Up On The Wall

Murals are nothing new to Lanzarote. César Manrique created several large indoor and outdoor wall paintings, many of which can still be seen; but recent years have seen several larger scale artworks adorning public buildings in Arrecife.

Free-diving on Lanzarote

Free-diving is slowly becoming more and more popular on Lanzarote. We spoke to Francis Barbier-Martins to get a closer look at this mysterious and beautiful sport.

Swim Star Kennedy Denby

Earlier this summer, 17-year-old Kennedy Denby from Costa Teguise, became the fastest woman swimmer in Spain over 400 metres. It's an astonishing achievement for the “little mermaid” we first reported on seven years ago. But when we talked to her last month, we discovered that there's a lot more to Kennedy than just “the girl who swims fast”.

Ronn Ballantyne: Sharp Shooter

In the 1990s, Ronn Ballantyne was asked to take photos for the front covers of the early incarnations of the Gazette. Now recently retired, we spoke to him about a life behind the lens.

“Maintain and improve”

Teguise's new Mayor, Olivia Duque, has 12 years of experience as a councillor at Teguise Ayuntamiento. During her time as Culture Councillor, she oversaw initiatives such as the Pirate museum, the Noche Blanca and the Timple Museum.

Tina makes me feel free!

What happens when an icon dies? Lanzarote has seen its share of Tina Turner tributes over the years, so following her recent death we interviewed Praylene Jackson, who performs the Tina Turner Show six nights a week in various hotels on the island.

A very good year

Indian Delights celebrated its third birthday this August. Their third year in business has proved to be their best yet, with the challenges of Covid long behind them, Ramesh and Sara Saraswati look at the past three years and look to the future with optimism.

Lydia Dant – The Iron Lady

In May this year, Lydia Dant from Cheltenham took the Lanzarote Ironman female title for the second year running, and she's dead set on making it a hat trick in 2024. We decided to find out a little more about her inspirational journey.

“I do, I show, I taste”

Every single day, Lanzarote's hotels feed several thousand guests – a task that requires huge organisation and skills. To get an idea of what is involved, we spoke to Vicente Rodríguez, head chef at the Seaside Los Jameos Playa Hotel in Matagorda, Puerto del Carmen.

Eye on the island

Lanzarote is well-served by the press. There are several digital news sites online, some of which print monthly editions; two Canarian newspapers which also carry coverage of the island and a number of local radio and TV stations too. Journalism and a free press are regarded as essential elements of Spain's democracy.