Lanzarote News In Brief – Week 18

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Lanzarote Has Largest Increase In Vacation Rentals

The number of registered Holiday rental homes in The Canaries has grown by 38.5% in the last 10 months. Lanzarote had the highest growth of all the islands. In June 2023, there were 5,198 here, and by last month, that had grown to 7,891, a rise of 51.8%. The Canarian government is considering placing a moratorium on new applications.

Plan To Eliminate Invasive Species In Timanfaya

The Cabildo has announced a plan to rid Timanfaya of species not endemic to the island in order to preserve it’s status. A team will remove flora that isn’t part of Lanzarote’s natural eco system, in a project that should last until 2026. Species being targeted include Tobacco plants from Morocco, Hollyhok and Cruet, and feral rats in the area will also be trapped.

New Car Sales Pick Up

410 new cars were registered on the island in March, an increase on January and February, although the overall trend is still down, with 1059 registrations so far this year, compared to 1341 in Q1 last year.

Project Finally Agreed For Manrique Designed Square

Plaza de las Palmas in Arrecife, the square in front of the main church will finally be renovated by The Cabildo, at a cost of 700,000 €. The work is now out to tender. The plaza, originally designed by Manrique, has fallen into disrepair over the last few years, with the surface damaged by tree roots.

Canarian Parliament Considers Fees For Visiting Protected Spaces

The Canarian government has approved starting a debate on allowing island to charge a fee to those visiting protected spaces. In the same debate, they rejected the idea of charging tourists an Ecotax.

Body Identified As Laura Gastón

The body of a female, which washed ashore in Arrecife, has been identified as 66 year old Laura Gastón, from Belgium. She went missing in Adeje, Tenerife last month. The initial autopsy suggests her death was violent, and further investigations are being carried out.

Temporary Fast Ferry To Puerto del Rosario

Grupo Armas Trasmediterránea has put on a temporary service between Playa Blanca and Puerto del Rosario in Fuerteventura while their usual ferry service undergoes repairs. The new service, in a high speed ferry, will run from Monday 6th May, taking 55 minutes to reach the capital of Fuerteventura, until the old ferry returns to service. The “Villa de Agaete” fast ferry has capacity for 868 passengers and 220 vehicles and travels at a speed of 34 knots.

Departures from Playa Blanca (Monday to Friday)

6:50 a.m., 12:30 p.m. and 5:00 p.m.

Departures from Puerto del Rosario (Monday to Friday)

8:35 a.m., 2:15 p.m. and 6:30 p.m.

Departures from Playa Blanca (Saturdays and Sundays)

8:00 a.m., 11:20 a.m. and 5:00 p.m.

Departures from Puerto del Rosario (Saturdays and Sundays)

9:45 a.m., 1:05 p.m. and 7:00 p.m.

New Bus & Taxi Station For Costa Teguise

Approval has been granted for a new bus and taxi station in Costa Teguise on a plot close to the new civic centre on the birders of avendias El Jablillo and Mar, next to the roundabout. The 2 million € project will provide several bus platforms, a dedicated taxi area, toilets, a cafeteria and a ticket sales office.

We’ll add more news here as it comes in during the week……

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