Spring birding on Lanzarote

This is a guest post from Julian who enjoys bird watching whilst during his holidays in Lanzarote.

Lanzarote has long been one of my favourite holiday destinations and as a birder I have always enjoyed my visits to the island. All my previous trips have been in late autumn or winter and have all produced good birding. The island specialities of Houbara Bustard, Cream-coloured Courser, Barbary Falcon, Trumpeter finch and Berthelot’s Pipit combined with the wading birds at Salinas de Janubio have made each visit worthwhile.


White-spotted Bluethroat

In March 2012 the annual family holiday coincided with the start of the spring  read more »

When will Mercadona open in Lanzarote?

Residents and visitors to Lanzarote have been asking us for more information as to what date Mercadona are expected to open their supermarkets in Lanzarote.

Back in November 2011 the company announced their intention to open  read more »

Models Wanted For Canary Island Photos

Our blogging friends Alex & Lex, who both live in Gran Canaria have won a contract to take promotional photos of the seven Canary Islands for the Tourist Board.


Having landed the project, they now have the opportunity to travel around the seven islands, snapping shots to capture the beauty and diversity of the Canaries. We’re expecting them to visit Lanzarote during the month of September and that’s when they need you!

If you live in Lanzarote or are planning to visit Lanzarote there’s an opportunity for models of all ages and experience to  read more »

Lanzarote School Calendar 2012 / 2013

The Lanzarote school term dates for the academic year 2012 / 2013 have been confirmed by La Consejería de Educación. The academic year will start on the 3rd September 2012 when schools re open, primary school aged children start back on the 10th and secondary school on the 13th of September. The year finishes on the 28th June 2013.

The fiesta days and school holidays for Christmas and Easter 2013 have been confirmed for Lanzarote as:  read more »

Playa Las Cucharas Promenade

Finally, after years of speculation the promenade around Playa Las Cucharas in Costa Teguise will be refurbished in the near future.

Project_Playa_Las_Cucharas_PromenadePlaya Las Cucharas Promenade

Local companies have been invited to submit their tenders for the project which has a valuation of  read more »

Founders To Rescue HiperDino

The Domínguez brothers, José Abraham and Andrés have stepped in to rescue the supermarket chain HiperDino after selling the business 16 years ago.

HiperDino Lanzarote

DinoSol group owns 194 HiperDino and HiperDino Express supermarkets based in the Canary Islands, employing 5,500 people.  The company was sold in 1996 to Vista Capital and has changed hands a number of times since without changing the supermarket’s identity. Shareholders and financiers took control of the company from Permira in January 2011 when they ran into difficulties with a debt of 400 million euros.

The brothers’ company AJA Inversiones have signed a  read more »

Tourist Spend & Occupancy YTD 2012

We enjoy analysing the statistics provided for tourists visiting Lanzarote, it helps us to determine the fact from the fiction.

How many of you have heard comments such as, the tourists might be coming but they’re not spending or that all inclusive is killing the island?

The statistics reported show that the total spend for the year is down by 2.5% compared to last year and we already know the arrivals are down by 2.4% year to date, ASOLAN report occupancy down by 9.92%.

Tourist Spend

The figures are out for the first six months of 2012, the total spend is down compared to last year but only by 2.5%. January to June was a total of 977,968 Euros in 2011 and 953,985 Euros in 2012.


It is also possible to breakdown the spending money by country, again taking the figure of 155,956 for June, the UK are top with 75,004 which is down 1.3% relating to 2011. Spain is the 2nd country spending the most here with 25,442 which is down by 5.6% to the previous year and 3rd is Germany with 19,416 a drop of 5.2%. Ireland is in 4th position with 17,709 and a drop of 3.7% to 2011.

We know from the YTD arrival figures for 2012 that visitors to the island have dropped by 2.4% compared to 2011. The number of German tourists have fallen by 11% and Spanish 3.8% which explains the drop in that countries spend.

These statistics are provided from ISTAC Frontur Canarias and relate to tourists who arrived via the airport.


The following occupancy figures  read more »

Lanzarote Recipes, Marquesotes Palmeros

How about something different for your breakfast this weekend? This recipe for Marquesotes Palmeros is really easy to make and delicious when served just cooled from the oven with a cup of tea or coffee.



400g sugar

240g flour

5 eggs

Zest of a lemon

(Optional topping desiccated coconut)


Separate the  read more »


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