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Red Friday at Jesters 11th June 2010

Help for HeroesSue Bailey runs a penpal group on Facebook called TroopPenpals, they write letters and send packages to the troops based in Afghanistan. On Friday 11th June 2010 Sue will be holding a charity night “Red Friday” at Jesters Bar in Pueblo Marinero, Costa Teguise, Lanzarote to raise money in aid of Help for Heroes, 20% of all funds raised from the evening will also be donated to a Spanish Soldiers Charity. You can also see details of the event on the Help for Heroes website Hero Net.

What is a Red Friday?

Each week the TroopPenpals wear the colour red on a Friday to show their support for our troops - this is a weekly tradition throughout the UK, America, Australia and Canada, so the dress code for the night is…….  read more »

Good news story from the volcanic ash saga

There have been a few nice stories I’ve heard that relate to the problems caused when flights to and from northern Europe were all cancelled. It was nice to see people rallying around to help!

Albryna Covered Veranda (5)

Here’s a little email trail that gives just one example from the many:

Hi Guests

Read to the end of our email

A little bit of light shining through the grey Volcanic ash !  read more »

Walk, Puerto del Carmen to Puerto Calero

I was surprised at how easy it was to walk from Puerto del Carmen to Puerto Calero at the weekend. Normally I don’t think twice about how to get there as I just drive but for tourists staying in Puerto del Carmen without a hire car I wondered how they would visit the marina. From Puerto del Carmen, they could catch the Arrecife Bus, take the water taxi, arrange a free transfer if booked on the Catlanza or Submarine excursion or they could walk!

1 Promenade start 2 Puerto Calero in the distance

I started my walk from Playa Chica next to the Fariones Hotel in Puerto del Carmen, look for the promenade that takes you through to the old harbour area which currently has some major work in progress, gone is the lovely square and children’s play area for the time being. You can see our destination from the start point, where the sun is shining!

3 Puerto del Carmen Old Harbour 4 Steps

The old harbour area of Puerto del Carmen has a great atmosphere, there are some good restaurants and tapas bars with spectacular sea views. From the old harbour look for the steps to the side of Island Watersports Diving Centre and follow the tiny puzzle of side streets along the side of the harbour.

5 Decking Harbour Area 6 Switchback slope

Peeking between the tiny houses that were once fishermen’s cottages you can see a brand new wooden decked area, the access points are still blocked off but at some point in the future you will be able to walk along this section. The climb up to the coastal path looks hard, but the path slopes gently back and to, there’s a great view if you need to stop to catch your breath.  read more »

Dangerous Dogs in Spain

According to the Ley 50/1999 passed by Royal Decree in March 2002, the following list of dog breeds are considered to be dangerous in Spain including any cross breeds:

presa canario perros amigos a) Pit Bull Terrier

b) Staffordshire Bull Terrier

c) American Staffordshire Terrier

d) Rottweiler

e) Dogo Argentino

f) Fila Brasileiro

g) Tosa Inu

h) Akita Inu

In addition the law states that dogs included in Ley 50/1999 have a majority of the following characteristics:  read more »

Lanzarote Football, Vecindario 3 Lanzarote 1

Lanzarote go a goal up and five minutes later are 2-1 down which pretty much sums up the disappointing season the Rojillos (reds) have had to endure. Relegation to the Tercera (third) division had already been assured with last weeks loss so pride was the only matter at stake against the Gran Canarian mid table side.

carlitos 090510 Lanzarote began the better of the two teams with the first chance falling for Ayoze Pérez who tested the reflexes of the Vecindario keeper, Luis, with a powerful shot which was finger tipped away for a corner. In the 20th minute the Rojillos took the lead. A superb run down the right wing by Ayoze Pérez who outpaced the Vecindario back four then unselfishly squared the ball for striker Carlitos to pass the ball home from eight yards with the keeper being caught in no mans land. The Rojillos had found themselves in unfamiliar territory by taking the lead in a match. Only three minutes after going in front ex Rojillo favourite Yeray Ortega nodded his new side back on level turns following a corner. Two minutes on and the Rojillos were 2-1 down. A corner swung in from the left was cleared to Toñito standing on the edge of the box.

The Lanzarote front man carelessly gave the ball away and from 20 yards Yeray López sweetly hit a volley beating the Lanzarote keeper Miguel to the right hand corner of the net. The Rojillos were now back in familiar territory by trailing a game by two goals. The defensive frailties from Lanzarote were fully exposed in this match just as they have been all season. With 85 goals conceded this term, Lanzarote have the worst defensive record in Spain. Five minutes before the break and the days scoring was complete.  A simple cross into the danger zone was met by an unchallenged Yeray Ortega who headed home his second of the day from six yards. The home side went into the interval with a commanding 3-1 lead.  read more »

Ironman Lanzarote, 22nd May 2010

A week to go before Lanzarote’s Ironman event on Saturday 22nd May 2010. This year is the 19th edition with 1,571 triathletes from 28 countries participating:

ironman-lanzarote-logo Spain 495

United Kingdom 346

Germany 227

France 109

Others 394

For 2010 there are some course changes, the cycle route has a shorter exit from Puerto del Carmen and a diversion at Nazaret through Teguise before heading to San Bartolomé and La Geria. The marathon course will be three loops not four, the first of which has been extended around the airport runway to Playa Honda, the second two loops will turn at Matagorda as per previous years.

The Race

Ironman Lanzarote Swim Course 2010 The start is at 07:00 on Playa Grande in Puerto del Carmen, the athletes will complete two loops of the swim course totalling 3.8km which has to be completed before the cut off at 09:20.

Racing up the beach fresh from their swim the athletes head for the transition area where they emerge on their bikes, the first bike is expected to leave at 07:50 and the pro cyclists should start to reach the following points in the 180km bike course by these times:

08.30 Yaiza

Ironman Lanzarote Bike Course 2010

09.00 El Golfo

09.45 Tinajo

10.00 Famara

10.30 Teguise

11.00 Mirador de Haria

Ironman Lanzarote Run Course 201011.45 Mirador del Rio

12.00 Arrieta

12.15 Mala

12.30 Nazaret - towards Teguise again

12.45 Puerto del Carmen

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Lanzarote Restaurant Review, La Cantina - La Villa de Teguise

La Cantina Restaurant It’s hard to miss the restaurant La Cantina in La Villa de Teguise, the old capital of Lanzarote. Situated on the corner of Leon y Castillo the building is visible from the road through Teguise if driving towards Famara and walking from the main square in the centre (Plaza de la Constitución) away from the church with the Tourist Information Office and Sociedad on your right.

La Cantina is a fabulous old Canarian building with oodles of character, there’s the main dining room, bar and central patio for a choice of indoor or outdoor tables, you even have to duck down to under a low roof to use the servicios.

The restaurant is run by Benn and Zoe, having lived on the island for the past 18 years they were a little tired of the typical menus found in Lanzarote so they’ve come up with some different suggestions.

Entrance Courtyard

Starters and snacks start from 4 Euros and include options such as Thai fishcakes, Vietnamese rolls and beef carpaccio. The sharing boards at 14 Euros are a fantastic idea, its like a selection of themed tapas, our particular favourite is the Asian and I love everything, especially the Vietnamese rolls. There is also a Canarian board with a selection of local dishes, Deli which includes meat and cheeses and Del Mar with choices from the sea.

Asian Sharing Board Chocolate Brownie to die for  read more »

Pure - A new name in Lanzarote Accommodation

Pure Lanzarote is a new name in accommodation on the island. Locally based, Pure is offering top quality private accommodation in all parts of Lanzarote.


The team at Pure visit every single property they offer their clients, and only represent properties which meet their own high standards. This doesn’t mean they only have large, expensive villas to offer, but it does mean you know that even the least expensive properties on their site meet some pretty stringent criteria.

Camel_House   Villa  read more »

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