The Canary Islands (Islas Canarias) are a Spanish archipelago located 100 km off the southern coast of Morocco. The main islands are (from largest to smallest) Tenerife, Fuerteventura, Gran Canaria, Lanzarote, La Palma, La Gomera and El Hierro.
The archipelago’s beaches, climate and important natural attractions, make it a major tourist destination with over 12 million visitors per year, especially Tenerife, Fuerteventura, Gran Canaria and Lanzarote. The islands have a subtropical climate, with long warm summers and moderately warm winters. Tourism is most important of the Islands economy.
During the times of the Spanish Empire the Canary Islands were the main stopover for Spanish galleons on their way to the Americas because of the prevailing winds from the northeast. The islands form the Macaronesia ecoregion with the Azores, Cape Verde, Madeira, and the Savage Isles.
Lanzarote is the easternmost island of the Canary Islands and has a volcanic origin. It was born through fiery eruptions and has solidified lava streams as well as extravagant rock formations. The greatest recorded volcanic eruptions occurred between 1730 and 1736 in the area now designated Timanfaya National Park.
Puerto del Carmen is the main tourist town on the island. Most of Lanzarote’s over 1 million visitors per year choose this town as their destination. As a result, almost all of the town’s economy revolves around tourism. The Avenida de las Playas, the main street/avenue in the town, extends some 9 km along the island’s southern coast, with beaches on one side and many restaurants, bars, shops and other tourist attractions on the other. The quaint and peaceful old town includes the harbour and docks, the Puerto Tinosa. Here there are a smaller variety of restaurants and bars with views across the harbour, the sea and the island Fuerteventura.
The photos have been made from the eastern end of the boulevard (the runway of the Arrecife airport) up to the harbour in the west. As on the entire island, there is many art to see (especially statues, modern art) in public places.