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Lanzarote News In Brief - Week 31 2016

Tragic Death Of La Graciosa Fisherman

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26 year old Guadalupe Betancort died while spear fishing off the island, where he lived. Some 200 residents of La Graciosa, together with emergency services boats and a helicopter searched for him through the night on Friday. His body was eventually found in 4 metres of water, by a friend and neighbour.  read more »

Lanzarote News In Brief - Week 30 2016

Political Party Gets Hot Under The Collar About Nudity Laws

Cristal calm water

Political party Somos has criticised Teguise Mayor Oswaldo Betancort for “copying and pasting” a number of ordinances from other areas of Spain, including one which prohibits nudity in the municipality. It points out that areas like Charco del Palo are promoted by the tourism board as being naturist zones.  read more »

Witness appeal for British tourist injured after a tree collapsed in Costa Teguise, Lanzarote

A British woman has been transferred with serious injuries to a hospital in Las Palmas de Gran Canaria, after a drago tree fell onto diners at El Patio Canario in Pueblo Marinero, Lanzarote on Friday evening.

Drago Tree Incident Costa Teguise Lanzarote

One of our readers provided this image of the aftermath in Pueblo Marinero.

The young family were enjoying their evening meal at 19:40 on the terrace of Restaurante El Patio Canario, when a strong gust of wind caused a large Dracaena Draco tree to topple, a branch of which crashed down onto the family’s table. All members of the family were taken to hospital, the children were treated for  read more »

Lanzarote News In Brief - Week 29, 2016

Green Sea At Playa Flamingo

Playa Flamingo Nov 2014

Bathing has been banned at Playa Flamingo in Playa Blanca, following an investigation into why the sea water has turned green in the bay. Yaiza Ayuntamiento has tested the waters and fond them to contain waste water. They have asked all property owners and communities in the area of the beach to check their waste disposal systems are not leaking and to get them certified as leak free within 5 days.  read more »

Lowcostholidays Collapse

It was announced today that Lowcosttravel Group has called in administrators. The company, founded in 2004, and with 500 staff consisted of the lowcostholiday(.)com website, another called hoteling.com and a B2B arm called lowcostbeds selling holidays to other agents. 

They are not ABTA bonded.

Low cost

The UK company caused some controversy in 2013 when they relocated their head office to Mallorca, at which point they ceased to offer ABTA bonding for their clients.  The row at that time was reported in The Telegraph: Low Cost Holidays in Row Over Protection.  read more »

Government launches new webpage aimed at British expats, following Referendum result

British nationals looking for advice on travelling and living in Europe, following the result of the EU referendum, can now visit a new webpage on the UK government website at www.gov.uk.

The webpage explains that negotiations for the United Kingdom to leave the EU may take up to two years or more.  read more »

Lanzarote News In Brief - Week 28, 2016

Arrecife Residents From 94 Different Countries

Arrecife Beach 2

There are people from 94 different countries living in Lanzarote’s capital city. The total population is now 59,000, with about 10,000 of foreign origin. The largest groups are from Colombia and Morocco, with Chinese and Italian people growing the fastest. There are fewer than a dozen people from some of the more diverse countries like Iceland, Moldova and Nepal.  read more »

Lanzarote News In Brief - Week 27 2016

Yaiza Writes To Minister of Tourism About Illegal Hotels

February in Playa Blanca Lanzarote 2

Yaiza Ayuntamiento has written to the tourism minister of The Cabildo, copying The Canarian Government, with an update on the situation with hotels without proper planning permission in Playa Blanca. They state they have done so, as it is only the government which has the power to sanction or close down hotels that will not adapt to the planning rules. The Hotel Son Bou has submitted a plan to adapt, but the council says it is not possible to legalise it, as the hotel is triple the size agreed in the original plan. The Princesa Yaiza and Papagayo Arena Hotels still have to submit plans for partial demolition to comply.  read more »


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