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CANARY ISLANDS GOVERNMENT: Statement by the President of the Canary Islands in the signing of the Declaration of 23-N

November 25, 2014 in Archive, Culture, News by The Canary

Declaration 23-N smThis is the full text of the Canary Island’s 23-N Declaration, signed on Sunday November 23rd 2014 in Las Palmas de Gran Canaria

Declaration of 23-N

Official statement of 23 November against oil exploration in Canarian waters

The multinational company Repsol is from this week carrying out a series of oil explorations in Canarian waters, with the authorisation of the Ministry of Industry (Resolution of the Directorate General for Energy Policy and Mines of August 11, 2014). Read the rest of this entry →

Soria believes the oil surveys will benefit the Canary Island tourism sector

November 21, 2014 in News by The Canary


Soria EuropapressMADRID, 21 Nov. (EUROPA PRESS) –

Minister of Industry, Trade and Tourism, José Manuel Soria, believes that Canary Island oil prospecting could affect the tourism sector, but positively due to the presence in the islands of the employees of the oil companies and their families.

Speaking to Europa Press, Soria argued that, for years the platforms operating off the African coast have regularly visited Canarian ports and that they spend there –in Santa Cruz de Tenerife and Las Palmas– two or three months at a time during which the workers receive family visits. Read the rest of this entry →

Foreign tourist arrivals reach 9.4 million so far this year

November 21, 2014 in News, Sunshine by The Canary

Amadores touristsThe arrival of foreign tourists to the Canary Islands grew by 10.7 percent so far this year, up to 9.4 million visitors until October, according to the Survey of Tourist Movements (Frontur) prepared by the General Department of Tourism Studies and the Ministry of Industry, Energy and Tourism. Read the rest of this entry →

Rain until Sunday, heavy at times, across The Canaries

November 21, 2014 in News, Weather by The Canary

DSC_1645 Rain on leaves road in backgroundHeavy rains are expected to continue across the Canaries until at least Sunday, according to forecasts by the Spanish State Meteorological Agency (AEMET).

The Protección Civil, are to maintain a close watch on the areas affected by the alert over the next few days, and have suggested that the accumulated rainfall could reach 30 litres/m2 in a one hour period and up to 100 litres/m2 in over 12 hours.

The Canary Islands government, as of Thursday night, are maintaining the heightened state of alert and recommend that members of the public familiarise themselves with the provided guidance on Thunderstorms, which can be found here:

You can always find the latest forecast summary and satellite imagery, regularly updated 24hrs a day, on our Weather Page: Read the rest of this entry →

Storm coming this way

November 19, 2014 in News, Weather by The Canary



The Meteorological Agency (Aemet) has today raised the alert level to orange for rain and storms to the north of the island of La Palma, which will also remain in place throughout Wednesday in La Palma, Tenerife and the North of Gran Canaria. Rainfall ranging from 20 mm to 100 mm is expected over 12 hours for these three islands.

Localised downpours with the potential for flooding are a potential, but impossible to predict due to too many variables in the colliding weather fronts, where a low pressure system is forming behind a cold rain front, with sea temperatures above normal for this time of year.

Find the latest forecasts and satellite imagery on our Weather Page

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State of alert declared for Canary Islands storms and showers

November 18, 2014 in News, Weather by The Canary

rain in the mountainsThe Canary Islands Government Directorate of Security  has declared an archipelago wide alert for storms under their Canary Island Emergency Plan Risk protocol for unfavourable weather conditions.

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Rain, storms and wind forecast from Tuesday on Gran Canaria

November 17, 2014 in News, Weather by The Canary

Cloud over the valleyAs this year’s Atlantic Hurricane season draws to a close, the Spanish State Meteorological Agency AEMET has warned that as of Tuesday afternoon rain and wind are expected throughout The Canary Islands as successive fronts join a deep formation of low pressure in the vicinity of the archipelago, leading to widespread and abundant rainfall, temporarily accompanied by strong winds.

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Las Palmas V Mirandes

November 17, 2014 in News, Sport by The-Saint

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After the previous week’s excellent win away at Girona, top of the league Las Palmas took on 4th from bottom Mirandes.  Mirandes are from the Castile & León region of North West Spain. Read the rest of this entry →

“Great Contribution” of Gran Canaria’s English speaking community highlighted at ACCM 5th Gala Adelante

November 16, 2014 in News by The Canary

ACCM Gala Adelante 2014_50_resultThe 5th Gala Adelante (Forward) was held at the world famous Palacio de Congresos de Canarias, Alfredo Kraus Auditorium, in Las Palmas de Gran Canaria this weekend, attended by a veritable who’s who of Gran Canaria politicians, celebrities and businesses people, the event was an undoubted and resounding success.  Completely sold out, it will produce a donation from every ticket sale for the Canarian Breast Cancer Association ACCM (Asociación Canaria de Cáncer de Mama y Ginecológico) Read the rest of this entry →

Light rain possible on Saturday afternoon

November 15, 2014 in News by The Canary

Satellite   The Canary Islands are expecting light showers, occasional and weak, on Saturday, mainly on the north of the islands, according to the forecast from the Spanish State Meteorological Agency (Aemet).

In the province of Las Palmas today indications suggest that Gran Canaria will become increasingly cloudy through the afternoon with occasional light rain, especially in the north, with a chance of more intense showers scattered across random areas.

All the latest forecasts and satellite imagery are on our Weather page Read the rest of this entry →

Police find the lifeless body of a ‘lotero’ at his home in Playa del Inglés

November 11, 2014 in News by The Canary

Forensic team removing the dead man yesterday in the Los Molinos building. LP/GIORGIO FELICE RAPETTI

Forensic team removing the dead man yesterday in the Los Molinos building. LP/GIORGIO FELICE RAPETTI

An awful smell from one of the Los Molinos apartments, located in the heart of Playa del Inglés, sparked alarm among neighbours of the property yesterday. Firefighters and officers of the National Police found the lifeless body of the resident, Pedro Rivero Mahúgo, a lottery vendor in the popular tourist area, in an advanced state of decomposition. Without any signs of violence to the body his death is thought to have been due to natural causes. Read the rest of this entry →

Temperatures of 12º-23ºC and light rain possible on Gran Canaria

November 11, 2014 in News, Weather by The Canary

Cloudy weatherCloudy skies prevail today in the Canary Islands, with possible light rain, according to the forecast of the state Meteorological Agency AEMET. Temperatures will see a slight increase, mainly in midland areas, with winds from the northwest.

As ever, check the latest forecasts and satellite imagery on our Weather Page Read the rest of this entry →

ARC+ Cape Verde route starts from Las Palmas

November 9, 2014 in News by The Canary

ARC+ 2014 YWLas Palmas has been the start port for the ARC since the very first edition of the rally in 1986.  The ARC teams arrive at the beginning of each November to take part in preparations for the transatlantic crossing and host several gala parties in the capital.  There are two races the ARC and the ARC+.  Over 240 boats and 1200 people, including 34 children aged under 16, will take part in the 29th Atlantic Rally for Cruisers, which sets sail from Las Palmas de Gran Canaria, heading 2700NM across the Atlantic to Saint Lucia Read the rest of this entry →

If World War One Were a Bar Fight…

November 9, 2014 in Culture by The Canary

Poppy-flowersUnderstanding the complexities of war and politics can be time consuming.  Needless to say, almost no-one who dies in a war actually started it, and almost no-one who starts a war expects to die in it.  The simple fact is that wars are usually fought for the people in power at the time.  World War One was the first time a fight like this occurred on such a massive scale, with so many different players, and so many senselessly dead over what essentially amounted to a question of dubious honour and imperialism.  The “haves” sacrificing the “have nots” for the most questionable of reasons.

So what if we just thought about it in a slightly different way, would it be easier to understand what happened?

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“LEST WE FORGET” – Remembrance

November 9, 2014 in Culture by The Canary

poppies-8They shall not grow old as we that are left grow old.

Age shall not weary them, nor the years condemn;

At the going down of the sun and in the morning,

We will remember them.

This stanza from the Ode of Remembrance “For the Fallen” (World War 1) has been regularly recited in services of remembrance ever since it was written in 1914 by the poet Laurence Binyon. It was first printed that year in The Times in honour of the British and Commonwealth war dead, where huge losses, even this early in that atrocious war were experienced. Read the rest of this entry →

Carreterra Popular – This Sunday, 3rd HOSPITEN Clinica Roca Fun Run in San Agustín.

November 8, 2014 in News by The Canary

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3rd HOSPITEN Clinica Roca Fun Run in San Agustín.

From 9am on Sunday this mini Swedish-Canarian running festival starts in San Agustín with activities for the kids, food and candy, T-shirts on sale and Fun Run books including the seminal “Pioneers” released two years ago tracing the history of the Swedes in Gran Canaria and the beginning of tourism in the south, and much much more. Location: Front of HOSPITEN Clinica Roca Read the rest of this entry →

The 41st Rallye de Maspalomas

November 8, 2014 in News, Sport by The Canary

Anyone who has noticed large numbers of brightly coloured, souped up mean machines racing in the streets and hills surrounding Maspalomas might have had a little tutt and a roll of the eyes at the number of boy-racers around these days.

Those of a slightly less grumpy disposition may however have realised that the 41st Maspalomas Rally is back and in full swing between Maspalomas and the mountain towns of San Bartolomé de Tirajana, Fataga, Ayaguares and the surrounding areas.

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The Southeastern Fair expects over 100,000 visitors this weekend

November 7, 2014 in Culture, News by The Canary

Feria-del-SuresteInterested in finding a little something really authentic this weekend, why not think about a Gran Canaria Farmers Market but on a massive scale!

This weekend Avenida de Ansite in Cruce de Arinaga puts on the annual street market for farmers, producers and artisans displaying the areas and the island’s traditions and customs with The Eleventh Feria Sureste .  A cultural celebration, taking place throughout this weekend, near the popular shopping town of Vecindario, it is this time hosted by the municipality of Agüimes with the expectation of more than 100,000 people attending if recent years are anything to go by. Read the rest of this entry →

November – Nellie’s Triumph

November 6, 2014 in Archive, News, Sunshine, Views by The Canary


Nellie’s Triumph

- Lord Nelson Returns to Las Palmas after two years
– – – – November Edition Out NOW!

November 2014
– Nellie’s Triumph – Sail The World
– Los Sin Papeles
– Residence Cards Once More Accepted for Subsidised Travel
– Amigo WiFi – The friendliest TV and Wifi providers in town, ready to help
– Walking in Solidarity €21,423.44 raised, Read the rest of this entry →

Maspalomas immigrant arrivals have no Ebola symptoms, say authorities

November 5, 2014 in News by The Canary


Images: Borja Suarez

These amazing images from local photographer Borja Suarez, manage to capture the moments when a group of 21 migrants who had travelled in a Patera (open boat) from the African continent, were discovered to have come ashore on the popular beach of Maspalomas, in the south of Gran Canaria, this wednesday morning, with concern over their health causing fear.

Watched by tourists, the local police, national police and the red cross can be seen wearing face masks and carefully following a procedure designed to ensure the immigrants remained isolated, so as to prevent any danger whatsoever of contagions being transmitted, in a clear effort to prevent any possibility of viral transmission from these arrivals, some of the hundreds, if not thousands, of unknown and undocumented peoples who risk their lives every year to try and escape the most extreme poverty and reach these shores.

The Directorate General of Public Health of the Canary Islands Government agreed not to activate the preventative public emergency Ebola protocols after discovery of the boat, in the popular tourist resort, having reviewed the results from epidemiological study of its occupants.

The Ministry of Health of the Canarian Government, in a statement, reported that public health department epidemiologists, having tested the migrants, found no reason to suspect the need to raise an alert and activate public health protocols.

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London: Million Mask March protest in Westminster

November 5, 2014 in News by The Canary

IMAGE: Last year´s march courtesy of The London Evening Standard

IMAGE: Last year´s march courtesy of The London Evening Standard

With estimates ranging between 2,000 and 12,000 participants, it is unclear how large the protest through the streets of London was on the evening of November 5th 2014. It was clearly not quite as well attended as had been hoped, but certainly created a spectacle and caught the attention of the capital, if not the main stream media.

One thing was clear however, amidst the seeming lack of effective organisation there was palpable tension and discontent on display. These scenes were repeated in other cities around the world, though London appears to have been the central focus for the evening.

Hundreds of metropolitan police officers were deployed to escort the planned “Million Mask March” from trafalgar square to Parliament square, where riot police were deployed some days ago with strict orders to prevent protesters setting up camp or even from entering the square which sits outside the UK’s so called “Mother of all parliaments” Read the rest of this entry →

Remember, remember…’Fahrenheit 451′ is on at the Casa-Museo Pérez Galdós TONIGHT

November 5, 2014 in Culture, News by The Canary

Looking for something to do in the capital for Bon Fire Night?

The film ‘Fahrenheit 451′  by French director François Truffaut, will be the second title shown as part of the ‘Film and Literature’  series currently on at the Casa Museo Pérez Galdós , tonight (5 November) at 20.00 in the auditorium of the Culture Museum, as part of the Heritage and Museums of the Cabildo of Gran Canaria.

Admission to the screening is free. Read the rest of this entry →


November 4, 2014 in Movember by The Canary

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or get growing your MO!

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Slight drop in temperatures in the Canary Islands

November 4, 2014 in News, Weather by The Canary

Love Gran CanariaScattered cloudy skies prevail today, heavier on the north of the island,  according to the forecast from the Spanish State Meteorological Agency AEMET. Temperatures will see a slight decline, most notable in midland and highland areas with winds expected from the northeast. Read the rest of this entry →

Las Palmas V Albacete Balompié

November 2, 2014 in News, Sport by The-Saint

The-Saintlas-palmas-vs-albacete- an English fan’s view on the beautiful game direct from the stands of
UD Las Palmas in Gran Canaria.
Paul Gilliam is…

Las Palmas host bottom of the league Albacete and look for a home win after a 2-2 draw away at Ponferradina last Saturday where LP were disappointed with the draw despite the home side going down to 10 men with 10mins to play.  LP failed to capitalise on the 1 man advantage. Read the rest of this entry →

Airlines and ship operators allow residence cards again for subsidised travel

October 30, 2014 in News by The Canary

certificado de viajesAfter the sweeping changes set in motion just two years ago, whereby all residents needed a separate certificate of residence confirming their registration on the local municipal empadronamiento so as to be able to benefit from the state subsidised 50% resident’s discounts on domestic travel from The Canary Islands within the archipelago and to all other Spanish territories, airlines and shipping companies, alongside the various reservation booking services, are now set to return to the original system they left behind and, from November 1st will again accept DNI,NIF or NIE residents cards. The change came about, ostensibly to curb widespread abuse by unregistered citizens, but has of course meant a near complete updating of the recorded information held centrally on all canary islands resident citizens who have been utilising the discount scheme and which will now facilitate a telematics query on their resident status, as announced last Tuesday by the Ministry for Development. Read the rest of this entry →

Temperatures fall with a spot of rain in the Canaries

October 28, 2014 in Weather by The Canary

Raining over the sea (CC BY 2.0) Flickr-er Guiri

Raining over the sea (CC BY 2.0) Flickr-er Guiri

It would appear a spot more autumnal rain is due in The Canary Islands today.  The Spanish State Meteorological Agency AEMET have warned of rain from Tuesday afternoon on the islands that could be heavy at times in some localisties with snow expected to fall on Tenerife’s mount Teide. Temperatures are set to drop with predominantly north westerly winds.

Check out the latest forecast and satellite imagery for Gran Canaria and The Canary Islands on our Weather page ( Read the rest of this entry →

LPA Night Run. While Europe is ice cold, Las Palmas runs at night

October 23, 2014 in News by The Canary

The second LPA Night Run, the night race in Las Palmas de Gran Canaria, this year will see 4,000 runners gather on Saturday October 25, starting from the Santa Catalina port area at 20:00, to take part in a sporting and social event unlike any other city race in the world, accompanied in Las Palmas style by a huge street party and multiple parallel activities around the iconic Santa Catalina Park in the sub-tropical heart of the capital of Gran Canaria. Read the rest of this entry →

Sanna by Sanna

Friday “Tapas Street Market” in Arguineguín

October 23, 2014 in News by Sanna

TapasStreetMarket-1This Friday October 24 Arguineguín sea front promenade will host the first “Tapas Street Market”, billed as a gastronomic boulevard to delight both residents and tourists holidaying in the south of Gran Canaria.

Traditional Canarian music will be performed by Las Marañuelas, at the new-in-concept tasting market with which a dozen or so local companies are involved.

Alongside the food on offer, there will be plenty of live music, spoken word and even local fashion shows from 20:00 to create an evening of entertainment and fun for all to enjoy. Read the rest of this entry →

October Gran Canaria Mini Heatwave

October 23, 2014 in News, Weather by The Canary

Beach hot

Image:                             Love Gran Canaria

Following a weekend of real squall, especially on Tenerife and the western islands, writes Gran Canaria daily La Provincia, an autumn  anticyclone yesterday erased the seasonal wet weather from the map, with temperatures recorded in Maspalomas, San Bartolomé de Tirajana, climbing up beyond 35ºC .

A mini heatwave accentuated the previous day’s wind chill with a layer of warm air from the African continent and the presence of a haze, known locally as Calima, in the upper reaches of the atmosphere. A mixture that caused the Canary Islands Government to activate an alert for high temperatures which are expected to begin to subside from tomorrow (Friday).

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