The small Canary Island of Lanzarote will be hosting a major fiesta this weekend. As Dia de Canarias is celebrated across the archipelago. Marking the date – May 30th 1983 – when the Canaries first gained autonomy from the Spanish mainland.

On Lanzarote the day has become a wider celebration of Canarian culture and customs. With a large programme of events planned for every resort and town on the island. Encompassing traditional cuisine, folk dancing and sporting events – such as exhibitions of Juego de Palo – the ancient martial art of stick fighting that is exclusive to the Canaries.

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By Nick Ball of Lanzarote Guide Book. Nick Ball is Editor of Lanzarote Guidebook for In-Depth Island Information.