Entries by Shay

Take a virtual excursion

Fancy a twilight trip to one of Lanzarote’s most historic and dramatically-located buildings? The Centres of Art, Culture and Tourism on Lanzarote have just published a virtual 3D tour of the Castillo de San José /MIAC, allowing anyone to access this fascinating building without leaving home. The tour allows you to explore the 18th century […]

Arrecife worst-affected by COVID 19

Almost half of confirmed coronavirus cases on Lanzarote were recorded in Arrecife, while the tourist resorts have been relatively unaffected by the virus so far. Of the 70 cases recorded so far, 32 (45.7%) were from Arrecife. This figure roughly reflects the relative population of the island’s capital which, at around 63,000 people, accounts for […]

Lockdown stargazers

The Lockdown has reduced air and light pollution in our skies considerably, and this month all you need is a pair of binoculars, a balcony and a clear night to enjoy some of the most fascinating displays our galaxy has to offer. Weather permitting, the 8th April will allow us to see the largest Full […]

“We must not drop our guard.”

The Canarian Health Councillor, Julio Pérez, has said that recent statistics “give cause for optimism” but that the islands “must not drop our guard” against coronavirus. Photo: Canarian President, Ángél Victor Torres Pérez recognised that figures for deaths and intensive care admissions were more positive, but pointed out that “My duty is not to be […]

Lockdown extended to April 26th as statistics offer hope

Spanish President Pedro Sánchez has announced that he will seek to extend the lockdown by a further two weeks, until the 26th April. A vote will be scheduled this week and is expected to be passed by congress. “Once the peak of propagation of the virus is passed, we’ll be able to flatten the curve,” […]

The Canaries have “passed the peak”

The Canaries have “without a doubt” passed the peak of the COVID 19 crisis and some restrictions on the lockdown could be relaxed during April, according to the scientific committee advising the Canarian Government on coronavirus. Lluis Serra, professor of Preventive Medicine at the University of Las Palmas de Gran Canaria and spokesman for the […]

Lanzarote on Screen 6

In the sixth edition of our new series, we take a look at some of this island’s most famous and memorable appearances on film, TV and video. NAJWA – DONDE RUGEN LOS VOLCANES Najwa Nimri is a Spanish/Jordanian actor and singer who shot to fame in the brutal, brilliant film Salto Al Vacio in 1995. […]

Government consider second lockdown extension

Faced with still-rising figures in Madrid and other coronavirus hotspots, the Spanish government is reported to be extending the lockdown beyond the current limit of the 12th April. The decision is likely to be taken on Saturday, and authorised by next Wednesday, before Easter weekend starts. So far, the government has given no indication that […]

Alcohol sales up as Spain locks down

The Spanish Association of Supermarkets and Distributors (ASEDAS) has announced that alcohol sales have shot up since Spain’s lockdown began. “We’re not seeing as much of the bulk-buying that occurred between the 11h and 14th of March, before the lockdown began,” said ASEDAS secretary general Felipe Medina. Instead, he pointed out that, while toilet roll […]

Fourth fatality on Lanzarote.

A 75-year old man became Lanzarote’s fourth coronavirus mortality yesterday. The victim, who had pre-existing conditions, died in the Doctor Molina Orosa Hospital. 21 people are currently in Lanzarote’s general hospital with coronavirus, eight of them in the intensive care section that has been set up for victims of the virus, and another 13 in […]