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  • #52836
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    Hi,

    I own a piece of land on southern Lanzarote, in the Playa Blanca area. Currently I believe the land is unbuildable, although I have heard that there is discussions of a large development close to my land.

    Since I have no idea how to keep touch with the property market on Lanzarote, I wonder if any of this forums readers knows what is going on. For example, there have been plans for several golf courses – have the plans moved forward? Will the big project that got a go-ahead from Yaiza really go-ahead?

    Also, does anyone know any good lawyer specialized in property in Lanzarote?

  • #71174
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    When you say “unbuildable”, do you mean no planning, or in an area where it is unlikely ever to get consent, due to the location, or is it that the land itself is poor for building (gradients)?
    The golf courses, well the one in Tia has had works commenced and agents in Lanzarote have been advertising properties in Playa Blanca for 5 or 6 years that I know of, claiming to be alongside new gold course, but still no golf course although 2 or 3 are always talked about.
    The new development, will it happen – remember, it’s Lanzarote.

  • #71175
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    The land is unbuildable as in outside the zone where there is planning permission. I think that the word used is that it is in a “Zona Rustico”.

  • #71195
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    Hi Frobozz,

    I am confused.
    You say that you currently own a piece of land, but you don’t know if it is Urban or Rustic? What was it when you bought it? Have you applied for a change of use?
    You have heard of discussions of a large development close to your land….
    You have no idea how to keep in touch with the property market in Lanzarote…
    You know that there have been several plans for golf courses…
    You say the big project got a go-ahead from Yaiza…
    Then you ask for a lawyer specialized in property in Lanzarote….

    ‘Scuse me for asking Frobozz, but what’s the weather like on your planet?!

  • #71225
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    I know that the land is in a “rustic zone” zone so I can’t build. My grandfather bought the land almost 40 years ago, so in the mean time there has been some change of plans.

    So as you can see, the property has been in my family for a long time. I don’t know much about the property market in Lanzarote and all my sources are google.

    At the same time I have read about big projects that I know is in the vincinity of my property.

    The weather is clouded on my planet. I need help.

    Are you still confused?

  • #71358
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    I know that the land is in a “rustic zone” zone so I can’t build. My grandfather bought the land almost 40 years ago, so in the mean time there has been some change of plans.

    So as you can see, the property has been in my family for a long time. I don’t know much about the property market in Lanzarote and all my sources are google.

    At the same time I have read about big projects that I know is in the vincinity of my property.

    The weather is clouded on my planet. I need help.

    Are you still confused?

  • #71227
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    I think that a bit of a miracle is being asked for here, as you say that the land is in Playa Blanca, but that is a fair size area. What is the location of the land, what is the site area, what is around it, have you talked to the Council, haveyou talked to the local land agents, The comparable is like asking for advice about land in any larhe town. You need to be more specific.
    I assume that the land was bought speculatively, with the hope of development consent in the future, or was there some form of consent on the land, or perhaps a building or buildings.
    I don’t think you will get far unless you are more specific.
    If you are not familiar with the property market, think it unwise to just rely on what can be found on Google.
    If it is a large area of land, maybe worth spending some money on professional advice, but would suggest that you seek the advice of the established agents and not the ex-pats who rely on the tourist trade. For lawyers, go to the capital (Arrecife) which is where you will find most of the business lawyer operate from. Just get professional advice.

  • #71362
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    I think that a bit of a miracle is being asked for here, as you say that the land is in Playa Blanca, but that is a fair size area. What is the location of the land, what is the site area, what is around it, have you talked to the Council, haveyou talked to the local land agents, The comparable is like asking for advice about land in any larhe town. You need to be more specific.
    I assume that the land was bought speculatively, with the hope of development consent in the future, or was there some form of consent on the land, or perhaps a building or buildings.
    I don’t think you will get far unless you are more specific.
    If you are not familiar with the property market, think it unwise to just rely on what can be found on Google.
    If it is a large area of land, maybe worth spending some money on professional advice, but would suggest that you seek the advice of the established agents and not the ex-pats who rely on the tourist trade. For lawyers, go to the capital (Arrecife) which is where you will find most of the business lawyer operate from. Just get professional advice.

  • #71230
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    Hi mg. Thanks for the advice. I will try to find an established agent which can give me more specific advice regarding my property.

    I don’t think I ask for a miracle. Obviously noone can tell any specific about my property, but perhaps someone knows if anything is happening in the general area. If they build e.g. golf courses that will have an impact on the entire Playa Blanca area and also my property.

  • #71368
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    Hi mg. Thanks for the advice. I will try to find an established agent which can give me more specific advice regarding my property.

    I don’t think I ask for a miracle. Obviously noone can tell any specific about my property, but perhaps someone knows if anything is happening in the general area. If they build e.g. golf courses that will have an impact on the entire Playa Blanca area and also my property.

  • #71235
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    Hi frobozz

    Unfortunately, it is a minefield in Spain as to who to contact and who to trust – agents and lawyers alike.
    May I suggest it is worth contacting a lawyer that is recommended by Mark, the administrator of this forum, based in Lanzarote:

    Izquierdo, de la Cueva y Lleó,Abogados
    Contact: Mario Izquierdo
    T: +34 928 815 262
    E: mario at lanzarotelawyers dot com
    http://www.lanzarotelawyers.com

    He should be able to recommend someone who can, on your behalf, make an unbiased appraisal of your land with regards to what you can potentially do with it (legal status) and advise you as to the current situation re. proposed development around it with the necessary searches etc.

    As mg says, you do need good professional advice, but personally I would not just rely on any estate agent for this – too much personal interest, and possibly a case of ‘they see you coming’. My Uncle bought a piece of land west of Nerja in the 60’s, and a few years ago was advised by an agent that it was not worth much, could never be built on – so he subsequently sold it ‘for a song’. He later discovered the agent who bought it promptly sold it for a fortune to a developer. My uncle was from the generation that trusted so-called ‘professionals’.

    To inherit a piece of land like this from your grandfather is a wonderful thing – and I would hate to see you taken for a ride by some unscrupulous shark of whom, unfortunately, there are many.

    I would also recommend then flying out and meeting everyone you intend to seek advice over this in person.

    Wish you good luck.

  • #71378
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    Hi frobozz

    Unfortunately, it is a minefield in Spain as to who to contact and who to trust – agents and lawyers alike.
    May I suggest it is worth contacting a lawyer that is recommended by Mark, the administrator of this forum, based in Lanzarote:

    Izquierdo, de la Cueva y Lleó,Abogados
    Contact: Mario Izquierdo
    T: +34 928 815 262
    E: mario at lanzarotelawyers dot com
    http://www.lanzarotelawyers.com

    He should be able to recommend someone who can, on your behalf, make an unbiased appraisal of your land with regards to what you can potentially do with it (legal status) and advise you as to the current situation re. proposed development around it with the necessary searches etc.

    As mg says, you do need good professional advice, but personally I would not just rely on any estate agent for this – too much personal interest, and possibly a case of ‘they see you coming’. My Uncle bought a piece of land west of Nerja in the 60’s, and a few years ago was advised by an agent that it was not worth much, could never be built on – so he subsequently sold it ‘for a song’. He later discovered the agent who bought it promptly sold it for a fortune to a developer. My uncle was from the generation that trusted so-called ‘professionals’.

    To inherit a piece of land like this from your grandfather is a wonderful thing – and I would hate to see you taken for a ride by some unscrupulous shark of whom, unfortunately, there are many.

    I would also recommend then flying out and meeting everyone you intend to seek advice over this in person.

    Wish you good luck.

  • #71236
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    Hi Frobozz,

    Playa Blanca is currently expanding massively with the new Plan Parcial well underway.
    As MG says, Playa Blanca is a big place nowadays. I knew it in the early 80’s as a small fishing village. 40 years ago, it must have been just a couple of houses!!
    Do you have the paperwork for the land – or the company.
    As you are not sure about anything, are you still sure that you actually OWN the land/company etc?
    Maybe your land has already been built upon?!!
    As Charlie rightly suggested, you need some independent advice. If you want to PM me, I can give you a whole selection of local lawyers whom you can contact, plus lots of other people.

  • #71380
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    Hi Frobozz,

    Playa Blanca is currently expanding massively with the new Plan Parcial well underway.
    As MG says, Playa Blanca is a big place nowadays. I knew it in the early 80’s as a small fishing village. 40 years ago, it must have been just a couple of houses!!
    Do you have the paperwork for the land – or the company.
    As you are not sure about anything, are you still sure that you actually OWN the land/company etc?
    Maybe your land has already been built upon?!!
    As Charlie rightly suggested, you need some independent advice. If you want to PM me, I can give you a whole selection of local lawyers whom you can contact, plus lots of other people.

  • #71252
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    Hi Frobozz,

    There is a moratorium on planning approvals in some areas around Playa Blanca but as earlier replies have pointed out this is a large area and so you need to be more specific.

    The Spanish companies I manage sold all their land on Fuerteventura at the end of 2005 following frustration and chaos with the planning situation in the north of the island.

    I have been visiting Fuerteventua since 1986 on business and also visited Lanzarote from time to time. If you wish to contact me with more detailed information of your land, even if details in Spanish, I would be pleased to give you some indication as to the situation, I also agree with other postings that you could contact a local reputable lawyer but would not rely on estate agents or similar.

    Best Regards

    Terry English

    P.S. I am based in London

  • #71412
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    Hi Frobozz,

    There is a moratorium on planning approvals in some areas around Playa Blanca but as earlier replies have pointed out this is a large area and so you need to be more specific.

    The Spanish companies I manage sold all their land on Fuerteventura at the end of 2005 following frustration and chaos with the planning situation in the north of the island.

    I have been visiting Fuerteventua since 1986 on business and also visited Lanzarote from time to time. If you wish to contact me with more detailed information of your land, even if details in Spanish, I would be pleased to give you some indication as to the situation, I also agree with other postings that you could contact a local reputable lawyer but would not rely on estate agents or similar.

    Best Regards

    Terry English

    P.S. I am based in London

  • #71257
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    Thanks for all help and comments.

    Perhaps I sounded a bit too vague in my messages. I know where my land is situated: about 2km north of Playa Blanca along the main road to Yaiza.

    One day I realized that you could use google as translator. I looked at the page http://www.lavozdelanzarote.com and found references to several big projects in PB area
    1) A really big development got green light from Yaiza. Apparently the cabildo was very upset about it and tried to evoke the permit
    2) references to plans to build 2 or three golf courses in Playa Blanca area.

    Since these developments are so large I thought that they might have some impact on my land. I have tried to find out where the projects above are planned, and if and when anything is going to happen, but to no avail.

  • #71422
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    Thanks for all help and comments.

    Perhaps I sounded a bit too vague in my messages. I know where my land is situated: about 2km north of Playa Blanca along the main road to Yaiza.

    One day I realized that you could use google as translator. I looked at the page http://www.lavozdelanzarote.com and found references to several big projects in PB area
    1) A really big development got green light from Yaiza. Apparently the cabildo was very upset about it and tried to evoke the permit
    2) references to plans to build 2 or three golf courses in Playa Blanca area.

    Since these developments are so large I thought that they might have some impact on my land. I have tried to find out where the projects above are planned, and if and when anything is going to happen, but to no avail.

  • #71432
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    Hi Frobozz

    at this moment in time I wouldn’t be worried about whether you can build on the land or not. I would be worried about whether i still own it or not.

    When your grandfather died did you go through probate to have the deeds transferred in your name. How long ago was this?

    Has anyone visited the land recently?

    In Spain (as far as I can recall) there are possibilities you can lose your land if someone wants to clam it as their own and you are not around to defend it – it takes a while to go through but if you haven’t been out for a long time then you may find you have a nasty shock around the corner. (you may not also but if it is urbanisable and a developer wants it – trust me you will have a lot of problems to contend with)

    So your first question to a solicitor should be to establish legal title to the land

    Also do you have a copy of the escritura

    On it there should be a registration number (Tomo, Libro, Folio and finca registration) From this number you can obtain the cadastral registration number.

    When you have this number you can apply directly to the land registry and establish yourself what can and can’t be done, whether it comes under the new town plan or PGOU, what can or cannot be built upon it, etc etc.

    I wouldn’t use an agent to do this unless you trust them totally – as many foreign agents (sorry to the good ones on here) don’t do this basic check because they don’t know how to.

    Therefore you would be best advised to get a lawyer to do this for you – but knowing what needs to be done will potentially save you money in the long run.

    Hope this helps

    Regards

    Vince

  • #71262
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    Hi Frobozz

    at this moment in time I wouldn’t be worried about whether you can build on the land or not. I would be worried about whether i still own it or not.

    When your grandfather died did you go through probate to have the deeds transferred in your name. How long ago was this?

    Has anyone visited the land recently?

    In Spain (as far as I can recall) there are possibilities you can lose your land if someone wants to clam it as their own and you are not around to defend it – it takes a while to go through but if you haven’t been out for a long time then you may find you have a nasty shock around the corner. (you may not also but if it is urbanisable and a developer wants it – trust me you will have a lot of problems to contend with)

    So your first question to a solicitor should be to establish legal title to the land

    Also do you have a copy of the escritura

    On it there should be a registration number (Tomo, Libro, Folio and finca registration) From this number you can obtain the cadastral registration number.

    When you have this number you can apply directly to the land registry and establish yourself what can and can’t be done, whether it comes under the new town plan or PGOU, what can or cannot be built upon it, etc etc.

    I wouldn’t use an agent to do this unless you trust them totally – as many foreign agents (sorry to the good ones on here) don’t do this basic check because they don’t know how to.

    Therefore you would be best advised to get a lawyer to do this for you – but knowing what needs to be done will potentially save you money in the long run.

    Hope this helps

    Regards

    Vince

  • #71434
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    Hi Frobozz

    have tried to find the cadastral page for Lanzarotte on the town hall website – but cant find the town hall website.

    Would have made your job somewhat easier as you can check from there what you can and cant do

    Apologies – it seems every town hall is not connected.

    Vince

  • #71263
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    Hi Frobozz

    have tried to find the cadastral page for Lanzarotte on the town hall website – but cant find the town hall website.

    Would have made your job somewhat easier as you can check from there what you can and cant do

    Apologies – it seems every town hall is not connected.

    Vince

  • #71446
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    Hi Frobozz,

    If I were you, I would get on a plane and get over here and sort things out.
    Even if you are skint, Ryanair are now flying to Fuerteventura and you can pick up a return for a fistful of fivers and get the ferry over (20 mins) to Playa Blanca.
    You need to bring every scrap of paperwork you have ever had and you need to go and stand on the land itself and have a look around.
    The present Plan Parcial in Playa Blanca is not on the road from Playa Blanca to Yaiza, it is all happening to the left of the resort (as you look at Playa Blanca from Yaiza direction).
    Most of the area has been named Costa Papagayo – although for the life of me I have no idea why as the actual Papagayo zone is quite a way from there!
    Terry Helvetia – talks of moratoriums, well, forget it.
    If the mayor says build it, it gets built and the consequences are dealt with later.
    Same in Yaiza at the moment as any other town where the mayor calls the shots.
    Having said that, “most” of the building is what was planned years and years ago.
    If you visited Playa Blanca 10 years ago you would have noticed that there were many roads going nowhere, with little roundabouts etc. etc. There are still plenty of these and these are where the next phases of building will take place.
    These too have begun big arguments as some of them got planning permission in the mid-70’s. Arguments are that once permission has been granted, then thats it. Other arguments are that subsequent rulings on permissions take precedence and so on ad infinitum.
    As for golf courses, Lanzarote presently has only 1 in Costa Teguise.
    The golf course between Puerto del Carmen and Tias is well underway and will be open in 2008 sometime.
    The other – very much talked about – courses are 1 planned at the back of Puerto Calero and the other in Playa Blanca around the Montaña Roja area.
    Both of these have been talked about for years and many houses around Montaña Roja have no doubt been sold with the promise of a golf course being built there. In fact, the talk is of 1 x 18 hole and 1 x 9 hole wrapping around Montaña Roja.
    This has been talked about for years.
    Believe it only when it happens and not before.
    As for the Puerto Calero course…well, we all know how much money and influence Mr Calero has and so this will, in my opinion, be the next course to go ahead.
    Even more likely now that the compulsory purchase of a friend of a friend’s ruined finca took place a month or so back which was smack bang in the middle of the land destined for the golf course…
    I don’t know when you were last over here, but from the big roundabout at the entrance to Playa Blanca (again looking at it from Yaiza direction), there has been a number of large commercial warehouses and showrooms built on the right. These have extended about half a kilometre from the roundabout.
    There is nothing immediately to the left although the first phase of Costa Papagayo has stretched up in Yaiza direction about 1km from the roundabout, but set quite a way back from the road.
    You can assume and presume and take advice forever, but you need to get yourself over here.
    Presently, it is unlikely that the building will extend any further up the road towards Yaiza from these industrial units – but you never know.
    Get into the Town Hall and get some answers.
    Like I said, if you want a handful of reputable lawyers, gestors. architects etc phone numbers, PM me and I will gladly help out.
    Also, if you want phone number of local travel agency who can arrange flights and accom, let me know.
    We are only 3.5 hours from UK and you can fly here 6 days a week now.
    Get over here!!!

  • #71269
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    Hi Frobozz,

    If I were you, I would get on a plane and get over here and sort things out.
    Even if you are skint, Ryanair are now flying to Fuerteventura and you can pick up a return for a fistful of fivers and get the ferry over (20 mins) to Playa Blanca.
    You need to bring every scrap of paperwork you have ever had and you need to go and stand on the land itself and have a look around.
    The present Plan Parcial in Playa Blanca is not on the road from Playa Blanca to Yaiza, it is all happening to the left of the resort (as you look at Playa Blanca from Yaiza direction).
    Most of the area has been named Costa Papagayo – although for the life of me I have no idea why as the actual Papagayo zone is quite a way from there!
    Terry Helvetia – talks of moratoriums, well, forget it.
    If the mayor says build it, it gets built and the consequences are dealt with later.
    Same in Yaiza at the moment as any other town where the mayor calls the shots.
    Having said that, “most” of the building is what was planned years and years ago.
    If you visited Playa Blanca 10 years ago you would have noticed that there were many roads going nowhere, with little roundabouts etc. etc. There are still plenty of these and these are where the next phases of building will take place.
    These too have begun big arguments as some of them got planning permission in the mid-70’s. Arguments are that once permission has been granted, then thats it. Other arguments are that subsequent rulings on permissions take precedence and so on ad infinitum.
    As for golf courses, Lanzarote presently has only 1 in Costa Teguise.
    The golf course between Puerto del Carmen and Tias is well underway and will be open in 2008 sometime.
    The other – very much talked about – courses are 1 planned at the back of Puerto Calero and the other in Playa Blanca around the Montaña Roja area.
    Both of these have been talked about for years and many houses around Montaña Roja have no doubt been sold with the promise of a golf course being built there. In fact, the talk is of 1 x 18 hole and 1 x 9 hole wrapping around Montaña Roja.
    This has been talked about for years.
    Believe it only when it happens and not before.
    As for the Puerto Calero course…well, we all know how much money and influence Mr Calero has and so this will, in my opinion, be the next course to go ahead.
    Even more likely now that the compulsory purchase of a friend of a friend’s ruined finca took place a month or so back which was smack bang in the middle of the land destined for the golf course…
    I don’t know when you were last over here, but from the big roundabout at the entrance to Playa Blanca (again looking at it from Yaiza direction), there has been a number of large commercial warehouses and showrooms built on the right. These have extended about half a kilometre from the roundabout.
    There is nothing immediately to the left although the first phase of Costa Papagayo has stretched up in Yaiza direction about 1km from the roundabout, but set quite a way back from the road.
    You can assume and presume and take advice forever, but you need to get yourself over here.
    Presently, it is unlikely that the building will extend any further up the road towards Yaiza from these industrial units – but you never know.
    Get into the Town Hall and get some answers.
    Like I said, if you want a handful of reputable lawyers, gestors. architects etc phone numbers, PM me and I will gladly help out.
    Also, if you want phone number of local travel agency who can arrange flights and accom, let me know.
    We are only 3.5 hours from UK and you can fly here 6 days a week now.
    Get over here!!!

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    @vbtudor wrote:

    Hi Frobozz

    have tried to find the cadastral page for Lanzarotte on the town hall website – but cant find the town hall website.

    Would have made your job somewhat easier as you can check from there what you can and cant do

    Apologies – it seems every town hall is not connected.

    Vince

    Hi Vince,

    It’s here http://www.yaiza.org but it is woefully inadequate.
    There is a much better one at http://www.tias.org only better to see how bad the Yaiza one is, but not much use as it is a different municipality!!!

    Yaiza includes the tourist resort of Playa Blanca. A few years ago the smallest and quitest tourist destination on Lanzarote….but not anymore, oh no!
    It has now stretched along the coast massively. Happy to say that the rules are still being obeyed – everything any colour you like as long as it is white; nothing residential over 2 storeys in height; lots of volcanic stone walls etc etc.
    The Marina Rubicon development is superb – if not a little ahead of its time – see http://www.marinarubicon.com and has provided another haven for yachties and related stuff to complement Puerto Calero. See http://www.puertocalero.com
    Lanzarote is currently having big bucks spent on it – 3.5 million euros just approved for Costa Teguise; nearly every single main road on the island being re-tarmaced in the last 24 months; electricity and water upgrades happening everywhere; new pavements throughout Puerto del Carmen – the list goes on.
    For me, it is the best place on earth. That’s why I’ve lived here for 11 years.
    Sure, we have our share of corrupt mayors (try a google on the current Mayor of Yaiza for more along the vozdelanzarote lines) and politicians trying their level best to get all the other politicians behind bars. Same as anywhere else really.
    But paradise is not a place you find – it’s a place you make. If you were sitting where I am typing this overlooking the main beach road, 30 metres from the sea watching the world go by (whilst trying to make a living!!) you would see what I mean.
    Don’t know why, but something popped into my head which should give lots of members a little perk-up
    “With all its sham and drudgery and broken dreams
    It is still a beautiful world.
    Be careful.
    Strive to be happy.”

    Hows that to end the week?!

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    @vbtudor wrote:

    Hi Frobozz

    have tried to find the cadastral page for Lanzarotte on the town hall website – but cant find the town hall website.

    Would have made your job somewhat easier as you can check from there what you can and cant do

    Apologies – it seems every town hall is not connected.

    Vince

    Hi Vince,

    It’s here http://www.yaiza.org but it is woefully inadequate.
    There is a much better one at http://www.tias.org only better to see how bad the Yaiza one is, but not much use as it is a different municipality!!!

    Yaiza includes the tourist resort of Playa Blanca. A few years ago the smallest and quitest tourist destination on Lanzarote….but not anymore, oh no!
    It has now stretched along the coast massively. Happy to say that the rules are still being obeyed – everything any colour you like as long as it is white; nothing residential over 2 storeys in height; lots of volcanic stone walls etc etc.
    The Marina Rubicon development is superb – if not a little ahead of its time – see http://www.marinarubicon.com and has provided another haven for yachties and related stuff to complement Puerto Calero. See http://www.puertocalero.com
    Lanzarote is currently having big bucks spent on it – 3.5 million euros just approved for Costa Teguise; nearly every single main road on the island being re-tarmaced in the last 24 months; electricity and water upgrades happening everywhere; new pavements throughout Puerto del Carmen – the list goes on.
    For me, it is the best place on earth. That’s why I’ve lived here for 11 years.
    Sure, we have our share of corrupt mayors (try a google on the current Mayor of Yaiza for more along the vozdelanzarote lines) and politicians trying their level best to get all the other politicians behind bars. Same as anywhere else really.
    But paradise is not a place you find – it’s a place you make. If you were sitting where I am typing this overlooking the main beach road, 30 metres from the sea watching the world go by (whilst trying to make a living!!) you would see what I mean.
    Don’t know why, but something popped into my head which should give lots of members a little perk-up
    “With all its sham and drudgery and broken dreams
    It is still a beautiful world.
    Be careful.
    Strive to be happy.”

    Hows that to end the week?!

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