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!
Its here! One of the biggest fiestas in Lanzarote of the year is Carnival. Starting in Arrecife capital from the 22nd February to the 9th of March and celebrated in villages and resorts all over the island for the weeks leading up to Easter.
This year the theme for Arrecife Carnival will be dedicated to the creative universe of César Manrique to celebrate the first centenary of his birth.
As a further tribute the council have agreed to designate some of the works of César related to the Carnival so that they can be used for advertising posters and general displays around the festivities. There is normally a competition to create the Carnival poster which this year will not take place.
The first phase of the traditional contests will include of adult murgas for the first week and the procession and Burial of the Sardine will take place on March 6th. The Carnival will travel around the island in the begining of March to San Bartolomé, Playa Honda, Tías and Puerto del Carmen leaving for the rest of March for Teguise, La Griosa, Tinajo, Haría and Yaiza.
This week also marks the 26th anniversary of the artist’s loss. He died on September 25, 1992, in Tahíche. The staff of the Centers will make a tribute in the cemetery of Haría.
A 7 kilometre time trial for hand bikers took place in Playa Blanca over the weekend. The challenge was enhanced by weather conditions with exceptional winds and a downpour of rain on Friday afternoon. This is the 10th anniversary for this event which incorporates athletes from 10 different countries favoring Lanzarote for training. The maximum speeds of the course were in the centre of Playa Blanca between the church and Anchor roundabout which finishes with a very risky curve to the road. The trophies at the end of the race were presented by Seine Snippe who is the president of the (EHF) European Handling Federation. A total of 8000 Euros was distributed amongst the winners as prize money during the award ceremony. More information regarding handbike events can be found by clicking here
The Council has opened this week for the registration to participate in the eleventh edition of the Wine Run Lanzarote, to be held on Sunday June 16. Those interested in participating can formalize through the link http://www.lanzarotewinerun.com/en/inscriptions/ their request to participate in any of the three races (23 km long race, short race and 12 km long walk).
As in previous years, the event will have a strong solidarity theme, by allocating part of the money collected by subscription and sale of drinks to the Save La Geria project. The La Geria project promotes the economic, cultural, environmental and touristic sustainability of the landscape of La Geria through the enhancement of vineyard cultivation, the promotion of wine tourism and hiking and the recovery of traditional trails and degraded spaces.
The third edition of the Atlantic Ocean Surfski was held on Saturday on the east coast of the island. Starting in the north in the village of Arrieta 180 participants made their way south to the beach of Las Cucharas in Costa Teguise where they stopped for a short break. The next leg of the competition continued south to the finishing line in Puerto del Carmen at Playa Grande with the closing ceremony being held at the Fariones Sports Centre in the Old Town. Participants were from all over the world covering 16 different countries. Sean Rice was the winner of the men’s category, while in the women’s the winner was Haeley Nixon. whole party where this sport was promoted among the young Canaries. The runners up were as follows
The German Gordon Harbrecht got the second place, while the canarian Esteban Medina achieved third in the mens section. In the women’s category, the second position fell on the Spanish Judit Verges, while the French Angie Le Roux classified third.
Turists flock to the island to enjoy the Carnival season. The canary islands have some of the best carnivals in Europe and there are plenty of oportunities to party. A little later this year but if you are looking to book to experience this magical time, then the dates are as follows.
Puerto del Carmen Carnival 2019 – March 9th. More details to be announced soon.
Costa Teguise Carnival 2019 – March 16th. More details to be announced soon.
Playa Blanca Carnival 2019 – March 30th. More details to be announced soon.
Good news for the Canarians this year welcoming the New Year. As in the UK the chimes of Big Ben are symbolic to the celebrations of the approaching year ahead. As the canary islands are an hour behind mainland Spain there has always been a designated church on one of the islands to mark the New Year. This year there will be a special double New Year celebration from the Puerta del So in Madrid. The emblematic Madrid clock will strike at 00.00 and again as a novelty at 01.00, to adapt also to the time zone of the Islands Canary Islands. For the first time since its installation in 1866, the clock of the Puerta del Sol will delay its hands one hour to adapt to the time zone of the Canary Islands.
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.
In a couple of weeks Lanzarote will be holding its 38th national marathon. A good time of year for this sporting event as the temperature are expected to be around 19 degrees Celsius. The route follows the coast and passes through Costa Teguise, Arrecife, San Bartolome and Puerto del Carmen. If you are feeling energetic and want to participate, you do not have to enter into the full race as there are 3 distances offered so that everyone has the opportunity to enjoy this race. The distances offered are 42k, 21k and 10k.
On th 08/12/18 the 42km will start at 8am from Costa Teguise, the 21km will start at 10.30 from Puerto del Carmen and the 10km will start from Arrecife at 12.00pm
Awards will be given for different categories based on age and gender.
The eighth edition of the Mini Tapas event promoted jointly by the Tías council and local businesses will be held between 10th and 17th of November.
There is a program of activities and a press conference at the town hall to promote the event. A tapa and refreshment will cost just 3.50€ which will include a house wine or beer and non alcoholic drinks along with live music