The legend of the luces populares

On Lanzarote, Halloween is followed by the public holiday of All Saints Day and is a time when many pay tribute to their dead at cemeteries. In Teguise, a rancho (folk group) goes from house to house, asking for alms in return for a song for dead loved ones.

The Canarian ghost island

Look out to sea on a morning and you may see a distant low cloud, or a rolling bank of mist... or could it be the legendary island of San Borondón

Los Finaos: Death in Life

For centuries life was hard on Lanzarote, and death, from illness, famine, childbirth, old age or other causes, was commonplace, something that affected all families, of all classes, at all times.

How they measure Lanzarote’s volcanic activity

Lanzarote is in constant motion, a volcanic island that is shifting and trembling all the time. These movements are constantly measured and monitored by specialists here and around the world. We recently visited the source of this information, the Lanzarote Geodynamic Laboratory, to find out more.

The man who designed Lanzarote’s first five-star hotel

Fernando Higueras was the visionary architectural genius who designed the first five-star hotel on Lanzarote – the Meliá Salinas – and helped César Manrique to transform Lanzarote.

The history of Ireland’s connection to the Canaries

The Canaries and Ireland share a long and sad history of famine and emigration, but Irish emigration to the islands first took place around 1651. Here’s the history of Ireland’s connection to the Canary Islands.

When Churchill planned to invade the Canaries

British tourists account for more than 50% of the island's visitors, but how many of them know that Churchill planned to invade the Canary Islands in 1941?

The man who changed Lanzarote forever

Manuel Díaz Rijo created the first island-based desalination in the world and changed Lanzarote forever.

When Lanzarote went to the Oscars

Arrecife-born costume designer Paco Delgado has worked on a number of huge films throughout his career which earned him two Goya Awards and two Oscar nominations.

When Lanzarote featured on the big screen

Lanzarote has featured in a number of films, TV and videos over the years. Here’s our list of some of the island’s most famous and memorable appearances.