Most of us are aware these days of the benefits and disadvantages of sunbathing. We all know that the sun has the vital vitamin D to help us remain healthy but along with this there are added dangers. Lanzarote is taking responsability in making people aware of the dangers of sunbathing by making people aware of what you should and should not be doing. The local health care centre in the village of Tahiche have made a video in Costa Teguise which has been released this week to help people make informed decisions. The video gives advice on hydration, applying sunscreen, clothing and when to avoid maximum exposure
The summer in Lanzarote means fiesta. We are aproaching the second fortnight of July which means that the Fiestas of Carmen are about to start. This fiesta is celebrated in all of the villages but the most prominant will be in Arrecife capital followed by Puerto del Carmen. The main focus will be a procession where an image of the virgin of Carmen is carried along the coast accompanied by fishing boats. Olenty to do for the locals and tourists alike with activities and competitions including a fun fair and live music which plays until the early hours of the morning.
Its quite easy and cheap to keep fit in Lanzarote. You dont need to find a gym to burn off those extra calories. If you want to incorporate a bit of exercise in to your day you can always hire a bike from the many shops that are dotted around the resorts. You can spend a day sight seeing whilst stoping off at a local bar for a smoothy or fresh fish lunch. If you have a fitness regime that you dont want to miss then you have plenty of good places to run or walk. There are plenty of people in the morning and evenings running along the seafronts of all the resorts and if you want to step it up then you can run across country or on the beach whilst breathing in that fresh sea air!. A great tip for some exercise is to locate your nearest exercise machines. These are free and every zone has them. They are not hi tech machines but help you work against your own body weight. There are also some step machines and cross trainers. The local councils have installed these in certain areas to help the public do some exercise, so there’s no excuse
Situated in the old town of Puerto del Carmen, close to the harbor you will find Kristians Restaurant which is dedicated to fine dining. Open from 6pm in the evening this classic designed restaurant offers quality dishes from fresh ingredients sourced locally. This restaurant has been open over 15 years and is constantly working on their menus to provide the best possible experience.
For information or to a table please see their website
The UK has been experiencing some of the best summer weather since 5 years ago. Many asking the question will it be as bad as 1976 with temperatures reaching 38.5C. Instead of escaping the snow and cold weather, this maybe an oportunutity to escape the heatwave and travel abroad. The temperatures in the Canaries tend to be a lot more comfortable so the oportunity to enjoy good weather without the torture that comes along with it in the UK is a good reason to travel.
So whats better about enjoying the sunshine in Lanzarote?
1. There is less humidity on the island so you will find the heat much more comfortable
2. We tend to have a good breeze helping you keep cool when you are walking around
3. Because of the lack of vegitation, the pollen count is a lot lower for hayfever sufferers.
4. Our general water supply is desalinated so it never runs out. You just need bottled water to drink.
5. There is less pollution in the air
Remenber that the UV is much higher here so it is important use a good sun tan lotion to protect yourself
Feeling energetic? Cycling enthusiasts will be aware of the new fatbikes that have become the latest craze. You can choose which ProAction Fat Bike Tour which suites you best
MTB Timanfaya – Technical: Medium Fitness: Medium to High 67km
MTB Volcanic Bomb – Technical: Low Fitness: Medium 45km
MTB Santa Barbara – Technical: Low Fitness:Medium 45km
MTB Rollercoaster (Costa Teguise) – Technical: Intermediate Fitness: Medium 30km
Wine Valley MTB Tour – Technical: Intermediate Fitness: Medium 37km
Complimentary coffee and cake is included with all tours.
For a full breakdown of the tours click here
You dont have to be in the UK to feel the buzz of the approaching World Cup Semi Final 2018. We’ve made it this far and even people that have never taken an interest in the game before are searching for venues to watch Wednesdays game against Croatia. Needless to say we have no shortage of sports bars on the island and I’m sure there are plenty of other bars and restaurants will making an invest in a TV in a bid to get us Brits through their doors. A Lanzarote resident Ska band has even released an unofficial anthem for the occasion. The Skatoons are a well known 8 piece Ska band formed in 2004 who are based here and have a huge following on the island. Guaranteed foot tapping if you ever see them performing at an event on the island. You can take preview of the song below
Lanzarote is no stranger to film makers. Many movies have been shot on the island including music videos due to the unique landscape. This time Tenerife and Fuertenventura will be a location for the new Wonder Women movie which will be released at the end of 2019. Fuerteventura will also be featured in the new Star Wars movie which will be released in 2019. Last year Matt Damon was in Teberife filming “Bourne”
One of the first films in Lanzarote was One Million Years BC which was filmed in 1966 and starred Raquel Welch and John Richardson
The Arts, Culture and Tourism Centers have executed in the last months a recovery project for the well know castle of San Jose in Arrecife. The historical building has suffered some deterioration over the years due to it being situated close to the sea. The exposure to the wind of north face and just general ageing has meant that the castle is now in some need of repair. The restoration will include removal and replacement of the cement and plaster, repairs to broken stone and cleaning. 1475 square meters of the castle walls have been restored using 31,800 kilos of mortar. A new air conditioning system has been installed which is more ecological in the restaurant which has a lesser impact to the original system. Its quite a job but necessary to preserve the local history of this tourist attraction. It is expected that the budget will increase this year to 1.2 million Euros. The restaurant is one of the more unique places to eat on Lanzarote. The decor is Cesar Manrique and the views over the sea from the panoramic windows make it an especially nice experience.
The European Space Agency (ESA) moved to Timanfaya a few years ago, for a week, three astronauts, Pedro Duque, current Minister of Science, Innovation and University, Luca Parmitano and Matthias Maurer, and a dozen scientists in a training program destined to prepare future missions to Mars in those places on Earth that most resemble the red planet. Pedro Duque was so impressed by his visit to the island as he was convinced that the volcanic tubes of Mars will be a good refuge for future astronauts, who will be able to find in them protection from the ultraviolet radiation of the sun and the cosmic radiation.
The objective of that course was to take advantage of the characteristics of Timanfaya National Park, very similar to those of Mars, and to prepare future explorers to understand its geology, to know where to look for traces of water and possible signs of current or past life and, everything, to be handled autonomously. “There are a few areas on Earth where the activity of the volcanoes is as visible and as extensive as in Lanzarote. And, above all, where it has not been destroyed by the other forces of nature. Lanzarote is as if the volcano had erupted yesterday. And so it is more or less as are the volcanic zones of the Moon and Mars, because there is neither wind nor rain, nor tectonic plates going up and down, “explained Duque.