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The Canary Guide #WeekendTips 29 September – 1 October 2023


A gorgeous and exciting last weekend of September ahead as we also say Hello to October! There are many interesting events and festival are taking place this weekend like the free music festival “Tourifest” in Playa del Ingles, the North Coast Festival in Moya. There are patron saints’ festivities to enjoy in Valsequillo, Agüimes and in Valleseco as well as a double fair in Ingenio with Km.0 Fair Gran Canaria and Feria del Sol.

Potatoes from UK to Canary Islands to Resume Following Imports Scare

Right now the Colorado beetle plague, which forced the commercial flow of this product from the United Kingdom to be interrupted, has been controlled, but it is not eradicated. Following Monday’s Government Council meeting, Minister of Agriculture, Narvay Quintero stressed that when the risk is over, the Ministry of Agriculture, which has jurisdiction, will lift the phytosanitary restrictions. The Canary Islands are set to see the return of potato imports from the United Kingdom after experiencing weeks of local market stress. High prices and concerns over locally available potatoes had been plaguing consumers, throughout August and September. The prices for white potato varieties soared by up to 60% to above €4/kilogram.





Upcoming Annular Solar Eclipse Should be Partially Visible on Gran Canaria just before sunset

The onset of autumn brings with it a slew of astronomical events, including a partial solar eclipse scheduled for this October 14, 2023. The eclipse will be annular, primarily visible in the Americas. However, it will also be partially visible in the Canary Islands, including on Gran Canaria, albeit with very low magnitudes. From the five westernmost Canary Islands (El Hierro, La Palma, La Gomera, Tenerife and Gran Canaria), the eclipse will be barely noticeable since the sunset will occur shortly after its beginning. 






Increased Scrutiny Over Plans for World’s First Commercial Octopus Farm in Las Palmas

The Spanish multinational fishing company, Nueva Pescanova, has been planning to launch the world’s first commercial octopus farm in Gran Canaria’s port of Las Palmas. Expected to produce about 3,000 tonnes of octopus meat annually, the proposed facility is attracting widespread attention and criticism.  Much of the scientific community, as well as animal activists, have expressed opposition to the controversial plans.




The Canary Guide #WeekendTips 22-24 September 2023


Autumn is here, and it is the start of the apple harvest, as the fall equinox arrives this weekend. The weather predictions are promising some cloud cover and possibly even a little rain, mostly in the evenings/nightime at the summits and to the north, but best just to wait and see as Gran Canaria weather is usually fantastic particularly on the south of the island. There is so much going on this weekend, there is little bit of something for everyone.

Booyaka CLA gets asked “How Much?” live in Puerto Rico Shopping Centre

A rather infamous and, you might even say, outspoken Tiktoker landed in Puerto Rico de Gran Canaria for a holiday last week.  With her outlandish catchphrase “Roots darling, roots!” and a bombastic attitude on full display, Chelsea Lee Arts is not, shall we say, everybody’s cup of tea; though she can boast more than 4m likes on the video sharing platform.  She is certainly a larger than life personality in many ways who, according to some reports, struggles with bipolar issues, and say some, her mental health.  But hey, doesn’t everyone, at least sometimes?¿.





The Canary Guide #WeekendTips 15-17 September 2023


A busy September weekend ahead! There are traditional patron saints’ festivities just getting started and some just finishing up. Guía are celebrating their very traditional Las Marías festivities, there is a Romería pilgrimage offering in the mountain town of Tejeda, a Wine and Tapas Night to enjoy in Playa de Mogán, as well as various ‘End of Summer’ celebrations in few different locations. Autumn is just round the corner.

#GranCanariaWeather: Some wet weather on the way this Sunday, particularly to the north

Over the next few days Gran Canaria weather is expected to be influenced by a front associated with a low-pressure system formed in northern Portugal. According to the State Meteorological Agency (AEMET), this will bring rain to the islands over the weekend. The northern areas of Gran Canaria, Tenerife, La Palma, Fuerteventura, and Lanzarote are expected to be most affected.





Microalgae can be good for the environment, say scientists who have developed early warning systems

This summer some Gran Canaria’s beaches, particularly Las Canteras in the capital and the coast of Mogán on the southwest of the island, have been affected by significant algal blooms. A team of experts from the University of Las Palmas de Gran Canaria, the Institute of Mathematical Sciences (Icmat), CSIC, and Digital Earth Solutions (DES) report that they have determined these blooms are likely to become more common over the years to come, due to the warming of the Atlantic Ocean in the Macaronesia region, a result of global warming.





Mogán Town Hall ask people not to try to remove or eat the potentially deadly pufferfish washing up on the beaches

The Mogán Town Council has finally made a statement regarding the masses of dead fish, first reported by The Canary News,  that have been washing up on the southwestern shores of Gran Canaria over recent days and weeks, saying that “Since the situation was detected, the Council has maintained direct and constant contact with the General Directorate of Public Health of the Government of the Canary Islands.”






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