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The Chinijo Archipelago (pronounced [tʃiˈnixo]) is a small archipelago located in the northeastern part of the Canary Islands, north of the island of Lanzarote. The archipelago includes the islets of Montaña Clara, Alegranza, La Graciosa, Roque del Este and Roque del Oeste.[4][5][6] The archipelago is administered by Lanzarote and belongs to the municipality of Teguise. La Graciosa is the only inhabited island, with a population of around 700.

Chinijo Archipelago
Native name:
Archipiélago Chinijo
Satellite Lanzarote Chinijo.jpg
Lanzarote, La Graciosa, Montaña Clara and Alegranza from above
Mapa Lanzarote Chinijo.png
Map of Chinijo Archipelago
EtymologySmall archipelago
Geography
LocationAtlantic Ocean
Total islands5
Area40.9 km2 (15.8 sq mi)[1]
Coastline54.435 km (33.8243 mi)[2]
Administration
Autonomous CommunityCanary Islands
ProvinceLas Palmas
IslandLanzarote
MunicipalityTeguise
Largest settlementCaleta de Sebo (pop. 730)
Demographics
Population734 (2018)[3]
LanguagesSpanish, specifically Canarian Spanish
Additional information
Time zone
 • Summer (DST)

The name of the archipelago is a reference to its reduced dimensions as the word chinijo is a local colloquial adjective used to describe something small.[7]

The archipelago is part of the natural park Parque natural del Archipiélago Chinijo, designated in 1986.[8][9] The natural park, total area 91.12 km2 (35.2 sq mi), also includes part of the rocky north coast of the island Lanzarote (los riscos de Famara). The area of the natural park overlaps with that of a separately designated marine reserve.[10] The European Union designated a Special Protection Area for birds in 1994.

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ "Superficie de los islotes de Lanzarote" [Surface of the islets of Lanzarote] (in Spanish). Centro de Datos, Cabildo de Lanzarote. Retrieved 2019-07-18.
  2. ^ "Longitud de costa de los islotes de Lanzarote" [Coastline length of the islets of Lanzarote] (in Spanish). Centro de Datos, Cabildo de Lanzarote. Retrieved 2019-07-18.
  3. ^ "Población de derecho de Teguise según unidad poblacional. Evolución (2000-2018)" [Legal population of Teguise by settlement. Evolution (2000-2018)] (in Spanish). Centro de Datos, Cabildo de Lanzarote. Retrieved 2019-07-18.
  4. ^ "CHINIJO ARCHIPELAGO NATURE RESERVE". spain.info. Retrieved 17 March 2014.
  5. ^ "Isla Graciosa & Chinijo Archipelago". spain-lanzarote.com. Retrieved 17 March 2014.
  6. ^ "Getting to know the Canary Islands". turismodecanarias.com. Retrieved 17 March 2014.
  7. ^ "chinijo, ja" (in Spanish). Academia Canaria de la Lengua. Retrieved 2019-07-18.
  8. ^ Protected Natural Areas Archived 2015-04-17 at the Wayback Machine
  9. ^ Boletín Oficial de Canarias, pages 9723 and 9865-7
  10. ^ "MARINE RESERVE OF THE CHINIJO ARCHIPELAGO". turismolanzarote.com. Retrieved 17 March 2014.

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Coordinates: 29°20′N 13°30′W / 29.333°N 13.500°W / 29.333; -13.500