Lanzarote is one of the Canary Islands, which are owned by Spain. It only measures 37 miles by 16 miles but is the closest of the Canaries to the West African coast. The island has a dry, desert-like climate with an arid volcanic landscape. Its year-round sunshine makes it a popular tourist destination. You'll find the resorts are all on the coast. The island's capital, Arrecife, stands on the east coast and has the main airport and seaport. Consider hiring a car from Lanzarote and you'll quickly find its main trunk road runs from north to south along the eastern side and passes right through Arrecife.