Lanzarote News In Brief – Week 37

Mercadona Limit Potatoes

Supermarket Mercadona has imposed a limit of 2KG of potatoes for customers. This follows the ban on potato imports from the UK, because of worries around bringing Colorado beetles to the islands.

Hottest August For 60 Years

August was the hottest in The Canaries for 60 years, with the average temperature day and night of 26.3 degrees, around 2.4 degrees higher than norma.

Lidl Requests Licence For New Store In Costa Teguise

Lidl Supermarkets have asked for a building licence to put a new store in Costa Teguise. If successful, it will be the company’s fourth premises on the island, with others at Arrecife, Playa Honda and Puerto del Carmen.

Road Closures For Romería This Weekend

Various roads will be closed this weekend in central parts of the island for the Romería de los Dolores, where walkers will be making their way from all parts of the island to Mancha Blanca. Click the image to see a larger version.

Desalination Plants From La Palma Arrive

The two portable desalination plants have arrived from La Palma this week. Work will begin immediately on getting them installed and running, which will add around 5,000 M3 of water every day, hopefully ending a few months of water cuts and low pressure. It is hoped they will be operational within a week.

3.2 Million Kilos Of Wine Grapes

The grape harvest turned out better than had been hoped, reaching an impressive 3.2 Kilos, compared to 1.9 last year. It means we should have reasonable supplies of the 2022 wines, and hopefully the bodegas won’t run out before the next harvest! It’s only the 4th time the island has exceed 3 million kilos. The largest ever harvest was in 2018 and was almost 4 million. The average price for the grapes ranged from €3.30 to €3.50 per kilo.

Unemployed Total At 8,334

There were 8334 people registered as unemployed on the island at the end of August, which compares to 9611 for 2022.

More Than 100 Cruise Ship Stopovers Planned For Last Quarter

The cruise ship seasons gets into full swing this month, with more than 100 stopovers in Arrecife for various ships planned for the final three months of 2023. Around 100,000 visitors to the island are expected from the ships.

Baggage Handling Facilities To Be Upgraded At Airport

A contract worth €417,000 has been awarded to a local company to carry out upgrades at the baggage handling facility at the airport, with the aim of making the operation more efficient.

New Booking System Being Planned For Montañas del Fuego

A new booking system is being implemented for Montañas del Fuego, which should put an end to the long queues to enter the national park. The system will limit bookings to avoid overcrowding the car park, and visitors will need to arrive at a designated time and present a QR code on their mobile devices or as a print out. Once operational, it will no long be possible to drive up to the window and pay to enter.

We’ll add more news here as it comes in this week…..

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