Lanzarote News In Brief – Week 52

Drone Show In Arrecife On Christmas Day

A drone display will light up the sky over Arrecife on Christmas day at 8PM. 200 drones will take off from Marina Lanzarote, and perform an aerial display using lights.

El Gordo Top Prize For Lanzarote

Lanzarote has a lucky winner in today’s El Gordo Christmas lottery. One of the 10 winning tickets, which share €4 million was bought in a lottery shop in Arrecife and the winner will pocket €400,000. A total of €8 million has been won on the ticket across The Canaries.

German Chancellor Spending Christmas In Lanzarote

German Chancellor Olaf Scholtz is spending Christmas in Lanzarote. He arrived on a German military aircraft on Wednesday and is staying in a villa in Playa Blanca. His predecessor Angela Merkel regularly visited the island of La Gomera for her holidays.

Quemao Class Surf Contest Dates Confirmed

The famous Quemao Class event has been confirmed for 26th and 27th December, when wave conditions should be perfect. Europe’s best known surf event takes place at La Santa.

One Way At Cueva de los Verdes

The LZ205 road, which leads up to Cueva de los Verdes will be made one way, up only, from this week until 9th January. This is to reduce congestion during what will be a very busy Christmas period for the attraction.

Many Shops Closing at 6PM On Christmas And New Year’s Eve

It’s the fourth year of a Citizen Responsibility project urging shops and retail businesses to close at 6PM on Christmas and New Year’s eve, in a bid to release staff to go and start their family celebrations. The idea came from the Island Trade Commission and has gained more and more support.

First Low Emissions Zone In Arrecife

The Cabildo has announced the first of three low emissions zones for Arrecife. It will be in the road in Plaza de la Harinera. Two more zones will follow during 2023. Under Spanish law for 2023, all cities and towns with a population of 50,000 or more must have low emissions zones. Cars with zero and very low emissions are identified here with a windscreen sticker.

Largest Asian Supermarket In The Canaries To Open In Arrecife

Kokoxili Group will open their new supermarket, and cash and carry in Calle Escotilla in Arrecife on 22nd December. The new store has 650 M2 of sales space and will be open to the public as well as to cash and carry business clients. The supermarket will be called Sumo Cash and Carry and will stock a wide range of Asian sauces, spices and other food products, as well as cooking utensils like woks, knives and more.

Port Expansion Plan For Arrecife

The go ahead has been given to increasing the port area at Los Marmoles, adding 440 metres to one dock, and 322 to another, to allow more vessels to dock at any one time. The project will cost €12 million and will be completed in 12 months. Arrecife is The Canaries third largest port.

Argentine Fans Celebrate In Arrecife

The Argentine population of the island celebrated their team’s win in the World Cup Final on Sunday. Bands played, the national anthem was sung, and a party followed at Marina Lanzarote in Arrecife.

Two People Dead After Road Crash Near Mala

A 24 year old man and a 20 year woman were killed in a horrific accident on the LZ1 near Mala. The accident took place at 4AM on Saturday morning.

Canary Islands Fastest Growing Region Of Spain

The Canary Islands will finish 2022 with a growth in GDP of 10.8% according to BBVA Research, making it the fastest growing region of Spain. Overall Spain will show growth of 4.6%. Spain’s strong growth post pandemic is put down to the use of family savings, increased productivity and the EU’s next generation funding support.

Nazaret Road To Open “In A Few Days”

The newly re-surfaced road from Nazareth to Teguise will re-open in the next few days, following a long delay, during which no work took place and which hasn’t been explained. Apparently the final signage is now being installed.

Accident Rate Increases Dramatically

There have been 136 road traffic accidents this year, and 80% increase on the 2021, and only partly explained by the lack of traffic on the roads in the early part of 2021, post pandemic. Authorities are blaming the use of mobile phones while driving.

Project For Los Hervideros Road

A project has been accepted by The Cabildo for the repair of the road to Los Hervideros, which was damaged by a freak wave almost two years ago. The project will cost €1 Million.

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

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