27th Ironman Lanzarote
The 27th edition of the world’s toughest triathlon took place on the 26th of May with 1800 participants. Italian, Alessandro de Gasperi, completed the 3.87km swim, 180km bike ride and 42km run in a time of 08:52:16 to win the men’s event. British triathlete, Lucy Gossage, won the lady’s event with a time of 09:49:27. A special mention should also go to Simone Mitchell, who recorded the second best time of any woman, despite being an amateur. Both Alessandro de Gasperi and Lucy Gossage had won this event previously: the Italian having won in 2015 and the Briton in 2014.
Diving Station for Playa Chica
Puerto del Carmen’s Playa Chica is to get a 470m² diving centre following the green light from Spain’s Ministry of the Environment (Costas). The centre will occupy 966m² of public property adjacent to Playa Chica and will cost €800,000. It is expected to be open by summer 2019. Diving is a popular tourist attraction in Lanzarote, with over 176,000 tourists visiting Lanzarote for scuba diving during 2017.
Bumper Grape Harvest for 2018?
Experts from the Lanzarote Wine regulator are predicting a big harvest this year thanks to favourable weather conditions over the last few months. As long as there are no prolonged heat waves in June or July, the harvest is expected to be at least as good as last year, which was itself an excellent year. The experts haven’t discounted the possibility of a record year: which would require a harvest of at least 3.7 million tonnes. Grape production volumes can vary dramatically in Lanzarote from year-to-year: 2015 saw over 3.5 million tons, while 2016 had a dreadful harvest with just 695,000 kilos.
50 Kilos of Cocaine hidden in Car
Guardia Civil agents detained two men and a woman on a ferry bound for Lanzarote when they were discovered to have 50 kilos of cocaina and cocaine paste hidden in their car. The seizure took place aboard a Transmediterranea Ferry from Cadiz at the beginning of the month.
Vueling adds New Routes
Budget carrier, Vueling, have added several new routes connecting Lanzarote to mainland Spain this summer. The routes are: daily flights to Barcelona, four flights per week to Bilbao, twice per week to Malaga, and weekly connections with Seville, Santiago de Compostela and Asturias. With the recent introduction of a 75% subsidy for Canary Islands residents, there has never been a better time to fly to the Peninsula.