History of Lanzarote

Lanzarote 33 Years Ago

Angie Appleton is a friend who lives in Costa Teguise these days. She’s a keen windsurfer and stand up paddler, and saved our bacon many times when we were training to compete in Ironman! Angie runs Holistic Therapies in Costa Teguise.


She visited Lanzarote way back in  March 1982, and wrote about her experiences here in Onboard magazine.

You can read her whole text below, but some of the highlights for us were:  read more »

  • Car hire was £45 a week!
  • There was a windsurf school on Playa Grande in Puerto del Carmen in those days
  • The Costa Teguise golf course only had nine holes
  • A three course meal with wine in Arrecife

Tias - The Town Of Aunts

Tías is not widely known to visitors to Lanzarote and is generally just somewhere you pass through on the island’s main road, the LZ2. However, it is an important administrative centre and the municipality of Tías incorporates the largest of Lanzarote’s tourist resorts, Puerto del Carmen.

Avenida Central, Tias

Formerly called Las Tías de Fajardo, meaning Farjado’s Aunts, the town was named in the late 1400s by Alonso Farjado, Governor of Gran Canaria, to honour his favourite maiden aunts, Francisca and Hernan. Lanzarote is still governed by the province of Gran Canaria.

Calle Libertad Shops & Bars 

There is evidence of a settlement here dating back  read more »

Archaelogical Map of Lanzarote

There are many archaeological sites of interest in Lanzarote if you know where to look.

Thanks to the efforts of Memoria Lanzarote, we found a paper entitled “Avance de La Carta Arqueológica de Lanzarote” that was prepared by José de León Hernández and M* Antonia Perera Betancort, the following archaeological map took them 10 years to compile.

Archaeological_Map_LanzaroteArchaeological Map Lanzarote 1

Map References

A circle denotes a place of Majos culture, a triangle is an Aboriginal engraving and a square places of ethnographic interest.

The letter A is an Aboriginal or other pre-conquest culture, further classified by e – stone structure, c – cave, s – Aboriginal surface material or o – other such as burial site or cheese making. The letter G denotes g – geometry, a – alpha, p – podomorfos (stone carving) and b – boat. The letter V is ethnographic or place of interest E - ethnography and I - possible site. Condition of the site is coded as ( B ) Good, undisturbed and safe, ( R ) Regular, ( M ) Bad, obvious damage or destruction, ( MM ) Very Bad, at immediate risk of destruction.

La Graciosa

1. LA GRACIOSA: A-O. V-E. (M). Possible Roman amphorae. Protection of underwater archaeological remains.

2. LLANO DEL BURRO: V-E. (B). Remains of traditional buildings.

3. CALETÓN DEL MARRAJO: V-E. (R). Aljibes (water storage), remains of buildings & popular ceramics.

4. MONTAÑA AMARILLA: V-L (B). Oral reference to aboriginal pottery (Agustín Pallares).

Municipality of Haría

5. LOMO DEL ZALAHAR: A-S. (M) Aboriginal ceramic. Excavations have been carried out here looking for burial sites in the Batería del Río.

6. PEÑAS DE ORZÓLA: G-g. V-E. (B). Found in 1983. Lime kilns in the area Peña Tónico  read more »

Fiquinineo Archaeological Exhibition

A 3 day exhibition will open next week in Arrecife to display the items found at the archaeological site of La Peña de las Cucharas Fiquinineo, situated in the El Jable area of Lanzarote.

Exhibition Yacimiento Arqueológico la Peña de las Cucharas Fiquinineo

The exhibition entitled ‘Yacimiento Arqueológico La Peña de Las Cucharas Fiquinineo: Habitando El Jable’ can be found in the Biblioteca Insular on the Rambla Medular, which is by the bus station, football ground and CC. Arrecife in the capital. The library is open from  read more »

Lanzarote Tourism Video From The 1980's

We managed to find this, and it’s a “must watch” from the 1980’s. It’s an English language promotional video, and it’s a little over 20 minutes long, but do watch to to see:

Film  read more »

  • The early days of Club La Santa with sunbeds around the 50 metre pool

Presa De Mala - Lanzarote's Dam

Anyone who has driven on the road from Tahiche to the north can’t have failed to notice the large dam above the road near Mala. Our own Jules recently abseiled down it and wrote about her experience here.

Presa de Mala  View from the dam

But what’s the story of the dam itself? And is it used for it’s original purpose?

Read on.

Way back in 1958, a group of farmers first proposed that the valley in the area lent itself to  read more »

Megalodon prehistoric shark fossils found near La Graciosa

Fossils from the largest shark known in history have been found by investigators from the Instituto Español de Oceanografía (IES) in Canarian waters.

Megalodon Fossil Map by Lineas Maritimas Romero

The Megalodon sharks teeth were found over 1,000m deep at the foot of an underwater mountain. The fossils were found at the base of the Banco de Concepción during October 2012, the news was only released this week, on the 2nd September. Lineas Maritimas Romero have produced this map to show the location in relation to Lanzarote.

Otodus ( Megaselachus ) or Megalodon sharks as they are commonly known grew to be around 20m in length and weigh around 100 tonnes. They were huge migratory predators, their diet consisted of whales, dolphins, seals, turtles and large fish. This super shark lived in  read more »

Egg Fossil Mystery Continues

The paleontologist team led by Antonio Sánchez Marco have discovered a new example of a fossilised egg near Famara, during their fourth season in Lanzarote.

Fossil Egg LanzaroteExcavation in Lanzarote

The latest egg is in excellent condition and was found in Valle Grande, increasing the number of eggs now found on the island to seven. What’s not known is how these ancient ancestors of the ostrich family came to be extinct on the island. Experts have been working since 2010 excavating sites along the risco from Órzola to Famara to establish more information about these birds who lived in Lanzarote from 5 to 6 million years ago. Although in good condition, this latest egg is also hollow without an embryo, like the previous ones found.

During the fourth season of excavations directed by Dr Sánchez Marco from the Instituto Catalán de Paleontología Miquel Crusafont, the team extended their radius of investigation to discover this egg, but it still does not throw any light on the questions as to how these giant birds arrived here, how they lived and why they disappeared.  read more »

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