Isla de Lanzarote Local Customs

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    How to chill out in a Spanish bar

    by lomi Updated Oct 20, 2013

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    Relax ! Its not very English, so you need to practice. Sit down and allow the waiter to come to you.

    For a large beer order a jarra (pronouced harra). Or for a small beer a caña (pronounced canya), no need to lean on the bar and get in the way.. Chill out!! And pay for food and drink after the meal.

    Learn the art of chilling out by having fun, chat to the next table, stop shouting at the kids, play on your tablet, rearrange your salad, test out the cucumbers to rest the eyes, sing, sit back and enjoy people watching. The locals can't understand the English jittery impatience...

    And hey dont even think of trying to do a runner! And if you are ordering 'rounds' that's ok, pay at the end, everyone shares the bill...Easy...

    Leave a tip if the service is good, if it hasn't, don't leave anything. This is not a tipping culture, no one will be offended. In Restaurants it is normal to leave the loose change. Forget USA style 15% of the bill. Forget about the anxiety of tipping altogether. Enjoy life!

    Things to do with salad at a Tapas bar
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    Go on dress up for Carnival in Feb, March

    by lomi Updated Oct 20, 2013

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    Carnvial kicks off in Arrecife at the Recinto, with the election of the Carnival Queen, Gay Carnival Queen, voting of the floats. Next is the hilarity of the solemn procession of the Burning of the Sardine, also in Arrecife.

    These are followed with the Carnival parades. Starting in Arrecife, it moves to Puerto del Carmen, Teguise, Costa Teguise, Yaiza and Playa Blanca over subsequent weekends between February and March.

    Each area celebrates in its own unique way, it is all very colourful, and noisy. Join in, or at least bring the camera !

    2013 theme is the 60's. But really anything goes.

    Carnival Queen Clowns in Lanzarote Carnival Carnival time
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    BBQ with "volcanic" style

    by Tripack Updated Oct 1, 2013

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    In Timanfaya (Fire Mountain) you will be never out of fire to do your BBQ!
    Natural heat still go out from hot (I mean very hot) holes dated from the last eruption (several centuries ago)... El Diablo restaurant in the National Park visitor center offer a live and hot BBQ demonstration.

    Bon appétit!

    Show (chaud ;-) time Hot natural BBQ Mountain of fire in action...
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    Language please!

    by lomi Updated May 29, 2013

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    Spanish people in the resorts speak some English, but try and speak Spanish, it's friendly.

    Hola - pronounced Olah - hello
    Buenos Dias - good morning
    Buenos Tardes - good afternoon
    Buenos Noches - good night

    Go on, dont be bashful. You know you want to.

    In the villages they only speak Spanish (or Canarian).

    If you can only say 'Gracias' (thankyou) use it. Please.

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    The Lanzarote Flag

    by lomi Updated Aug 25, 2008

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    Each Canary Island has their own flag, Lanzarote's is red and blue.

    You sometimes see the Lanzarote flag and the yellow, white and blue flag of the Canaries flying together. Now you now the difference.

    Lanzarote Flag Canary Island Flag
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    [HONEY RUM is in real only sweet liqueur]

    by pikuu Updated Jul 21, 2007

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    I like honey and I like very very much rum. Can you imagine how I was content reading (before the travel) that one of Canarias strong points is local ron miel (Honey rum). This product is made on Gran Canaria and it isn't specific thing for Lanzarote.

    I bought quite a large bottle, found proper place with mountain view and I started to taste it. Sorry! This drink is a sweet liqueur with only small similarity to the authentic Carribean products. Almost no fantastic rum aroma, no rum taste. Even lovely sunset didn't change my opinion :(

    I have to admit that the manufacturer labeled bottle with the info that this is a liqueur contains about 20% alcohol. SO, if you like sweet drinks without distinct taste........

    Artemi, popular Canarias rum brand (www.artemi.es)
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    Lanzarote Carnival

    by mustertal Updated Mar 28, 2006

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    Carnival in Lanzarote starts at the beginning of Lent in the capitol town of Arrecife, they have a whole week of celebrations, with all kinds of festivities, ending with the Madi Gras on Shrove Tuesday.
    The first of these are held in the capitol Arrecife, the second week is in Puerto del Carmen, Costa Teguise then onto Playa Blanca. People spend all year making their costumes and the wonderful floats they work very hard and spend many hours to get them ready.
    The atmosphere is wonderful and the place vibrates with music and dance.
    It is customary for the spectators to dress up in costume as well as those taking part, this Ad's a lot to the atmosphere

    Carnival Carnival Time Carnival Carnival
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    Try the local food and drink

    by rachel_sun Written Nov 13, 2003

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    Dont stick to the tourist restaurants.Go inland and eat where local people eat and try something typically Spanish.Ask a Spanish person to recomend something local .Give tips to waiters as they are on low wages and a tip shows you enjoyed what u had.Try to learn a few words of the lingo as Spanish people can see you are making an effort and like this.

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    Canarian wrestling is great fun

    by rachel_sun Updated Nov 13, 2003

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    Topless sun bathing is acceptable on most main beaches,but nude bathing is not,only on very secluded beaches.A favourite sport for locals ins Canarian Wrestling.Wrestlers work in teams wearing a certain type of shorts and shirt.From time to time,hotels will hold these contests so do go along to one if you get the chance..
    Do like the locals do and rise early and take a kip during the day(siesta).Have a nice lunch and then sleep it off for a few hours as the locals do.
    Drink your coffee black like most locals.You can have alittle milk in it for brekkie mind.Eat donuts with your coffeee for breakfast as they are delicious.

    BEAUTIFUL CACTUS GARDEN
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    When entering/leaving a bar,restaurant

    by rachel_sun Updated Nov 13, 2003

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    When entering/leaving a bar,restuarant with locals in it, it is good manners to address the room with a quiet greeting of SENORES,SENORES,or say HOLA when speaking to Spaniards.Dress sensibly too as local people do not strip off or even sunbathe.Most local people always like to look smart.Try tapas as they are delicious and can be eaten as a snack or a starter to a main meal.Have lunch around 2pm and eat late as the locals do around 9 or even 10 pm.

    LANZAROTE HAS EVERYTHING
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    Long sandy beaches

    by rachel_sun Written Oct 17, 2002

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    I also enjoyed the watersports here.For anyone into windsurfing,Lanzarote has windsurf hire on all main beaches.The best time to visit Lanzarote for sun,sun,sun is between May-Sept.The rest of the year,you may get just alittle rain(but not much).

    BEACHES WERE LONG AND SANDY AND PEACEFUL

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    Volcanic restaurant was good

    by rachel_sun Written Oct 17, 2002

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    There is a volcano water hole outside DEVIL restaurant.This is a must see,i loved it here.Also i recomend going to the local markets.I got some lovely African craftwork from a market.Arrecife has a market on Saturday mornings....
    Costa Teguise has a market on Friday afternoons at the Pueblo Marinero...Go along,its great fun....

    ROCKY AND SANDY BEACHES IN LANZAROTE

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    Canarian Wresling

    by sevenl Written Sep 16, 2002

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    Canarian Wresling is a very old sport practised throughout the canary isles. No WWF here ! just plain skill and strength.
    the photo shows local children being taught this sport on the beach at Playa Blanca

    Young Canarian Wrestlers being taught on the beach

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    Dogs may not be able to read -

    by scottishvisitor Updated Jan 19, 2006

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    I like to see funny pictorial signs, this one was at the harbour where you can take some nice boat trips. I think the dogs might just get the picture!!

    NO MEANS NO!!

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    Don´t ignore Prohibido El...

    by Bigs Written Aug 29, 2002

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    Don´t ignore Prohibido El Paso' signs, so you help to save the environment. It´s also quite dangerous to walk on these lavafields.

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