevation, this area boasts stunning views of the coastal areas and beaches.


Tías is a small town and municipality which overlooks the beautiful town of Puerto de Carmen. This area lies in the southeast of the island, a short distance south of Arrecife.


Tinajo lies in the northwest of Lanzarote and north of Timanfaya National Park. This part of the island covers and area of 135.28 km2 and has a population of 6,100 people.


Finally we come to Yaiza which is one of the most mountainous parts of the island. North of Yaiza is Timanfaya National Park with Playa Blanca to the south. There are several beaches with black sand here such as El Golfo.

Map Location
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.

Lanzarote Map Location

Lanzarote Facts

Below is a quick reference guide which contains key facts about Lanzarote.

156,000 Inhabitants (2020)

845.9 km´s (326.6 square miles)

Coastline Length
191 km´s (118.7 miles)

Capital City & Airport

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.

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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.

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.

Timanfaya National Park
Timanfaya National Park

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.

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