Ironman Lanzarote Postponed Until 3rd July
Europe’s longest running Ironman event, here in Lanzarote, has been officially postponed until 3rd July. Registered competitors will be able to transfer their entries to the new date, or select to compete in 2022 or 2023. This will be the 29th running of Ironman Lanzarote.
British Man “Talked Down” From Crane
A British resident of Lanzarote was talked down by firefighters after climbing a crane at Hotel Fariones in Puerto del Carmen over the weekend. The 54 year old, who has been resident on the island for 20 years, was persuaded to come down after three hours to applause from people watching in horror as he leaned out from the crane’s arm. Friends told a local newspaper that he may be suffering financial difficulties.
A calima is forecast to arrive on the island on Monday afternoon and will be accompanied by 70kmh winds and Saharan sand, reducing visibility to 3KM. It is expected to last most of Tuesday. This time last year, we had a severe calima which closed the airport, but this one is not expected to be as bad.
Social Housing For Playa Blanca
Yaiza Aytuntamiento has made 45,000 m2 of land in Playa Blanca available for rent controlled housing for islanders. 226 properties will be built on the land, offering affordable housing in a difficult rental market.
Tourism Income 2020
Lanzarote earned around €750 million in 2020, compared to a normal figure of around €2800 million. The bulk of the earnings came in the first quarter, with over €500 million. There was almost no tourism in the second quarter, due to the lockdown. Q3 generated €137 million and Q4 €94 million. 41% of visitors to the island came from the UK.
Tinajo Ayuntmiento is posting details of walking trails around the municipality to encourage people to enjoy the spectacular countryside in the area. Each walk has a detailed map, with distances and can be found here: Tinajo Trails.
Hole Appears In LZ703
A large hole appeared at the side the LZ703 road in the area of Los Hervideros. The road was closed while engineers inspect and make the area safe. It’s thought it may have been caused by wave erosion in the area underneath the road.
Tahiche – Teguise Road Closed For Two Weeks
The LZ10 main road between Teguise and Tahiche will be closed for two weeks from 17th February for resurfacing. Diversions will be in place as sections are closed and the re-opened, but drivers are advised to take alternative routes.
New Private Flights Company Launched
The Martinez Brothers, owners of La Isla y El Mar Hotel here in Lanzarote, have launched a new venture offering a private jet service. Wacaf Air will offer executive jet travel between The Canaries and major European cities, as well as to Africa. The subscription service allows executive travellers to enjoy all the benefits of private flying, using GA terminals, avoiding large crowds at the airport and departing at a time to suit them.
Mars Rover Lands In Timanfaya
NASA’s Mars rover successfully landed on Mars on Wednesday, in a region called Timanfaya, because of its resemblance to the mountain range here in Lanzarote. The Rover is called Perseverance and will spend almost two years travelling around the planet seeking evidence of life that may have existed on Mars.