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Lanzarote - Foreign Visitors Year To Date July 2014

We were studying the latest figures released by The Cabildo for foreign arrivals to the island so far this year, and there are some interesting facts to share.

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Overall, things are looking very good this year to date, and we are certainly on for a record year for tourism on the island. The big three countries remain United Kingdom, Germany and Ireland – those three alone account for almost 80% of our visitors.  read more »

  • The UK now provides more than half of the tourists who come to the island – it’s the key market for Lanzarote

Floating Water Park in Puerto del Carmen

Visitors and residents in Lanzarote could soon be enjoying a new inflatable water park on Playa Grande in Puerto del Carmen, Lanzarote.

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The island doesn’t currently have anything like this, although they’re popular on the mainland. These water parks normally have a variety of water slides, trampolines and climbing walls like a floating assault course. An area of 900m2 has been approved by Costas and the local council which should be operational for 2 years from 2014-16.

Tías Ayuntamiento applied for the permission from the Demarcación de Costas de Canarias back in April which was approved in July. The decision has been published in the Boletín Oficial de Canarias on the 25th of August and interested individuals / companies have 15 days from  read more »

Two shot during an armed robbery in Lanzarote

The jewellery shop Joyería Rodriguez on the corner of Calle Argentina and Calle Blas Cabrera Topham in Arrecife was held up at gunpoint yesterday afternoon.

Arrecife The Capital Of Lanzarote

National and local police are investigating the armed robbery which took place just before 13:00 on Tuesday. The 65 year old disabled owner, was treated for a .22 calibre gunshot injury to the  read more »

Pals Animal Charity Coffee Morning In Aid Of Cancer Research

Pals Animal Charity has been established on the island for many years, doing great work for neglected animals in Lanzarote.

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They’re joining in with the McMillan Cancer Charity’s world wide coffee morning taking place on Friday 26th September. McMillan’s aim is to create the world’s largest ever coffee morning!  read more »

Search For The Best Deals On Lanzarote Holidays

We announced our new Lanzarote Travel Agency some time ago, and we’re really pleased to have been able to help so many people  book their holidays to the island.

Lanzarote Holiday Offers

Unlike most travel agencies, we’re focused ON Lanzarote and we’re based IN Lanzarote.

So you know the advice we give you is based on our intimate knowledge of the island, and not from a sales brochure.

Today we’re very pleased to announce the next big step – our new website, with search and booking engine, is live:  read more »

  • You can search for flights (from any UK airport) with accommodation on any part of the island

Outcry as the Spanish Government proceed with oil prospecting in the Canary Islands

Last week the Spanish Government gave Repsol the definitive green light to go ahead and prospect for oil in the Canary Islands.

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The decision was published in the official state bulletin on Wednesday, despite all the opposition and environmental arguments raised to date. Repsol have confirmed that they will comply with all of the government requirements which include a fund of €20 million to cover any environmental costs and a €40 million civil responsibility policy. 

Our local Government, Friends of the Earth, Greenpeace, WWF, Ecologistas en Accion and SEO Birdlife are all appealing the decision, as they believe the process has been plagued with irregularities.

Repsol now have three years to carry out surveys, the company is required to stop all activities in the case of any seismic activity registering over 4.5 on the Richter scale and in the event of any kind of accident, they also have to allow access for inspections over the course of the exploration process.

To recap, Repsol have been given a  read more »

Cycling Tragedy In Tinajo

Tragic news from Tinajo today – a 52 year old Danish woman was killed when she was struck by a car, and her husband was seriously injured.

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The accident happened near Grillen restaurant on the road from Tinajo to La Santa. An eye witness said that the car was travelling at high speed and hit the cyclists before swerving into the fields, and then flipped over several times.  read more »

Playa Blanca Harbour Extension Update

The harbour extension for Playa Blanca in the south of Lanzarote looks likely to become a reality from 2015.

Playa Blanca Promenade & harbour

Cotmac (Comisión de Ordenación del Territorio y Medio Ambiente de Canarias) confirmed that the environmental impact report was favourable for the project to amplify the port of Playa Blanca in a meeting with the Cabildo at the end of July.

The project is for an expansion of 75,000m2 of which 37,000m2 is land. Construction of the extension will cost somewhere in the region of 55 to 60 million Euros with at least 85% of the funding from Europe.

The next step is  read more »

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