New Year's Eve, Lanzarote

If you haven't already made plans of where to spend your New Year's eve in Lanzarote then I thought I'd tell you about my favourite one since living here. My ultimate restaurant is still Ikarus situated in La Villa de Teguise, the old capital, situated in Plaza Clavijo & Fajardo just down from the main landmark the church, Iglesia de Nuestra Señora de Guadalupe and Plaza de la Constitución. Ikarus offers a very warm welcome in an atmospheric building with local artist paintings displayed on the old stone walls, lots of original wood, a courtyard and cobbled floor.  read more »

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Sculpture of César Manrique at Tahiche was blown down with the tail end of a hurricane in November 2005

César Manrique Roundabouts

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If you have visited the César Manrique Foundation at Tahiche you will have seen the sketchings of Manrique's designs for art that moves in the wind. When you are out and about in Lanzarote you can often find these sculptures on various roundabouts, two of my favourites are:

Arrieta has a design in red with cones on the top and weights on the bottom that spin round to the direction of the wind and move up and down according to the strength of the breeze. See photo:  read more »

Things to do in Lanzarote - Part Two, Teguise Market

Nothing will quite prepare you for Teguise market, the first time you visit. A marketing man would suggest that Lanzarote is punching well above its weight with Teguise market, and indeed, if it were to have to survive on our small population, the market would wither and die. And that's exactly why it's aimed fairly and squarely at the 1.6 million tourists who visit the island every year.
La Villa de Teguise  read more »

Lanzarote Facts and Figures - Part Three, Tourism, Weather and Vehicles

In our final part of the facts and figures series, which is based on the Cabildo report recently issued for the year 2007, we're going to look at three areas:

The Weather

The Weather
This is the question I'm most often asked about the island: "What's the weather like?" And the truth is that those of us who live here don't really take much notice of the weather, and we for sure don't watch TV forecasts, which are always wrong!  read more »

Lanzarote Facts and Figures - Part Two, Economy

The Cabildo categorizes businesses on the island in the following sectors and the changes over the last eight years are interesting:

No of Companies From 1999 - To 2007

Industrial 367 - 508
Construction 754 - 1,754
Comercial 3,001 - 3,829
Hotels 1,493 - 2,042
Transport 712 - 889
Other Services 2,212 - 4,504

Total 8,539 - 13,526

So in percentage terms the biggest growth has come in the construction sector, and overall the number of registered businesses on the island has increased by 55% in the last eight years.  read more »

Lanzarote's Best Value Bars - The Sociedades

The sociedades are an institution in Lanzarote, indeed, they are throughout rural Spain.  read more »

Walk from Mirador del Rio to Famara, Lanzarote

Please Note: We walked this on the 1st January 2011 following the disappearance of British walker Margaret Holt. This path is extremely dangerous now, there have been several landslides where the path is missing, leaving walkers to cling to the rock face or scramble over narrow ledges of shale with 300m drops.

We advise all walkers not to risk their lives and avoid this path.

This has got to be the most extreme walk that we've done on the island and it was absolutely fantastic but I wouldn't attempt it again until I was sure that some of the landslides had been cleared!

The photo from La Graciosa harbour shows the majestic cliffs that run from Mirador del Rio through Haria and Teguise coastline to Famara.

We were dropped off at the car park just down from the Mirador del Rio that overlooks La Graciosa and spent the first 20 minutes skidding down the zig zag path to a crossroads of paths at the bottom. If you walked just to the right there is a huge deserted beach opposite the harbour at La Graciosa and the old Salinas - this in itself is a great walk and with a picnic you could spend the day on the beach and then walk back up to the car park which is a 30-40 minute slog up hill again.

For this walk we were heading left, the first hour was a gentle amble along the coastline making our way slightly uphill, the views to La Graciosa were lovely and we had to stop and look back at the island until we rounded the corner and it slipped out of view.
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