Category Archives: Culture

Supreme Court ruling continues to tempt thousands of timeshare clients to file lawsuits for fraud

Two and a half years ago we brought you the exclusive story of the Ground Breaking Supreme Court ruling in favour of a Norwegian client, Tove Grimsbo, represented by Arguineguín based lawyer Miguel Rodriguez Ceballos (left) working with the English speaking Canarian Legal Alliance (CLA).   Today it seems Spanish language daily La…

The Canary Weekend Tips 18-20 August

There is an extra hot August weekend ahead so get ready to stay cool. Weather conditions and warnings might affect some events. Here are a few of the highlight events happening over the coming weekend. 17-20 August, Agaete Bioagaete Cultural Solidario The awesome and eco minded BioAgaete cultural festival offers…

The majority of sewage discharges are not properly authorised or controlled

After a week of debate as whether or not “microalgae” in the waters around Tenerife has been promoted through sewage discharges, it is worth understanding that a 2008 report by the Canary Islands Government Ministry of Environment, after inspections carried out by Civic Engineers Civica Ingenieros S.L., made very clear…

Spanish Unions call for 25 days of AENA airport strikes from September 15

Trade unions representing airport workers, the CCOO , UGT and USO, have announced they are preparing to make effective their threat to convene a 25-day strike affecting the main Spanish Airport Authority, AENA, starting from 15 September. The strike call went out to 8,200 employees of the primary public-private airport management company in Spain. Unions say…

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…

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…

Maspalomas launches innovative project to regulate feral cat colonies in the municipality

This Monday, Local Councilor for Sanitation and Public Health, José Francisco Pérez López, met with cat colony carers in San Bartolomé de Tirajana to begin an official sterilisation and counseling project following the recently approved Control of cat colonies resolution in the southern municipality This meeting informed volunteers, feeders and…

Aaaarrghh Mateys! ABC Playschool Pirate’s Island Summer Camp!

Welcome to ABC Playschool Summer Camp Why does it take a pirate so long to learn the alphabet?   Because they’re always getting stuck at “C” Ha harrr!   Not this summer though. ABC playschool’s little pirates are set to land on a Tropical Tikki Island filled with treasure, healthy treats…

Newsbrief: Gran Canaria wines ranked some of the best in all Spain with gold medal and distinction

Those who know the extraordinary wines of Gran Canaria also understand that it is often in too short a supply, with various bodegas (vineyards) around the island producing unique flavours in relatively small amounts, prices can be a little higher than many would want to pay.  Regardless, they are always…

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…

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…

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…

Summer movie nights on Gran Canaria

As part of the island-wide series of outdoor movie events ‘Cine De Una Isla De Verano’, you can enjoy watching good movies in 20 municipalities on Gran Canaria over 59 FREE movie nights. You can see the full list of places and movie nights here. The films will be in Spanish…

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…

Raising awareness about good animal ownership

The City Council Plenary meeting hall of the Las Palmas town hall has this week welcomed a presentation about ‘Responsible Pet Ownership’. The program seeks to sensitise the general population about the responsibilities and rights attached to caring for domestic pets in an attempt to reduce impacts on society generated by animals, through…

July – August 2017 Summer Print Edition The Pristine Sands of Tauro beach

Read The Canary News, Views & Sunshine Print Edition Online: Download PDF   The controversial new beach at Tauro is in de facto daily use, more than a year after being fenced off, despite the refusal of the Madrid authorities to allow it to open officially while court cases continue…

Maspalomas Costa Canaria Soul Festival 2017 dedicated to Rufus Thomas

San Agustín beach will once again play host to the Maspalomas Costa Canaria Soul Festival at the end of July, in a three day event marking the 100th anniversary of the birth of the legendary singer and performance artist Rufus Thomas, whose images graces the poster. Confirmed artists will also…

Puerto Rico tragedy of Donna and Jimmy continues to grab headlines

80 year old Jimmy Breaks has been headline news since the death of poor unfortunate Donna Cowley last week some hours after a supposed argument at his apartment.  Pictures emerged yesterday of a powerless and terrified old man pleading to reporters for help as he was forcibly led away from…

Maspalomas officially renames Yumbo square to recognise Diversity and activist Darío Jaén

This week on Wednesday, the International day of PRIDE, the mayor of San Bartolomé de Tirajana, the municipal town hall that administrates Maspalomas & Playa del Inglés, inaugurated the main square of the famous Yumbo Centre officially naming it Plaza de la Diversidad, in honour of the local outstanding activist…

Events: Fiesta del Carmen Arguineguín – Mogán 2017

Mogañeros on the southwest coast of Gran Canaria celebrate Nuestra Señora del Carmen (Our Lady of Carmen – St. Mary of Mount Carmel,) the patron saint of sailors every July. On Gran Canaria, one of the most spectacular events is the Maritime Procession which sees a huge flotilla of fishing boats, leisure…

The Canary Weekend Tips 30 June – 2 July ’17

First weekend of July ahead, skies of blue and hot bright sunshine, and many wonderful events to go and experience around the island. Old stuff is in back fashion with the Big Bang Festival in Las Palmas, there´ll be tapas, and music and a witch parade in Telde, a sea…

The Canary Events highlights July 2017

After the San Juan celebrations, with the most amazing midsummer weather, there are plenty of events and festivities to enjoy during the summer month of July 2017.  Here are some of our favourites; handpicked events for the month ahead. A local bank holiday in the municipality San Bartolomé de Tirajana…