Tag Archives: #GranCanaria

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…

Ship carrying 40,000 tons of fertiliser adrift south of Maspalomas

A 190-metre British bulk cargo freighter named the Cheshire is drifting about 62 nautical miles (114 km) south of Gran Canaria after a chemical fire in her cargo holds, where 40,000 tonnes of fertiliser started to smoulder about 5 days ago as she was headed for the port of Las Palmas. 24…

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…

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…

Tropical beer truck blaze on main GC1 highway near Playa del Inglés exit

The Canary Islands 112 Centre for Emergency and Security Coordination have announced the need for caution due to a transport truck fire, thought to be primarily in the drivers cab of the vehicle, which is currently being dealt with near the main turn off to Playa del Inglés, on the…

The Canary Weekend Tips 11-13 August’17

A gorgeous weekend ahead with many events going on around the island. Some of the top choices for this weekend are the first edition of the Maspalomas Music Festival in Parque Sur, the Craft fair by the Faro de Maspalomas lighthouse as well as the Traida del Aqua procession in…

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….

Morocco challenges maritime frontiers of The Canary Islands, attempting to control the Western Sahara sea

On 6 July, the Moroccan Government approved a bill and a decree to delimit the maritime frontier of the Canary Islands and to bring under its control the waters off ​​the Western Sahara coast, a determination that a Moroccan government spokesman called “a sovereign decision of political character and with…

San Fernando suspect detained, two more being hunted

The National Police have arrested one of the alleged perpetrators of the home invasion and robbery that took place on Monday morning in the southern district of San Fernando de Maspalomas. Officials continue to investigate the shocking and highly unusual incident to try to locate two others allegedly involved in…

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…

Home invasion in San Fernando; mother and daughter attacked

Gran Canaria is known for its extremely low crime rates, with violent crime almost non-existent; which makes reports this morning of a home invasion all the more shocking. Hooded, masked individuals assaulted a villa in San Fernando, in the south of Gran Canaria, on Monday morning in broad daylight, with the…

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…

High season for forest fires on Gran Canaria until end of September

The summer months of July to September are the time of the highest risk of forest fires on Gran Canaria and in The Canary Islands. There are special instructions for the use of recreational areas as well as various prohibitions, including burning waste materials on agricultural or forestry farms in…

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…

Guardia Civil agents sentenced to prison for bribery convictions

A Las Palmas Court has sentenced two Guardia Civil agents to 8 1/2 years in prison each for having been the ring leaders of a group of agents, which included at least 8 others, at the Gran Canaria Airport who were in the habit of systematically requesting bribes from African travellers. The…

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…

Car fire outside school in Arguineguín extinguished

A vehicle in Calle Tamarán, Arguineguín, caught fire yesterday afternoon, Monday July 24, in front of Ceip Artemi Semidan school, which had to be extinguished by local firemen. Two fire trucks were needed to put out the fire, which only caused basic material damage, according to local web portal Maspalomas…

Two small clusters of earthquakes detected around The Canary Islands over the weekend 

Up to eight earthquakes were recorded around The Canary Islands, over the weekend, between 00.56 hours in the early hours of Saturday morning and 01.33 on Monday, July 24, according to the Spanish National Geographic Institute (IGN). None of them particularly strong. Most took place between Gran Canaria and Tenerife, and a small cluster just north…

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…

Aspro Group say dolphinarium was built with all correct licenses, contrary to High Court judgement

According to the Aspro Group in a statement on Wednesday their Palmitos Park dolphinarium was built “on rustic land and not in protected natural space, and has the mandatory license granted by the City of San Bartolomé de Tirajana.” despite the recent ruling of the High Court of Justice of the…

“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…