Carnival Continues

The Carnival 2019 celebrations continue in Lanzarote and this week it is the turn of Playa Blanca to join in the fun.
The celebrations pass through the island starting off in Arrecife, then Puerto del Carmen, Costa Teguise, Haria and Playa Blanca.
Lots of avid Carnival lovers follow the celebrations over the island.
The theme in Playa Blanca this year is Cuba and here is the program for this weekend.

 

 


Timanfaya Makes Tests For Driverless Coaches

Professionals of the Motor Vehicle Safety Institute and the Flight Mechanics Group (GMV) have successfully completed the mapping and data collection for the tourist volcanic coach tour in Timanafaya National Park. This is one of the first phases to introduce coaches without drivers which is a revolutionary project for the use of ecological transport.

The equipment to carry out the mapping of the Volcano Route included differential GPS, stereo vision cameras and light detection and ranging instruments which is a optical remote sensing technique that uses lasers to obtain a dense sample of the surface of the earth producing exact measurements in three dimensions. The data will be used to simulate the Route of the Volcanoes at the National Institute of Aerospace Technology (INTA) in Madrid demonstration vehicle and has already successfully passed the first technical tests to guarantee the viability of its use in the project. New tests will analyze the behavior of the simulation of this complex route to address the difficulties that this project has to face.

The completion date of this project is set for May 2020. It is intended that the vehicles will then make the regular 14-kilometer trips without drivers.


Canarian Gastronomic Journalism Forum

Lanzarote will gather journalists and experts from all the islands on Friday and Saturday for a debate to work in the 1st Canarian Gastronomic Journalism Forum. This is a meeting which will be held in the Princesa Yaiza hotel in Playa Blanca has been organized by the Ministry of Economic Promotion and Tourism Promotion of Lanzarote.
Important members of the tourist industry and institutions of the Canary Islands will attend the debate to discuss the management and importance of gastronomic tourism and the policies in Spain.

The Lanzarote council has invited journalists and gastronomy specialists from all of the Canary Islands to attend. They will be joined by the manager of the Gran Canaria Tourist Board.

This event was born after the success of the International Food Writers Meeting 2018 held last November in Teguise where journalists from the islands became aware of the need to incorporate the into their reporting the challenges facing the gastronomy sector and the importance it plays within tourism.

Ideas will also be discussed for the second International Food Writers Meeting which will be held in Teguise in November 2019 as part of the Saborea Lanzarote food and wine festival.

It has been clear that gastronomic experiences enhance visitors holidays making pleasurable and lasting memories and the influence of gastronomic tourism has become one of the most dynamic and fastest growing segments of the national and international tourist industry.


New Radar to Improve Air Traffic Management

Last Monday “ENAIRE” the manager of air navigation in Spain has put into service a new radar in Lanzarote with the latest technology. It will allow a coverage and surveillance service to flights of the northeastern area of ​​the Canary Islands as well as traffic between the Islands and the Peninsula.

This new radar which serves the ENAIRE Air Control Center in the Canary Islands has an investment of more than 2.5 million euros. In addition it provides coverage to the aircraft for take off and landing for both Lanzarote and Fuerteventura airports. In total it will control the airspace within a radius of about 250 nautical miles, the equivalent of an area of ​​about 670,000 square kilometers.

The performance of this Spanish surveillance system known as Mode S is the most mature and implemented system available. The installation contributes to the international positioning of ENAIRE as an air navigation manager in the field of surveillance in line with the European requirements to progressively introduce new technologies that improve air traffic management in Europe.


Renovation to Barranco de Temisas

With a budgetary allocation of almost 175,000 euros through indirect taxes, repairs and restoration work is planned for the Barranco de Temisas in Haria, focusing on 400 linear meters.

The ravine presents a state of deterioration due to the abandonment of the agricultural activity that used to form part of the landscape. As a consequence an irregular courseway can be observed that has led to exesive vegetation and ruined affecting the stability of the ravine.

Action will be taken to prevent flooding of populated areas close to space hopefully before next winter.


St Patricks Day in Lanzarote

Yesterday was St Patrick’s Day and with Puerto del Carmen being the most popular resort for Irish visitors, the celebrations do not disappoint.

The day starts off with the traditional Gaelic game of Hurling on the main beach.
Then there is a parade which starts along the Avenida de las Playas and ends in the Old Town Harbour where there is a huge party with live music through the afternoon until late evening.
Everyone is encouraged to wear Irish themed hats and clothing and there is an abundance of green amongst the vast crowds.
There is a fantastic atmosphere and all nationalities join in the fun!

 


Protest by the Youth of Lanzarote

The youth of Lanzarote will join a global strike that will take place on March 15th to demand that governments act fast against climate change. This is in conjunction with #FridaysForFuture campaign

They are demonstrating for the planet and for a better future and have announced that they will hold a 9 to 14-hour rally in front of the Arrecife Ball Bridge.

These young people are supporting Greta Thunberg, a 16 year old Swedish activist and founder of the movement #FridaysForFuture who started the protest in Parliament in Sweden to raise awareness about climate change


The Last Blacksmith in Lanzarote

Jose Cañada is the last blacksmith on the island learning the trade from his father and its surprising still taking orders from the locals as in most areas this is a dying trade. His orders are from locals ordering their tools for agricultural use. He says that his continued success is due to the fact that farmers will always need a smithy to make the tools that can’t be found in hardware stores and that’s why he has lasted over 50 years in a trade which is made to order.

Hot-set steel saplings and rakes, plows and components such as harnesses for animals which you may think are already in disuse, are in fact still in demanded.

These orders are specifically made in the forge and the workshop has had its doors open for nearly half a century.


Looking For Photos of Cesar Manrique

A campaign has been launched to celebrate the centenary of César Manrique to collect images of the artist in his memory. These will be displayed on the website wich specialises in Lanzarote memorabilian www.memoriadelanzarote.com.

The website serves as a public digital documentation service for island memories and has more than 15,000 records which include images, documents, chronologies and statistics. Through a daily work of digitization, documentary emptying and metadata management, after analysis and treatment of historical documentation, www.memoriadelanzarote.com has been increasing its content on the documentary, historical, cultural and scientific heritage produced in or on the island, with the aim of contributing to its research and public knowledge.

Thanks to the support of organizations and people who collaborate in different ways giving private material so that everyone can access. A proportion of the collections have been transformed into temporary exhibitions that take place in La Casa Amarilla in Calle Real, Arrecife which was the former seat of Arrecife council, now converted into a museum of the memory of Lanzarote and open to visitors


More Improvements to Puerto del Carmen

The continuation of the refurbishment of Puerto del Carmen is evident with a new project which will enhance the areas near Los Pocillos between Calle Noruega and Avenida de Italia at the cost of 1.5 million euros by the council of Tías.

The project which has already been proposed contemplates the elimination of barriers as well as a cycling lane between Los Pocillos and the vicinity of Playa Grande covering 750 meters.

In addition there will be more green areas added to the beach road of Puerto del Carmen without taking away any of the much needed existing parking spaces.

The works are likely to coincide with other improvements to this popular resort already announced. The understanding is that the work should be completed within a five month period.