The original name of the Lanzarote, Tite-Roy-Gatra,translates as Rose-coloured-Hill. Lancelloto Malocello, a trader who arrived on the island in 1312,is credited with making its presence known to the European powers of the time.

The name Lanzarote is the direct translation into Spanish of Lancelot (lancelloto). The original inhabitants which are generally known as the Gaunches all spoke a similar language but with a slight variation.

The Gaunches were believed to be split into hierarchy with the royal family at the top, the noblemen and then the people.

Lanzarote is the most easterly of the Canary Islands and is only 60 miles from Africa.

They are four main tourist resorts, these are Puerto Del Carmen, Costa Teguise, Playa Blanca and Puerto Calero, the biggest and busiest resort is Puerto Del Carmen.

Lanzarote Facts

  • Country: Spain
  • Population: 135,000 in Lanzarote
  • Language: Castilian – Spanish
  • Currency: Euro (EUR)
  • Time zone: Same as Greenwich Mean Time (GMT)
  • Country dialing code: +34
  • CLand Area 846 sq km
  • Electricity: 220 volts, 50 Hz

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Lanzarote Resorts

Lanzarote Attractions

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