Interviews

Made of Iron

Ten years ago, shortly after arriving on Lanzarote with her young daughter, Gemma Haywood wondered why she seemed to have developed an Adam's apple. The terrible explanation arrived when she consulted her doctor, who diagnosed her with thyroid cancer.

Anything is possible!

Two years ago Rory Duffy weighed 17.8 stone (113 kgs). Now he has two Ironman medals. We spoke to him about changing your life completely.

Surviving the storm

Indian Delights celebrates its first birthday this August and if you know the restaurant, you’ll know that the anniversary is going to be celebrated in fine style. But that year has been a tough, worrying and challenging one for every business on Lanzarote. How Indian Delights survived is a lesson for everyone.

Cat Control

A new project aims to bring together animal welfare groups, conservationists and the general population in order to tackle the enduring problem of feral cats on Lanzarote and La Graciosa. We met Carmen Portela, of Lanzarote’s Desert Watch association, Emma Clifford of the Animal Balance organisation and Dr. John Boone, Research Director of the Great Basin Bird Observatory in Reno, NV, USA, and consultant to Humane Society of the United States.

Eye on Arrecife

Armando Santana is Arrecife's councillor for Tourism, Commerce and Industry, and is one the most visible members of the capital's ruling group. He spoke to us about how Arrecife has survived the pandemic and ambitious plans for the future of Lanzarote's only city, which is home to almost half of the island's population.

“Lanzarote is a benchmark for safe tourism”

Lanzarote is waiting expectantly for news of the return of tourism, its main economic activity. To get an expert view, we spoke to Ángel Vázquez, the Councillor for Tourist Promotion at Lanzarote's Cabildo and the most important tourist official on the island, about the prospects for the future.

School of Rock

Kirill Sharikov is a bouldering teacher who took the unique opportunity to explore Lanzarote’s landscape after lockdown prevented him from teaching indoor climbing.

Ceramic Star

At the age of 20, Gabriel Ángel has created the most popular TikTok account on Lanzarote. The young ceramicist from Teguise spoke to us recently, and also agreed to appear on our cover.

A helping hand through lockdown

This month’s story comes from Swimlab International, an innovative centre that opened in Puerto del Carmen in 2016, dedicated to specialising in disability development and injury rehabilitation. Paul Webb of Swimlab describes how the pandemic has affected this vital work.

Clean Sweep!

Lanzarote Limpia is an organisation that has been doing wonders raising awareness of Lanzarote's magnificent natural landscapes and how human negligence is damaging them. Last month, they organised a clean-up around the pechiguera lighthouse in Playa Blanca, and we went along to join them.