The oblong-shaped island is also the archipelagos’ oldest, dating back some 20 million years to an eruption on the Canary hotspot. Sometime before the 11th century, settlers from North Africa arrived, followed by Phoenicians, and eventually it was conquered by Spain in the early 1400s.
Nowadays the Spanish island, along with its neighbors, is listed as a UNESCO Biosphere Reserve, making it a prime destination for beach and nature enthusiasts.
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