Lanzarote News In Brief – Week 17

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Libraries In San Bartolomé

The municipality has installed 5 “urban libraries” on the town’s streets. People can simply take books they want to read, leave others they have read, and even donate books they would like to share with the world.

10,000 Demonstrate “The Canaries Have a Limit”

Around 10,000 people joined the protest march in Arrecife at the weekend, with a similar, much smaller protest on La Graciosa. The protests were peaceful and many of the placards cited Cesar Manrique, echoing his words at similar protests in the 1990’s. The protestors are asking for a cohesive tourism plan for the islands, which will reduce overall numbers, and at the same time, the creation of a decent infrastructure for the growing population.

President: “Things Have To Change”

President of the Canaries Government Fernando Clavijo, responded to the protests to say: “Things have to change, because we cannot remain the same and we have to review and reset.”

He went on: “I confirm what I said before the demonstration, that this is an opportunity to carry out serious, rigorous, scientific work and listening to the experts to be able to face the modifications that we have to make in the short term, in the medium and long term”.

Lanzarote Wines Win Awards

Lanzarote wines won three gold and one silver medal at the Bacchus 2024 International Wines, Vermouths and Spirits Competition held in Madrid. The golds went to the Esencia Yaiza 2023 wine, from Vega De Yuco , and to the Canari and Malvasía Lías 2018 wines from Bodega El Grifo . The silver was won by Lágrima de Malvasía Volcánica 2023, from Producciones Arráez Bravo.

252 New Vacation Homes This Month

Continuing the growth of the sector, and additional 252 new properties have been registered by their owners as Viviendas Vacacional, since the start of April. 64 of those were in Yaiza, which includes Playa Blanca, bringing the total number of properties registered there to 2314, with 2090 in Tias, and 1622 in Teguise. The total number of homes registered on the island has risen to just under 8,000.

And Cheese!

‘Don Nicolás’, a cheese from Finca de Uga, has been chosen as Best Cheese in Spain in the 14th edition of the Salón de Gourmets Championship.

Man “Critical” After Falling Into Swimming Pool

A 53 year old suffered a cardiac arrest after falling in a swimming pool at a Puerto del Carmen complex. He was pulled from the water by a lifeguard who carried out resuscitation until an ambulance crew arrived. They stabilised him and took him to Arrecife hospital where he remains in critical condition.

New Wine Launched

In collaboration with Salinas de Janubio, the salt pans, Bodegas La Geria has launched a new wine, a dry white, made with Lanzarote’s characteristic Malvasía Volcanica grape. The wine, called Real Puerto Janubio, reflects that Janubio, before the eruptions at Timanfaya, was a busy commercial port. The label shows a map of Lanzarote from 1751.

Extensive Water Cuts. Again.

There were water cuts in four municipalities of the island on Wednesday, with no mains water in many parts of Haria, Tias, Tinajo and Teguise.

Eco tax Rejected By Canarian Parliament

The Canarian Parliament has rejected the suggestion of an eco or tourist tax, which has been put forward by a number of smaller parties, during a plenary meeting this week. One proposal that has been accepted for further discussion is one that will charge tourists to visit protected areas of the island.

Bus Strike Averted

A strike by bus drivers planned for early May, has been called off after an agreement was reached which will allow drivers to take a planned 30 minute break each day, and to have at least one weekend off per month.

Promises On Roads

Public works minister Jacobo Medina said this week that the plans to create a by pass, which will allow drivers to connect directly to the main road south from the Arrecife ring road are going very well. He also mentioned that a new file will be started to look at making the main road to Playa Blanca into a dual carriageway.

We’ll add more news here as it comes in this week…….

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