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Surveillance at Los Hervideros

The Lanzarote Geopark along with Culture and Tourism Centers of the Cabildo have reached an agreement for daytime surveillance at Los Hervideros and Los Clicos to ensure the safety of visitors. Los Hervideros is a protected area. The strange rock formations are a resort of lava flows meeting the sea in the volcanic eruptions of Timanfaya in th 1700’s. There are pathways leading to spectacular views where you can see the waves crashing against the strange formations. The area will benefit from the new safety plan

 


Electric Scooters Removed in Arrecife

Electric rental scooters have appeared on the streets of Arrecife capital. They have been put on the streets by a German companyy called Wind. Unfortunateley the local police will start to remove them because the company does not have an activity license or permission to occupy the public road. Its a great idea for people to get around the city but unfortunatley this company has not gone through the proper chanels to provide this service.It was previously tested in Barcelona and Madrid but again the city councils ordered the withdrawal in both cities  just a few hours after their installation for not complying with their respective ordinances. Specifically, in the case of the city of Barcelona, ​​because rental scooters are only allowed accompanied by a guide and in the case of Madrid, customers were not specified areas where they could start or end their trip and the ordinance prohibits its use in certain spaces.


Lanzarote Increases Eco Energy

The facility owned by Endesa (the electric company on the Canary Islands), Enel Green Power Spain and the Insular Water Consortium of Lanzarote are generating a capacity of 8.5 MW of electricity

The wind farm of Los Valles operated by all these consortiums reached a total of 24,544 MWh [megawatt hours] last year increasing by 8% the production compared to 2017. This park located in the municipality of Teguise, was the third of those participated by Endesa in the Canary Islands with the highest production in 2018, just behind Arico (Tenerife) and Carretera de Arinaga (Gran Canaria) ).

Throughout the Canary Islands, EGPE participates in fifteen wind farms that have an installed capacity of 62.89 MW. In 2018 they produced 7% more energy than the previous year with a total production of 170,106 MWh, equivalent to supplying about 50,000 homes on the islands through wind generation.


Carnival Exhibition in Arrecife

A new exhibition takes a tour through many of the carnival manifestations including a tour of the Carnival of Arrecife in the early twentieth century
The former seat of the town council of Lanzarote, now known as Casa Amarilla, hosts the exhibition ‘Buches & Diabletes – The Traditional Carnival’, which opened on Tuesday afternoon.

The inauguration started at 7:00 p.m. with the words of welcome from the exhibition coordinator, Miguel Ángel Martín Rosa, who thanked the work carried out by a whole team of professionals who gave their all to achieve the projected objective.


New Bodega in Lanzarote

A businessman called Domingo Cabrera will open a new winery, with the name of Tierra Virgen, in La Geria. An excavated plot of 1,700 square meters, which will launch 100,000 bottles.  The bodega will be equipped with the most modern technology for winemaking and the first vintage will be expected to produce about 100,000 bottles of all varieties, red, pink and muscat. Contacts have already been initiated with several grape growers to buy the grapes, with the expectation that at least in this first year of start-up of the winery, at least 60% of the fruit will come from the purchase to vine growers of the island and the rest of the own vineyards of the farms of Tierra Virgen


Possible Tax Cut For Brits

Brexit seems to be a never ending part of our lives and whether you voted leave or remain, we are are still waiting for some sort of clarification. There are a few people holding off their holiday arrangements until we all know exactly what will happen. Its not just affecting the UK. The canarian government are considering a local tax cut to British tourists to entice the Brits to the island following the weekend pound. Like some long haul destinations visitors will be expected to keep reciepts for their purchases and the tax can be refunded by the authorities


Passport Rules for Brexit

As unbelievable at it may seem, we are still no closer or any of the wiser what will happen with regard to travel plans after Brexit. The advice given by gov.co.uk is as follows. They suggest that you check your adult and child passports to ensure that they will meet the new rules before travelling to Europe. I there is no deal after 29th March you should have at least 6 months left on your passport after the date of your arrival. If you renewed a passport before it expired, extra months may have been added to your new passport’s expiry date. Any extra months on your passport over 10 years may not count towards the 6 months that should be remaining for travel to most countries in Europe. You can click here to check the validity on their site


Guacimeta Airport To Change Its Name

On 21st December Council Ministers decided to rename the airport to César Manrique airport. Although the new name has still not come into effect it is expected to be agreed and changed soon and could take place during the spring, considering that it will be in the month of April which will be the centenary of the artist’s birth.

Cesar Manrique is a well respected artist resposible for many of the architectural regulations on the island. His works dominate the landscape with wind machines positioned on the roundabouts and paintings depicting the volcanic landscape.

 


Canary Islands Mark the New Year with Bells from Mainland Spain

Good news for the Canarians this year welcoming the New Year. As in the UK the chimes of Big Ben are symbolic to the celebrations of the approaching year ahead. As the canary islands are an hour behind  mainland Spain there has always been a designated church on one of the islands to mark the New Year. This year there will be a special double New Year celebration from the Puerta del So in Madrid. The emblematic Madrid clock will strike at 00.00 and again as a novelty at 01.00, to adapt also to the time zone of the Islands Canary Islands. For the first time since its installation in 1866, the clock of the Puerta del Sol will delay its hands one hour to adapt to the time zone of the Canary Islands.

 

 


Christmas Lights are on in Puerto del Carmen

Puerto del Carmen Christmas lights are on! Over the weekend the borough of Tias which includes the popular tourist resort lit up the streets with Christmas decorations in the central streets of the town of Tias and in the area of ​​the Plaza de El Varadero the (old town harbor) including the main beach strip from La Tiñosa to Matagorda including the central areas.

This year three large Christmas trees that have been located in the Plaza de las Naciones, next to the beach of Los Pocillos in Puerto del Carmen, a nautical-themed tree in the Plaza de El Varadero, and a multicultural themed has pride of place on the Central Avenue.