Lanzarote News In Brief – Week 9

Long Term Forecast Predicts Warm March

The long term AEMET forecast is predicting a warmer than normal March, with no sign of the rain which is needed to break the drought. The data is based on the EU Copernicus forecasting system.

Canaries GDP Grew 3.9% In 2023

The GDP of The Canaries grew by 3.9% in 2023, to over 54 billion €. Spain’s economy as a whole grew at 2.5% during the year.

Arrieta Wind Toy Removed For Renovation

The Manrique wind toy at Arrieta roundabout, which gives an instant picture of wind direction and strength, has been removed for renovation. Manrique created it in 1991, using the axle from an old truck to articulate it.

Inspectors Find 300 “Irregular” Jobs In Canaries

Work inspectors carried out a series of visits on business premises across the islands in November and December and found 300 cases where staff were being employed illegally. Most transgressions related to staff being paid in cash with no taxation or social security payments and without work contracts. 210 businesses were sanctioned with fines totalling over 800,000 €.

“The Secret Is Inside” Tourism Promotion

The tourism department has announced a new promotional campaign for the islands, under the heading “The Secret is Inside. “ The campaign aims to attract visitors who have an interest in discovery and a high sensitivity to environmental values. It will focus on parts of the islands where visitors can enjoy learning about the culture and way of life of Canary Islanders.

40th Anniversary Of Volcano Triathlon

Spain’s oldest triathlon event, The Volcano, will take place on April 27th, starting and finishing at Club La Santa. Volcano is an Olympic distance event, with a 1.5Km swim, a 40KM bike ride and a 10KM run. For many, it’s a warm up for Ironman, which takes place here on 18th May.

Film Crew Moved On At Las Grietas

Police moved a film crew on at Las Grietas, the so called Grand Canyon near Tias, after they set up with trucks and tents there. Apparently they had applied for a permit to film at the location, but it had never been granted.

Hotel Income Up 17% On 2023

Income for the hotel sector increased by 17% in January, when compared to the 2023 figure. The average daily cost of a hotel stay rose to 113 €.

Young Man Dies After Being Run Over

Another person has been killed after being run over on the island. The 16 year old was hit by a car crossing the Arrecife to San Bartolomé road. He was treated at the scene but died later in hospital.

More Wind And Waves This Week

The weather service is predicting strong winds and big waves again this week, specifically on Tuesday and Wednesday. Gusts of up to 70KHM are expected with waves of up to 5 metres.

Ferries Disrupted By Waves

The ferry service between Lanzarote and La Graciosa suffered disruptions on Tuesday, due to the big waves in the rio. Several services with both operators were cancelled, while they waited for a window that would allow them to leave Orzola.

Raquel Welch’s Famous Bikini Being Auctioned

The bikini Raquel Welch war for the film One Million Years BC, which was filmed here in Lanzarote, is being auctioned in Los Angeles, together with many of the actresses other belongings. The poster showing her in the bikini, taken in Timanfaya, became one of the fastest selling movie posters of all time. Welch died a year ago, at the age of 82.

Papagayo Campsite To Open For Easter

The campsite at Papagayo will open from 22nd to 31st March for the Easter break, closing back down until the summer. There are plots of tents, caravans and motor caravans, ranging in price from 6 € to 11 €.

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