Lanzarote's TripAdvisor Certificates of Excellence 2015

There have been TripAdvisor Certificates of Excellence popping up all over the island during the last month.

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This year Lanzarote has a total of 441 winners, which is a massive increase of a 104 in relation to last year. They are broken down as follows: 93 accommodation (3 less than 2014), 81 attractions (44 more than 2014) and 267 eateries (63 more than 2014).

Similarly to previous years, some bars have been duplicated as both eateries and attractions, we can only guess that it´s do to with the fact that they offer some entertainment.

Below you can find the complete list of winners that TripAdvisor have kindly supplied us with, relating to the island of Lanzarote. For your convenience, we have sorted first by category and then by town alphabetically.

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Arrecife

Apartamentos Islamar

Arrecife Gran Hotel

Hotel Diamar

Hotel Villa VIK

Lancelot Hotel read more »

Competition: Win 2 Lanzarote Skyride Tickets

The Cine6D located in Marina Lanzarote is great fun and definitely worth visiting during a tour of the capital. We have 2 tickets for their Skyride attraction, which is a virtual tour of Lanzarote, to give away to one of our lucky readers.

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To enter the competition, all you need to do is tell us where the following photo has been taken in Lanzarote. read more »

A Magical Night In Haria

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We went to watch the Quema del Facundo con la Danza del Fuego in Haría last night, it was magical.

Excited crowds gathered all around the bonfire situated on the land to the side of the plaza at 23:30. The event started with the church bell ringing out across the valley, then smoke started pouring from the tower, a devil like figure appeared on the roof with a red flare. Within a couple of minutes they were all around us, on the top of buildings behind the crowd, each with red flares, it was like the pagans had taken over the town.

The masked dancers ran through the crowd to gather around the bonfire, there were even two of them abseiling down tall palms. They set several small fires in drums around the outside of the bonfire, and danced. The figure of Facundo was hung from a rope up high and hoisted into a position over the bonfire, a spotlight picked out the eerie figure amongst all the smoke.

The devil dancers then lit flares and torched the bonfire to set it alight, the tension mounted in the crowd as read more »

Off Road - The Secret Side Of Lanzarote

The scenery of Lanzarote is pretty unique and the area of Montañas del Fuego, The Fire Mountains, where the 19th century eruptions took place, is one of the newest landscapes on earth. You can get an idea of the island from travelling by car or bus, but to really get to know it you have to get off road.

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There are dirt tracks all over the island, most of which are shown on any half decent map, and, provided that there is no sign to the contrary, it is legal to drive on them. My preferred transport is my little four-wheel drive Suzuki jeep but you can of course travel these routes on foot or by mountain bike.

A magnet for me is Timanfaya and beyond the public entrance a challenging track takes you through the lava field, where there is a surprising amount of vegetation, to the most north-western read more »

The New Holiday Letting Law For The Canaries - The Facts

Debate is raging all over the internet in relation to the new letting law, which comes into force across The Canaries on 24th July. There is a petition against it, and ASCAV are lobbying hard to have one key aspect of the new law changed. Much of the debate is based on incorrect information, and this article is about correcting the myths, and answering publicly many of the questions we are being asked in private.

There’s no bias here, we simply want to report the current situation, without drama and sticking to the facts.

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What’s changed for existing property owners who rent their properties without a tourist licence?

Actually, very little! Since the mid 90’s, it has been illegal for property owners to holiday let their properties in The Canaries without a tourist licence. For many years, it has also been impossible to apply for a new tourist licence. Those who have been holiday letting their properties without a tourist licence have been breaking the law.

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English Cinema in Lanzarote 22nd & 25th June 2015

There are no changes to the English cinema in Lanzarote next week.

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What We Did on Our Holiday will be shown on Monday the 22nd and Thursday the 25th of June at 20:10 at Multicines Atlántida in Arrecife. read more »

Midsummer Bonfires 2015

We celebrate midsummer with bonfires for San Juan on the evening of the 23rd June.

San Juan is the patron saint for the town of Haría and the village of Soo. The Quema de Facundo and the Danza del Fuego is spectacular if you fancy a late night in Haría. It starts at 23:30 and will be followed by a Gran verbena popular with live music from Suso y Familia and Lanzarote Swing. read more »

Subida de Haria 2015

The 37th edition of the Subida de Haría takes place in Lanzarote on Sunday 21st June 2015. 

 

This rally is organised by the Federación Interinsular de Las Palmas and there are 41 drivers registered to race up the challenging climb from the village of Tabayesco to the Mirador de Haría.  read more »

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