Paulino Rivero Baute (President of the Canary Islands Government) since 2007.
220 or 225 volts AC, 50Hz. Generally, round two-pin plugs are in use.
Lanzarote, the most easterly of the Canary Islands, is a tidy garden of sugar-cube villages and compact resorts within a lunar landscape.
Lanzarote is geographically cosier to the Sahara than to Spain. Climatically too, it has more in common with Africa than Europe. Rain is a virtual rarity and the island receives less precipitation than parts of the Sahara.
In Timanfaya National Park you'll find the Montañas del Fuego (Fire Mountains) where in 1730 one of the world's most violent and long-lasting eruptions took place. It devastated much of western Lanzarote, wiping out entire towns and villages, and bruised the blue sky a deep and dark black for six whole years.
Nowadays the face of Lanzarote has been shaped as much by the work of one man as by Mother Nature. The late Cesar Manarique, an artist turned eco-protector, spent much of his later life successfully campaigning to minimise the environmental impact of the emerging tourism industry. To date almost no high-rise constructions blot the skyline and a policy of traditional building styles has been rigorously maintained.