Relocation & Living

Relocation Advice & Information About Living in Lanzarote

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For anyone considering relocating to Lanzarote, you should get a copy of The Camel Guide to Relocating to Lanzarote

If you're thinking of moving to the island, you might enjoy these two books which tell the story of one family and their move to Lanzarote: Living in Lanzarote

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Step-by-step Guide to Seeing a Doctor in the Canary Islands

The British Consulates in Gran Canaria and Tenerife have written this practical guide to receiving medical assistance in the Canary Islands. They spend a lot of their time assisting British nationals who find themselves in difficult circumstances when it could have so easily been avoided.





1. Call 112 in an emergency (they speak English) - the patient will be taken to by public ambulance to the nearest public health centre (Centro de Salud) or hospital.  read more »

Bacon, butlers and Spanish nudists - Foreign Office reveals latest top ten bizarre requests from Brits abroad

Confused callers have looked to the Foreign and Commonwealth Office (FCO) for advice on bizarre issues ranging from where to buy English bacon in Europe, how to recruit a butler in Lebanon and how to avoid nudists in southern Spain, it has been revealed.

Information about nudists is outside the British Consulate’s remit

The FCO has released details of the ten weirdest consular calls it has received in the past year, as a reminder to Brits overseas that they should only look to use its services for genuine emergencies.

The calls included:

· A man planning to move to Spain who was worried he would encounter nudists walking through the streets  read more »

EU Referendum vote for British citizens living abroad

As the EU Referendum set for the 23rd June 2016 was very topical over the weekend, we thought it was a good time to share this information issued by the British Embassy.

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A  simple eight-point guide on how to register to vote follows:

How you can register to vote in the EU Referendum

1. A referendum on the UK’s membership of the European Union will be held on the 23rd June 2016.

2. If you were registered to vote in the UK within the last 15 years, then you can register as an overseas voter and have your say. #yourvotematters.

3. Go to and fill in your data. All you need is your National Insurance number, passport details and date of birth. (Even if you don’t have an NI number, you can still register.)  read more »

Lanzarote ceramic class with Juan Brito

I spent a fascinating morning with Juan Brito, one of the Lanzarote’s artisan craft workers who is passionate about the traditional Mahos / Guanche method of producing ceramic pots.

Juan Brito demonstrating the right kind of rock

There were six students in our class, which started with the explanation of the preparation required in order to produce our local ceramic. The first stage is to go out and collect the special stone found on the Risco de Famara, the alfarerias have special permission from the Cabildo to harvest the stone, the restriction being that the land has to be covered over again once the stone has been removed, to protect the natural landscape. This stone is then bashed by hand to reduce it to fine particles, then water is added to create the modelling mud. Thankfully Juan had already prepared ours to this stage for us!

Juan Brito ceramic mix

Next a layer of black sand was spread out on the work surface, on top of that a layer of fine brown dust, then the stage 1 mud was added and kneaded to mix thoroughly. Juan made this look easy, but when we volunteered it was hard even to dent the mixture, never mind knead it, the mixture didn’t move unless you knew the technique!  read more »

Three new schools to be constructed in Lanzarote

Pedro San Ginés, the President of the Cabildo de Lanzarote held an official meeting with Soledad Monzón, the Minister for Education & Universities this week.

Cabildo de Lanzarote

The outcome of the meeting was a confirmation that the construction of three new schools in Lanzarote would start during 2016, this is an multi-year investment of 17.1 million euros for the island. An initial investment of 2.9 million euros has been allocated to start the construction of 3 centres including:

Centro de Educación Infantil y Primaria (CEIP) de La Destila (Arrecife) which is now at tender stage and is expected to commence in April / May

Instituto de Enseñanza Secundaria (IES) de Haría  read more »

Discover the secrets to a happy life in Spain

British Embassy news release: Discover the secrets to a happy life in Spain - new survey on value of integration

Ambassador urges British residents to follow the example of those who are most content

Some of the secrets to happy living in Spain are revealed in a new survey by the British Embassy on how expatriates adjust to a life in the sun.

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Integration into the Spanish way of life is the key, the survey reveals. More than half of the British residents who responded say they speak Spanish regularly with friends and neighbours, enjoy Spanish food, use the Spanish healthcare system and employ Spanish tradespeople.  The adjective ‘happy’ is the word that they most commonly use to describe their lives in Spain, followed by ‘relaxed’ and ‘content’.

But some Brits admit to getting by without learning Spanish or registering on the padrón, and fail to make Spanish friends or keep up with Spanish news and politics, all things that appear to help others get more out of living in Spain.

Almost 1600 people responded to the British Embassy’s ‘Integrometer’ online survey into levels of resident integration.  Two-thirds live in  read more »

Calendario Laboral 2016

The official holiday calendar for Spain has been confirmed with the publication of the BOE.


This year there are eight national public holidays which will take place across all of Spain, only the 6th January was classed as a flexible fiesta day but all communities have elected to keep Reyes/Kings for 2016.

1st January  (Año Nuevo)  read more »


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