Curious facts: Lanzarote
Curious facts and stories about Lanzarote have to do, most often than not, with its impressive volcanic landscapes. The volcanic island keeps secrets and stories that have come down to us from the aboriginal inhabitants, the Guanches, who have adapted themselves to new conditions while retaining their genuine roots.
History of Lanzarote and curious facts:
- Mirror of the Moon: Timanfaya Park in Lanzarote looks exactly like the Moon. They say that Apollo astronauts looked at pictures of this park to get an idea of what the surface of the Moon would look like.
- Lanzarote in film: The stunning landscapes of Lanzarote were chosen by film directors as scenery for blockbusters like Moby Dick, When Dinosaurs Ruled the Earth, Doctor Who and Almodovar’s Los abrazos rotos/Broken Embraces, and for TV series like Search for Treasure Island.
- Island of volcanoes: Lanzarote, with Timanfaya and Los Volcanes Parks, is the area with the highest concentration of volcanoes (25) across Spain. The latest eruptions took place in the eighteenth century, destroying numerous villages in the area of Montañas del Fuego.
- More than a million visitors: With a population of 140,000, Lanzarote attracts more than a million visitors a year.
- The other capital: Teguise was formerly the capital of the island. Today, the capital is Arrecife, a busy city that hosts government and administrative buildings.
- From Genoa: The name Lanzarote, historians say, comes from the name of a Genoese sailor, Lancelotto Malocello, who came to the island in the fourteenth century. The castle of Guanapay – the oldest on the island – was erected over a tower belonging to Malocello.
- Clicos: The wonderful green lagoon of El Golfo is also known as Charco de los Clicos because it used to be home to a crustacean, clico, that has been extinct for over a century now.