The most easterly of the Canary islands, Lanzarote lies just 100 miles off the coast of Africa in the Tropic of Cancer. With an average temperature of 22 degrees, this makes it an excellent holiday destination all year round.
In 1987 the World Tourism Organisation declared Lanzarote one of the six universal models of sustainable development. And in 1993 UNESCO declared the island a Reserve of the Biosphere. The island is justifiably proud of these awards and jealously protects its natural, cultural and artistic heritage, although an economy based on fishing and agriculture has long ago given way to the mainstay of tourism.