Elton John in the Canary Islands

Its not often that a well known artist includes the Canary Islands within their tour

Everything was prepared for the Elton John concert that attracted over 8500 people in the Gran Canaria Arena The musician arrived at the airport in his private jet travelling from his last concert in Austria an hour later to the originally expected.

He went directly to the venue in his limousine where he made his first sound test. Work started to create the scenary over the weekend which included for this concert, two containers with instruments with of course a piano included.

The artist played songs from all his works with great musical impetus including rock, pop, ballads, jazz, gospel and even rythm’n’blues, but always with his infamous background of the piano


Noche Blanca in the Village of Teguise

Next Friday on 28th July, the seventh edition of ‘Noche Blanca’ (White Night) arrives in the streets and squares of the historic town of Teguise.The event expects to surpass the 8,000 visitors who attended the last event

The event that takes place from 5 in the afternoon until 4 in the morning will illuminate the streets of this village with live music. Its not obligatory to wear white but there are a good number of members of the public that do.


Manrique Sculptures for Repair

The sculpture in Montaña Blanca, from one of César Manrique’s Wind Toy collection, has been returned to its original place after being dismantled and completely refurbished.

This sculpture has previously been repaired between the end of 2005 and good part of 2006, after it was damaged by the tropical storm Delta. The work carried out in the last weeks have been of a minor nature in comparison.

Travelling arount the island you may notice that quite a few of the sculptures are missing due to repair work. The sculptures that stood in Tahiche and at the airport have now been retired and are being replaced by replicas and will be hopefully completed by the end of the year, a little later than anticipated as they were scheduled to be in place for this summer

The mobile which stands at the roundabout of Arrieta was retired a few days ago and subjected to maintenance work, with revision of the gears, it is hoped that the replacement of the sculpture will be in place during the first days of the coming month.


Haria Extreme Lanzarote

It is one of the most anticipated events of the year when it comes to mountain racing. The landscape of Haría Extreme Lanzarote is intoxicating, and there is no corridor that will resist the beauty of this volcanic island. The event is still four months away with the event taking place on November 18th and all there are very few places left allready

A total of 1000 runners from 28 different nationalities will participate in the event: Ultra (94 km), Marathon (44 km), Medium (23 km) and Starter (10 km). To date, only forty places are available in the shortest form. The organization has already hung sold out poster for the rest of distances.

Haria Extreme Lanzarote has the best starting line and the best of the national and regional trail. The best national atehletes are expected, who will compete for a place on the podium. At the regional level, this distance will also be scored for the Copa and the Canarias Ultra Trail Championship.


Water Mill in Famara

The Council of Lanzarote have agreed to allocate 100,000 euros for the restoration of an old mill in Caleta de Famara on the west coast,. The mill is of great historical value and was in its day dedicated to the extraction of water. Currently is in need of repair and half buried by the sand on the beach.

The grant is for the execution of restoration and reconstruction of the stone wall, and finishing of wooden windmill that sits on top of the construction. The well will also be rehabilitated along with its d pools

Tthe building that houses the Caleta de Famara Mill consists of a vertical well and a water extraction mill for its distribution to a set of basins,  located around a wall of protection of semicircular plant lined in stone.

The president of the first insular corporation, Pedro San Ginés, stressed that with this initiative promoted by the government group, “not only contributes to the conservation of the valuable historical and cultural heritage treasured by the municipality with capital in La Villa, Which continues its commitment to develop a recovery plan for windmills and mills in Lanzarote, started last June, by allocating another grant of 100,000 euros for the restoration of the Teguise Mill.

 


Salchipapas

If you feel like spoiling yourself with carbs and are looking for a Burger King or McDonalds, why don’t you try something different and do it in a Latin American style. Street food is becomming increasingly popular on the island.

salchipapas is a fast food dish commonly consumed as street food throughout Latin America, originally from the streets of Lima, Peru and also consumed in Colombia, Boliviaand Ecuador. The dish’s name is a portmanteau of the Spanish words “salchicha” (sausage) and “papa” (potato). Salchipapas typically consist of thinly sliced pan-fried beef sausages and French fries, mixed together with a savory coleslaw on the side. The dish is served with different sauces, such as ketchup and mayonnaise.

Goliaths in Playa honda is a cheap restaurant offering this type of food. They sell 4 types of sausage served with a large portuion of chips. Well worth a vistit for cheap stodgy food and a view of the beach


Tradewinds

As Lanzarote is futher south and closer to the equator than mainland Spain, its curious how the island does not suffer from the extreme heat which is experienced in the penisular during the summer months. The tempreture here is more or less steady all year round. One of the reasons is the trade winds which occur during July and August.

The trade winds are the prevailing pattern of easterly surface winds found in the tropics, within the lower portion of the Earth’s atmosphere, in the lower section of the troposphere near the Earth’s equator. The trade winds blow predominantly from the northeast in the Northern Hemisphere and from the southeast in the Southern Hemisphere, strengthening during the winter and when the Arctic oscillation is in its warm phase.

 


Adaptrip Lanzarote

Diego Hernández and his partner Daniel Paniagua have developed a free Lanzarote App. They both left a career in Telecommunications at the Polytechnic of Madrid two years ago and have shared projects that have been succesfull. Following a trip to Scotland which did not turn out so well they came up with this idea. They had not planned anything for the trip and they or where to visit and as a result came up with the idea of ​​this application.
AdapTrip is a mobile application in which the tourist can see the most emblematic points of Lanzarote. The application offers you four different routes according to your interests, be it cultural, gastronomic, commercial or wellness. It also has three advantages: once downloaded, you do not need an Internet connection; Has an audioguide and automatic notification once the route has been created.At the moment, it is available in Spanish and English and only in Playa Blanca. They have been running the application since March and this summer they want to expand it to all over the island. They want is to simplify trips for the tourist so that you do not have to go to information offices or hire guides. The application will advise characteristic sites of the island in detail and serves as a promotional tool to local business such as restaurants, shops and spas. AdapTrip is available in the Android Play Storeand in addition you can visit the website www.adaptrip.es and the social networks.


Windsurf Championships in Costa Teguise

Las Cucharas beach will host, for the fourth consecutive year, the European Windsurf Championship, which will take place on 5, 6, 7 and 8 July. This year there are 32 parcipitants representing 15 nationalities all fighting for the title to be the best in Europe.This year, EFPT Lanzarote has been strategically programmed as the first milestone in the windsurfing competition calendar in the Canary Islands. Its an event geared for everyone andIn addition, as usual, since the organization of the event have designed a program of parallel activities in order to turn Las Cucharas beach into a very fun setting where tourists and residents of all ages meet. There will be skate ramps, slackline, beach volleyball, different water activities, beach parties with projection of the best moments of the test, catering first level and on Thursday will be held, for the first time, the Miss Summer Festival 2017 on the Beach Pub.


What is a Yurt?

We had a great opotunity to stay in a yurt for one night last week. We were invited to try out the experience by one of our owners.  It was only one night but I came back feeling completely relaxed. For those of you that do not know what a Yurt is, its a large round tent double skinned which is used by nomads in central Asia.  The structure comprises an angled assembly or latticework of pieces of wood or bamboo for walls, a door frame. Yurts have been a distinctive feature of life in Central Asia for at least three thousand years.

The Yurt we stayed in was in a self contained complex offering Eco living. The spacious bedrooms were contained in individual Yurts with a open stone built kitchen and shower room separate. If you enjoy outdoor living it is just the perfect place. A get away from it all experience with no TV and wifi available only in the comunal area.

The retreat offers services which include an onsite Honesty Shop and wine racks stocking a selection of locally produced wines. This supplements the delivery service of Local Farm Produce Grocery Boxes. Younger visitors will be amused not only by collecting eggs from the free-range hens and meeting Mollie, our resident donkey, but also by letting off steam in the mini adventure playground with a wooden “pirate” boat and sunken trampoline.