Lanzarote News In Brief – Week 2

Hotel San Antonio Celebrates 50th Birthday

The Hotel San Antonio celebrates its 50th birthday this week. The 4 star hotel opened on 5th January 1973 and that time it, along with The Fariones, were the only two hotels in Puerto del Carmen. It was opened with an investment by a British company, of 500 Million Pesetas, with 360 rooms. As part of the deal, 35 homes for hotel workers were built in Tias, and a bus service used to bring them down to the hotel, as there were no properties in Puerto del Carmen for them, and there were no water or electricity services. The avenida wasn’t even paved.

Unemployment Falls To Lowest Level Since 2008

The number of unemployed people in The Canaries fell in 2022 to its lowest level in 14 years. Jobs in the service sector grew the most, by 11%, and the number of self employed on the islands increased by 3%.

Population Hits 164,000

Lanzarote’s population reached a historic high of 164,000 at the end of 2022, a rise of 2,700 over the previous year. In terms of municipalities, Arrecife has the largest share, with 65,900, or 40% of the total, and Haria the lowest, with just 5,800 spread across one of the largest areas. Teguise has 24,000, San Bartolomé 22,000, Tias 21,700, Yaiza 18,700 and Tinajo 6,800.

1st Baby Born At 12:29

Lanzarote’s first baby of 2023, boy named Liam, was born at Arrecife Hospital just 29 minutes into the new year.

4000 Celebrate New Year In San Bartolomé

San Bartolomé was chosen to ring in the new year for the whole of The Canaries this year, and there was a huge party in the plaza, with live TV playing the 12 chimes across the islands from there. The ceremony began and 10:30 and there were several live music performances in the lead up to midnight.

New Road By Passing Playa Honda Out To Tender

The new road, which will be called LZ5, and will by pass Playa Honda is out to tender, and construction should be completed in 2024. The 7KM stretch of dual carriageway will link the LZ3 at Argana Alta, behind the industrial area of Playa Honda, finally reaching a roundabout on the LZ2, where traffic will be able to choose to continue onto the Playa Blanca road, or turn towards Puerto del Carmen.

120 Cruise Ships Expected In Next 4 Months

120 cruise ship are expected to dock in Arrecife between now and April, bringing up rot 150,000 visitors to the island.

LagOmar For Sale

The iconic property at LagOmar, once owned by the actor Omar Sharif has been put up for sale by the current owners. It’s being sold as a going concern with substantial income from entry, the restaurant and holiday let properties there. The price is €7.5 Million.

Seabourn Sojourn Stopping In Lanzarote On Round World Cruise

The luxurious Seabourn Sojourn departs Miami this week on an epic 140 day round the world cruise, which will finally end in Barcelona. Lanzarote is one of the stops on the itinerary. The cheapest cabin on the trip was €68,000.

Tragic Death On new Year’s Day

A French man in his 60’s was tragically killed in the early hours of Sunday morning when he was run over by a car on the roundabout on the entry to Marina Rubicon. Firefighters fought to free him from under the car, but he was pronounced dead by paramedics at the scene.

Entry Requirements For Travellers From China

Spain introduced new Covid measures for passengers arriving from China this week. Visitors will need to either have a complete vaccination schedule or a negative Covid test. This is in response to the dramatically increasing wave of virus spread in China.

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