Tag Archives: About Lanzarote


Fliston’s Bike Hire

Flintston’s Bike Hire is located in Matagorda in Puerto del Carmen. It was established in 2006 and is a family run business offering a wide range of bikes for hire. They also can offer organised cycling routes, Routes on Segway and also electric E scooters.

Their goal is to offer an unforgettable experience to everyone and take pride in the quality of their products and at the same time support a friendly environment.

All accessories are included (such as helmets, repair kits, pumps and locks) and they also offer an SOS contact number from Monday to Saturday from 9am -18.00.

Don’t worry if you are staying in another area of the island because they also offer a pick up taxi service.
You can contact them on the following email  Flistonbike@yahoo.it or tel number (0034) 928 512 046 / 928 077 408

 


Record Visits to Lanzarote Tourist Centres

Lanzarote tourist centres closed the year of 2018 with a record of 29.6 million euros generated by 3 million visitors. This is an improvement of 9.7% over the previous year 2017. A spokesman for Lanzarote Council said “These figures are, in short, the result of putting the effort, responsibility and professionalism of all workers at the service of an entity that is the heritage and pride of all Lanzarote. Without them, it would be impossible to achieve the objectives set”


La Degollada Lanzarote

Scarcely mentioned in any of the tourist information the village of La Degollada is a small hamlet situated close to the well known village of Yaiza. Its a beautiful viewpoint overlooking a valley and the Timanfaya National Park. The earliest mention of the settlement was recorded in 1772 by a military engineer Jose Ruiz Cermeno where it was said to have 86 inhabitants.


Lanzarote Population Growing

Since 1998 the Canarian population has grown by 30.5% which is an increase from 497,670 people  to over 2.1 million people according to the Statistics of the Historical Evolution of the Istac Population.
Fuerteventura is the island where the population has grown the most as it has more than doubled, from 49,020 inhabitants in 1998 to 113,275 last year, a situation similar to that of Lanzarote, which had 84,849 inhabitants in 1998 and now has 149,183.

Tenerife is the most populated island of the archipelago, with 904,713 people compared to the 677,485 that it had twenty years ago, while Gran Canaria closed last year with 846,717 inhabitants for the 715,994 that it had twenty years ago.

In the ‘green islands’ the demographic growths are more attenuated because La Palma has 81,863 inhabitants compared to 78,198 in 1998, and La Gomera with 21,136 over the 16,790 two decades ago.

In addition, these two islands are the only islands of the archipelago that have lost population in the last decade.

The other ‘green island’, that of El Hierro, has gone from 7,679 inhabitants in 1998 to 10,798 last year, while in the last decade it has maintained its demographic indicators


Guacimeta Airport To Change Its Name

On 21st December Council Ministers decided to rename the airport to César Manrique airport. Although the new name has still not come into effect it is expected to be agreed and changed soon and could take place during the spring, considering that it will be in the month of April which will be the centenary of the artist’s birth.

Cesar Manrique is a well respected artist resposible for many of the architectural regulations on the island. His works dominate the landscape with wind machines positioned on the roundabouts and paintings depicting the volcanic landscape.

 


Casa Mayor Guerra Museum

Situated on an incline in San Bartolome is one of the most important houses in Lanzarote which dates back to the 18th century. It was originaly owned by an influential militar but today stands as a museum portraying the history of San Bartolome.

With a budget of almost 50,000 euros, San Bartolomé is making improvements to this historical landmark concentrating on the exterior and it is planned to create a sports ring, in the space where palm trees were planted, which have now mostly dried up.

The project signed by Daniel González, to be executed throughout 2019, includes three new recreational areas, as well as the planting of trees to offer shade and shelter from the wind.


Lanzarote Big Band

For anyone on holiday in Lanzarote at the moment this is a fantastic evening event not to be missed.

The Lanzarote Big Band are on at the Gran Hotel Pool Bar in Arrecife tonight at 22.00. The 15 piece orchestra are complemented by the wonderful voice of Colin Farrell and they put on a great show of swing, big band songs and also some new modern numbers.

Thoroughly recommended. Tickets can be bought at the entrance for 8 euros.
For those not lucky enough to be on the island this week, the Lanzarote Big Band can be seen at this venue on the last Saturday of every month.

 


The Cactus Garden

The Lanzarote Cactus Garden (Jardin de Cactus) is an award winning haven of beauty and tranquility.
It was the last work of César Manrique that he created in Lanzarote and the famous artist could see the potential of the old quarry in Guatiza being surrounded by such a large cactus plantation.
Today the Cactus Garden has around 450 different species and a variety of 13 different families of Cacti.
The garden, with so many amazing green plants, gives a beautiful contrast against the Lanzarote blue sky and this is a must see attraction for visitors to Lanzarote.
The photo is courtesy of CACT.


A Spanish Nativity Scene

Nativity Scenes are a very popular Spanish tradition that date way back to 1223.

In Spanish it is called a “Belen” which actually means Bethlehem in Spanish.

They will consist of life like little models of Bethlehem, the scene of birth of Jesus and other typical stories from the bible such as the Three Kings being guided by a star and the Angel visiting the Shepherds.

If you are on holiday in Lanzarote you will find one is most of the islands villages but they can vary considerably in size and details. One of the best “Belens” on the island is in the village of Yaiza. If you do get to see one, don’t forget to look out for little man with his trousers down who is often hidden. This is another funny tradition and is always present in a Spanish Nativity Scene.

 


Skyride virtual island tour

A quick way to see the island without actually moving from the same spot is hopping on the virtual flight island tour which has been cleverly designed by drone captured  aerial cinema footage combining  the very latest in computer controlled simulation to bring a unique virtual tour around the island of Lanzarote. On this tour you can fly over the volcanoes, glide round the cliff tops and splash down under the sea.

Known as Skyride this tour  features a  large screen HD quality
motion picture, synchronised with a in-cinema  multi-movement simulation system, offering a host of real world effects.

For more information click here