Ironman 70.3 This Weekend

The 7th Ironman 70.3 event is this Saturday in Lanzarote – the 70.3 is half the distance of the full Ironman distance race which takes place each year. There will be 650 athletes (double last year’s number) from 40 countries participating. Most of the action takes place at Club la Santa, with the swim in the lagoon there, and the run along the coast. The bike course is over two laps from La Santa to Uga, via Tiagua and Tinguaton.

Ironman Road Closures

Here are the road closures for Saturday’s event: The stretch Club La Santa-Caleta de Caballo-Soo will be closed from 7.30 and 13.30. Between 8.00 and 13.30 the following roads are closed on Soo-Muñique-Tiagua (LZ 401) sections and Tiagua-La Vegueta-Mancha Blanca (LZ-46). And between 8.00 and 11.00 sections of the route between Uga and Mancha Blanca.

50th Anniversary Of The Construction Of Taro De Tahiche

Construction was started 50 years ago this week on Taro de Tahiche, formerly César Manrique’s house and now home to the Fundacion César Manrique. The fundacion hosted an evening there with local dignitaries to celebrate the occasion.

More Immigrant Boats Arriving

With the unusually calm weather, there has been an increase in the number of pateras reaching Lanzarote from the African coast. The latest arrived in La Santa this week and a total of 15 adults from Maghereb were rounded up by police and taken into custody.

Work To Start On La Fermina

Work to restore the island of La Fermina, just off the coast at Arrecife is starting, with the aim that it will be completed after carnival next year. The swimming pool and gardens there will be restored, and a cafeteria built.

60,000 Cruisers Expected This Month

Around 60,000 cruise ships passengers will arrive in Arrecife this month, with a record 70,000 expected in December. The average cruise visitors spends €30 on island during their visit, according to figures from the tourism department.

Work Started On Resurfacing The Strip

Work has started on time to resurface the main Avenida in Puerto del Carmen. The project was due to be completed in three months, but the contractor is hoping they will comfortably beat that, and are aiming for the end of October, assuming the weather holds.

Blue Whale Spotted Off The Coast

A 20 metre blue whale was spotted off the coast at Playa Grande in Puerto del Carmen this week. People on the beach were clearly able to see the giant creature as it came up for air as it travelled along the coast.

Students Help Remove “Rock Sculptures” From Beaches

Students from local school have been helping remove rock sculptures and “stone stacks” from beaches in the north of the island. The fashion for stacking stones, and writing messages on beaches using rocks is impacting the environment on the island, affecting local flora and leading to sand and soil erosion.

Lanzarote Tourism Numbers Stable Despite Drop In British Visitors

Figures until the end of August show Lanzarote achieved a small growth of 1.6% versus last year. British visitors to the island fell by 5.7% in the period, but that drop was mitigated by an increase from other markets, notably Holland, Belgium, Ireland, France and the Spanish mainland.

51% Rise In House Sales In Tias

Property sales in the municipality of Tias, which includes Puerto del Carmen, have risen over 50% in the last two years according to Tinsa, the organisation that does valuations. Italians have been the biggest buyers.

Ground Crew Strike Cancelled

A planned strike of 60,000 ground crew at Spanish airports has been averted following 24 hours of talks.

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