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Sporty Lanzarote

Lanzarote has established itself as one of Europe’s top sports destinations over the last few years. The incredible weather here and the stunning scenery makes it perfect for running swimming and cycling.

Ironman

The first big event established on the island was the famous Ironman triathlon – a 3.8KM swim in the ocean, followed by a 180KM bike ride all over the island, and finishing with a 42KM marathon along The Strip! It’s renowned as the toughest Ironman event in the world, thanks to the massive climbs on the bike section and the threat of either very strong winds or high temperatures.

Canarian Day In Lanzarote

El dia de Canarias, or Canarian day is celebrated on the 30th May each year.

It’s a public holiday here in Lanzarote and generally provides the focus for various events all over the island.

It’s a relatively new holiday, instigated in 1983 when The Canarian Parliament held it’s very first meeting. Islanders tend to consider themselves Canarians first and Spaniards second, so the day is celebrated with real gusto.

Maspalomas Gay Pride

Maspalomas Gay Pride on our neighbouring island of Gran Canaria has become an international institution, with tens of thousands of gay and lesbian couples and singles descending on the island.

It’s a short hop by puddle jumper or ferry from Lanzarote, where you might enjoy a more peaceful stay!

This is the tenth anniversary of Gay Pride Maspalomas, so the event is now well established, with the base being in the Maspalomas area at the southern tip of the island.

Wi Fi in Lanzarote

A lot of people mistakenly think Lanzarote might be a little backward when it comes to technology.

Wi Fi

But the truth is we’re pretty well sorted! Almost all areas of the island now have access to broadband, and even in the rural north it runs at 6MB, which is fine for streaming television! We also enjoy cellphone coverage all over the island, as well as a pretty robust 3g network.

Lanzarote Carnival

We’re deep into carnival season here on the island, and it’s later than normal this year, because Easter is also late.

Carnival is a big deal on the island – a time when islanders let their hair down and seriously party. And it’s become even more so over the last few years, with the influx of South Americans, who now make up a substantial part of the population, and who have brought their spin to the way we do things.

Reader Recommendation – Charco del Palo

Reader Allan Lamb very kindly replied to my request for suggestions of good places to go while on the island. Here’s what he had to say about Charco del Palo, which is on the coast near Mala in the north of the island:

I would suggest going to the naturist village / sand dunes of Charco del Palo / Mala.

St Patricks Day in Lanzarote

With a decent sized Irish population here, and with Lanzarote being a huge tourism destination for Irish folk, we always have a big celebration on the island for St Patrick’s day.

Here’s the plan for this year:

17th March

Golf Tournament at Puerto del Carmen golf

Poker tournament at Puerto del Carmen Casino

The Celtic trail – music events all over Puerto del Carmen

18th March

Wild Flowers in Lanzarote

Because we have no natural water on the island, everyone thinks of  Lanzarote as  a barren, volcanic desert. But at this time of year, parts of the island are actually festooned in wild flowers, which come up for a few months each year.

You’ll see the best of them on high ground, where they can get some moisture from condensation during the cool nights. So visit La Candelaria above Tias, or the hills over Haria, and prepare to be amazed as you see what looks like meadows of wild grasses and flowers!

Here’s a short video showing some on a walk going up the hill from Haria:

Spice Lifestyle Lanzarote

Spice is Europe’s first and only Lifestyle all inclusive venue, and it’s here in Lanzarote! Couples are welcomed to a fabulous, but very private venue in the heart of Puerto del Carmen.

Spice Pool

With a beautiful pool area, a huge jacuzzi with swim up bar, and spacious, comfortable rooms, Spice has a great adults only environment.

Christmas in Lanzarote

I love Christmas in Lanzarote. It somehow retains a naiveté that Northern Europe has lost. From the fact that Christmas doesn’t really “start” here until a week or so before the great day, to the general lack of commercialisation, it all feels the way I imagine it did in 50’s Britain.

I adore the little Belen nativity displays that every village produces at this time of year. Some are incredibly elaborate, with working water mills, lights that work, and the odd little joke like the bare bum man who can always be found on Haria’s display.

Locals enjoy their main meal of the celebration on Christmas Eve, where families get together and many then attend midnight mass. Christmas day itself is pretty quiet here and is treated as a day of rest.

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