Lanzarote News In Brief – Week 52

Yaiza Has Highest Percentage Of Vacation Homes

Yaiza, including Playa Blanca has the highest percentage of holiday homes on the island, with properties registered for holiday let accounting for 22% of the total housing stock in the municipality. Here are the percentages:

  • Yaiza including Playa Blanca 22%
  • Haria 14.4%
  • Teguise including Costa Teguise 14.3%
  • Tias including Puerto del Carmen 11.6%
  • Tinajo 9.9%
  • San Bartolomé 4.1%
  • Arrecife 1.9%

Taxi Driver Returns 700 Pounds Sterling

A taxi driver, Manolo Arturo Mayorga Vivanco, picked up a couple in Puerto del Carmen after they had enjoyed a meal in town, and returned them to their accommodation. When his shift ended, he check the back of the cab, and found a wallet containing 700 Pounds, about €800. He returned to the accommodation and handed the wallet to the couple, who thanked him profusely and gave him a tip of 90 Pounds.

Isla de los Volcanes Rally On For 2024

The 2023 Isla de los Volcanes rally was cancelled one day before it was due to take place, because of the lack of an environmental impact assessment. The Cabildo announced at the weekend that it will take place in 2024, as part of the Spanish World Cup Rally championship, and that all the necessary permits and reports will take place in plenty of time. The event is on 19th and 20th July.

Early Closure Campaign

For the second year running, shops and businesses are being encouraged to close at 6PM on 24th and 31st December, in order to allow their staff to prepare for the evening meals with their families, which are traditional on both Christmas and New Year’s Eve.

UD Lanzarote Top Of The League

UD Lanzarote finished their 2023 in style, beating CD Buzanada 4-1 to go top of the league last Sunday morning.

Tourists Try Remove A Tonne Of Lanzarote Every Year

Around a ton of material – stones, shells and sand – is collected at Lanzarote Airport each year, and taken from people who have collected them to take home. In many cases, because it cannot be proved the materials were taken from protected areas, fines are not imposed. Visitors are reminded that it’s illegal to remove any natural material from the island, and fines can range from €150 to €6,000 for removing anything from the island’s many protected spaces.

Price Increase For Main Attractions Agreed……..

The Cabildo has agreed new pricing for some of the island’s main attractions, with effect from 1st January. The largest increase, as expected, is for Montañas del Fuego – the new price there will be €20, compared to the current price of €12. Entry to Jardin de Cactus will increase to €8 and Castillo San José to €5. We’ll publish the full list of new rates as soon as they are made public.

…..Or Not?

Soon after The Cabildo announcement, the president of the Association of Travel Agencies and Tour Operators of Lanzarote, Marta Callejo, responded to say an agreement has not been reached. Apparently there are a number of sticking points, including the phased introduction of the increase, and the ability for travel agencies to sell tickets. We’ll keep you posted…..

We’ll add more news here as it comes in during the week……

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