Category Archives: Tourism

Scientist categorically states “there is a relationship between the outcropping of tropical cyanobacteria colonies and the discharges”

Last week was an interesting week on Tenerife.  It began, as so many crises in tourism do, with sensationalist reports in the British tabloid press, this time claiming beach closures due to harmful “microalgae”.  Some publications even published stories of “flesh eating sea fleas” attacking a swimmer in Australia, alongside the…

Construction begins on the Marañuelas waterfront promenade to Anfi

Construction has begun on the Marañuelas waterfront promenade to Anfi more than 20 years after the project was first put forward. The Mayor of Mogán, Onalia Bueno, and the Canary Islands Government’s Minister for Tourism, Isaac Castellano, signed off on the works for first phase of the beach promenade between…

Gran Canaria Green Forest Fund to plant 1.5 million trees each year

The Cabildo de Gran Canaria has announced support for the creation of the Green Forest Fund, which will provide €1.5 million for the remainder of this year to plant 500,000 trees and from January they have agreed a further €4.5 million every year to plant around 1,500,000 more, an audacious…

Events: Summer New year party in Vegueta on Monday, 14 August

With a national holiday coming this Tuesday,  Asunción de la Virgen, the 6th edition of the ironically named “End of Year” summer party, in the historic neighbourhood of Vegueta in Las Palmas de Gran Canaria is on Monday 14 August from 18:00 to 01:00 as part of the  ‘Campanadas de verano’  summer…

Government Subdelegate to Santa Cruz de Tenerife “There is a link between microalgae and discharges”

“There is no doubt,” says the Spanish Government’s sub-delegate to the Canary Islands, for Santa Cruz de Tenerife, Guillermo Díaz Guerra, who was himself a health inspector, “There is no doubt that there is a link between the appearance of microalgae and discharges of untreated water” in statements being reported today “due to pollution, microalgae is…

Canary Islands Government claims microalgae blooms in Canarian waters are due to “several natural factors and to climate change”

The Canary Islands Government Ministry of Territorial Policy, Sustainability and Security have released a statement saying that the blooms of Trichodesmium erythraeum cyanobacteria (microalgae), also known as Sea Sawdust, being widely reported, often erroneously, in the British press, are due to a series “natural conditions” that have facilitated “a massive proliferation” of…

Health department strongly denies any beach closures due to microalgae 

The General Directorate of Public Health have denied suggestions in the foreign press that any beaches in the Canary Islands have been closed due to the presence of microalgae, stating that its presence is an environmental phenomenon that is not related to any type of pollution. In a statement, the…

Orange Advisory: 40° Heatwave and Calima expected for the next few days

  AEMET, The Spanish State Meteorological Agency, has activated a yellow advisory warning today for expected temperatures up to 34° C in the shade, throughout the southern half of Gran Canaria. This will be the beginning of a heatwave that will last until at least Tuesday, with orange advisories issued…

The Canary Weekend Tips 4-6 August’17

August is here and it is warm! Over the first weekend of every month, the Cabildo de Gran Canaria’s network of museums offer free visits and open doors to the public. The capital’s original shopping area, Triana, also celebrates with their open weekend offering various activities for kids and families….

The battle for Tauro beach, security guards just watch as bathers enjoy uninterrupted

“If an Anfi watchman can not guarantee the safety of Tauro beach and prevent access, they must hire more. Even if they have to put fifteen,” these were the words of Mogán Councilman Mencey Navarro yesterday as he repeated requests for the beach concessionaire for this cove to report to…

UK Government clampdown on fraudulent sickness claims

British Ambassador to Spain sets out UK Government clampdown on fraudulent sickness claims  British Ambassador to Spain, Simon Manley recently wrote to key stakeholders in the Spanish tourism industry informing them of the steps taken by the UK government to tackle fraudulent sickness claims, an issue which has had a…

The shifting sands of Tauro Beach – investigation for alleged breach of UN International Law

The controversial new beach at Tauro is now in de facto daily use, more than a year after being fenced off, despite the refusal of Spanish Central Government authorities in Madrid to allow it to open officially while court cases continue to investigate how work was allowed to begin on the…

The Canary Weekend Tips 28-30 July

The last weekend of July is coming up with plenty of delightful events all around the island, here are some of our highlights. In the south its all about live Soul music on the beach in San Agustín and for Mogán its the last full weekend of the annual Virgen…

Maspalomas Costa Canaria Soul Festival 2017 Program Guide

TheCanaryNews.com Maspalomas Costa Canaria Soul Festival 2017 Program Guide – Download PDF  The Maspalomas Soul Festival started in 2015 as an initiative from multi-award winning events producers DD&Company Productions, working with the local town hall of San Bartolomé de Tirajana. Having produced the Canary Islands editions of WOMAD (World Music and…

Open Letter to UK Citizens Living in Spain, from HMA Simon Manley

Given the success of the Spanish State Visit to the UK the week before last, which, among other things, highlighted the importance of people to people links between our two countries, I thought it timely to return to the subject of citizens’ rights in the negotiations on our departure from and future…

High temperatures all week on Gran Canaria, Yellow advisory for Thursday

With top temperatures already hitting 29º & 30ºC in the shade all this week, the Spanish State Meteorological Agency (AEMET) has issued a yellow advisory for high temperatures expected particularly this Thursday, July 27 on Gran Canaria with temperatures expected to exceed 34º at the summit, as well as the…

The Canary Weekend Tips 21-23 July’17

Beautiful July weekend ahoy. The Fiestas del Carmen festivities move to Playa de Mogán, there´ll be Latin and Cuban music on offer over the weekend up in Teror. Free concerts in Las Palmas as part of the ongoing Heineken Jazz festival and an international folklore parade in the southeastern enclave…

Repairs on the GC500 road from Taurito to Puerto de Mogán begin

The Cabildo de Gran Canaria have begun repairing the road from Taurito to Playa de Mogán (GC-500) just a week after the landslide that occurred on July 11 and forced the closure of the road between the roundabout of Taurito and Playa de Mogán, reports the Minister of Public Works…

Events: First Tuna Fair Mogán in August

The municipality of Mogán’s their first ‘Feria del Atún’ (Tuna fair) in the port of Arguineguín will take place over the weekend of 3-6 August 2017. The traditional fishing sector, known as Artisnal Fishing, is very important in the municipality of Mogán and on Gran Canaria. The municipality of Mogán…

“Anomalous spots” of micro algae in much of Mogán’s coastal waters

The town hall of Mogan have today, Tuesday 18 July, announced that “anomalous spots” of discoloration have been found along much of the coast of the southern municipality. These spots are a massive outcrop of microalgae in the water, with which contact is not recommended. Bathing on the beaches has…

WIN TICKETS TO SAINT PETERSBURG BALLET GALA-CONCERT – “STARS OF WHITE NIGHTS” – July 23

SAINT-PETERSBURG BALLET SOLOISTS THE FIRST TIME BALLET SCHOOL STUDENTS OF GRAN CANARIA WILL PERFORM WITH THE STARS There are few places where performances from the world’s most influential school of Russian classical ballet can be seen, you’d probably have to fly to Russia. But this month the St. Petersburg Ballet…

High Court declares Palmitos Park dolphinarium illegal, built without permits in a protected natural area

The dolphinarium at Gran Canaria’s Palmitos Park theme park, located in the protected Pilancones Natural Park, in the southern municipality of San Bartolomé de Tirajana, is illegal. This was the ruling of the Second Section of the Administrative Litigation Room of the Superior Court of Justice of the Canary Islands…

Maritime procession of the Virgen del Carmen cut short

Arguineguín’s annual highlight event, the traditional maritime procession of the Virgin del Carmen, was unexpectedly cut short this Sunday, returning to the Port of Arguineguín, without ever having arrived in Puerto de Mogán, after the Guardia Civil warned four fishing boats that they faced fines if they set out to…

Elton John due to arrive on Gran Canaria early Tuesday

British superstar musician Elton John (Pinner, England, 1947) is expected to land early next Tuesday 18 in Gran Canaria ahed of his scheduled performance in the Las Palmas Gran Canaria Arena. He will play two more dates in Spain on Thursday 20 in Marbella at the Starlite festival, and at the…

Fiestas del Carmen – Arguineguín – Bajada de La Rama LIVE!

Arguineguín celebrates Fiestas del Carmen 2017 Bajada de la Rama Arguineguín celebrates Fiesta del Carmen – Bajada de la Rama LIVE! – Arguineguín celebrates Fiestas del Carmen and the Bajada de la Rama! Posted by TheCanary.TV on Friday, July 14, 2017 Can’t see this video on mobile? CLICK HERE TO…

Calima: Heatwave expected to last well into next week, alerts issued

The first proper heat wave of summer 2017 has arrived on Gran Canaria, and is being felt throughout The Canary Islands.  The high temperatures are expected to last well into next week. Calima winds from the east have brought with them a large amount of Saharan dust in the air,…

Mogán closes small beach next to the Sunwing Hotel due to diesel spill

Policia Local in Mogán have cordoned off a small beach next to the Sunwing hotel, in the southern fishing town of Arguineguín, due to a diesel spill. The Mogán town hall reports that the cove will be closed to the bathers until further notice. Technicians from the Consistorio Moganero (Mogán…

Air Europa announce that three of their five planned inter-island aircraft will be based in Gran Canaria

Air Europa will allocate five planes to their new inter-island service in the Canaries and three of them will be based in Gran Canaria, according to an announcement by Globalia officials, in a meeting with the president of the Gran Canaria Cabildo, Antonio Morales. The island president, along with Tourism…

British couple ordered to pay costs to Thomas Cook after a false compensation claim on Gran Canaria

A British couple who stayed in Playa del Inglés have been ordered to compensate tour operator Thomas Cook after a judge in Liverpool (England) dismissed their false claim for illness suffered on their holiday at a hotel in 2013. The pair of scammers, Julie Lavelle, 33, and her partner Michael McIntyre,…

El ‘Bochorno’: sultry heatwave on Gran Canaria from Friday

Spanish State Meteorological Agency (AEMET) have issued a yellow advisory for hot muggy weather expected on the southern slopes of Gran Canaria this Friday when temperatures in the shade are expected to exceed 34˚ C in what is being described as the first heat wave of summer to arrive in the Canary Islands….