History of Lanzarote

History of the church clock in Haria

There’s a lovely story to the history of the clock in the tower of Haría’s church Nuestra Señora de la Encarnación situated in the plaza.

Nuestra Señora Encarnacion Haria

The project to add a clock tower to the town church was the idea of Don Antonio Ramírez  del Castillo who was born in Teguise and lived in Haría before emigrating to Argentina. He wrote to his brother José informing him that he was going to pay for a clock for the church. This generous offer caused some controversy at the time, the pastor initially refused the gift, mainly as the church did not have a tower to accommodate the clock.

Not deterred, Don Antonio Ramírez  del Castillo later confirmed that he would also fund the construction of a tower to be added to  read more »

Book Review - The Canary Islands, A Cultural History

Peter Stone is a travel writer who has written extensively about Spain. He first came to The Canaries in 1960, when he worked as a receptionist in a hotel in Gran Canaria.


I expected this book to be very “academic” and I half expected it to be a little boring, but I was wrong. I thoroughly enjoyed it, I learned a great deal I didn’t already know about the islands and their history, I found the writing style to be relaxed and informal, and I have  read more »

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 »

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