Blogs for the year 2016

Christmas on Lanzarote
5 December 2016
What can you expect in the way of Christmas celebrations on Lanzarote? While the annual midwinter festival is not as commercial as in many northern European countries, it is still a big deal for Canarians. As a Catholic country, much of the traditional celebrations revolve around midnight mass for t...
Flower Power
21 November 2016
Over the winter months, Lanzarote is a great place to visit if you want to see some floral colour. As the year round Spring like climate ensures that even in the depths of winter there are plenty of plants in flower and most of the trees remain green. Most people can now readily identify bougainvill...
Winter Weather
31 October 2016
Whilst regular visitors know all about Lanzarote´s amazing climate during the winter months it often comes as a shock to many fist time visitors to find that they can enjoy long lazy sun drenched days by the pool or on the beach even during December and January. When we first visited Lanzar...
Small Wonders
28 September 2016
Tourists staying on the island are in for a tasty treat this weekend as Lanzarote’s 5th annual Tapas Festival is taking place in the resort of Puerto del Carmen. Featuring some creative cooking with local produce by a whole raft of top local chef’s and restaurants as well as a fine array...
Let Us Rock
22 September 2016
If you are visiting Lanzarote over the coming month and you’re a fan of live music then you’re in for a real treat, as the unique music festival Arrecife En Vivo gets underway this week, delivering a whole heap of great young acts from around Europe as well as a walking tour of the islan...
Walk On
6 September 2016
Tourists staying in one of our villas in Playa Blanca over the next week or so have the chance to take part in one of Lanzarote’s largest annual festivals this coming weekend, as the annual pilgrimage to the small village of Mancha Blanca takes place this coming Saturday, drawing in tens of th...
Pilot Plight
24 August 2016
There were some dramatic scenes along the shoreline in Playa Blanca recently as a 20 strong pod of pilot whales attempted to beach themselves just off the coast at Los Colorados. Resulting in tourists and locals joining together to create a human chain that eventually helped to force the confused ce...
September Sales
10 August 2016
Whilst summer is slowly turning into Autumn in the UK September remains one of the best months of the year to visit Lanzarote. As the heat and high winds of August dissipate, the tourist crowds thin out a little and the sea still remains comfortably warm. Many locals and regular visitors to the i...
Reef Brief
27 July 2016
The much awaited opening of the Atlantic Museum off the coast of Playa Blanca next year is sure to provide a major boost to the resort and will provide visitors with a great new atttraction to explore. As the life like, submerged sculptures of the Museum's creator Jason deCaires Taylor will prov...
Fiesta Time
19 July 2016
Anyone who has enjoyed a stay in one of our villas in Playa Blanca over the last week will have been aware of some large scale local celebrations. As the town has been marking the annual fiesta of the Virgin del Carmen since July 10th. But what are the roots and significance of this festival? ...
What's on July
6 July 2016
July's a great time to be visiting Lanzarote - but it's not just the sun that is shining this month as the island is also playing host to a dazzling selection of events that should feature high on your agenda if you've booked one of our villas in Playa Blanca over the coming weeks. JA...
July Holiday Offers
15 June 2016
Planning a last minute summer break here on Lanzarote? If so we still have some limited availabilty for selected dates in July, so browse some of these villas below and get packing! CASA  ALOHA Dates :: July 12th to 19th  Beds :: 2  Sleeps :: 4  Price :: £595 per wee...
Arrecife Upgraded
13 June 2016
The rising number of cruise ships docking in Arrecife’s harbour has led the Port Authorities of Las Palmas to announce that they intend to invest €100,000 in a new passenger station in Puerto Marmoles, as the port of Arrecife is known. This latest initiative is just an...
Book Fee Free
31 May 2016
If you're looking for the best value deal on your next villa holiday in Playa Blanca then it really does pay to shop around and book direct with locally based companies such as Optima. As from June 1st this year all of the big brand, household name websites, such as Home Away and Owners Direc...
Canary Day
24 May 2016
The 30th of May marks an extra special day in the local Canarian calendar. As it was on this date in 1983 that the seven islands of the archipelago were granted autonomous status by the mainland government, as part of a wider program of national devolution across Spain. Today, Dia de Canarias, is...
Great June Offers
12 May 2016
Whilst France may be staging the Euro 2016 football championships this June the best saves next month can all be found right here on Lanzarote, as we are offering some dazzling discounted villa deals of up to 20%. June is an ideal month to book a break on the island, as temperatures climb into th...
Musical May
6 May 2016
The Jameos del Agua is a year round tourist attraction on Lanzarote, with plenty to bring visitors through its doors during the day. But it is also an exceptional venue for the occasional cultural or music event, thanks to its wonderful auditorium created out of a volcanic cave. The rock walls of th...
Surf's Up
29 April 2016
The Trade Winds blow across the Canaries from April to August. And whilst they once powered Spanish galleons across the Atlantic to the New World in search of silver and gold today they fuel mariners of an altogether different stripe. Surfing has been big in the Canaries ever since the 1960's...
Liquid Sounds
13 April 2016
There are a growing number of live music events being staged on Lanzarote every year. But one of these in particular, Liquid Sounds, really stands out for its accessibility, both geographically and demographically. As this event is not just all about the music, but food, drink and family too. With c...
High Fliers
6 April 2016
Lanzarote's popularity as a tourist destination continues to grow by the month.  As the latest figures, just released by AENA, reveal that the quantity of non Spanish holidaymakers visiting the island grew again in February, up by a very impressive 9% year on year. It looks highly likely...
Prime Location
29 March 2016
Anyone reading the national press in the UK will be well aware that the British Prime Minister David Cameron has been enjoying an Easter break on Lanzarote, claiming that he needs time to get away from it all and think, no doubt about the impending Euro referendum. And where else would he spend it t...
Deep South
10 March 2016
The crystal clear waters and abundant marine life found in the sea around Lanzarote have always made the island a real magnet for scuba divers. But with the impending opening of the Museo Atlantico next year diving holidays are set to really take off in and around the resort, which should spell posi...
Book Flights Early
25 February 2016
As the demand for holidays in the Canaries continues to rise holidaymakers are being advised to book their flights soon in order to secure the best deals. According to recent reports in the travel media flights and holidays to Lanzarote and the Canary Islands continue to sell briskly, as more and...
Museo Atlantico
19 February 2016
Playa Blanca’s newest tourist attraction began to be installed at the end of January, as some of the concrete sculptures created by Jason de Caires Taylor were lowered into position in the underwater museum or Museo Atlantico, as it will be known. The artist has used extremely topical themes f...
Bumper Year For Tourism
9 February 2016
The number of tourists visiting Lanzarote has grown by a whopping 26.3% over the last four years, according to data just released by ISTAC, the Canarian Institute of Statistics, as the island celebrated a record breaking year for arrivals during 2014. The number of tourists enjoying a sunshine br...
Here Comes Carnival
2 February 2016
Carnival is a massive celebration across Spain and particularly in the Canaries, where the capital of the most populous island in the archipelago, Santa Cruz de Tenerife, plays host to one million revelers every year. And if you’re renting one of our villas in Lanzarote over the next month the...
Winter Wonderland
20 January 2016
As the temperatures continue to fall in the UK and Eire Lanzarote is enjoying one of its best winters in many years, with the mercury climbing well into the mid 20’s and the sky untroubled by little in the way of cloud. This is of course in stark contrast to last winter, which in the north ...