Satellite photos of Lanzarote show how the island is traversed by a light coloured belt running from north to south from the Famara coast to the Playa Honda area. It is actually a strip of marine sand, comprising millions of crushed shells. This organic sand is called jable and gives the island’s desert region its name. It’s thought that it derives from the French word for sand, sable – after all, the first conquerors of the island were French.

This sand is in permanent movement. First, the marine currents sweep it onto Famara Beach where it then gets carried by the winds along a 20 kilometre long river of sand to Playa Honda on the opposite coast, where the circle is completed and it gets swept back to sea.

This landscape is home to desert birds such as the houbara (Chlamydotis undulata) or the stone curlew (Burhinus oedicnemus insularum).