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Caldera Blanca

The Caldera Blanca is one of the highest peaks created in the volcanic eruptions in 1736 and located in the centre of Lanzarote around the region of Timanfaya National Park. Its a popular walk for hiking with a route starting from the church of Dolores and lasting 10 kilometres along a combination of pathways which are suitable for anyone to use crossing the volcanic lava fields with spectacular views of the crater. Its another way to explore this volcanic region for which Lanzarote is well known for and take advantage of seeing a volcano up close.

La Degollada Lanzarote

Scarcely mentioned in any of the tourist information the village of La Degollada is a small hamlet situated close to the well known village of Yaiza. Its a beautiful viewpoint overlooking a valley and the Timanfaya National Park. The earliest mention of the settlement was recorded in 1772 by a military engineer Jose Ruiz Cermeno where it was said to have 86 inhabitants.

Lanzarote Population Growing

Since 1998 the Canarian population has grown by 30.5% which is an increase from 497,670 people  to over 2.1 million people according to the Statistics of the Historical Evolution of the Istac Population.
Fuerteventura is the island where the population has grown the most as it has more than doubled, from 49,020 inhabitants in 1998 to 113,275 last year, a situation similar to that of Lanzarote, which had 84,849 inhabitants in 1998 and now has 149,183.

Tenerife is the most populated island of the archipelago, with 904,713 people compared to the 677,485 that it had twenty years ago, while Gran Canaria closed last year with 846,717 inhabitants for the 715,994 that it had twenty years ago.

In the ‘green islands’ the demographic growths are more attenuated because La Palma has 81,863 inhabitants compared to 78,198 in 1998, and La Gomera with 21,136 over the 16,790 two decades ago.

In addition, these two islands are the only islands of the archipelago that have lost population in the last decade.

The other ‘green island’, that of El Hierro, has gone from 7,679 inhabitants in 1998 to 10,798 last year, while in the last decade it has maintained its demographic indicators

Lanzarote Big Band

For anyone on holiday in Lanzarote at the moment this is a fantastic evening event not to be missed.

The Lanzarote Big Band are on at the Gran Hotel Pool Bar in Arrecife tonight at 22.00. The 15 piece orchestra are complemented by the wonderful voice of Colin Farrell and they put on a great show of swing, big band songs and also some new modern numbers.

Thoroughly recommended. Tickets can be bought at the entrance for 8 euros.
For those not lucky enough to be on the island this week, the Lanzarote Big Band can be seen at this venue on the last Saturday of every month.


The Cactus Garden

The Lanzarote Cactus Garden (Jardin de Cactus) is an award winning haven of beauty and tranquility.
It was the last work of César Manrique that he created in Lanzarote and the famous artist could see the potential of the old quarry in Guatiza being surrounded by such a large cactus plantation.
Today the Cactus Garden has around 450 different species and a variety of 13 different families of Cacti.
The garden, with so many amazing green plants, gives a beautiful contrast against the Lanzarote blue sky and this is a must see attraction for visitors to Lanzarote.
The photo is courtesy of CACT.

A Spanish Nativity Scene

Nativity Scenes are a very popular Spanish tradition that date way back to 1223.

In Spanish it is called a “Belen” which actually means Bethlehem in Spanish.

They will consist of life like little models of Bethlehem, the scene of birth of Jesus and other typical stories from the bible such as the Three Kings being guided by a star and the Angel visiting the Shepherds.

If you are on holiday in Lanzarote you will find one is most of the islands villages but they can vary considerably in size and details. One of the best “Belens” on the island is in the village of Yaiza. If you do get to see one, don’t forget to look out for little man with his trousers down who is often hidden. This is another funny tradition and is always present in a Spanish Nativity Scene.


Teguise Christmas Lights Are On!

Teguise village is a pretty village throughout the year but at Christmas time the lights and decorations make it even more beautiful. The lights have been switched on this week and the display is probably one of the best the village has displayed throughout the years. The figures with LED lighting of the nativity scene adorn the slope of the Mountain of Guanapay. Hundreds of lights are staged around Teguise at the entrance, roundabouts and main squares. The fortress of Santa Bárbara Castle is decorated with a unusual green mantle. This year the the local council have been carefull to use used low-energy lighting. Well worth a visit at night

Refurbishment at Lanzarote Airport

Terminal 1 in Arrecife airport will be the recipient of  2 million euros for new passport stalls. In 2019 the main terminal will have a new area for the control of passports with state of the ark equipment simular to other international airports.

The work  includes  dismantling existing booths, assembly of new control booths on the 12 existing boarding gates, renewal of automatic boarding gates, signaling and associated information screens and all electrical and communications networks.

In arrivals, with a budget of almost 1.24 million euros, there will be a modification of the current route of passengers once they disembark to carry out passport control by the National Police or by ABC control system (14 units are planned to be installed) ). Likewise, the rooms occupied by the Police will be updated with a proposal for new service areas (changing rooms and toilets), offices and police cells. The works include the demolition and dismantling of existing areas

Finale of Arrecife en Vivo

The very successful Arrecife en Vivo comes to an end tonight.
This popular weekly event has had people flocking into Lanzarote’s capital every Friday of this month.

It’s ends tonight, Thursday, with the below acts. Don’t miss out!

Monkey Faces 18:00, square CIC El Almacén
 Les Crazy Coconuts 19:30, Park Ramírez Cerdá
 Clap Your Hands Say Yeah 21:00 Charco de San Ginés
 El Columpio Asesino – 22:30 Marina Lanzarote  
 Serial Killerz -00:00 Marina Lanzarote 

The Hiperdino Story

We are sure you recognize the friendly dinosaur logo of this Canarian chain of supermarkets called Hiperdino.

A bit of history….This company dates back to 1978 when the brand was created. It started off as just three stores and now operates on five of the seven Canary Islands, in more than 200 locations and employs overs 6000 people.

They are currently celebrating their anniversary and between the 25th September and the 9th October are offering great special offers and prizes to be won.