Vehicle Registrations Drop 61%
As a result of the pandemic lockdown, new car registrations on the island have fallen a scarcely believable 61% compared to last year.
Residents Flock To Tourist Centres
The re-opening of the seven major tourist attractions on the island – Timanfaya, Mirador del Rio, Jameos del Agua, Cueva de los Verdes, Monumento Campesino, Jardin de Cactus and MUAC has attracted 8,000 residents to visit last Friday. Entry, which is always discounted for residents, is free of charge for ten days, to allow Lanzaroteños to re-connect with the island’s main attractions.
Camel Rides To Re-Start On 1st July
The camel rides at Timanfaya start up again on 1st July. The Timanfaya herd is Europe’s largest herd of dromedaries.
Playa Blanca Harbour Construction 70% Completed
Work is well ahead of schedule on the Playa Blanca harbour extension. Originally due to be completed at the end of 2021, it may be completed by mid summer 2021. The main harbour wall is almost complete, although the new road network and the terminal building still needs to commence. The inner harbour, which its currently used by all shipping, will be restricted to fishing and private vessels, the ferries and large private vessels will use the middle harbour, and the outer wall will be used by cruise ships and very large cargo vessels.
Campaign For Beach Safety
The Cabildo has announced a series of informal talks and free workshops, which will be on the beaches across the island, with the aim of educating people about safety on the beaches and what to do in an emergency. So far this year, there has been one drowning in Lanzarote, but a further 16 across the islands.
Rock Fall Closes Malpaso Way
The windy road down into Haria will be intermittently closed for the rest of this week in order to carry out repair work in a section where there has been a rock fall. The soil has become unstable due to the on-going drought. Diversions will be sign posted.
San Juan is the only time of year bonfires are permitted on the island. This week, there was a record of over 1,000 fires across the island, as without public events to attend, many people chose to have their own fire. The only incidents were at Charco del Palo, where a bonfire got out of control, and in Costa Teguise where some furniture was damaged at a basement entrance.
Many Hotels Will Delay Opening
According to a spokesman for the hotel association, Francisco Martinez, only around 10% of hotels on the island will open up during July and August. He estimates that will mean around 8,000 of the 80,000 beds normally available on the island. He suggested that most of the incoming flights over the next few weeks will be for property owners, or guest staying in private villas. He believes the picture will become more clear in the coming two weeks.