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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…

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…

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…

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,…

Mogán Mayor blames others for lack of access to Taurito after GC-500 rockfall

Mayor of Mogán, Onalia Bueno, has visited the site of the rockfall that injured two people on Tuesday morning 11 July, together with technicians and the general director of Public Works for the Cabildo of Gran Canaria, José Francisco Duque Morán, they assessed the stretch of road at km 44…

British announce plans to tackle tourist fake food poisoning claims

The British government are considering steps to try and stop the flood of bogus food poisoning compensation claims by British tourists visiting Spain who have already reportedly cost hoteliers more than €50 million and in the case of the Canary Islands claims are said to have increased by 1400% in…

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…

12.5% ​​increase in foreign tourists visiting Gran Canaria in May

Gran Canaria recorded 243,000 foreign visitors throughout May according to the latest report from the Canary Islands Institute of Statistics (ISTAC), representing an increase of 12.5% (+27,000) when compared to the same period of the previous year, which saw 216,000 foreign visitors. The United Kingdom was the leading market of…

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…

Gran Canaria water park project at last receives permission to channel El Veril

The Loro Parque group have at last been granted the long awaited urban license necessary from them to begin canalisation works in the El Veril ravine, on the south of Gran Canaria, where they plan to build Europe’s biggest water park, which will be similar in theme at least to Siam Park,…

Flying to Tenerife now cheaper than a day trip by bus from Mogán to Las Palmas

Since the announcement of the 75% travel discount for residents of The Canary Islands, which came into effect at midnight on Wednesday, bookings have gone through the roof on all inter-island routes, with the unusual comparison being proffered in Spanish language daily La Provincia that it is now cheaper to…

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…

Veneguera project receives recognition of the Cabildo de Gran Canaria

3 years after Gran Canaria hotel group Lopesan started work on the area around the old Finca Veneguera, they say they have consolidated it as a protected zone and agricultural estate. Coinciding with Gran Canaria’s second “Landscape Days” event in Las Palmas, the Lopesan Group’s Veneguera project was awarded for…

Las Palmas begins work on the MetroGuagua rapid transit system

The first work to build the infrastructure for the Las Palmas MetroGuagua begins over the next few days, to create a high capacity transit line set to improve mobility and transform the capital city, in a collaboration between the City Council of Las Palmas de Gran Canaria and Municipal Guaguas,…

A cool stroll through Gran Canaria´s beautiful and historic Finca Condal

Looking to cool off in the midsummer heat?  Did you know that the traditional old houses of the past on Gran Canaria were designed and built specifically to be cooler inside?  If you are looking for some real cultural history, rustic elegance or simply a change from the pool side…

The Canary San Juan Weekend tips 23-25 June’17

A scorching hot weekend ahead with bonfires across the island from Friday celebrating the midsummer, the longest day of the year, exactly six months before Christmas. San Juan, the summer solstice , and midsummer days are celebrated here with fires on the hillsides and huge gatherings across the islands. Pretty…

Gran Canaria backs Siam Park leaving southern town hall no excuses

The president of the Cabildo de Gran Canaria, Antonio Morales, last week recommended that Siam Park promoter, Wolfgang Kiessling, request the Territorial Qualification, “spontaneously” asked for by the town hall governing Maspalomas, the main tourist zone in the south, to end the newly arisen “doubt” from within the local council…

Kiessling frustrated by Town Hall delaying Siam Park

Entrepreneur Wolfgang Kiessling has been waiting for eight months, along with the rest of us, for the municipality of San Bartolomé de Tirajana to grant him the final outstanding license to start channelling of the El Veril ravine, so that the long touted water park development can begin. According to a statement…

President advises territorial report for El Veril

The Kiessling group continues to wait for the San Bartolomé de Tirajana Town Hall, writes Thaidi Llames for Spanish language daily La Provincia, to grant authorisation to channel the El Veril ravine, where they plan to build a water park similar to Tenerife’s Siam Park. The southern municipality has now…