El Gordo Lottery Winners

Several locals won prizes in this year’s El Gordo lottery – the world’s largest. A full ticket worth €500,000 was sold in Playa Honda, with winners, each holding a decimo claiming €50,000 each for the third place award. Two substantial prizes were also won in Arrecife and Tias.

Cruise Harbour Busy

A total of 14 large cruise ships, carrying 44,000 passengers, will dock in Arrecife between now and the end of the year. They include Queen Victoria, Marco Polo, Mein Schiff and Aida Stella. So far this year Lanzarote has enjoyed a 19.11% increase in cruise passengers coming to the island.

San Antonio Being Refurbished

Initial planning permission has been granted for a refurbishment and expansion of Hotel San Antonio in Puerto del Carmen, one of the island’s oldest hotels. The plans will be made public in the new year, and there will then be a two month period so that interested parties can review them.

Calima Clearing On Thursday

Christmas Day dawned here with a calima, which meant it was warm, but dusty, as sand from the Sahara was blown across the island. It cleared on Thursday, and blue skies returned.

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