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Lanzarote - a rocky island

Published December 28th, 2012

Lanzarote, a Spanish island, is the easternmost of the autonomous Canary Islands, in the Atlantic Ocean, approximately 125 km off the coast of Africa and 1,000 km from the Iberian Peninsula.

Covering 845.9 km2, it stands as the fourth largest of the islands. 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 is rocky. Its dramatic landscape includes the mountain ranges of Famara (671 m) in the north and Ajaches (608 m) to the south. The highest peak is Peñas del Chache rising to 670 m above sea level. South of the Famara massif is the El Jable desert which separates Famara and Montañas del Fuego.

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 name in the native language was Titerro(y)gatra, whi ...

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