Lanzarote is a Spanish island the northernmost and easternmost of the autonomous Canary Islands in the Atlantic Ocean, the closest of the Canary Islands to Africa. Its spectacular beaches and volcanic landscapes, with average annual temperature of 22°, Lanzarote is also known as the Island of eternal spring. It is located approximately 125 kilometres (78 miles) off the north coast of Africa and 1000 kilometres (621 miles) from the Iberian Peninsula. Covering 845.94 square kilometres (326.62 square miles) Lanzarote is the fourth-largest of the islands in the archipelago. With 152289 inhabitants at the start of 2019 it is the third most populous Canary Island after Tenerife and Gran Canaria. Located in the centre-west of the island is Timanfaya National Park one of its main attractions. The island was declared a biosphere reserve by UNESCO in 1993. The island's capital is Arrecife.