Lanzarote News In Brief – Week 6

Hottest January For 63 Years – Haria Warmest Place

January 2024 was the hottest on the island since 1961, with temperatures 3.1 degrees higher on average than normal for the month. In the middle of the month there were two nights in Haria where the overnight temperature did not dip below 20 degrees, classifying them as tropical nights. Haria also had the highest recorded temperature in the month at 28.8 degrees.

Sun Bed Delay For Arrecife

After a successful tender to supply sun beds and parasols for El Reducto beach, it was expected that they would be in place any day now. However, the successful bidder failed to submit the paperwork required, and the tender process will have to be run again.

Weather Warning

AEMET has issued a yellow weather warning for strong winds and some rain on Friday and Saturday this week. This will be caused by Storm Karlotta, which is an Atlantic storm, which will pass north of the islands. Winds of up to 70KMH are expected on Friday, with moderate rainfall to follow on Saturday.

Lasal Shopping Parade Open

The new Lasal Shopping Parade, located on the sea front and part of the Barceló Playa Blanca is now open. The parade features a supermarket and range of shops selling clothing, accessories and other products.

First Fines For E Scooter Riders

Arrecife local police fined two riders for using unregistered scooters and travelling at more than the 25KMH maximum speed under new rules announced last month. The two riders were fined €500 each.

Potato Thefts

More than 1,000 KG of potatoes and sweet potatoes were stolen over the weekend from various farms on the island. Farmers are asking residents to report being offered potatoes to the police.

Princess Alexia Putting Property On Market

Princess Alexia of Greece, who has lived on the island with her husband Carlos Morales, a local architect, is putting their property in Puerto Calero on the market. The couple bought it in 2005.

House Values In Canaries Increase By 23%

The value of properties in the islands has risen by 23.7% in the year to the end of January 2023, the highest growth in Spain and followed by The Balearic Islands at 15.2%. The average price of houses in The Canaries is €2450 per square metre, according to data from the Fotocasa Real Estate index.

Casa Pedro Responds To Press Criticism Of €125 “Prawns”

Pedro Santana, owner of Casa Pedro in Playa Blanca, has responded to the press storm created by a British tourist who complained at being charged €125 for 5 prawns. He suggested the client asked for lobster, and was told there were none available, but he offered him Carabineros, a close relative of the lobster, which are a local delicacy, and are caught at great depths off the coast of La Santa. The normal price in the restaurant is €30 per carabinero, but the owner says he reduced it to €25 each as the clients wanted five.

Official Opening Of Lanzarote’s Largest Hotel

The Barceló Playa Blanca Resort was officially opened by the Canary Islands’ tourism minister Jessica de León last weekend. The hotel has been open since December, and most of the 720 rooms are already full. The €150 million project was funded by the Hermanos Domínguez group, and Barceló has a ten year marketing contract on the property.

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