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Lanzarote

Lanzarote is situated in the eastern group of the Canary Islands,. The Canaries are a Spanish outpost on the edge of the tropics lying some 60 miles off the coast of Morocco. There are seven main islands and a number of smaller islets within the Canaries Archipeligo.

Lanzarote is a volcanic island with evidence of volcanic activity shaping the landscape and life of its people. Many consider Lanzarote to be the most attractive of the Canary Islands and the least affected by the less desirable aspects of tourism.

The island is noted for the varied shapes and colours that result from ancient volcanic activity, although much of the credit for creating the island's traditional and environmentally friendly development goes to Cesar Manrique a local painter who returned to the island after working in Spain and New York to devote much of his energies to the sympathetic development of tourism.

The Parque Nacional de Timanfaya is the site of the Montanas de Fuego, literally the mountains of fire that erupted in the 18th century burying a number of villages and a significant slice of the most fertile land on the island. It is worth exploring this part of the island by hire car if necessary. The visitor arriving at the park via the village of Yaiza can take a brief camel ride up the slopes to appreciate the spectacular views across the park.

On Lanzarote is it possible to find many superb beaches such as Playa Blanca or Playa Papagayo, with beautiful sand and surf.

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