Alegranza

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Alegranza
Chinijo Alegranza.png
Map of Lanzarote showing Alegranza
Alegranza is located in Canary Islands
Alegranza
Alegranza within the Canary Islands
Geography
Archipelago Chinijo Archipelago
Area 10.202 km2 (3.939 sq mi)
Highest elevation 289 m (948 ft)
Country
Autonomous Community Canary Islands
Province Las Palmas
Municipality Teguise
Demographics
Population 0 (as of 2013)

Alegranza (Spanish pronunciation: [aleˈɣɾanθa], locally: [aleˈɣɾansa]) is an island in the Atlantic Ocean, located off the coast of Africa and is in the province of Las Palmas in the Canary Islands, Spain. It is the northernmost point in the Canary Islands, and part of the Chinijo Archipelago. The island is part of the municipality of Teguise on Lanzarote.

Geographical overview[edit]

NASA satellite image of Alegranza.Alegranza 3D version 1.gif

The area is 10.2 km². The island features a volcano with a crater of about 1.1 km in diameter and an altitude of 289 m. The second highest is Montaña de Lobos at 256 m and following La Rapagura. The northern portion is mainly flat.

Conservation[edit]

The island is part of the Chinijo Archipelago Natural Park (Parque Natural del Archipiélago Chinijo).[1][2] There are no inhabitants on the island.

The lighthouse of Punta Delgada is located in the eastern part of Alegranza. The lighthouse was built between 1861 and 1865 and was designated a historic monument (Bien de Interés Cultural) in 2002.[3]

History[edit]

Its name, derived from the Spanish word for "joy," was given, according to some scholars, by Jean de Bethencourt because he felt joy upon spotting land.[4] The island has been owned by the Jordán-Martinón family since the 1940s.[5]

References[edit]

Coordinates: 29°23′56″N 13°30′43″W / 29.399°N 13.512°W / 29.399; -13.512