Lanzarote Curious facts

Datos curiosos

  • Lanzarote is the oldest of the Canary Islands with 180 million years and the youngest is El Hierro with 750,000 thousand years.


  • San Borondón is an island that appears and disappears. It has been mentioned and described in the past by several seafarers and characters, such as the pastor of Alajeró in La Gomera (1759). Almost all locate it in the range between the West - Southwest of La Palma and West - Northwest of El Hierro. The rumor of this mysterious island, without doubt, was after the discovery and conquest of the Canary Islands.


  • Chinijo not only is the name of the archipelago, it is also used to name little things, even children are called so.


  • The haze: Sometimes the landscape is blurred. The dust stains houses, cars and even affects asthmatic people. This is dust that comes from the Sahara desert. Sometimes it comes with a lot of heat even with plagues of locusts.


  • The "guagua" is a name-symbol that has represented the bus. It is not known from where the word came, it is believed that a voice could have been imported by Canarian emigration from Cuba. We used the English term Wagon (truck, van or wagon), but the difficult pronunciation led to the term "guagua". It is also used in Latin American countries while in others, such as Chile guagua means baby.


  • The Canary wrestle is a sporting manifestation of Guanche origin, characterized by its ability and nobility, taking as a basic principle the imbalancing of the opponent until he touches the ground with any part of his body that is not the foot sole, as only is it possible to stand on the foot, if you touch the sand with any other body part you are disqualified.

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César Manrique

César Manrique

It is impossible to imagine Lanzarote as it is today without Cesar Manrique. Painter, sculptor, ecologist, curator of monuments, construction counselor, planner of urban complexes, landscapes and gardens designer. A whole example to follow.

César Manrique

 

About our history

About our history

History has been marked by the unique characteristics of the island and the way in which its people have interacted with the territory.

History

 

People & Customs

People & Customs

Find out more about the hospitable people and customs of the island.

People & Customs

 
 
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