Lanzarote is one of the seven Canary Islands in the Atlantic Ocean. The island is located at the most northeastern of all Canary Islands and belongs to the African continent with 140 km distance to Morocco closer than the European with 1000 km distance to Spain. The Chinjo archipelago with the only inhabited island La Graciosa borders Lanzarote in the north and south is the island Fuerteventura. North-south Lanzarote length is about 58 kilometers and west-east about 34 kilometers. The landscape of the island is characterized by the partly protruding volcanic cones. The Famara massif in the north is separated from the Fire Mountains by the sandy desert of El Jable. The island of the many volcanoes lies in a zone of year-round passing trade winds. On the driest of the Canary Islands, temperatures vary from around 20° in the winter months to 30° in the months of July to September. Due to the mountains in the north, more precipitation falls here than in the south. Moisture is stored in the form of fog clouds, which can create small green oases.
Lanzarote inspires people with places and sights that inspire amazement. The Mirador del Rio is a viewpoint located on a cliff. The view at the northernmost point of the island opens up the view of the strait El Rio and the island la Graciosa. In the southwest of the island lies the Timanfaya National Park, which opens up geological features due to its volcanic origin. Some volcanoes still show volcanic activity with outflow of intense heat. The restaurant El Diablo in the national park offers dishes grilled by the heat of the volcano. Also in the northern section of the island are the Cueva de los Verdes, the longest volcanic cave passages in the world. The eruption of a volcano created cavities that widened over time and at times offered the island's inhabitants protection from pirates. The artist César Manrique, who lived in the 20th century, left a cactus garden with a huge variety of species in Guatiza as his last work of art. The cacti are kept in the same way as the farmers of the island do with their plants, in volcanic rock and lava ash. The nature and the location of the beaches of Lanzorote offer a wide spectrum from wild waves to calm surf. Throughout the island you can find bright white beaches, darker beaches, as well as fine sandy and coarse granular beaches. The Papagayo beaches, located in the far southwest, are strikingly beautiful, with sections of beach separated by natural lava rocks.
An extraordinary natural phenomenon is Calima. In the Sahara, strong sandstorms can transport dust particles far with southeast winds, so that visibility in Lanzarote is affected and the air is full of red-brown dust. In the winter months from December to March the most precipitation falls on the arid island. The month of December records the greatest amount of rain and the highest humidity. From April to August the sun appears most often, which is reflected in the high temperatures. Water lovers can enjoy a refreshing swim in the sea all year round due to the pleasant water temperatures. The water has the mildest temperatures from June to November.