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Nautical Collection Discovered

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.


Easter Celebrations Start in Lanzarote

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.


Lanzarote Fashion Weekend 2019

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


Grillen Restaurant in Tinajo

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.
http://www.grillen.es/

 


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.

 

 


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.