Possible case of Ebola in Tenerife

A person who may be suffering from Ebola is currently in an isolation unit and under observation at the Nuestra Señora de la Candelaria hospital in Tenerife.


Image: Oona Räisänen (Mysid) [Public domain], via Wikimedia Commons

The man who is considered “high risk” due to recently being in contact with those infected with Ebola in Sierra Leone, presently only has symptoms of a sore throat and a mild fever of 37.7º. It’s understood that he is a Cruz Roja nurse who left Sierra Leone on the 8th of October arriving in Tenerife on Sunday 12th October. The man was transferred to hospital along with his two house mates who are also under observation.

The hospital have carried out  read more »

No Eleanora's Falcon chicks survived this summer in Alegranza

It’s been a disastrous breeding season for the Eleanora’s Falcons in Alegranza, not one chick survived according to the biologists who have been monitoring the colony since 2006.

Eleanora's Falcon Chicks in AlegranzaEleanora Falcon

Photos: Courtesy of Lanzarote Active Club

Last Friday we went to a talk arranged by the Lanzarote Active Club and given by Dr Laura Gangoso at the Sands Beach Resort Hotel in Costa Teguise. We learned that of approximately 400 Eleanora’s Falcon chicks hatched on Alegranza this year, there were no survivors due to the phenology mismatch caused by a change in climate.

It’s understood that there are around 20,000 Eleanora’s Falcons in the world, of these approximately 18,000 migrate to the Mediterranean to breed. There are 285 breeding pairs of Eleanora’s Falcon in the Canary Islands, 135 of these migrate to Alegranza, 110 to Montaña Clara and 40 to the Roque del Este.

The biologists on Alegranza work with around 90 nests each year, collecting data by monitoring and tagging the birds. Each bird is given 2 tags, one metal and one plastic to identify them and a tiny blood sample is taken for analysis. There are 3 different colour morphs amongst the Eleanora’s Falcons, of the current population 70% are light, 29% medium and 1% dark. Some falcons breed in solidarity, other’s in a colony, there are benefits to both and a connection between the colour morph and nesting preference is being investigated, in Alegranza the nests are within 300m of each other.

With thanks to the advance of modern technology, we are starting to understand more about the migration route and breeding season of these birds. Originally it was thought that  read more »

Olive Oil Made in Lanzarote

The production of olive oil started in Lanzarote at the end of last month. Olives were already grown in the island, but until recently, the island farmers had to take their harvest to the neighbouring island of Fuerteventura for grinding and pressing.

Olive Press in LanzaroteOlives in Lanzarote

The Cabildo de Lanzarote has invested almost 83,000€ in purchasing and installing an oil press to avoid this. The machinery is now located in the “Granja Agrícola Experimental” (the island’s Experimental Agricultural Farm) in Tahiche.

This has been the final step to close the full cycle of the “El Olivar Ecológico” (The Ecological Olive Grove), a project that the island’s government started two years ago to support and encourage the growing of olives in the island. 

The objective of this project is to support the diversification of local crops and to be able to produce Virgin Olive Oil 100% in Lanzarote, with views to apply for a Lanzarote D.O. (“Denominación de Origen”, Origin Denomination) quality seal.

The Ecological Olive Grove project involves about  read more »

Cars In La Graciosa

La Graciosa is one of the few places left on the planet without any tarmac roads. But there are cars there – mainly Land Rovers, with a smattering of pick ups and other 4 X 4’s. They are used to transport people and goods to different parts of the island, and they stick to the sandy “roads” that have been used since La Graciosa was first populated.

High Street

It might surprise you to know what there are around 100 vehicles in total on the island and there are two questions people often ask:

How do they get to the island?

The ferries which run between La Graciosa and Orzola are passenger only boats. So when cars, or any other very large items have to be moved, they are put on a large flat barge and towed across.

How are they ITV tested?

The ITV test is the Spanish equivalent of the MOT – cars are inspected either every two years, every year or every six months, depending on their age, for safety, emissions and correct operation. It would be too expensive to have to send cars to the larger island every year, so the ITV team from Lanzarote visits La Graciosa every six months, taking all their testing equipment with them. They spend a few days there, and work their way through every car that needs testing.

Electric Vehicles  read more »

Homeless man with plastic bag shoes dies in Lanzarote

Puerto del Carmen lost one of it’s characters today, when the body of Luis Miguel was discovered in the abandoned La Perla building.

Avenida de Las Playas

Most of you probably didn’t know his name, but if we said a homeless man wearing layers of plastic bags on his feet, would you know who we mean?

It’s said that Luis Miguel became homeless after losing his family and that despite offers of help from well wishers and social services, he chose to remain on the streets. This homeless man was well known to  read more »

Costa Teguise Bus Routes & Timetables

The number 31 bus connecting Costa Teguise with Famara started a new route with stops at various hotels and the Fundación César Manrique on the 1st of October 2014.


The new route has been designed to meet the needs of tourists and residents with pick ups from hotels in Costa Teguise and a stop at the Fundación César Manrique, as well as the Centro de Salud (doctors) and Ayuntamiento (council offices) in the old capital. Costa Teguise has more than 8,000 residents living in the resort now, who need access to the local services situated in the municipal town of La Villa de Teguise.

The new route interconnects with the Intercity Bus Lanzarote service linking Costa Teguise with destinations of Arrecife, Puerto del Carmen, Máguez, Órzola, Puerto Calero & La Santa, through the lines 1, 3, 7, 9, 25 & 53 respectively, plus the Sunday Market in Teguise.

The number 31 bus service runs Monday to Friday (except holidays) from 07:30 to 19:45 and weekends from 10:00 to 20:15.

Route: Hotel Las Salinas, Lanzarote Gardens, Pueblo Marinero, Playa Bastián, Timanfaya Golf, Avda. del Golf I, Los Aljibes I, Tahiche Alto, Tahiche, Las Cabreras, Nazaret, Ayuntamiento de Teguise, Centro de Salud de Teguise, Convento San Francisco, CSC Caleta de Famara, Caleta de Famara, Soo (Tienda de Muñique, Sociedad de Muñique, Iglesia de Tiagua).

Departing Costa Teguise  read more »

Lanzarote Tourism Awards 2014

Kenneth Gasque, the father of Ironman Lanzarote receives the award Isla de Lanzarote 2014.

Pedro San Gines and Kenneth Gasque Isla de Lanzarote 2014Lanzarote Tourism Awards 2014

This year’s tourism awards were presented at a special ceremony for World Tourism Day celebrated at the Castillo de San José, the winners were selected by a jury formed from members of the Sociedad de Promoción Exterior de Lanzarote (SPEL).

Kenneth Gasque won the highest accolade for his decisive work for raising awareness about sports tourism during the 30 years he has been based on the island, living a dream. Fondly known as the padre del Ironman Lanzarote, Kenneth has also been responsible for adding other International sporting events to the Lanzarote Calendar including the Wine Run and Ocean Lava, he commented during the award that “it’s a dream come true, on an island that transforms dreams into reality”.

After congratulating all of the winners, Kenneth talked about his life on the island since arriving 30 years ago including some of the events he had to overcome to organise the first Ironman Lanzarote in 1992 when there was no email or fax. “Do not give up, keep going, follow your dreams" he explained is his motto for life. The Dane dedicated the award to his family, sports family of La Santa and the fifteen thousand finishers of Ironman. “If this is a dream, please, don’t wake me up” he emotionally concluded.

Other winners of the Distinguidos del Turismo 2014 awards included the  read more »

Flight seats increase by half a million to the Canaries this winter

The forecast for flight connections to the Canary Islands from October to April amounts to 5.174.145 places, which is over half a million more seats than in the same period last year.

British Airways

These figures released by Turismo for the islands imply and increase of 11.7% in flight seats available for the foreign market this coming winter season in the Canary Islands, over 542.569 more places than the previous year.

Ricardo Fernández de la Puente Armas, the Deputy Minister of Tourism for the Canary Islands described the figures as “very positive” and said that the “Canarian Government is working intensively to increase the connectivity of the Canary Islands  because they know that this is the crucial for success in the tourism sector”.

In respect of the domestic market from the peninsular, there is a total of 1.282.004 places for this winter season, which is an increase of 3.2%, 39,269 more seats than the same period in 2013.

United Kingdom and Germany remain the principal markets for the Canary Islands, with the biggest increase in the number of airline seats available. The UK has an increase of 12.8% from 1,793,217 in 2013/14 to 2,022,661 for this winter. Germany have an increase of 6.6% growing their number of seats from 1.372.913 to 1.463.156 for winter 2014/15.

Other countries such as  read more »

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