The positive trend of visitors to Lanzarote and the Canary Islands has continued for the first month of 2014.
According to the passenger figures from Aeropuertos Españoles y Navegación Aérea (AENA) the seven islands received 1,004,200 foreign passengers which is a 14.12% increase compared to January 2013.
Ricardo Fernández de la Puente, the Deputy Minister of Tourism for the Canary Islands commented that all of the islands have experienced significant growth from 9% to 25% last month, compared to the previous year and hopes this good trend continues through the winter season.
Lanzarote’s airport recorded read more »
Passport applications for Britons resident overseas must now be made via the GOV.UK website.
All British residents living in Spain must now make their passport applications online at www.gov.uk/overseas-passports.
The new passport process, which is part of a worldwide changeover, helps to reduce the possibility of making errors that can delay applications.
Applicants will find that the new process, which includes online payment, generates a personalised pack that must be printed, signed and sent with photographs and any additional documentation that may be required to the Passport Office in the UK - and no longer to a British Consulate or Embassy.
Once an application has been submitted, applicants will receive instructions on how to track its progress via the website.
It is important to apply in good time as a new passport will take at least four weeks from the time the completed application pack is received by the Passport Office in the UK, or six weeks if replacing a lost or stolen passport.
“Don’t leave it until the last minute to apply for your passport,” advises Will Middleton read more »
It’s official, January was the coolest in the last 5 years and the wettest of the last 2 for the Canary Islands, according to the met office.
The first week of the month was lovely, with warm sunny days in fact Tafira in Gran Canaria registered 26.8 degrees, which is the maximum temperature recorded for the past 20 years. January’s average temperature (including night & day) was 14.5 degrees for the Archipelago, which was described as normal for the time of year, although the coolest since 2009.
Lanzarote was spared a lot of the rain that fell across the other Canary Islands, we didn’t have long wet days, more sudden showers followed by bouts of sunshine. Aemet confirmed that the mean rainfall for the seven islands was 55 litres per m2 which is not much more that the dry Januarys of 2013 & 2013 and similar to those experienced in 2009 & 2010. We did experience strong winds on several occasions, which resulted in coastal warnings and waves reaching up to 5 metres in Lanzarote, causing damage to the harbours in La Santa and Arrieta.
You can find a daily weather forecast for Lanzarote during the weekdays on our Facebook page LanzaroteInformation.
Check out the previous years weather reports during January: read more »
Blanca Manchón is a Professional Olympic Spanish windsurfer. She has been training at the Marina Rubicón Sailing Center in Playa Blanca, Lanzarote since the beginning of the month alongside her brother Curro Manchón, who is also her trainer.
Image courtesy of www.blog.blancamanchon.com
She seems to have taken on board the advice from Olympic medallists in the 49er class Iker Martínez and Xabi Fernández who know the area well and recommended it for the objectives she has in mind this year.
Blanca has five world champion titles among many other accolades that she’s won since the tender age of 17 and is currently ranked 5th in the ISAF RS:X Class.
Apart from a talent for windsurfing, Blanca also has read more »
The Cabildo of Lanzarote have started a three month road improvement plan with an investment of one million euros.
The plan entitled 'Refuerzo de firme em diversos tramos de las carreteras insulares 2013' will be directed by José Antonio Gutiérrez from the Department of Roads & Works. The project worth 1,130,246.68 euros was awarded by public tender to Hormigones Insulares SL (Horinsa SL) and started on the 7th February.
The following six roads have been identified for improvement under this plan: read more »
Our friends at CoCo Lanzarote – the language school in Yaiza – are planning a busy few weeks of interesting events:
21st February – A Journey to Bolivia
Presented by Odaly Fernádez, who is from Bolivia, but who lives in Lanzarote.
28th February – Cinema in Spanish
An exciting sounding film called Home, which journeys to over 50 countries
7th March – Visit to a Ceramic Studio in Haría
This looks fantastic! Visit Aquilino Rodríguez Santana’s famous pottery studio in the valley of a thousand palms read more »
It appears that the Gazette have made an error with the carnival dates for both Costa Teguise and Playa Blanca, which is causing some confusion with residents and visitors.
As you can see in this snapshot of their page from the February edition of their magazine, Playa Blanca is incorrectly listed as the 15th and Costa Teguise the 22nd.
We’d like to confirm that the dates published on our website have been verified by the local councils. The parade in Costa Teguise will be held on Saturday the 15th of March and the Playa Blanca procession will be on Saturday the 29th of March.
Please find links to the councils own websites confirming this information:
“El Gran Coso del Carnaval de Costa Teguise se desarrollará el read more »
The Rojillos third home win on the bounce sees them flying clear of the relegation zone by 12 points with goals from midfielders Echedey and Marcos Cabrera.
U.D. Telde are in a relegation battle and began the match four points from the drop zone and were desperate to take something home to Gran Canaria with them. Surprisingly they began the match well, testing the Lanzarote keeper, Agoney on a couple of occasions and were not shy to bring men forward.
Gradually Lanzarote came into the game with midfielders Jotha and Marcos Cabrera dominating midfield. Nevertheless the Rojillos had to be patient as Telde got men behind the ball when they lost possession.
Some wonderful passing from Jotha sent winger Toñito on his way down the right flank as he was on one of his good days and constantly terrorized the visitors defence.
Lanzarote began to get a hold of the match and their patience was rewarded a few minutes before read more »