Bright blue skies to end the week, though the national holiday on Thursday threatens the possibility of some Autumnal rains, Gran Canaria looks to have a warm sunny weekend ahead with highs of 25ºC in the shade. Perfect for a day out to visit some of the roads lesser travelled and some of the exciting events and happenings around the island.
A word to the wise, in the south of the island you can expect all sorts of fast cars, road closures and revelling fans lining some of the mountain highways for the 45th Maspalomas rally which will take place along various stretches of tarmac ranging from the mountainous villages of Fataga and Tunte all along the south coast and even up to Pueblo de Mogán and beyond throughout the weekend. It all starts on Friday night at the Mercado de Maspalomas with revving engines and a big crowd, and the race itself is on Saturday.
On top of that we have a delicious regional wine, cheese and honey fair, showing off lots of other local produce too; it is open museums weekend (1st weekend of every month) and there will even be a special ‘Día de los Muertos’ workshop celebrating the curious links between Halloween, the canary islands celebration of Finaos and the Mexican mixing of these traditions with native South American beliefs that led to the Day of The Dead.
Then of course there are the various Sunday markets worth visiting around the island and in the mountains simply for a drive, a potter and a treat.
The 45th edition of the Maspalomas Rally organized by the Maspalomas team and the collaboration of the Municipalities of San Bartolomé de Tirajana, Mogán, Santa Lucía and La Aldea.
And when there is a rally going on it also means road closures.
On Friday : the spectacle of the night slots, hosted by Mogán, opening the start of the rally with a total of 34 km. Timings that will pass from the area of Draguillo (Mogán) to La Aldea.
Road closure: GC-200 from Mogán to La Aldea ( cruce del pie de la Cuesta to cactualdea)
On Saturday: Sections
Maspalomas – Fataga section starts at 09:55-11:55
Las Vallas – Los Cuchillos 12:25 – 14:30
Maspalomas – Tunte 15:55- 17:30
The Regional Fair of Wine, Cheese and Honey of the Canary Islands is held every year in a different municipality from those that make up the Commonwealth. This year, 2018, it is hosted by the municipality of Tejeda.
At the fair will be 7 institutional stands and 50 commercial brands distributed in 40 stands from Lanzarote, Gran Canaria, Tenerife, La Palma and El Hierro. Days will included different activities, such as: Wine tastings, a children’s cheese tasting workshop, music performance by “Salvapantallas”, the delivery of the prizes of the XIII GRAN CANARIA HONEY CONTEST by the Ministry of Primary Sector and Food Sovereignty.
In this edition the sweet potato of the country will be the guest product
The Fair is open on Saturday 10:00-19:00 and on Sunday 10:00-16:00 and is held at the new municipal parking lot.
The network of island museums of the Cabildo de Gran Canaria, celebrate this weekend ‘open days’ with free entry, to enjoy its wide range of exhibition and museographic contents.
The Casa de Colón offers a journey through the relations between the Canary Islands and America, as well as offering a large and varied sample of artistic collections that cover various periods and which also delves into the pre-Columbian creation. And this weekend you can also contemplate the altar of the Day of the Dead, dedicated this year to the student victims of Tlatelolco and with which the museum adds one more year to the Mexican tradition. Likewise, the Casa de Colón hosts one more year the exhibition ‘Expo-Mental-Iz-Arte’, exhibition organized by the Association of Families and Users for the Support of People with Mental Illness (AFAES). The museum exhibits about fifty works made for the most part in the art workshop of the entity, although paintings from another dozen specialized centers of Gran Canaria are also exhibited.
In the Pérez Galdós House-Museum, the steps, the words and the Galdosian look become images that cross time and space thanks to the exhibition ‘Forty leagues by Cantabria’, which collects the photographs taken by Ángel Luis Aldai.
In Gáldar, the Antonio Padrón House-Museum. Centro de Arte Indigenista exhibits the exhibition ‘Memento. Death in the Canaries’, where a century of funerary culture in the archipelago is portrayed through twenty photographs, in a period between the eighties of the nineteenth century and the seventies of the last century.
Also in Gáldar, the exciting Museum and Archaeological Park Cueva Pintada reopens a door through which access to the pre-Hispanic and colonial world through an exhibition, projections and a tour through the old town of Agáldar.
The wide possibilities of the Canary Islands to become an example of sustainable development inspire in the León-Castillo de Telde House-Museum the photographic exhibition ‘Horizons’, the work of Marcos Martín Pérez, who underlines that his proposal urges “to reflect on the model in that the archipelago takes advantage of its resources and opportunities “. The exhibition also celebrates the declaration of the Canary Islands as Smart Islands, whose objective is to turn the European island territories into intelligent societies and enhance their role as a laboratory of innovative and integrating initiatives related to sustainable development.
In Moya, the Tomás Morales House-Museum offers the opportunity to get to know the home of one of the great Canarian poets and the fundamental representative of the modernist movement, as well as to enjoy attractive documentary, bibliographic and artistic collections associated with island poetry.
Casa de Colón in Las Palmas: Saturday 10:00-18.00 and Sunday 10:00-15:00
Casa-Museo Pérez Galdós in Las Palmas: Saturday and Sunday 10:00-18:00
Casa-Museo Tomás Morales in Moya : Saturday and Sunday 10:00-18:00
Casa-Museo León y Castillo in Telde : Saturday and Sunday 10:00-18:00.
Casa-Museo Antonio Padrón. Centro de Arte Indigenista, in Gáldar : Saturday and Sunday 10:00-18:00
Museo y Parque Arqueológico Cueva Pintada in Gáldar : Saturday 10:00-18:00 and Sunday 11:00-18:00, last visit 16:30, limited spaces.
The first Sunday of November arrives at the Commercial Zone of Triana with shops open, like they do every first weekend of the month. The day brings numerous workshops, exhibitions, live music and shops with open door, between 11:00 to 18:00 and activities for the youngest will be until 14:00.
The Day includes among others :
Magic Mirror Workshop in Eurekakids stores on Calle Castillo and Calle Triana from 11:00 to 13:30.
On Plaza de Cairasco; Rafaelillo Clown Cabaret with his “Family show”, from 12:00 to 13:00.
At number 13 on Calle Torres, the Shack Bar will host the vinyl and secondhand clothing exhibition (11:00 to 18:00), and a musical performance (13:00 to 18:00).
Multidiversion circuit on 11:00-14:00 on Mayor de Triana number 60.
SAN FERNANDO SECOND HAND MARKET
Directly in front of the main Maspalomas Town Hall offices for San Bartolomé de Tirajana
in Timanfaya Square, s / n, 35100 San Fernando de Maspalomas
The second hand “Rastro” market every Sunday (subject to holidays and special events) where everyone is welcome, and every type of thing is on sale, from objet d’art to furniture, clothing to stereos, telescopes to cellos, militaria, precious stones, previously loved items including toys and books and hats and the occasional kitchen sink.
All the best stuff is snapped up early, but there is always a bargain to be made.
SAN LORENZO FARMERS’ MARKET – LAS PALMAS
November 4, 2018 @ 9:00 a.m. – 3:00 p.m.
San Lorenzo Farmers’ Market in Las Palmas, with 24 stalls, held in the neighborhood of San Lorenzo (in front of the Health Centre ), every Sunday from 9:00 to 15:00
Delicious fresh produce from the thriving agriculture of the north of the island, direct from the hands that grew it. Well worth a little jaunt up the motorway.
TEROR MUNICIPAL MARKET
November 4, 2018 @ 9:00 a.m. – 3:00 p.m.
In the beautiful and historic surroundings of the Basilica of the Pine a transformation occurs each Sunday with the weekly market, one of the oldest street markets on the island, now with two centuries of history.
Typical local produce such as sausage, the famous Chorizo de Teror, Canarian black pudding (Morcilla), sweets, cheeses and bread, various religious items, textiles, handicrafts, etc.
Sunday market in Teror in Sintes Square.