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…

The Canary Weekend Tips 7-9 July’17

A big July weekend ahead. Up on the north of the island, in the capital, we have music and performances on offer at the retro themed Big Bang Festival main weekend, as well as the world famous Temudas dance and theatre Festival and the Heineken Jazz festival. There will also a double fair…

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…

Maspalomas Carnival 2018 theme: “FestuM+”

The International Carnival of Maspalomas 2018, is to be held between 2-11 March themed The Middle Ages. Maspalomas will to transport revellers to the medieval historical era that spanned from the fifth to the fifteenth century. V-XV Century The Town Hall of San Bartolomé de Tirajana chose to use the word game…

Fiesta del Carmen Mogán 2017

The Fiesta del Carmen is held in Arguineguín and Playa de Mogán with the townhall this year presenting a single program from 7 to 30 July. The program of the Fiestas del Carmen 2017 includes a great variety of religious, traditional, and cultural celebrations for all. This year the program includes some…

Mogán begins work on coastal pedestrian walkway and recommends motorists avoid the area

Works to recondition and reinforce the coastal pedestrian walkway running alongside the GC-500 old national road begin today, Wednesday 5 July. The pedestrian walk will be closed and traffic restrictions will be put in place. Mogán Town Council recommends that motorists avoid, as far as possible, this stretch of road,…

Newsbrief: Electric car charging points plan for Puerto Rico de Gran Canaria

Town councillors of Mogán, Ernesto Hernandez and Juan Carlos Ortega, accompanied Cabildo de Gran Canaria technical staff, on Monday July 3, during a visit to the town Puerto Rico de Gran Canaria on the southern Costa Mogán. The visit is being touted as the first step to enabling charging points for…

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…

A serious motorway collision closes southern GC1 near San Fernando

The serious collision between two cars, one of which overturned, closed the southern GC1 highway, in the direction of Las Palmas de Gran Canaria, near the exit to San Fernando de Maspalomas, in the municipality of San Bartolomé de Tirajana yesterday afternoon. Despite the extent of the accident, only one…

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,…

Jimmy Breaks appears in court charged with alleged assault on a member of Guardia Cvil, pleads not guilty

Sources close to this tragic incident have informed us that Spanish daily La Provincia, seem to have joined in the chorus of misreporting around this case. We are amending our article to reflect new information received, including key points: – Jimmy Breaks has not at this moment been charged with allegedly assaulting…

British community mourn loss of “lovely lady” after tragedy in Puerto Rico

There has been an outpouring of grief and shock from the community of Puerto Rico de Gran Canaria after the tragic news that a well known British resident, named in the UK press as Donna Cowley, had died after being found covered in blood in an apartment in the well…

47 year old British woman dies after beating in Puerto Rico apartment

The Policia Local and the Guardia Civil in the southern municipality of Mogán yesterday afternoon detained an 80 year-old British resident of Puerto Rico, with the initials JB, for allegedly killing a woman, also of British origin, identified as Donna C. aged 47. The victim died at the Insular Hospital hours after…

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…

British tour operators warn of jail terms for hotel fraud

(EFE) .- The CEO of the UK Travel Agents Association (ABTA), Mark Tanzer, has warned that British tourists presenting false accusations against hotels, for financial compensation, can face major fines and even prison sentences. In an interview with Spanish news agency Efe, Tanzer said that the tourism industry faces losses…

Woman detained in Arguineguin for neglecting her children while drunk

UPDATE:  We have been reliably informed by sources close to the case that there are serious errors in this story as reported by Spanish and UK media. From what we understand, the woman was at no time “naked in the streets” and was instead suspected of being drunk in bed,…

75% resident travel discount between islands is activated this midnight

The official state bulletin has today published, Wednesday 28 June, the Budget Law for 2017, which was advanced yesterday by the vice president of the Canary Islands, Pablo Rodriguez, stating that from this midnight residents will be able to buy airline tickets and boat trips between islands with the discount of…

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…

Works start on the Arguineguín – Patalavaca promenade

The long overdue conditioning and reinforcement works to the coastal walkway between Arguineguín and Patalavaca, alongside the GC-500, is scheduled to begin soon. The works are estimated to last 9 months along the 733 meter promenade that connects the popular fishing-cum-tourist town of Arguineguín and the enclave of Patalavaca. The project…

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,…

An Englishman blamed for false alarm at CC Atlantico

Panic and confusion this weekend in one of the most popular southern shopping centres after a false alarm led to hundreds of shoppers being asked to leave calmly and quietly. Guardia Civil and the Local Police, in the south eastern area of Santa Lucia de Tirajana, had to evacuate more…

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…

A fatal tragedy between brothers in Arguineguín

Tragedy struck in Arguineguín at around 21:30 on Monday night when a man, of about 50 years old, allegedly ended his own brother’s life with a replica Japanese sword, similar to a katana, after a heated argument.  The victim was well known among the local community. The Guardia Civil on Tuesday carried out…

34º+ in the shade hot weather advisory for Gran Canaria

AEMET, the Spanish State Meteorological Agency, have issued yellow advisories, denoting risk, for maximum temperatures expected on Thursday and Friday. On Thursday morning the north and northeast coasts of Gran Canaria, including the capital Las Palmas, will see some cloud below 300 meters, that looks likely to clear through the…

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…