Relocation & Living

Crime in Lanzarote

We believe we enjoy a pretty sheltered life here, occasionally we are contacted by tourists contemplating a first visit to the island, who want to know “What is crime like in Lanzarote?”


Source: Ministerio del Interior. Gobierno de España. Data Provided by: FF.CC.S.E. (Cuerpo Nacional de Policía y Guardia Civil).

During 2013 the island of Lanzarote had a population of 141,953 people and received over 2 million tourists. To date in 2014 there has been an average just over 1,000 crime incidents a month.

Crime here in general has decreased during 2014 compared to 2013. Drug trafficking has had a marked increase, it’s risen by 46% compared to last year, and car theft is up 9%, all other categories of crime have fallen.

In descending order our  read more »

Help for foreign residents to register for voting in Tias

The Socialist Party headquarters in Tías will open on Tuesdays during December to help foreign citizens register on the electoral roll.


Municipal elections take place across Spain on the 24th of May 2015. As a foreign citizen you can exercise your right to vote for your local mayor, you must be aged over 18 on the election date and be registered on the electoral roll before the deadline of the 30th December 2014.

The PSOE headquarters will be open from 17:00 – 19:00 every Tuesday which started this week on the 2nd and continues throughout December on the 9th, 16th & 23rd.

European Union citizens need only to register on the electoral roll, Norwegian citizens must have a  read more »

Help for foreign residents to register for voting in Teguise

Oswaldo, the Mayor of Teguise has published the following information in English to help English speaking residents living in the municipality to register for the forthcoming elections.

How to register to vote

Foreign residents must register with their local council before the 30th of December 2014 to have a say in the municipal elections next year. For people living in the resort of Costa Teguise and the municipality of Teguise, help is on hand to register residents who don’t speak Spanish. An English speaking representative will be available in the Costa Teguise office of the Ayuntamiento for the next  read more »

Connected to the Environment 2014

The "Connected to the Environment" Campaign (Conectados al Medioambiente) is back from the 1st of November to the 20th of December 2014.


The program covers different actions in schools and companies to raise awareness about the necessity to protect our environment by recycling.

Also, there are two vouchers of 500€ available to buy a new appliance and encourage people to dispose of the old ones responsibly. To be in the chance to win one of these vouchers all you have to do is  read more »

Ray & Jen celebrate 4 years on the rock

I met up with Ray at his local bar in Playa Blanca today, just around the time the couple would have been landing four years ago to start their new life in Lanzarote.

Jen Ray & RioFamily camel rides

We reminisced about the early days of settling in, but what I really wanted to know was four years on, was living in Lanzarote everything they thought it was going to be?

One of Ray’s concerns had been if he would be comfortable working in the heat of the summer, thankfully it hasn’t really been an issue. He explained that when you’re working for yourself it’s easier to organise your day to suit, so the more labour intensive tasks are scheduled for the morning and the admin during the afternoon where possible. The first winter was more of a shock when the couple found that it was much cooler than they had thought. This wasn’t down to the weather, more the position of their house which only benefitted from the early morning sun and the communal swimming pool wasn’t directly accessible. It made all the difference when Ray & Jen moved to their second property, a villa with private garden and swimming pool where they could enjoy the sunshine all day long, what ever the time of year. Definitely a good reason to rent first rather than buying a property straight off when you first arrive.

Something they miss from their first location in Playa Blanca is the  read more »

Adopting a dog in Lanzarote

I had been thinking about it for a while and, finally, I decided to take the plunge: I was going to adopt a dog.


I got in touch with SARA, the well-known animal protection association of Lanzarote sending them a message via Facebook and Ana, one of SARA's spokespersons, responded promptly. She asked me a few questions: had I had dog before, what kind of dog was I after, had I seen any in particular on their website that I'd be interested in meeting. This was the part that I dreaded the most: choosing just one amongst so many.

I had visited the SARA's premises a few years ago, when a friend of mine adopted her dog. I went along a bit for moral support and a bit for curiosity to see what it was like in there. My heart was broken, so many animals in this animal limbo, waiting to be picked by someone willing to give them a home. So Ana came to MY rescue: she suggested this little dog that wasn't even listed yet! She told me about her background and send me a photo. The minute I saw her, I thought: this is she! I can honestly say that it was love at first sight. I had the honour of naming her and  read more »


I was out in our garden one morning in July watching the sunrise when my attention was drawn to something squeaking. On closer inspection I found it was a tiny hedgehog who had clearly lost it’s mum as they shouldn’t be out in the open during daylight.

hog hand feedingSleepy Hoglet

After observing the hedgehog for a while it was just rocking back and too, squeaking in the picón,so  I wrapped a towel around it and brought it inside. I didn’t have a clue what to do next! Unlike the UK, there’s no hedgehog rescue centres in Lanzarote, so I put the baby in a cardboard box with a towel whilst I carried out some research on the internet.

It was not good news, hoglets are hard to rear. This little mite was obviously hungry and distressed, still emitting pitiful squeaks I read that the rescue centres in the UK give them puppy formula, goat’s milk was also mentioned as a short term solution. I thought finding a goat’s milk source locally would be easy, but after asking in the village, short of trekking up to one of the goat farms there was none for sale that day, it could only be ordered in for tomorrow. I drove down to our local vets where to my surprise they had a tin of the formula recommended in the UK – Royal Canin Babydog milk.

Despite my best efforts on day one, I could not get the hedgehog to drink the milk, it just ignored it, walking through the dish, taking no interest.  By day two I was really worried  read more »

Population of Lanzarote 2013

Over the last two decades, Lanzarote’s population had steadily increased year on year until 2009, where the figure has remained in the region of 141,000-142,000 residents.

Puerto del Carmen

According to the density of population figures published for 2013, the municipality of Arrecife has the highest number of residents with 55,673 and Haría the lowest at just 4,782 people. In municipalities with holiday resorts, Teguise (Costa Teguise) is the most populated with 21,152 residents, Tías (Puerto del Carmen) second at 20,451 and Yaiza (Playa Blanca) in third place with 15,571 residents.

Municipality Population


Arrecife 55,673  
Teguise 21,152  
Tías 20,451  
San Bartolomé 18,541  
Yaiza 15,571  
Tinajo 5,783  
Haría 4,782  
Lanzarote 141,953  

You can see the evolution of Lanzarote’s population from  read more »


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