Entries by Shay

Rental Opportunities Ahead

While the lockdown left holiday rental owners licking their wounds, the opportunities in the future look much more promising. For years, holiday rental owners have calculated that the uncertainty of short-term holiday lets is worth the risk for the high income returned. Put simply, tourists will pay much more for a week in the sun […]

Bouncing Back: The Grandfather Bar

Phase 3 of the lockdown exit plan offers even more freedoms, with bars and restaurants able to serve more customers than before. The Grandfather Bar in Costa Teguise is now open with a full menu from 10am – 10pm on Thursdays through to Mondays inclusive (currently closed Tuesdays and Wednesdays). Plenty of residents have already […]

Did the calima protect the Canaries?

In May’s Gazette we speculated that the low incidence of coronavirus in the Canaries could have been assisted by the heavy calima (Saharan dust storm)  that caused a “mini-lockdown” three weeks before the official coronavirus lockdown. Now that idea has been supported by an official study, carried out by several Canarian experts and authorised by […]

Lockdown Q&A: Adrian Bambrough

The lockdown may be easing off, but there’s still very little live music going on. Still, that hasn’t stopped the fantastic musicians on Lanzarote doing their very best to continue to share their music with you. There are still watch parties and online concerts taking place. Last month we asked several Lanzarote artists how they […]

77 Days to beat the virus: Lanzarote’s Lockdown story

On 28th of May, the two Covid 19 patients remaining in the Dr José Molina Orosa Hospital tested negative for Covid 19. For almost 24 hours, Lanzarote was free of the virus until a positive case arrived from Madrid and was immediately quarantined. First published in Gazette Life, June 1st 2020. The 77 days that […]

No special attention for eastern isles

The Canarian Government has, so far, failed to respond to requests from Lanzarote and Fuerteventura to give the two eastern islands special consideration in its crisis reconstruction plan. Lanzarote and Fuerteventura are far more reliant on tourism than the rest of the islands, and the unemployment rate on the eastern isles has shot up to […]

Lockdown Q&A: The Ska Duo

The lockdown may be easing off, but there’s still very little live music going on. Still. that hasn’t stopped the fantastic musicians on Lanzarote doing their very best to continue to share their music with you. There are still watch parties and online concerts taking place. Last month we asked several Lanzarote artists how they […]

Migrant child tests positive

A child who arrived on a patera (boat carrying migrants) last Thursday has tested positive for coronavirus. The patera was detected 20 miles off the Lanzarote coast on Thursday morning and intercepted by a Salvamar maritime rescue vessel.  48 people were on board, including 14 women and five children, and the migrants were placed in […]

Cutting Loose!

Hairdressers opened again in early May, and so Gazette designer Sabrina Suppers broke out of lockdown to get her hair cut at Sculpture Salon in Puerto del Carmen. First published in Gazette Life, June 1st 2020. Since Monday 4th May, hairdressers and beauty salons have been able to open their doors to clients again under […]

Song for the victims

Arrorro, a traditional lullaby sung by generations of Canarian mothers to their children, is the official anthem of the Canary Islands. This year, to mark a Canary Day that was almost entirely cancelled by coronavirus, the Canarian government has commissioned a new version of the song in memory of the victims of Covid 19 on […]