Sunbeds on Playa Flamingo

It’s taken a year from the announcement that the sunbed & kiosk operator on Playa Flamingo was to be evicted, for the Ayuntamiento of Yaiza to announce a new sunbed tender.

Playa Flamingo Nov 2014

The council have authorised 150 sunbeds, 75 umbrellas and 4 Balinese style beds to be placed on Playa Flamingo beach. The new operator will also have to provide wooden boardwalks and an amphibian chair to allow people with reduced mobility to swim. A lifeguard tower will also be constructed as part of the new agreement. It also appears that  read more »

Greenpeace Protest At Oil Drilling Site Turns Nasty

The Greenpeace vessel Arctic Sunrise occupied the planned oil drilling area yesterday in the early hours off the coast of Lanzarote and Fuerteventura, prior to the arrival of a Repsol drilling vessel, Rowan Renaissance, accompanied by an unidentified Spanish Warship.


As you can see from the video released by Greenpeace, Arctic Sunrise refused to move from the area when ordered to do so by the warship.

Things turned ugly later, when vessels from the navy ship rammed Arctic Sunrise’s own ribs as they tried to get in close to the drilling vessel. Here’s another Greenpeace video showing the incidents:  read more »

Atlantic Odyssey

A fleet of 32 sailing yachts will set sail from Lanzarote on Sunday bound for Martinique.

Atlantic-Odyssey 16 Nov

The yachts are part of Atlantic Odyssey and range in size from 8.5m to 21m, including participants from 13 nations who are being hosted in the new Marina Lanzarote in Arrecife.

For some of the sailors this will be their first ocean crossing,  so the programme of events this week has included seminars with practical help & advice to help them cross the Atlantic. Participants have also been out and about discovering the island as well as stocking up with provisions.

Eleven of the yachts have children onboard, there are 24 of them in the group 2 year old Lotta from Germany the youngest. Bernard Lefevre is the oldest participant at 74 years old, this will be his  read more »

Mercadona Opens in Lanzarote On Friday!

It’s here, the long awaited opening of the first Mercadona store is this Friday the 14th of November 2014.

Mercadona in Arrecife

The first Mercadona will open in the Argana area of Arrecife on Friday, shortly followed by the second in Valterra on Friday 12th of December 2014.

Mercadona Supermarkets already exist in the Canary Islands, in fact this one will be the 79th to open with outlets already on Gran Canaria, Tenerife & Fuerteventura. The company has created 500 jobs within the islands, 60 staff have been hired in Lanzarote.

If you want to be  read more »

Over A Million British Tourists For Lanzarote

It’s official, Brits love Lanzarote!

With an average of 108 flights per week from the UK, through seven airlines, it’s not surprising to hear that we are expecting to reach 1.1 million British tourists for this year, which accounts for over half of our foreign visitors.

Lanzarote has become the second favourite island out of the Canaries, only Tenerife can top this number of British visitors.

There was plenty of good news from the World Travel Market in London too, recently attended by Lanzarote’s President Pedro San Ginés and Héctor Fernández from the Sociedad de Promoción Exterior de Lanzarote (SPEL).  Lanzarote has maintained it’s privileged position in the “consolidated” British market and the forecast for 2015 is looking just as good as this year:

Lanzarote has recorded a growth of 18% over the first nine months from January to September 2014, compared to  read more »

Fuel Prices Lowest In More Than Two Years In The Canaries

Fuel prices have dropped again in The Canaries, with the average price of 95 octane petrol down to €1.03 and the average price of a litre of Diesel below €1 for the first time since June 2012.

Petrol Station Lanzarote_2

The recent round of reductions follows a 26% fall in the price of Brent Crude since last June, and it means that filling a 50 litre tank with petrol has come down from €58 a couple of years ago to €51.50 now.  read more »

Plea To Stop Leaflets

We were contacted today by some of our friends in the Scandinavian community who asked us to publish their concerns about the number of leaflets littering the streets of Puerto del Carmen, showing the Swedish and Norwegian flags. Apparently these leaflets come from a Scandinavian tour company and two mattress companies based on the island.

Leaflets 1

We’ll let them take up the story:

The Norwegian and Swedish flags on the front page are all over the streets and pavements, you can even find them on the beaches.

People are stepping on the flags, and it makes us sick to see our flags being treated like that.

We have tried a lot of things trying to stop this pollution of our streets, but in vain.

Last winter some of us visited the town hall in Tias, presenting pictures and plastic bags of leaflets as evidence, and everybody up there agreed with us and said this was terrible...and not LEGAL!  read more »

Emergency Simulation Tomorrow

The Ayuntamiento of Tías would like to inform residents and tourists of their intention to hold an emergency simulation on Saturday 8th November in Puerto del Carmen.

El alcalde Pancho Hernández con los equipos y personald e Protección Civil de TíasEmergency Simulation

The simulation will take place around 11:00 in the Matagorda area of the holiday resort.  This is an emergency drill which will involve the  read more »

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