Lanzarote News In Brief – Week 7

The Barber of Haria Retires

Ladislao Rodríguez Bonilla, the famous barber of Haria, is closing his shop in the village and retiring. Born in 1942, Ladislao has been a staple of village life in Haria for decades, offering haircuts and shaves to locals and tourists.

Boom Year For Property Sales In Canaries

2022 was a boom year for property sales on the islands, with one 31,000 sales made, the highest level since 2007. The average price per square metre was also up over 10% versus the previous year, to €1,771. Around 40% of the sales were made with a locally arranged mortgage.

Road Closures In Playa Blanca This Weekend

Several roads in Playa Blanca will be closed on Friday and Saturday this weekend, as the town is hosting Playa Blanca Handbike, as part of the European Cup of adapted cycling. The LZ701, the old road between Yaiza and Playa Blanca will be closed on both days. Avenida Papagayo, in the centre of town will be closed on Saturday from 11AM to 7PM on Saturday, so the taxi rank there will be temporarily moved to the bus station. Traffic will also be restricted in Calle Jaime Quesada, Avenida a Femés and Calle Maciot during the same times.

Canal Gestión Moves Online

Customers of water company Canal Gestíon will now be able to administer their accounts complete online via the company’s new “virtual office.” They will be able to start a new supply contract; change owner, user or payer, end a supply permanently or request a change of location. In addition, they will be able to pay balances through bizum, request a meter reading, report an incident and submit a complaint or claim online, as well as request the intermediation of the Customer Ombudsman.

14 People have Used The Right To Die In The Canaries

Since the passing of the medically assisted dying law in Spain in 2021, a total of 14 people had chosen to exercise their right in The Canary Islands. People who are eligible must be of legal age, capable and conscious at the time of the application, suffering from a serious and incurable illness or a chronic and disabling condition certified by a doctor. They have to make two requests voluntarily and in writing, with at least 15 calendar days between them.

2022 Tourism Numbers Released

Lanzarote had 2.8 Million visitors in 2022, a huge rise, as you’d expect on 2021, but a little lower than 2019, when there were just over 3 million. 46% of visitors came from UK. Visitors from mainland Spain moved into second place overall, with 12.4%. German visitors were next, followed by Irish, French, then Italians.

Second Day Of Air Traffic Controller’s Strike Passes Without Issues

For the second Monday in a row, the ATC strike at Lanzarote airport passed without any delays or flight cancellations. Further strikes are planned for the remaining Mondays in February.

Lidl For Playa Blanca

A construction licence has been granted in Playa Blanca for Lidl to open a new store there. The new store, which will cover 11,000 square metres with parking will be in the industrial area known as Montaña Rosa Industrial park at the entrance to the town. It’s hoped that the store will be open in time for Christmas.

Puffins In Lanzarote & La Graciosa

Puffins have been spotted on the islands over the last few weeks. Weather conditions have caused them to start far from their usual breeding grounds in northern Europe. Many of the ones that have been found are in very poor condition and others have been found dead. If you do spot one that needs help call +34 696 73 31 77.

Tabayesco Road Finally Open

The road from Arrieta to Haria, via Tabayesco, and a very popular one with cyclists, was finally opened last week after repairs to walls and barriers were completed. The 480 metres of road repairs cost over €500,000.

Freak Weather Stuns Islanders

Lanzarote suffered from a series of freak weather events in various parts of the island last Saturday. Some areas had heavy rains, there were tornadoes and thunder storms on many parts, and heavy hail showers, which left Timanfaya looking like it had a snow covering. Sunday was warm and sunny, in contrast.

Binter Orders 5 New Embraer Jets

Binter Canarias is adding five new Embraer E195-E2’s to the company’s fleet at a total cost of €356 million. The 132 seat jets will enter service through 2023 and 2024.

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

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