Playa Blanca will host a book fair on Saturday 27th April in the Plaza del Carmen. A whole day is dedicated to the letters, stands, meetings with writers, creative workshops, book presentations, stage performances and an awards ceremony for a short story contest promoted by the Castillo del Águila Cultural Association and the Yaiza City Council. On the run up to the book fair storytelling workshops will take place on Wednesday 24th in Las Breñas and on Thursday 25th in Femés organized with the narrator Cristina Temprano. The Yaiza City Council will support the writers with the hope that there will be a boost to the publishing industry. Please click here to see the programme of events
In two stores in a neighborhood of Arreife, Altavista to be precise, there is one of the most interesting collections of boats and sailors that exists representing the authentic legacy of the island’s fishing and marine history. It is a formidable work with over twenty-five years of collecting done by Ángel Díaz (better known as Angelito el Fino). He has spent more than half of his life collecting elements linked to the culture and fishing tradition of the port of Naos in Arrecife which believe it or not was at one time, one of the most important fishing ports in the world.
Sadly Angel has now passed away and in his memory his children have set up the Social cultural Association to recover the fishing history of Lanzarote as a legacy and to make sure that this important part of Lanzarote life is not forgotten. This impressive collection has an abundance of authentic relics and treasures linked to the world of seamanship. There are more than a thousand photographs of ships which have passed through the port of Naos. Most of the photographs have corresponding documentation, technical characteristics and lists of crew members dating back to 1865 and the first years of 1900.
The collection is of unquestionable historical value and also includes license plates of sailors as far back as 1872 and navigation charts, files of sailors of the Navy and other hundreds of documents that are still pending to be cataloged. Also there are hundreds of old pieces of boats, navigation instruments, radios, fishing gear, lanterns, wide, and many other curiosities. Ángel’s son said of his father where some people only saw junk, my father saw the history of Lanzarote.
The abundance of Atlantic bluefin tuna (Thunnus thynnus) in Canary waters between March and May is usually accompanied by one of its natural predators….whales!!!!. This time of year its nor unusual to find these whales off the coast of the Canary islands. Yesterday about ten miles from Puerto Rico, in Gran Canaria there were two different groups of dolphins spotted.
One formed by two males and, at least, six more females and some young and another, about two miles from the first, with one male and three females.
Killer whales usually move in family groups and stay together for a lifetime. Sometimes several groups can be joined to form super families. It has been known for the clans to develop their own dialects to communicate
Lanzarote is a Catholic island and to mark the the beginning of the Holy week hundreds of parishioners accompanied the statue of Jesus through the streets of the capital
for the procession of the Señor de la Burrita. At 10.30 am on Palm Sunday the church of San Ginés in Arrecife was crowded by the parishioners as the Holy Mass began with a programme of songs for the celebration directed by Professor Carmen Dolores Rodríguez. This was a very special celebration which centered on the reading of the Lord’s Passion.
When the mass was over image of the Lord of the Burrita made its exit to the Plaza de Las Palmas in front of the church where all those present carried olive branches which were blessed by the parish priest. The procession then made its way through the streets of the city followed by the parishioners who sang the songs of celebration throughout its journey.
National and international links to Lanzarote airport have helped reach a historical record with an increase of visitors to the island in the first 3 months of the year. It is expected that if this continues the year could close with more than 7.5 million passengers which would be an increase of just over 1.79 million passengers. This is the best record ever for this period.
In 2018 there was also a noticeable increase in passengers. More flights and destinations have contributed to this all time high and it is evident that the evolution of the airport has been a success when you compare figures back in 1996.
The capital of Lanzarote is an interesting place to look around if you have exhausted all the other attractions on the island. You could buy an Arrecife Experience ticket which will take you on a train tour and visit to the Castillo de San Jose which is a historic fortress which has been transformed into an International Contemporary art museum. A complementary tapa and drink is included in the price of the ticket. The train passes by the main monuments 24 hours a day and you can hop on and off as you make your way around the city. For more information or to book, please click here
The star of this years Lanzarote Fashion Weekend is none other than the famous Spanish fashion designer Agatha Ruiz de la Prada.
Her designs are well known all over the world for their vibrant colour and originality.
After last years event by the Catalan Spanish designer “Custo”, this year promises to be equally successful and both national and international media will travel to the island to cover the event.
It promises to be much more than just a fashion show. From the 17th to 19th May 2019 the island of Lanzarote converts into the epicentre of fashion and will showcase many of the islands locations such as the Cactus Garden, Castillo de San José and the Jameos del Agua.
Tickets can be bought here
Another bodega on its way but this time not situated in the wine region of La Geria but close by in the mountains close to the village of Femes. This is a sector on the island of Lanzarote that continues to grow. Femes which is in the county of Yaiza is recognised more as a cheese as it has a strong livestock and agricultural tradition but for the first time it intends to launch a winery in the southern core. The prodject has been instigated by local businessman Domingo Cabrera, under the name of Bodegas Tierra Virgen. The expectation is to break into the market with a circulation of a vintage close to 40,000 bottles.
Calcareous seaweed has become well know for its shape that resembles popcorn and in abundance on the Canary island of El Hierro due to an expoliation place on the beach. As published on Monday in Spanish newspapers El País, visitors are taking about ten kilos a month which is causing a deterioration of the landscape and violating the environment. This has led to the launch of a campaign by the local authorities. The beach is nicknamed PopCornBeach which has been used widely on Instagram with posts from June 27 of 2015. Similar beaches in the north of Fuerteventura have also become famous for the calcareous seaweed on the coast in the place of sand.
From a distance the beaches have a normal appearance but close up you can see that this is not the case and it is covered with pieces of popcorn. Actually, the pieces are white coral that has eroded on the shore, where they mix with volcanic rocks and sand.
The calcareous algae comes almost certainly from the bottom of the Bocaina strait which divides Lanzarote and Fuerteventura where there is a forest of rhodoliths that guarantee the fishing reserves off the coast of the municipality of La Oliva.
This species of algae does not have roots and is in the form of relatively compact balls that are brought to shore by waves. Sea urchins and the limpets feed on this algae which makes them very important to for sea life in the Canries
The Grillen Bar & Grill Restaurant is located on the road between Tinajo and La Santa has recently reopened after being renovated.
The restaurant offers a stylish but informal approach to dining and you can enjoy spectacular panoramic views of Lanzarote’s western coast whilst savouring the dishes and sharing plates off the menu. Many of the ingredients come from local fincas and the restaurants own garden and they are prepared in the restaurants open kitchen.
There is live music 3 nights of the week so it’s a fantastic place to relax and unwind and everyone is welcome!
You can book a table through their website or facebook page.