Famed as an island paradise rich in sunlight, natural beauty and a vibrant nightlife, expatriates living on Lanzarote must surely be among the luckiest in the world. The island is the easternmost of the Canary Islands and one of the most picturesque amongst the Spanish archipelago. Called "Titerro y gatra" or "Red Mountains" by native inhabitants and "The Land of a Thousand Volcanoes" by locals and tourists, this is a hot destination in more ways than one. Expats living on Lanzarote can explore the stunning Timanfaya National Park and its "Fire Mountains", an extraordinary landscape formed by historic volcanic eruptions, as well as the Tunnel de la Atlantida, the world's largest lava tunnel. For more urban expatriates on Lanzarote, the island boasts the rich architectural legacy of local architect César Manrique. Lanzarote also has impressive historic sights to see, perhaps most notably the 1574 Castillo de San Gabriel, a beautiful fortress now home to a museum.
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The island's capital and largest town is Arrecife. This bustling center is served by an international airport of the same name (also known as Lanzarote Airport) three miles from the center of town, and expatriates moving to Lanzarote will generally fly here directly or via a European hub airport. As an expat moving to Lanzarote you can look forward to a great climate, friendly atmosphere and golden beaches. But you may also like to find the local international community in order to socialize or network with other global minds. The private messages and forums on the InterNations website are an easy way to do this and you may even be able to organize a meet-up with fellow expatriates on Lanzarote. At the least, InterNations offers a great way to get the latest local information from fellow expats living on Lanzarote.
You might be forgiven, on arriving on Lanzarote, for thinking that not a lot of work gets done there. This is far from the case, of course, as Lanzarote is home to a booming tourism industry. Almost everybody working on the island is in some way connected to the island's tourism sector and as an expat working on Lanzarote you'll quickly realize it's a highly dynamic industry. After hours, you'll be able to enjoy the vast array of restaurants, bars and general entertainment supported by tourism and, for expatriates working on Lanzarote with a love of nature, getting out to the island's beautiful landscapes or coastline isn't difficult. For more tips on life as an expatriate, you can browse the Expat Magazine on the InterNations website. This collection of articles on subjects like expat finance and working abroad is a helpful first guide to expatriation and we've also got content written by other InterNations members. Although in such an idyllic location, you probably won't want to spend too much of your time reading indoors.