The #savecanarias campaign currently has just over 50,000 signatures, it needs 100,000 by Monday the 1st of April 2014.
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We’ve already published the Arrecife Carnival Programme which starts on Saturday and the English language cinema for tonight, here’s what else is happening around the island of Lanzarote this weekend.
La Villa de Teguise:
Venue: Casa Museo del Timple, La Villa de Teguise, Lanzarote
Date: Friday 21st February 2014
Details: Marta Solís presents her album Sin Límites. Tickets €10.
Marta Solís is a popular acoustic singer from Tenerife, her latest album which translates to Without Limits intermingles her songs with poetry. This singer song writer has deep roots in pop-folk and will be joined on stage by Mon Cabrera and Santi Bobet for a completely natural acoustic set.
Artist Info: www.martasolis.com
Venue: read more »
The maxi ketch "La Poste" crossed the Atlantic from Lanzarote to Colombia in a record time of 15 days and 10 hours.
She sailed on the 22nd of January from Marina Rubicón in Playa Blanca at 9:30 and arrived at Santa Marta in Colombia on the 6th of February at 19:41 (Spanish times quoted) covering a total distance of distance of 3,567 nautical miles (or 6,606 km for those of us who prefer dry land).
The yacht was originally read more »
We don’t live in a violent society in Lanzarote, we’re lucky to be sheltered from the more dangerous aspects of living in European cities, which is why the town of San Bartolomé was really affected by the news that a son had allegedly killed his 74 year old mother at the weekend.
Nicolás de León confessed to his girlfriend in the early hours of Sunday morning that he had murdered his mother. The girlfriend with whom he has a 2 year old child raised the alarm by reporting the incident to 112, the authorities then discovered the awful truth that Pilar had indeed been beaten to death by a blunt object in her own home.
Pilar de León was a widow who lived alone in San Bartolomé, she was well known in the community and was a cleaner at the colegio Ajei. Her son Nicolás was arrested and appeared in court on read more »
The Wine tasting and bodega guided tour offered by Tourist Ticket is definitely one for foodies and wine buffs to enjoy, it’s a full day spent in the La Geria and Masdache wine region of Lanzarote.
Our start point was the Bodega La Geria, rather than getting stuck straight into wine tasting, our guide Alena took us into the vineyard to explain the history behind Lanzarote’s wine making. Our first stop was the mulberry bush, this is situated just next to the car park of the bodega and was harvested a few weeks ago, the mulberry fruits, which look like large blackberries are used to make mora liqueur.
As we walked away from the bodega, in the direction of Timanfaya National Park, Alena explained that the land we could see used to be fertile pastures, growing cereal crops and providing grazing for herds of goats / sheep for the few small villages in the surrounding area. When the eruptions had finished and the villagers returned, they were left with a vast expanse of volcanic ash which had been blown in the wind from the Cuervo volcano.
It was the local Bishop who needed wine for the church who tasked labourers with digging down through the volcanic ash to find the fertile soil. The holes dug into the ash can be anything from 1 to 3 metres deep and up to 4 metres wide are known as Hoyos. The semi circle of stones placed on the north east side of the top to prevent the ash being blown by the prevailing trade winds are Zocos and together they are known as La Geria, the name given to read more »
The carnival season starts this Saturday in Arrrecife, the capital of Lanzarote.
There’s a tapas fair on Saturday 1st of March with drinks and food priced at €1, the main carnival parade takes place on Monday 3rd of March and the burial of the sardine marks the closure of the programme on Wednesday 5th of March.
Arrecife Carnival Programme 2014
Saturday 22nd February
12:00 Opening ceremony of the carnival with the childrens Murga group Los Intoxicaditos and Batucada from Villa Pipol in the Parque Islas Canarias
13:00 Exhibition of 30 years carnival posters from Arrecife in Bar TinTan
20:30 Opening of the old photographic exhibition from carnival in Arrecife with a performance from the group Salsa Verde in the SCRD Torrelavega
Sunday 23rd February
21:30 Gala election of the La Reina del Carnaval 2014 in the Recinto Ferial with a performance from the Comparsa Los Cumbacheros & Gerson Galván
Monday 24th February
21:00 First phase of the XXV Concurso de Murgas in the Recinto Ferial with performances from the Simplones, Inxtoxicados, Intoxicadas, Desperdigao´s & Pijoletas
Tuesday 25th February
10:00 Carnival School with a pasacalle street procession with students from Ginory in Charco de San Ginés to the Ayuntamiento de Arrecife and Calle Real finishing back at the Charco de San Ginés.
21:00 Second phase of the XXV Concurso de Murgas in the Recinto Ferial with performances from Titi-Roys, Ladys Golosinas, Atrevidas, Rebuscadas, Tunantonas & Inadaptadas
Wednesday 26th February
21:00 Third phase of the XXV Concurso de Murgas in the Recinto Ferial with performances from Tabletuos, Vacilonas, Ensalitraos, Desahuciados & Gorfines
Thursday 27th February
18:00 Traditional carnival pasacalle (street procession) from Las Cuatro Esquinas, Calle Real until La Plazuela with participation from Parranda Los Buches, Diabletes, Charanga, Cabezudos & Papagüevos read more »
All Inclusive (AI) accommodation is a touchy subject in Lanzarote, tourists opting for this kind of holiday on the island are blamed for the demise of bars and restaurants situated within the resorts.
The statistics for 2013 have been published by the Instituto Canario de Estadística (Istac) revealing that British tourists most favour this option with 1,064,352 visitors staying in All Inclusive accommodation across the Canary Islands, followed by German tourists totalling 941,797.
A total of 3,212,050 tourists chose to stay in all inclusive hotels and apartment complexes in the Canaries, this is 28.8% of all visitors to the archipelago. The figure is slightly less than the read more »
The Velvet Lady will set sail from her winter base in Lanzarote on the 12th of March for a couple of weeks in the UK, before heading out for her summer programme in the Lofoten Islands of Norway.
Lin and Richard from Velvet Adventures confirmed that they’ve had a really successful season and are looking forward to returning to Lanzarote again in December. Velvet Lady is read more »