History of Lanzarote

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.

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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 »

Arrecife Port, The Life of Lanzarote

This short video has some lovely historical footage of the port in Arrecife & Lanzarote, explaining how the intense commercial activity led to the town becoming the capital of the island.

First products from Lanzarote were exported such as  read more »

Los Diabletes cause terror in the streets of La Villa de Teguise

This year the traditional group of Los Diabletes will be taking to the streets of La Villa de Teguise as is the tradition, warns Olivia Duque the councillor for culture at Teguise Ayuntamiento.


The name Los Diabletes translates to the Little Devils and the tradition dates back to a mixture of beliefs from the 15th Century. These masked he-goats can be a bit scary when they approach you in the street shaking their bells (esquilas) and bopping you with their pouches (zurrones)!

A group of 14 Los Diabletes will be out in force on the streets of La Villa de Teguise during the weekends over the carnival period. The devils will leave from the Plaza de La Mareta where the big white tent is situated at 11:00 on Saturdays and 16:00 on Sundays,. You can also find the Diabletes at the carnival processions through the towns of Lanzarote.

The Mayor of Teguise, Oswaldo Betancort invited people to come and witness one of the oldest traditional in the Canaries, he also warned that whoever receives a “zurronazo” from the Los Diabletes received a symbol of fertility and virility!

Francisco Hernández, the official chronicler for Teguise extracted the history of Los Diabletes. This popular tradition is a mix of  read more »

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