Protected areas in Lanzarote
Lanzarote was unique when it was declared a UNESCO Biosphere Reserve on October 1993. It wasn't the first Canary Island to be declared a Biosphere Reserve, that honour belonged to La Palma, however it was the first time a whole island, had been designated one.
What is a UNESCO Biosphere Reserve?
To be designated a Biosphere Reserve, specific areas have to show that there is a strong historic link between man and nature.
There are three protected natural spaces in Lanzarote, the most famous being Timanfaya National Park, created in 1974. The total surface area which is protected measures 35,029 hectares, 41% of the island. Yaiza, in the south, is the municipality which has most area protected.
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