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The latest daily news round-up in English with local reporting direct from our GCHQ on the sub-tropical island of Gran Canaria

Hikers arriving for Gran Canaria Walking Festival

Almost 300 walkers and hikers from various parts of Europe are set to arrive next week for the third Gran Canaria Walking Festival, the annual meeting of walkers is to be held between 3 and 12 October, and aims to promote the island as a destination for active tourism along with the Patranato de…

EU Court rules on discriminatory inheritance tax for non-residents

The European Court of Justice declared in September that Spain’s Inheritance & Gift Tax is in violation of EU law by allowing differences in its treatment between residents and non-residents.  The current tax legislation obliges non residents to essentially pay more than residents, as none of the tax advantages or deductions granted by the autonomous Spanish regions are…

New €10 banknote

The €10 banknote of the Europa series will enter into circulation on 23 September 2014. “It’s essential that everyone who uses euro banknotes can continue to do so with complete confidence. That’s why we’re introducing the Europa series”, said Yves Mersch, the ECB’s Executive Board member responsible for banknotes.

The third Travesía Maspalomas was a great success!

Crossing Maspalomas 2014 with Canaragua- Travesía Maspalomas More than 500 participants took part in Gran Canaria’s 3rd Travesía Maspalomas on Saturday swimming in three different challenges ranging between 1000m, 2000m from Playa Meloneras (opposite Pasito Blanco) and an epic 7,800m swim from El Pajar (near Arguineguin!).

The first park-and-ride in Las Palmas

The mayor of Las Palmas, Juan José Cardona last week opened a new park-and-ride facility for 1,000 cars in El Rincon, just off the GC2 to Agaete.  Termed aparcamiento intermodal in Spanish. The park-and-ride concept is already widely used throughout Europe and has now come to Gran Canaria. For €2.50 visitors can park for between…

Santa Lucia celebrates 200 years

St. Lucia’s celebrations Tuesday marks the 200th anniversary of the founding of the parish, which grew to become one of the most important municipalities on the island. From their modest beginnings with just 1,200 residents, the population has grown to 67,000, with a thriving economy surrounding the Southeast corridor. The present parish church was built…

The Cabildo announces new road works for Palmitos Park

Last Friday, September 12, the Second Vice President and Minister of Public Works and Infrastructures, Carlos Sánchez announced the works to improve the road to Palmitos Park , one of the most popular theme parks in the  south of Gran Canaria , starting this week.

The Long Walk – Breast Cancer Awareness

[powr-social-feed id=e9232196_1492806523162] The Long Walk 2015

Las Palmas taxi drivers say skirts are here to stay

Gran Canaria is no stranger to cross dressing, and the right to bend clothing gender differences through sometimes surprising attire is staunchly defended in the main, as anyone who has been here during Carnaval or visited the drag show bars of the Yumbo will attest. The latest show of solidarity in…

Hazy sunshine continues this weekend

Hazy skies predominate over the Canary Islands on Friday, with sporadic low cloud expected on the north of the various islands and temperatures remaining unchanged, expected to reach up to 34˚C in the shade on the southern highlands.

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Another hot August weekend with strong winds expected

The August high temperatures are set to continue throughout the weekend, with a tendency towards large waves and high winds in some areas, the National Meteorological Agency (Aemet) has reported.  A yellow alert for strong winds and coastal phenomena remains in place throughout Friday.

Long hot weekend in Gran Canaria

Weather forecasts indicate that it will be a hot weekend ahead with high temperatures in the midland areas of the south of Gran Canaria and a possible risk of forest fires. The fire risk has also been highlighted for the islands of Tenerife, La Palma and El Hierro. The wind is expected…

Maspalomas set to strictly enforce penalties for excessive noise in entertainment venues

From this weekend, on 16 August, the City of San Bartolomé de Tirajana is set to begin enforcing a new byelaw, becoming the first municipal council in Spain to require bar and music venue owners to install centrally controlled sound delimiters within their premises.  The popular Maspalomas & Playa del Inglés…

Betrayed – Part Seven

I change into a black skirt and blouse and wrap a black shawl around my shoulders. As an afterthought, I pin on the amethyst brooch. Looking like a Canarian widow in mourning, I catch a bus to the funeral parlour. 

Tax Benefits of Donations

Royaldecree 49/2002 of 23 December on the taxation of non-profit entities and tax incentives for patronage allows companies a deduction of 35% corporate income tax with a maximum of 10% of the base assessment and in the case of individuals from 25% in Income Tax for Individuals Patronage Law The…

Hamilton and Grossa will operate Repsol logistics base

The Canarian companies Hamilton and Grossa have been selected by Repsol for their new logistics base to support the controversial research surveys to be carried out in waters near the archipelago, with an investment and procurement contract totaling some 30 million dollars.