Interviews

Vinylists!

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Vinyl has never really gone away, and Lanzarote still has plenty of people who’d rather spin a disc than stream a file. We spoke to a few of the island's vinyl enthusiasts and asked each of them to choose a favourite record.

Catching the sun

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The magnificent photograph on our front cover this month was taken by Lanzarote photographer Juan Méndez. We chatted to him about his passion.

House of Stars

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La Casa de Las Estrellas lies in the arid, desert region to the north of Costa Teguise, overlooked by Montaña Tinaguache. It's a peaceful place, where hubara bustards’ nest and kestrels hover silently in the wind, and its name comes from the immense canopy of stars that cover the plain at night.

Passing the test

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When the news came in May that British residents would no longer be able to drive in Spain on a UK-issued licence, Gareth Hull went back to school.

Taking Lanzarote by storm – Jake Hanson

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Our cover star this month will be well known to many people in the resorts. Jake Hanson arrived on Lanzarote with his saxophone and has hardly stopped playing since. We interviewed him:

“The terraces are full”

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We talked to Tías's Councillor for Commerce, Kalinda Pérez, and her department has helped to guide the town through one of the most challenging periods in its history.

Hawk Patrol

Lanzarote's César Manrique Airport is one of the island's most important employers, with hundreds of staff visible at any given time. But there are ten workers who passengers rarely get to see – one man, eight falcons and an eagle who keep the airport grounds safer for passengers every single day.

The Toughest Challenge

Johan Wagenaar and Ilse Verlaan from Bike Sensations both took part in Lanzarote's Ironman earlier this year. For Johan, who has completed seven Ironman races, four of them on Lanzarote, it was nothing new; but for Ilse, it was her first time. We chatted to them about the experience.

Virtual circuit of Lanzarote

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Iris Heath is walking Lanzarote's coastline alone in memory of her late husband John and in aid of Parkinson's disease. But she's doing it from her home in Bristol... We found out more.

Working toward a better Tías

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Nicolás Saavedra is a busy man. The only representative of the Podemos party in Tías Ayuntamiento's governing group, he and his team have been in charge of the Departments of Social Services, Security & Emergencies, Animal Welfare, Equality and Fishing at Tías Ayuntamientos since 2019, during which time the island has been through one of the toughest social crises it has ever experienced. We spoke to him last month.