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Mogán town council assumes direct management of services on Playa de Mogán

The Mogán Local Council on Friday installed new sun beds and umbrellas on Playa de Mogán, beginning direct management of seasonal services of this popular beach, along with the other six beaches for which it now holds corresponding authorisations: Las Marañuelas, Costa Alegre, Taurito, El Cura, Aquamarina and Patalavaca. Since last summer they have also been in control of direct exploitation of  Puerto Rico and El Perchel beaches.  The majority of these coastal tourism enclaves were managed by private companies who held the concessions, some of which had been in place for decades. 

The Canary Guide #WeekendTips 27-29 January 2023

Tenteniguada Almond Blossom Festival
It’s the last weekend of January and exactly two weeks to go until the 2023 Carnival season starts on Gran Canaria. This weekend will most probably be enjoyed with a drop of wet weather, Sunday being forecast as the rainiest. The southern tourist enclaves look to also see a bit of cloud cover and even a small chance of seeing a few drops of rain. However you look at it, it may be handy to have umbrellas and raincoats around during the days to come. There is even the possibility of some snow on the mountains as we head into next week.

More than half of all Canary Islands properties sold last year were bought by foreigners, more than half of those non-residents

While we still await final figures for the last quarter of 2022, the latest official data from The Canary Islands has shown foreigners are buying more homes in the Canary Islands than ever before. The number of real estate acquisitions by non-residents in the Canary Islands has risen 52% compared to the same period in 2021, and is already 16% higher than the highest ever record set in 2017.


The Canary Guide Print Edition: Brexit

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Puerto Rico de Gran Canaria

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Important Information in case of No Deal Brexit

Trifles, Nybbles & Tidbits


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Mogán tunnel project to re-establish links with Taurito and Playa de Mogán

Mogán town hall, earlier this month, pushed forward a proposal to the Government of the Canary Islands and the Island Council, the Cabildo de Gran Canaria, for the construction of a tunnel between Taurito and Playa de Mogán, given the concern of residents in the municipality who seek safe alternatives to the closure of this section of the GC-500 after landslides that occurred in July and September 2017 which almost cost the life of a mother and her son.  Reports this week suggest that the drafting of the project has been put up for tender, so time will tell if the project is to go ahead or not.

A “short-term option” has also previously been put forward “which would be the realisation of a technical study to assess the possibility of modifying a section of the GC-1, to reclassify the highway to become a secondary road with a roundabout that would allow the connection between these two tourist centres”.
During a meeting with the Minister of Public Works and Transport of the Canary Islands Government, Pablo Rodríguez, and from the Cabildo, Ángel Víctor Torres, the mayor of Mogán explained that “this alternative would only be temporary until a definitive solution is found,” it is a viable option they think “since there is little traffic from Puerto Rico to Mogán”.
“This proposal has technical and political will for its study, so we hope to receive news soon about its viability,” said the councillor.
New long-term tunnel solution
As an alternative in the medium to long term, the Mogán council have proposed  the construction of a short tunnel on the GC-500 that would link Taurito with Playa de Mogán and “would [bypass] the dangerous curves and possible landslides that could occur”. This is based on an alternative suggested by the technical staff of the Ministry of Public Works of the Cabildo de Gran Canaria.
The current plan is to look at drafting the road tunnel project as part of the GC500 national road, bypassing all of the areas identified as being most likely to suffer landslides in the future.  It would be  250m section of tunnel with a carriageway going in each direction.
The execution of the tunnel would be expected to cost approximately €4m, which would be financed by the Government of the Canary Islands, should the technicians of both the Regional Executive and the Island Cabildo decide that its construction could be the definitive and most appropriate solution to solve the existing problems which have left the main road closed for nearly a year and a half.
The mayor of Mogán said that “it is necessary to establish an alternative route that connects Taurito with Playa de Mogán since, above all, we must preserve the safety of both tourists and residents, so we hope to find a definitive solution soon.”
The reopening of the GC500 is imperative due to the fact that mopeds and cyclists, among other modes of transport, are prohibited from travelling on the motorway, through series of the long tunnels that extended the autopista back in 2014, so a purpose-built short tunnel on the old national road appears to be the very best solution that would allow for the reopening of that secondary route and allowing for the GC1 to then be returned to carry motorway-only traffic again in the future.  The island’s stated long term strategy is to eventually have an autopista that rings the island… mind you, who knows how long that could take…?
Taurito is one of the favourite family resorts on the island and since July last year it has been totally cut off from neighbouring Playa de Mogán except via a 14km motorway round trip, back east towards Puerto Rico to change direction on the GC1, so as to get to the picturesque little village just 3km or so to the west. Vehicles that cannot travel on the motorway literally have to travel either over the mountains in the middle of the island or go completely around the island in the other direction. The picture below is our artists impression of where we think they might be considering the new tunnel to solve the problem once and for all.

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British press fuel fears of “mega-eruption” on Tenerife’s Mount Teide

Those ever accurate bastions of truth, the English tabloid press, have once again fueled fears in England of a volcanic eruption on Tenerife’s Mount Teide, potentially ruining everyone’s holidays, after a ‘journalist’ first read and quoted something here on The Canary News.
A seismic swarm registered on the island in recent weeks has apparently created more alarm in the British newspapers than even here on the islands. Several tabloids in the United Kingdom have shown seemingly deep and sincere concern about the episode that shook the archipelago last week, despite no islander having felt a thing, even suggesting that, according to their experts, this could trigger an almighty explosion from Spain’s tallest mountain, the still active volcano in the middle of Tenerife.
“A seismic swarm of 270 mini-earthquakes have shaken the Canary Islands over the past 10 days, leading to concerns Tenerife’s Mount Teide may be due to erupt.” – Mail Online
According to publications like the Daily Mail and Daily Express, long the choice read of discerning thinkers and multiculturalists everywhere, “The earthquakes have sparked panic across the Canary Islands as an increase in activity could be sign Tenerife’s Mount Teide could be set to erupt.”
According the Brits, widespread fear has been caused by so many “surprise earthquakes in only 10 days” leading islanders to wonder if they should be preparing for a “mega-eruption” on Teide.
The articles, accompanied by photographic montages of lava flows and unsuspecting tourists on beaches, and infographics of the swarm data, highlight the suggestion that “the Spanish island, a popular holiday destination among the British, has been shaken by a flurry of seismic activity since April 29”.
However, on balance, the publications then do detail, later in spite of their sensational headlines, that the investigations so far carried out suggest that the earthquakes are in fact being caused by a submarine fault, in the channel between the two islands of Gran Canaria and Tenerife and so nobly testify that  “Researchers have quelled fears that the volcano is about to explode and insist that the tremors are part of the normal seismic activity of the islands.” pointing out also that the largest of them reached a magnitude of 3.2 on the Richter scale about 22 miles (35 km) from Puerto La Luz, Port of Las Palmas de Gran Canaria.
This not the first time that the alarm has been raised in Europe for a possible volcanic eruption on the island. Headlines like “Pánic in Tenerife” or “Volcanic Alert” have decorated the front pages of many of the most sensationalist British newspapers who seem to have special interest in the potential for an eruption from the Tenerife volcano.
In 2016, micro-seismic events registered on Tenerife became an “alarming and frightening” situation according to the publications informing the public of the United Kingdom. The Sun even included a section entitled “Your rights”, to solve any doubts readers may have had regarding flight tickets to Tenerife already purchased. “If the volcano erupts, can I cancel my vacation and get my money back?” the newspaper printed. The tabloid Daily Star also warned two years ago that “the huge volcano in the Canary Islands can erupt” and start “spitting lava” in as little as “just four hours.”
Source: La Provincia
Editor’s comment:
As proud as we are to be followed and read by the journalists of Great Britain, we’re not sure how helpful their conclusions are for those readers who might be too easily swayed by their headlines to bother reading the rest of the content for accuracy.
Nevertheless, we are happy to play our part in informing the writing classes, by reporting verified news from trusted sources here on the islands.  Besides, everybody in-the-know is already aware that Tenerife and Mount Teide can be clearly seen from the coasts and the peaks of Gran Canaria, from Arguineguín and along the southwest Costa Mogán, all the way up the West Coast to Agaete and even from the beaches of the northern capital of Las Palmas de Gran Canaria… so perhaps, for safety’s sake and to ensure the best possible holiday, it would be best after all to view any future eruptions from this island instead of that one. Let´s face it, you can´t be too careful, and factor 50 just isn’t going to help when standing under a volcanic lava shower.
Our advice, visit Gran Canaria for the very best views of the impending apocalypse…. 🙂

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An unusually cold January in the Canary Islands, with a touch of snow and more sunshine than usual!

Image:Love Gran Canaria
January in The Canary Islands saw the lowest maximum temperatures on record since 1969, along with heavy rains, snow, hail and strong gusts of wind that exceeded 130 kilometers per hour in some places, according to the latest Climatological Report from the Spanish State Meteorological Agency AEMET.
Thermal behavior during this first month of 2018 has been colder than normally expected in almost 60% of the Archipelago, including a good part of the eastern islands, almost the entire coastline of Gran Canaria. On the other hand, it has been warmer than usual in areas of the south and west of the western islands.
There were occasional thermal ascents, at least three of the days reaching maximum temperatures in the shade of 27-28ºC in some places like Mogán, on the south west of Gran Canaria, but all in all it has been a chilly January
At the end of the month, a remarkable drop in temperatures produced record lows in Lanzarote and Tenerife, and it was Fuerteventura Airport that registered the lowest maximum temperature since 1969 (13.7 °).
Rainfall was also higher than usual even tripling in some places what is usually expected. Wet weather predominated in the eastern islands particularly to the north. And at the summits of Gran Canaria, Cruz de Tejeda saw more than 90 mm of rain at one point and even snowfall at the very top later on in the month, twice in one week, if you count the first week of February into the bargain!
That all said, most of the weather stations across the archipelago have recorded more hours of sunshine than the expected average (in places between 10-40% more). With only the Fuerteventura airport (-8%) and the Los Rodeos Tenerife North airports (-31%) seeing significantly less than normal.

Snowy peaks in paradise immortalised by the founder of GranCanaria info

Snow, hail and rain are all words which few people associate with the Canary Islands nor with Gran Canaria.
Nevertheless  thousands of Canarians and tourists have,  against all advice, in this last week climbed to the summits so as to witness the wintery white mantle that currently covers the island’s highest peaks.
Social networks have been filled with various snapshots, but arguably none so beautiful as this exquisite photograph that appears to have gone viral across the internet, captured by the founder of popular tourism website GranCanariaInfo, Dutch national Lex Thoonen,  which he actually took several years ago.
More than any other image, Lex appears to have summed up this unexpected paradox and furthered his fame as one of this island’s most prolific documentarians.  Shot from beautiful Agaete on the north west of Gran Canaria, where he has a home, it shows an epic view of Spain‘s highest summit, Mount Teide, from across the 40 km expanse that separates our subtropical paradise from the neighboring island of Tenerife.
With the local press a buzz, this is the image that most people will remember whenever anyone talks of snow in paradise again.
An extraordinary shot, by an extraordinary artist. You can find more of his amazing photography and videography on his many web sites… including


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