Unemployment Down Again
Unemployment in Lanzarote fell for the third consecutive month in June. Arrecife had the biggest drop in numbers of unemployed, with Tinajo showing the largest increase.
Lanzarote Population Increases
The population has increased to 151,000, according to official figures. This represents a doubling in the last 23 years. The municipality of Yaiza, which includes Playa Blanca has grown the most – in 1996, it had the smallest population at just 3363 people. Today, it has 16,289 people, an increase of 347%.
Binter Wins Five Star Award For Punctuality
Binter Canarias, which flies inter island and to Cape Verde, Portugal and Morocco has been awarded 5 stars for punctuality by the OAG. 87.3% of the airline’s flights last year were on time, making it the only Spanish Airline awarded the maximum five stars.
Car Park Closed At Playa La Garita, Arrieta
The small car park directly above the beach at Arrieta has been closed and will be converted into a sports and leisure area for the young people of the municipality. The mayor of Haria, announcing it, said that the intention is to create a basketball court and extend the playground. A few parking spaces have been retained for the use of disabled blue badge holders only.
Fire In Costa Teguise
Two fire tenders were called out when a fire started on vacant land in Costa Teguise on Wednesday. The fire was extinguished, but had covered an area of around 400 square metres.
Perfect Conditions For Pro Windsurfers
The European freestyle championships are taking place this week in Costa Teguise and conditions are described as “perfect.” The event continues until Saturday, and there’s lots to do on the beach, including a skate park, beach sports and water activities.
Teguise Gets €2 Million In EU Funding
The municipality has been given the funding to support two projects – one to improve the competitiveness of agricultural and craft markets, and the other for a project called “Welcome 2,” which is designed to compile data to better understand tourist behaviour.
New Hotel In Playa Blanca Will Be Lanzarote’s Largest
Earthworks have already begun on the project, which is located between the Hesperia Playa Dorada Hotel and Marina Rubicon. The plot size is 100,000 square metres and the plan is for a five star hotel with more than 1,000 beds. As part of the agreement, the developers will be providing underground parking in the town, developing the pedestrian space between the hotel and the promenade, and demolishing the old apartments next to the marina to create a public park.
Arena Dorada Re-Opens
The shopping centre in the Avenida is Puerto del Carmen has re-opened this week. It had been closed for 42 days to allow for emergency repair work to the structure.
Stone Patterns Condemned
The cultural association Pueblo Maho has condemned the practice of making stone patterns and stone “towers” on the island. The elaborate patterns of rocks which spring up on beaches and in other areas of the island can have a devastating effect on local wildlife, affecting drainage and the growth of wild plants and flowers.
Read about the municipalities of Lanzarote.
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