Immigrant Boat Arrives With Hashish

An immigrant boat arrived into Punt Mujeres over the weekend. As well as the 12 people it was carrying, it also had half a tonne of hashish aboard. The people were taken into custody, and Guardia Civil later arrested six people – two from the boat and four who were awaiting it’s arrival on shore.

Ports To Re-Open To cruise Ships

Cruise ships will be able to dock at Canarian ports after 5th November. Only European cruise companies will be allowed into the ports, and they have a strict set of protocols to follow, including a requirement to take out an insurance policy to cover any costs associated with a quarantine period.

Live Music Back In Playa Honda

San Bartolomé Ayuntamiento has agreed to allow live music to take place once again on the Avenida Maritima as another step towards “normalising” life in Playa Honda. There are currently no plans to allow cycling on the promenade in the near future. Riding bikes was banned during the post lockdown period.

Princesa Yaiza Closes

The emblematic Hotel Princesa Yaiza in Playa Blanca has closed again, putting 400 staff back onto the ERTE support scheme. CEO Javier Suárez was scathing in his criticism of the authorities for the delay in arranging for PCR tests in countries of origin to allow for air corridors to be created. He said the hotel had run at a huge loss through the summer, and could not continue to do so in a winter season he has described as “lost.”

New Ferry Arrives

Alexandro R, Lineas Romero’s newest and largest ferry has arrived at their home port of La Graciosa, and will begin service. The 30 metre ferry, built in Asturias, can carry up to 400 passengers and boasts two cafés and a souvenir shop. It will work the Orzola to La Graciosa route. (Pictured above.)

58% Fall In Tourist Numbers In September

Numbers if tourists visiting the island fell by 58% in September, compared to August. Just under 16,000 international travellers arrived on the island, less than half the previous month, and a 92% drop compared to the same month in 2019. The main market remained British visitors, despite the 14 day quarantine imposed by their government. A total of just over 7,000 Brits came to the island in September.

Drive Through Covid Testing Station Opens

The drive through Covid testing station at the fairground in Arrecife has opened and has four “stations.” PCR tests are carried out in people’s cars, and up to 300 tests per day can be conducted.

New Ryanair Barcelona Route

Ryanair has announced a new service between Lanzarote and Barcelona, that will operate four flights a week between the island and the capital of Catalunya.

Rain Expected

AEMET is predicting that the first rain of the year may arrive in Lanzarote on Tuesday or Wednesday. The tail of Tropical Storm Barbara is expected to cause heavy rain in the western islands, with lighter rain expected in Lanzarote, accompanied by strong winds.

Irish Lockdown More Bad News For Lanzarote

News that Ireland is locking down for six weeks has come as a blow to Lanzarote hotel and business owners. Irish visitors make up Lanzarote’s second largest market and last year we welcomed more than 300,000 visitors from there.

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