The Conquest of Lanzarote - How The Canaries Became Spanish

Prior to 1402 several European sailors had visited The Canary Islands, describing the local Guanche inhabitants as friendly and accommodating. During the 1300’s, the islands were plagued by pirates, who would come ashore to rape and pillage, while the inhabitants did their best to hide in the tunnels of Cueva de los Verdes.

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In 1402 Juan Bethencourt, an ambitious Norman nobleman, put together a plan to conquer the island for Spain. He set sail from La Rochelle in France in May of that year, calling at Vivero, La Coruna and finally Cadiz to take on wood and water. Bethencourt had embarked two native speakers in order to act as interpreters once he reached the islands.

Eight days after departing, the crew spotted Alegranza, Montaña Clara and La Graciosa, before Lanzarote came into view. They tried to land in the north of Lanzarote, but the waves and rocky coastline made it impossible, so in the end, they anchored off Alegranza, which was uninhabited to plan their attack on the larger island. Once the weather had calmed down, they set off once again and made landfall in Lanzarote. 

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They were expecting a fight, but in fact they were greeted peacefully by The Guanches, who offered gifts and friendship. Having been attacked by pirates so often, they saw in Bethencourt and his men the opportunity for protection. Delighted with the peaceful reception, Bethencourt offered the protection of the kingdom of Spain to the Guanches, who gratefully accepted.   read more »

Lanzarote Excursion - Sailing on Catlanza

Catlanza is one of the island’s most popular day trips, and regular visitors often book a sailing every time they come to Lanzarote.

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The 75 foot catamaran sails twice daily on most days from the fabulous marina at Puerto Calero, offering both family sailing and adult only trips. She sails round to the beaches of Papagayo and anchors off-shore where lunch is served, drinks are on tap, and everyone can have a go on a Jet Ski or borrow snorkelling equipment and check out the sea life. There is even transfer from your resort in an air conditioned coach included in the price.   read more »

Why Is Lanzarote's Weather So Good?

The Canary Islands are known to have one of the best climates in the world - rarely too hot or too cold, with sunshine generally and a distinct lack of rain.

But why is it so good?

We’re in the right latitude

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We’re in the latitude between the Med and the really hot tropics, which keeps summers bearable and winters warm. We share our latitude with Florida and Egypt.  read more »

Lanzarote News In Brief - Week 36, 2016

Immigration Ring Was Using Lanzarote Hotels

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An immigration ring, based in Barcelona, has been broken up with the arrest of 57 people. The ring was charging Chinese nationals €8000 to get them residence permits in Spain. The Lanzarote connection is that some hotels on the island have been accused of giving the Chinese workers “work contracts” in return for a fee of €1500 to €2000. These contracts allowed the workers to then apply for Spanish residency.  read more »

Aqua Suites in Lanzarote

We were invited to dinner at Aqua Suites in Puerto del Carmen last night, which opened 4 weeks ago.

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Aqua Suites is a boutique style hotel, situated on Calle Anzuelo in the heart of the holiday resort, across the road from the Lanzarote Palm which was renovated a year ago.  The aim of Aqua Suites is to provide good quality accommodation with families in mind, and an emphasis on good food. We are pleased to confirm that we can now book suites in this location from November 2016 onwards, the 59 suites are bookable including half board accommodation.

Accommodation

Each of the air conditioned suites are furnished with a comfortable 2 metre wide bed, flat screen television and desk. A smaller separate room has a sofa bed and wardrobes, suitable for an extra adult or up to 2 children. There is a walk in shower room. Plus a fridge stocked with a selection of cold drinks, and hot drink making facilities.  read more »

English Cinema In Lanzarote, 29th August and 1st September 2016

The English language movies in Lanzarote next week remain unchanged and both will be shown on Monday & Thursday:

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"Suicide Squad", shown at  Multicines Atlántida in Arrecife at the same time of 19:30h. 

Suidice Squad are a team of super villains of convicts that a secrect government agency uses for dangerous missions in exchange for reducing their jail time.   read more »

Jobs in Lanzarote, Chef & Bar Staff

Full time chef, kitchen porter and bar staff positions available for an immediate start in Arrecife, Lanzarote

Lanzarote Jobs

A busy gourmet burger restaurant in Arrecife, has various positions available for experienced staff.  read more »

Calling Lanzarote Property Owners Who Holiday Let Their Properties

We launched a new section of the website in December, to allow property owners to advertise their places in Lanzarote to our readers. We felt it would work well, because we’re focused only on Lanzarote, so owners are not competing with thousands of other destinations to attract people’s attention.

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