The Fat One - El Gordo

The ultimate in lottery takes place this morning, El Gordo known as The Fat One will start to be drawn from 8:30am this morning. Each ticket is preprinted and has an allocated number, there is a flurry of sales as the tickets are released with families, companies, groups and even villages clubbing together to buy lucky numbers, the tickets are €200 each but are split into decimos so you can purchase a tenth of the number for €20. This is the biggest lottery in the world and the prizes are paid immediately tax free. Children from St.  read more »

Lanzarote Weather - The Calima

All The Canary Islands occasionally suffer from Calimas, most often in the winter months.  read more »

Manchego Cheese Recipe from Lanzarote

This is a wonderful dish to serve as a light lunch or as part of a selection of tapas.
Manchego cheese is a strong hard cheese - the closest UK equivalent would be a strong cheddar, and that can be used for this recipe.  read more »

Health Service in Lanzarote

The health service and healthcare in Lanzarote is excellent. Whilst there is a thriving private medical care system here, we'll focus on the state provided version in this article and cover the private sector in a follow up.

To access the national health service here, you need a social security card or to have a travel form from your country within the European Union.  read more »

Running a Business in Lanzarote

Running a business in Lanzarote is pretty straightforward, although you do need to be sure that you have the necessary licenses to do so. An abogado (lawyer) or an asesoría (accountant) can do this for you. If you have business premises you will need to make sure you have a licence for those as well, this is called a Licencia de Apertura.

Your business can be run by you as a self employed person, in which case you will be trading as an individual, as a partnership or as a limited company.  read more »

Old photos of Lanzarote

If you're interested in seeing what Lanzarote looked like before tourism, there are some really fantastic websites with photos such as Arrecife, the airport, loading onions at the docks, camels and costumes, its fascinating! Just click the links below:


Old boats


Various Lanzarote

Being Self Employed in Lanzarote

Being self employed in Lanzarote, or any part of Spain is not only easy, but also much more common than in other European countries.  read more »

Work Contracts in Lanzarote

Work contracts in Spain are sought after and provide strong protection for employees. You employer will pay your social security and is responsible for collecting your income tax before paying your net salary. Income tax rates are a maximum of 18%, but are often significantly lower depending on earnings, but you will be required to complete a tax return every year, and the good news is that you will usually get a rebate! It's recommended that you use the services of an Asesoría (an accountant) who will do your return for you.  read more »

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