Tourism Numbers Fall For First Time in 2 Years

After more than two years Lanzarote has benefited from a constant growth in tourism but the traditionaly quieter moths of April, May and June this year have seen a stagnation in terms of the presence of visitors, according to a study by the Instituto Canario de Estadística (Istac).

It is expected that there will be a slight increase in the presence of British tourists, who are the main engine of the island economy. There will be less travelers from France, Ireland, Italy, Switzerland, Holland or Portugal.


Celebration Andalucia

The Andulusian culture is very recognisable and is probably what Spain is best known for. The music and dance from this region is what we associates us to this country, although there are different styles of music and dance in the different regions. Canarian culture could not be any further from this. However, the Andalusian art was very present this weekend in the Plaza del Carmen, Playa Blanca. Locals and tourists enjoyed two days of flamenco music and gastronomy at the April Fair Yaiza council.
On Saturday night, the Flamenco Fusión group gave a fantastic performance guided by the voice of Eva Aroca with Antonio de la Rosa on the guitar.

Playa Blanca is will also host a live integration of cultures on 19 and 20 May with the program that commemorates the Day of the Galician culture, and of course, a celebration of the Canary Islands Day, which will be on 29th and 30th of May.


Playa Blanca Beach Quality Certificate

The Spanish Ministry of Tourism has awarded Playa Blanca beaches the Tourism Quality Commitment seal of Tourist Quality in Destinations (SICTED), recognising the excellence in cleaning, security, signaling, accessibility and maintenance.Playa Blanca does already hold a certificate from the Ministry for its efforts in its continuous improvement for quality of the service.

The City of Yaiza has allocated 208,000 euros to this beach, to ensure long-term rescue services, surveillance and assistance and has benefited from the fact that the beach still waves the distinction of Blue Flag ”

The beach of Playa Blanca maintains surveillance and lifeguard service, access gateway for people with reduced mobility and a shady area for them, showers and stainless steel footbaths with ecological water saving systems and bathrooms located at few meters from the coast.


Costa Teguise Beaches May Finally Get Sunbeds

Teguise council is investing over 300,000 euros a year by contracting a company to provide sunbeds, umbrellas and other furniture on the beaches of Costa Teguise. Nine offers were assessed by oficials and selection has been made and contacted which will contact an annual payment of 350,100 euros. However, there has been a second proposal which offers 295,500 euros per year which looks more likely to be signed.

The specific date of installation of the beach furniture will depend on when the contract is finaly signed beleived to be between May and June. Its been nearly a year since the last contract expired and the beaches in this resort have been without sunbeds. Its not unusual in Lanzarote for this to happen as a simular dispute left the beaches in Puerto del Carmen without sunbeds for a while.


A Dogs Purpose

The Kennel Klub is a well respected organisation on Lanzarote looking after the welfare or our best friend…..dogs. On the 27th April they are holding an event in the rooftop cinema at Biosfera. They will be showing the movie A Dogs Purpose and a percentage of the money taken will be donated to the Kennel Klub so that they can continue to help the abandoned dogs on the island.
The film can be watched in English or Spanish and will start at sunset (between 8pm and 830pm but please call for exact times).
IT’S VERY IMPORTANT THAT YOU MAKE A RESERVATION:
email info@rooftopbiosfera.com or call 928 51 16 90


Green Caves Recital

The Green Caves hosted a singing and Piano Recital organized by the collective Canary Youth Press. A musical event that included the prestigious tenor from Gran Canaria, Manuel Gómez and also the Canarian and outstanding piano teacher, Ignacio Clemente.

The varied program included works by Henry Purcel, Joseph Haydn, Robert Schumann and Franz Shubert among others, ending the recital with Federico García Lorca. Manuel Gómez and Ignacio Clemente have both trained in Berlin and Amsterdam respectively. Both are well known in opera and recitals.


Palm Syrup

Did you know that there is a sweet syrup that is produced from different types of palm trees? The Canary Islands and the coastal areas of South America are ideal locations for its production. The syrup is is mostly produced on the island of La Gomera in an area called Vallermoso. The method used for collecting the sap and creating the syrup is very simular to the methods used for making Maple Syrup. Harvested overnight the farmer climbs a ladder and uses a knife to remove the surface crust and open the pores on the trees and leaves a bucket to return next morning to  collect. Each tree can supply up to 10 litres or more. When the trees have been havested regularly between January to June, they need  5 years before they can be harvested again.

 


Pink Floyd Under The Stars

Born in Bari (Italy) in 2006, The Floydians Tribute Band is in constant growing, trying to repropose the unique, magic Pink Floyd sound as close as the original. The band has played in the best stages of Apulia and other Regions of Southern Italy, satisfying an audience getting bigger and bigger. Every gig isn’t only music, but also visual effects, an “all-arond show” for ears, eyes and mind. Durga McBroom-Hudson, backing vocals of Pink Floyd since “A momentary lapse of reason tour” of 1989, joined the band three times as a guest star in 2014, 2015 and 2016.A tribute band to Pink Floyd will be playing tonight in The Marina Rubicon restaurant Little Italy.

The menu and concert are pre bookable at a cost of 55€. The band is performing 13th &14th April

You can book via the Facebook page


New Flights For Canary Islands

An estimated 180,000 could possibly arrive on the Canary Islands. The Tourist Board has been in contact with the airlines to ask them to submit their offers for some new routes to the islands. These include Vienna, Lyons,Naples and Lisbon from Lanzarote. Gran Canaria will be looking at arrivals and depatures to New York and Moscow. This is not only great news for tourism but also for residents who can travel to these destinations direct rather than having to board a flight to Madrid first

 

 


Marina Rubicon Scandal

A case that started over 12 years ago and a ruling that issued a year ago has come to a head. Marina Rubicon in Playa Blanca is under scrutiny with claims that the ports license is illegal claiming that the owners Juan Francisco Rosa, Rafael Lasso and Francisco Armas bribed the former mayor, José Francisco Reyes, to grant them the permit.

The sentence was handed down in April 2017 and was not appealed by any of the accused, since the nine people who were convicted had confessed the facts and reached an agreement in accordance with the Prosecutor’s Office. Therefore, the ruling became firm and the execution phase has already begun, both to comply with the prison sentences and to make official the cancellation of all licenses granted by Reyes in exchange for bribes.