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.


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.

The only  read more »

English Cinema in Lanzarote 22nd & 25th June 2015

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

VO 22

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 »

Arrivals & Occupancy Figures May 2015

The Canaries registered a new record for the number of foreign tourists arriving across the seven islands in May. The foreign passenger figure of 802,034 is a 4.83% increase compared to the same month last year.

Los Fariones Hotel

The Ministry of Tourism for the Canary Islands reported a total of 4,868,711 foreign passengers during the first five months of 2015. This is a historical record based on data provided from AENA, with 8,502 more foreign passengers passing through the airports from January to May 2015 and an increase of 0.17% compared to the same period in 2014. >

Lanzarote Airport Arrivals

Lanzarote reported the biggest increase in tourist arrivals (173,692) out of all the islands in May 2015, we received 18,802 more passengers than in May 2014, which is an increase of 12.14%. Tenerife reported a decrease of 0.78%, whilst Fuerteventura (6.34%) and Gran Canaria (5.02%) also recorded positive increases of foreign passengers compared to last year.

Looking at Lanzarote’s airport arrival figures by nationality for  read more »

Life Changing Courses With Best You Lanzarote

Learn meditation, stress reduction and life coaching skills with Best You Lanzarote.

Best You Lanzarote

Learn how the be the BEST YOU with Gill Pegge who is a qualified naturopathic nutritional therapist, meditation teacher, personal performance life coach and stress management counsellor based in Lanzarote.

Gill regularly offers life changing courses for both residents and visitors to Lanzarote. The two featured below are primarily aimed at residents on the island.

Meditation & Stress Reduction Skills Course 20th & 27th June 2015

Meditation can reduce stress, improve blood pressure and boost your immune system as well as a good night’s sleep. Once you’ve learnt the basic techniques it’s something you can  read more »

Lanzarote News In Brief - Week 25

Catholic Church Stops Tourist Weddings


Catholic church weddings are no longer available in Lanzarote to people who don’t reside on the island. The Bishop of The Canary Islands has pronounced that “people should marry within their community,” and has decreed that these weddings must cease in 2016. He has also limited the number of weddings this year and to cancel some already booked, stating that Lanzarote, particularly has a “surplus demand” with over 100 tourist weddings per year, when priests should have a capacity of around 10 to 15.

French Hiker In Helicopter Rescue

Canasar search helicopter

A French female hiker suffered an accident whilst walking in  read more »

What You Need To Do If You Want To Help Fight The New Holiday Letting Law In The Canary Islands

We attended an ASCAV (Asociación Canaria del Alquiler Vacacional) meeting this evening in Puerto del Carmen. We’ve already written about the new letting law, and we’ve given our opinion of why it’s a disaster. If you haven’t already done so, please read those two articles to get yourself up to speed.

Ascav members in Puerto del Carmen

From reading your comments on our website and  Facebook page and your emails to us, we know many of you either choose to stay in private rental accommodation here, or you own property in a resort area and would like to legally rent it out to tourists.

The meeting confirmed that the big change to the law was a complete surprise to everyone. At the last minute, and without any warning, the whole basis of the new legislation was changed to exclude properties in tourist areas. We’ve stated the reasons this could be a disaster for Lanzarote, but it actually goes deeper than that.

The law stops people from having the right to do what they want with their own properties-

Our view remains: Property owners should be able to  read more »

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