San Bartolomé Moves To Restrict Off Road Vehicles
In a new ordinance passed unanimously at a council meeting, San Bartolomé Ayuntamiento has banned off road vehicles like buggies, quads and motorcycles from using many of the urban, unpaved roads in the municipality. They will in future be limited to just three roads – The Camino de la Nave Municipal, Camino la Cañada and Camino las Majadas. This is to protect the other roads, agriculture and livestock from the damage being caused by the vehicles.
Tourism Numbers Fall In Canaries, But Hold Up In Lanzarote
Overall tourism to the islands fell slightly by 1.5% in the first half of 2018. Visitors to Lanzarote were up by the same percentage, with German tourism to the island falling, but visitors from UK increasing over the same period. The re-emergence of Egypt and Tunisia into the market is expected to create a further decline in numbers through the summer, as pricing at those destinations is very low as they seek to win back market share.
Boat Procession Confirmed As 11th August
The annual maritime procession of the Virgen del Carmen is scheduled for 11th August. It’s a fabulous event to watch from Puerto del Carmen Harbour. An effigy of the virgin is brought from the church to a boat, which then parades off shore, joined by hundreds of small boats from the island. It’s a tradition to ensure good fishing for the coming year.
Minimal Disruption From Ryanair Strikes
Lanzarote got away lightly with the Ryanair strikes this week. Flights to Madrid, Berlin and Sevilla were cancelled on Wednesday, and on Thursday one flight to Madrid and one to Valencia was cancelled. Apart from the Berlin flight, no other international services were affected.