I came across some beekeepers in Lanzarote a few months ago. It turns out they are the only ones in the South of the island and before Christmas, I paid them a visit.
Elisa is originally from Italy and since 2016 she has become a beekeper in Lanzarote. Alongside her partner Andrea they have followed their passion: the bees. They have fought against bureaucracy and other difficulties, like getting connected to the mains for water, to see their dream come true. The result, a honey and natural cosmetics producing project.
Also, they offered guided tours so I saw this as an opportunity to face a childhood fear of mine: bees. I won’t bore you with the details but I’m glad that my curiosity to find out more about them has eventually surpassed a bad encounter I had as a child.
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Lanzaroma is located on their plot of land off the Lanzarote a Caballo roundabout. From the road, you can spot them if you watch carefully: there is a “cuarto de apero” type of building, a Canarian shed, with “Reina Negra” painted on the back wall. The bees they keep are of the “abeja negra” variety, the black bee indigenous in the Canaries.
The guided tour includes full-on protection and instructions on how to behave around the bees. They – believe it or not – like other animals, can smell fear! Once we were all kitted out we walked slowly a few yards towards the sheltered area where the beehives are kept, away from the wind in a make-shift “zoco”. It felt and looked like we were astronauts!
The bees’ life is nothing short of magic. Once I relaxed and overcame the instinct of swatting my hands if a bee approached my well-protected face, I settled into the explanations of all the stages of a bee’s life, their different jobs and functions throughout their lifespan, how they communicated or how miraculous is their end result: the honey.
I won’t spoil the tour with the actual details of these little super heroes of Nature. All I will say it’s really interesting and worthwhile learning about it. And the buzz, literally, from their little busy wings, it’s a sound that I found both relaxing and energising… something I won’t easily forget!
When we visited before Christmas there have been a drought so there weren’t many flowers around and the production of honey had been brought to a standstill. In fact, during our visit the beekeepers feed sugary water to the bees to keep them going. It was incredible to see how happy the bees were to receive this!
Luckily things have changed and thanks to Filomena, there has been plenty of water, which in turn means plenty of greenery and loads of flowers so the bees can do their thing. Elisa and Andrea are expecting to have honey available in about a couple of weeks [beginning of February 2021]. It’s sold on demand and due to its quality and amounts produced, it goes very quickly!
Also, their honey & bee wax cosmetics products are sold on demand through friends, Instagram and at Finca Marisa in Tinajo.
The guided tour last approximately one and a half hours and it’s organised on demand. The minimum required to organise a visit is two people and the maximum attending is 15 during normal times. Needless to say that Covid-19 regulations take priority at all times.
The guided tour costs €10 for residents, €20 for non-residents. Children up to 12 years old can attend free of charge.
The tour is offered in English, French, Italian and Spanish.
Contact: Andrea Danielli – email: firstname.lastname@example.org.
Instagram: Lanz.aroma https://www.instagram.com/lanz.aroma/
Facebook: Lanzaroma https://www.facebook.com/Lanzaroma-114581056945922
Photos by: Ada Cangemi, Anna Cataldo & Susana Fondón
Find out more about Miguel, the beekeeper in the North on (our) Miguel’s post here: https://lanzaroteinformation.co.uk/miguel-lanzarote-beekeeper/