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XXXII Subida de Haría 2010

Jesús Machín Crash XXXII Subida de Haría The XXXII Subida de Haría motor racing was exciting on Saturday, there were two crashes on the course and fortunately no-one was injured.

The first car to leave the road was (no 30) Francisco Lemes in his Ford Escort WRC, this accident happened on the long stretch after the junction from Tabayesco and before the first bend on the ascent to the mirador. Bouncing along two stretches of barrier with enough force to lift the concrete out of the ground, the Escort came to rest minus a wheel and blocking the road halting the rally whilst the marshals called for an ambulance to check the driver and a grúa to remove the car.

Francisco Lemes grúa Rally ambulance Francisco Lemes barrier

The race started with the same order as before and unbelievably the next car to crash was (No 32) Jesús Machín in his Skoda Octavia WRC another driver from the Escudería Racing Tías team. This crash happened right in front of me, the wheels locked and the Skoda slid straight into the bend half way up the climb, the low wall held and Jesús emerged from the car to calmly remove his helmet and make a mobile phone call to report the damage.

Jesús Machín going Jesús Machín gone Jesús Machín drop

Remarkably despite his crash Jesús Machín won the event thanks to his previous time of 4:43.785, if you’d like to see some of the action on video have a look at this one from Submarinis.

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Playa Flamingo, Playa Blanca

We were asked recently by a comment from Rankgowers if we could report back on the progress of the restoration of Playa Flamingo in Playa Blanca, Lanzarote.

Playa Cerrada Playa Flamingo Presupuesto Playa Flamingo

Work on the popular beach of Playa Flamingo started at the end of October following a 4 year wait, I last visited the beach as part of my promenade walk in January 2010 where evidence of work was visible and part of the beach was still open.

Diggers & lorry on the beach Building site

However at the moment the beach is closed with no access allowed, today it looked more like a building site with diggers, a crane and dumper trucks driving loads off the beach. Unfortunately there is no indication of how long the project is expected to take on the notice board, simply the presupuesto amount of €2.568,178 Euros stated.

Lorry and diggers Playa Blanca Access Playa Flamingo

Playa Blanca still has the town beach, Playa Dorada and Papagayo but the facilities at Playa Flamingo are off limits for the time being.  read more »

Lanzarote Excursion - La Graciosa Island Tours

Visiting La Graciosa is like stepping back in time, with only 700 inhabitants and beautiful sandy beaches the island of La Graciosa is a great destination for a day out from Lanzarote.

Beautiful sandy beaches View to La Graciosa

La Graciosa is 2km North of Lanzarote, the island has a school, post office, clinic, grocery stores, a bank and a handful of restaurants. The streets are unpaved sandy tracks and motor vehicles are prohibited except for the ones licensed for special purposes. The total area of the island is 29 km2 it is the smallest inhabited island in the Canary Islands, mountains lie to the North Western end of the island and the land is extremely arid. There are two villages, Caleta de Sebo is the main area with the harbour and along the coast is Pedro Barba. Historically the island of La Graciosa was raided by pirates and believed to have been the inspiration for Robert Louis Stevenson’s book “Treasure Island” with tales of pirates and buried gold.

Street in La Graciosa La Graciosa Island Tours offer a full days excursion for 2 – 9 people including:

English speaking guide

Collection from your accommodation

Transport to Órzola

Ferry to La Graciosa

Jeep safari  read more »

Darren & Debbie, La Cabaña

La Cabaña Dining Room Darren and Debbie Spurr own the fabulous restaurant La Cabaña in Mácher, Lanzarote.

We met with them recently and asked that question “So how did you end up living in Lanzarote?” Debbie explained that Darren had lived in Lanzarote over 20 years ago as a young guy with a bunch of lads and had returned to the UK for his catering career which took him to work with Marco Pierre White and some excellent restaurants. When a friend asked if they fancied house sitting in Lanzarote for 6 months the couple thought why not take an extended holiday…… that was 10 years ago!

Darren at La_Cabaña Photo Courtesy of James Mitchell Darren opened his first Lanzarote restaurant in La Santa during 2001. It was during a night off from Guatifay that they got chatting to the owners of an Italian restaurant in Mácher and in late 2002 they took over the location and La Cabaña was launched.

The restaurant is situated on the main road from Arrecife to Playa Blanca, on the right hand side just past the petrol station. Offering a combination of freshly sourced different ingredients with a menu that changes weekly La Cabaña is very popular with local residents and is frequently listed in everyone’s top ten favourite restaurants to eat in Lanzarote. We promise to bring you a restaurant review of La Cabaña soon but for a quick taster here are some of this week’s options:  read more »

Clubbin' Lanzarote, 24 - 27th June 2010

Here’s the Lanzarote Information guide to what’s happening in the clubs around the island this weekend.

Costa Teguise:

Coyote Full Moon Party

Club: Coyote, Avda Islas Canarias, Costa Teguise, Lanzarote

Date: 26th June 2010

Time: 22:30 – 05:00

Entry: Free

Details: Fiesta Blanca – Full Moon White Party

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Puerto del Carmen:

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San Juan in Lanzarote

Today is the eve of San Juan, tonight there will be bonfires lit around the island of Lanzarote to celebrate the Danza del Fuego. What does the Noche de San Juan mean for the island of Lanzarote?

San Juan Lanzarote San Juan marks the summer solstice and takes place on the shortest night of the year, traditionally around Spain it is celebrated as a magical night. Locals will prepare bonfires to be lit late this evening, The fire is symbolic to ward off pagan spirits, if you jump over the fire three times on the night of San Juan it is believed that you will be cleansed and purified. Additionally a bowl of fresh local herbs such as lavender, fennel and geranium floating in water is placed outside overnight and you wash your face with this when you awake in the morning to complete your purification and recovery.

There are lots of San Juan events from today through the weekend around the island:

Wednesday 23rd June – Noche de San Juan y Quema de la Hoguera


San Juan is the patron saint of Haría, the fire will be lit at 11.30pm in the field next to the children’s park just off the main plaza for the Quema de Facundo and Danza del Fuego and at midnight Suso y Familia with the group Los Conejeros will get the party started in the Plaza de Haría.

Playa Honda

There will be a pasacalles (procession) with Batucada Bentchey and Fundación Canaria el Patio along the Avenida de Playa Honda, Princesa Ico ending in the Explanada de Guacimeta from 9pm. Later will be a bonfire and Dj Fernando Luca de Tena with the celebrations based in Plaza Santa Elena and Guacimeta.  read more »

Summer 2010 Activities at Santa Rosa, Costa Teguise

Actividades Verano 2010 Santa Rosa

The Centro de Ocio at Santa Rosa on the Avda del Mar in Costa Teguise are offering summer activities for children throughout the holidays. The activities started on Monday 21st June until the 31st August and the centre is open from 10am to 4pm. They can accommodate children from the ages of 4 up to 12 years old.

For more information please contact:

Telephone: 928 59 26 06

Email:  read more »

PWA World Tour 2010, 30th June - 3rd July 2010

PWA Flag 2010 The flags are up and the wind has arrived, it must be time for the PWA World Tour at Playa Las Cucharas in Costa Teguise, Lanzarote.

The elite of the freestyle windsurfers are gathering in the resort of Costa Teguise, Lanzarote in preparation for the World Cup event of the PWA (Professional Windsurfers Association) with prize money totalling €45,000 up for grabs.

PWA 2010 The freestyle men have already had their first event of 2010 in Neusiedler See, Podersdorf, Austria which was held 30th April to 5th May. Elton (Taty) Frans was first, Steven Van Broeckhoven second and Jose “Gollito” Estredo third.

The Costa Teguise event is the first in the calendar for the women, top of the leader board from 2009 was Sarah-Quita Offringa in first, Daida Ruano Moreno in second and Junko Nagoshi in third, also the top three women from last year’s Lanzarote event.

Both José “Gollito” Estredo and Sarah-Quita Offringa have won the freestyle events in Costa Teguise for the past two years, you can read our coverage of PWA 2009 here.

Below are the participants for 2010, watch out for local lad Anxton Otaegui he won third place last year.  read more »

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