One of the benefits of holidaying in Lanzarote is that the island is Duty Free! As well as the sun, good food and places to visit there are some great bargains to be had. Normally when we think of Duty Free the main products that spring to mind are cigarettes, alcohol and fragrances. Plenty of shops have opened over the past few years offering well known brands without the added tax.
Sams Parfums is a Spanish chain which has been in business since 1969 and offers perfumes, cosmetics, treatments, accessories, sunglasses and handbags. Yes you can go to the local markets and find some good copies of the well know brands but by shopping at Sams you know that the products are 100%original and at some of the best prices on the market which are being continualy updated. There is a good chance that if you see something you like the assistant will offer you a further discount. This store has a good presence in Lanzarote with shops in Puerto del Carmen, Playa Blanca, Costa Teguise and Arrecife. For more details or to shop on line, please see the company website
The Art, Culture and Tourism Centers in Lanzarote passed record breaking figures in January with over 232,014 visitors. These are the best figures ever recorded for the month of January. In monetary terms, this equates to 2.29 million euros increasing by 8% to January 2017.
Some of the favorites were Timanfaya Fire Mountain and Jameos del Agua. All the good news was slightly shadowed by the risk that the culture centre workers may resume the strike that they staged last summer, which forced the establishments to close for days, with the consequent impact on the final balance of 2017 in terms of entries and income.
The Council has opened its registration to participate in the tenth edition of the Wine Race, to be held on June 17. Those interested can apply through the following link
It is valid for the three modalities (long race of 23 kilometers, short race and trekking, of 12 kilometers).
The event will preview on the afternoon of Saturday, June 16, in the Plaza de Uga, with the celebration of the Traditional Cooking Festival, which will also be extended until the next day, coinciding with the athletic part of the Wine Race.
According to the the Port Authority of Las Palmas nine cruise ships will pass through Arrecife between Tuesday and Sunday bringing between 10,000 to 15,000 tourists to the island. On Tuesday afternoon the cruise ship Mein Schiff 2 with a capacity of 1,200 passengers will arrive followed by the Marella Dream and Mein Schiff 4, with capacity between them of 4,000 travelers.
The next are on Thursday Aida Sol, Aida Prima and then Horizon arriving on Friday. The Ocean Majesty arrives Saturday and Sunday Saga Saphire and the famous Oriana.
All in all a very busy week for cruises
New Lanzarote guides on fauna and flora of Arrecife last Tuesday, with the support from the local council.The guides give information about all the different types of plants, birds and fish that can be found around the capital of the island Arrecife. They have been presented by a biologist Rubén Ramírez and the ornithologist Gustavo Tejera and distrubuted in both Spanish and English.
The tourist office in Playa Blanca received over 6000 visitors in January. Located in Calle Jaime Quesada the tourist office proved very popular amongst the British, French, Spanish and Germans. British visitors were the most frequent. As a result the Integrated System of Tourist Quality in Destinations (SICTED), the Ministry of Tourism of Spain recognized the Municipal Office of Tourism of Playa Blanca its efforts for the continuous improvement of the quality of the service by granting the certificate ‘Commitment of Tourist Quality
Lanzarote has no shortage of culture and artistic interpretation so its no surprise that 4 artists will represent the island at the Hyprid Art Fair which will be holding a festival on 23,24 and 25th February in Madrid. The support of trhe Lanzarote council has made it possible for the 4 artists, Elena Zabalza, Emma López-Leytón, Iván Vilella and Víctor GM, to attend with the aim to promote Lanzarote artists abroad.
Puerto del Carmen has become a popular destination for couples. There are hundreds of couples that have left their mark here sealing their everlasting love by leaving padlocks along the seafront. Its obvious that this is the result of a great romatintic holiday. The quality of the beaches and countless selection of restuarants make it idyllic and a perfect setting for a a proposal or celebration. If you are looking for a villa in Puerto del Carmen to spend some personal time with your partner we have agreat selection. For more details click here
The Bookswap is situated in Puerto del Carmen at the end of the main strip (old town end). This little shop has a fantastic range of second hand books at very cheap prices. There is also a small collection of new books. They also offer cards for all ocasions, stationary items and party decorations. The shop is a little UK hub for ex pats with general information of whats going on in Lanzarote. Worth a visit to pick up some reading material during your holiday and if you have some books to swap even better. There are also shops in Playa Blanca and Costa Teguise. Click here to see facebook page
In the north of the island there is a small oasis of Lanzarote culture concentrating on the natural beauty of the island. This small theme park is situated between the protected parks of La Corona and archpelago Chinijo just 1 kilometer away from Orzola. The park offers walking tours and demostrations and there is also a restaurant for a lunch break if you are touring the island. For the kids there are donkey rides a play area. You can also organise a childrens party. For more information click here