Cabildo Publishes Flora Book

The Cabildo, on the 25th anniversary of Lanzarote becoming a Biosfera Reserve, has published a book on Lanzarote’s flora. The comprehensive publication is 600 pages long and lists all of the 800 species of plants that grow here, with 825 images. The book has been some ten years in the making. 2,500 copies have been made available to local bookshops. The book was complied by Jaime Gil González and Marta Peña Hernández.

Stunning Schooner Spending Christmas In Lanzarote

The 49 metre schooner Xarifa arrived at Marina Lanzarote in Arrecife this week and she will spend Christmas here before embarking on the Transat Classique Atlantic crossing on 8th January. Built in 1927, Xarifa was originally built for Isaac Singer, founder of Singer sewing machines. She also starred in several Hollywood movies. All the vessels entered for the event are now in Lanzarote, and can be seen at the marina.

La Isla y El Mar Becomes Puerto del Carmen’s First 5 Star Hotel

In a surprise announcement, La Isla y El Mar in Puerto del Carmen told us they now have five star status, meaning they have stolen a march on the Lava Beach and The Fariones. By next summer, the resort will boast three 5 star hotels.

Dragos And Palms Being Planted On LZ40

The LZ40 Puerto del Carmen ring road is being planted with Drago trees and palms to create a more inviting arrival into the resort. This is part of the “caring for Lanzarote” programme.

Direct Flights To Bordeaux

Easyjet will start a new route to Bordeaux from the island in the summer of 2019. The airline already has a regular service to Paris, and this will beef up the offer for French visitors – a fast growing market for the island.

Prime Minister To Spend New Year In Lanzarote

Pedro Sánchez will spend the new year period at the former King’s house, La Mareta, in Lanzarote this year. It’s described as a “private” visit, with no public events planned.

Weather All Over The Place

The meteorological office has released data about the weather on the islands in the last few months, and it has been very up and down! September was the warmest and driest for 10 years, October was “very wet,” and November was the wettest since 2008. December has so far been unseasonably hot, and may end up being a record for temperatures. There has been no rain this month on the islands, and none is expected for the remainder of 2018.

Read about Puerto del Carmen, the holiday resort.