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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.


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!

 


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.


Lanzarote Emergency Services to use Drones

40 members of the consortium for security,emergency and fire prevention of Lanzarote island council met on Saturday in Playa Blanca to be trained in the use of drones for sea rescue. The participants received theoretical and practical training and simulations that showed that the drones can arrive before a watercraft in any zone where an emergency is taking place. This will be an advantage adding to a higher success rate in rescue operations.
The drone’s operational capabilities were shown in surveillance tasks and in prevention and action. The theory behind this new development was given which included technical characteristics for its implementation and the autonomy, resistance to wind and corrosive environments, speed and recharging for re use. The legal aspects and requirements to be able to use them were also talked about. Demonstrations were given on the beach for the locals also.


Que Bueno Awards Canarias

The Qué Bueno Awards Canarias Heineken recognize their trajectory and ability to conquer the most demanding palates with bold, original and top-notch gastronomical proposals. The Qué Bueno Awards Canarias are synonymous with culinary excellence and La Cascada Puerto, after being nominated for the third year in a row, has won an award for the Best BBQ category 2018. The Qué Bueno Awards! Canarias not only recognize the trajectory of La Cascada Restaurant achieved through effort and excellence, but also the ability to conquer the most demanding palates.

La Cascada stands out for the use of products from both local agriculture and livestock, fresh and top quality products used from its own butcher shop, ripening chambers and state-of-the-art machinery to treat and elaborate the products with excellence. Facilities that have been cataloged several times with Gold Category by HECANSA (Hotels Escuela de Canarias), attached to the Tourism Department of the Government of the Canary Islands. In addition, it is a pioneer in the organization of all types of events, working hand in hand with the event company D.O. Unique Events (www.doeventos.com) and has been prominent in the news on Spanish television and the Irish press.

Undoubtedly, La Cascada Puerto has positioned itself as one of the best restaurants on the island, becoming a reference point in Puerto del Carmen with an aesthetic, quality and unbeatable customer service.


More Motor Vehicles on the Island

On the last official count which was at the end of 2018, there were more than 129,200 vehicles on the island. Arrecife is the municipality with the highest concentration of vehicles, with a notable difference. Breakdown by municipalities shows that the growth is constant all over the island of just over 45,300 officially registered.

Tías is listed second reference with about 22,800 units, then Teguise with 20,100 units leaving San Bartolomé in intermediate position with 19,100 vehicles. Yaiza, meanwhile, ended last year with a fleet of more than 11,800 cars and Haría at the bottom with an official automobile record of almost 4,500 vehicles.

Overall the numbers are concentrated around cars. In a recount made by the councils data center, it also states that there are more than 30,700 vans, 340 coaches and 7,200 motocycles.


Tuna In Lanzarote

Lanzarote is surrounded by the Atlantic Ocean which is rich in marine life especially Tuna. This salt water fish comprises of 15 different species which vary in size. The largest being the Bluefin which can grow up to 15ft and can live up to 50 years. These fish are especially streamlined making them perfectly adapted to reach a speed. Deep sea fishing is a popular sport on the island and for visitors there is no shortage of excursions to take you out for the day. The rocky bottoms that feature sandy patches, slopes, boulders, wrecks are an oasis for jigging anglers. You can fish vertically during the whole season and catch Atlantic Bonito, grouper, wahoo, barracudas and Moroccan dentex



Camino de los Gracioseros

It looks very inviting but do you think you have the stamina to reach the beautiful beaches at the base of the Mirador del Rio. There are steps that lead you down the 600m drop to the base of the mountain. The deserted beaches and aqua blue waters make it look very worth while. This route used to be a regular causeway for the wives of fishermen who used to take this route to trade fish from the island of Graciosa many,many years ago


Caldera Blanca

The Caldera Blanca is one of the highest peaks created in the volcanic eruptions in 1736 and located in the centre of Lanzarote around the region of Timanfaya National Park. Its a popular walk for hiking with a route starting from the church of Dolores and lasting 10 kilometres along a combination of pathways which are suitable for anyone to use crossing the volcanic lava fields with spectacular views of the crater. Its another way to explore this volcanic region for which Lanzarote is well known for and take advantage of seeing a volcano up close.