Lanzarote News In Brief – Week 22

First new Buses For Timanfaya Arrive

The first three of six new buses for the Timanfaya volcano route have arrived on the island. The Mercedes Hybrid buses will go into service soon, and two of them are adapted for visitors with mobility issues.

Ironman 2023

Ironman 2023, the 31st running of the event, took place last Saturday. Canarian President Angel Victor Torres sounded the starting hooter, as just over 1,000 athletes entered the water at 7am for the 3.8 KM swim, which was followed by a 180 KM bike ride and a 42 KM marathon. The male winner was France’s Arthur Horseau, who broke the course record in 8 hours, 22 minutes and 21 seconds. The female race was won by Lydia Dana, from the UK, in just under 10 hours. Dant also won last year’s race.

Sands Beach Resort Being Auctioned

Sands Beach Resort, the 368 apartment complex in Costa Teguise, is under auction currently, with an appraisal price of €17 million. The complex has been in a state of bankruptcy since 2017, with debts of around €12.7 million in tax arrears. Bidding closed last month, and several offers are being considered by the bankruptcy administration. Details here

The current management are said to be in negotiations to sell of 132 of the apartments, the central building, the gardens, the Olympic pool, gym and a saltwater lagoon. They claim that there are several investors interested in its acquisition

Laser Pointer Endangers Aircraft

A Binter flight had a Laser pointer targeted at the cockpit from Playa Blanca last Friday, while making an approach to Lanzarote. Guardia Civil are investigating, but it’s almost impossible to locate the perpetrator. Fines of between €30,000 and €600,000 can be applied for endangering life in this way.

Primark To Open 22nd June

Lanzarote’s first Primark store will open in The Open Mall shopping centre in Arrecife at the end of June. Training of 100 newly recruited staff is currently taking place. The new store will have 3,100 square meters of commercial space, where customers can buy the latest trends in fashion, everyday essentials, beauty, leisure, and household items.

LZ2 Work Starting Next Month

Work on the underpass in Playa Honda, which runs under the LZ2 dual carriageway, will start next month. The €3.8 Million project will see the creation of a pedestrian lane of 3.50 metres, with a cycle lane, a section of planting, and bus stops.

50% Of Spain’s Endangered Species Are In Canaries

Around half of the endangered species in Spain are in The Canary Islands. Half of those are plants, with the bulk of the rest being ocean dwelling fish such as the manta ray.

Noche Blanca Teguise Aiming For 30th June

In order to avoid overlap with other fiestas, the committee that organises Nochel Blanca, or White Night, in Teguise is looking to move this year’s event from July to 30th June. It hasn’t finally been confirmed, but the new date looks very likely. The acts appearing will be announced soon.

New Statue Of The Barber Of Haría

A statue has been commissioned of Ladislao Rodríguez Bonilla, better known for decades as the barber of Haría. Ladislao, who is 81 years old, finally retired and closed his shop in the village this year. The statue, commissioned by The Cabildo, will be created by local artist Rodríguez Bonilla.

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

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