Latest weather from Lanzarote. Next ten days low 70s , cloudy in mornings sunny afternoons.Ideal for walking, hiking etc and not TOO hot for the little uns.
New Roads for Lanzarote
The Lanzarote cabildo recently confirmed plans for major road construction on the island. The main plan is for the construction of a two lane dual carriageway from Arrecife to Playa Blanca.(will this be the new , new road?) There are also plans to bypass some of the smaller settlements in the North of Lanzarote including San Bartolome and Orzola. (?) When these works will be started is another thing. With the current economic climate throughout Europe and uncertainty surrounding the stability of the Euro it is envisaged these plans will be put on ice so no need to worry about long tailbacks from the Airport to Playa Blanca for some time to come.
Threats to Biosphere Status.
UNESCO have recently reported that it may be possible to strip Lanzarote of its unique RESERVA BIOSPHERA status..The reported corruption involving illegal building licenses on the island and the prosecution of several leading polliticians including the Mayor of Yaiza and the Mayor of Arrecife have provoked this response from UNESCO who are concerned about the unchecked growth in urban development on the island that was supposed to be a model of controlled urbanisation with minimum impact on the natural environment.
More than a dozen high profile Hotels are earmarked for demolition by the Central Government including the Gran Castillo and the Princess Yaiza both located in Playa Blanca which is under the jurisdiction of Yaiza. UNESCO were alerted to the corruption by the Manrique Foundation who profess it would be unfair to penalise the Lanzarote community for what it has deemd to be illegal. activity.
Lanzarote was awarded Reserva Biosphera staus in 1993 in recognition of the preservation of the islands natural volcanic landscapes by provision of National Parks and protected areas and also the steps taken to lessen the impact of tourism on the island by Cesar Manrique and his associates. What Manrique would have made of this situation today does not bare thinking about.
A glimmer of hope emerged recently with the tourist figures provided by the airports authority and the hotel and tourism authorities. Visitors to the Island show a decent increase based on 2009 figures although it has to be taken into account that 2009 was down on 2008. Figures show a 7.6% increase in visitors pasing through Arrefice Airport.. The hotel associations on Lanzarote have also claimed 84% occupancy rates for the month of August. So although not quite out of the woods the signs are showing a return to pre credit crunch visitor numbers.
For the first 8 months of the year nearly 3.1 million vistors passed through Lanzarote Airport which is well on the way to 5 million for the year. Tenerife, Gran Canaria and Fuerteventura also showed good % increases while the trend of less visitors to the smaller islands such as El Hierro, La Palma and Gomera still continues.
New Opening Hours for Lanzarote Airport.
Ryanair`s commitment to Arrecife airport now means 6.30 am and 01:30 am flights. The airport will now be open 3 hours longer than before causing problems for residents and airport workers alike.
A new interactive display has been installed at the visitors centre in Mancha Blanca in the Timanfaya National Park. The display incorporates millions of different coloured lighting effects so that people can envisage the violent events of the 18th century eruptions on the island. The display can be viewed daily at no cost as it is totally free.
Renting in Faro Park, Playa Blanca? It is a good half an hour walk into Playa Blanca Centre where all the restaurants are located. So you can use the Playa Blanca Bus service which runs every half hour and goes to the main areas of the resort. Alternatively if you hire a car there is plentiful parking by the harbour FREE.It is just a hop and a skip from here to the Centre along the Promenade walkway. Finally there is the option of taxis which run frequently from outlying areas into the centre. There is a taxi rank in Playa Blanca centre just after the main roundabout .
Costa Papagayo Urbanisation is ideal if you want to be reasonably close to the resort centre. There are plenty of fab private villas to rent. The area is close to the Sun Tropical Complex and there is a kiddies park in here that can be used by none residents. An easy 15-20 mins stroll takes you to Playa Dorada beach. Turn left at the first roundabout into Playa Blanca (By Repsol Petrol station).then turn left at the next T junction.All these roads make up the Costa papagayo area. Lots of well equipped villas like the one on the left can be rented in Costa Papagayo. The one shown here can be rented for £715 in July. Three bedrooms, with pool, parking for three cars, very well equipped with all you need to enjoy the Lanzarote sunshine.