Latest Gran Canaria News, Views & Sunshine
UD Las Palmas Celebrate Return to La Liga First Division in Grand Style after Gran Canaria Stadium Goalless Draw with Alavés
May, 2023 |
UD Las Palmas made a glorious comeback to the First Division in a thrilling encounter against Deportivo Alavés that kept fans on the edge of their seats until the final whistle. In front of a raucous near-capacity-crowd of 31,790, Las Palmas sealed their return ticket to the top flight with a hard-fought goalless draw in the season’s photo finish.
The Canary Guide Día de Canarias #WeekendTips 26-28 May 2023
May, 2023 |
What an interesting last weekend of May ahead. Weather predictions are showing some rain showers are likely across Gran Canaria. This extended #WeekendTips covers up to Tuesday, when all things Canarian are celebrated on the Día de Canarias. There’ll be some gorgeous Patron Saints’ festivities happening in San Fernando de Maspalomas as well as in Valleseco.
Valleseco literally means “dry valley” in Spanish, but is actually one of the wettest municipalities Gran Canaria. Nestling between the famous fresh water sources of Firgas & Teror, half way up the island’s mountainous northern slopes, this area is well known for its apple growers, cider and its weekly market
Six weeks since the unexplained disappearance of Anna-Karin on Gran Canaria
May, 2023 |
The authorities on Gran Canaria have been engaged in a rigorous search for Swedish tourist Anna-Karin Bengtsson, who went missing in the south of Gran Canaria around April 9. Her unexplained disappearance has caused her family much distress, with no clues to her whereabouts having emerged in the six weeks since they first realised her phone was no longer functioning.
The Canary Guide #WeekendTips 19-21 May 2023
May, 2023 |
An exciting May weekend ahead with abundant events and festivities taking place all around Gran Canaria. There are Patron Saints’ festivities for Motor Grande, in Puerto Rico de Gran Canaria, and in El Tablero in the municipality of San Bartolomé de Tirajana and up in the mountains of Artenara. There is also a two day lively exhibition event in Meloneras boulevard and the Rally Gran Canaria is held this Friday and Saturday.
Dead man, of German origin, found floating in the sea near Puerto Rico de Gran Canaria
May, 2023 |
The body of a 58-year-old German man was found this Friday floating just off the coast of Mogán, on the south-west of Gran Canaria.
Shopping centre fire brought under control at a motorcycle rental store in Playa del Inglés
Jan, 2021 | Fire, Health, investigation, Playa del Inglés, Police, SUC
Firefighters in Playa del Inglés were deployed this Saturday afternoon to put out a shopping centre fire in a motorcycle rental store at the CC Plaza, on the south of Gran Canaria, according to reports from the 112 Canary Islands Centre Emergency and Security Coordination team (CECOES 112).
The alarm was raised at around 4:50 pm, reporting a shopping centre fire, at which point firefighters and police officers were activated and deployed, as well as an ambulance sent from the SUC Canary Islands Emergency Service.
At least two individuals are known to have been “mildly affected” in the incident, according to 112. A column of smoke several meters high was visible from various points around the tourist southern tourist zone. It is not yet clear what caused the blaze.
#SUC asiste a dos afectados leves tras un incendio declarado en local de centro comercial en Playa del Inglés #GRANCANARIA. Bomberos San Bartolomé de Tirajana continúan interviniendo en el lugar junto a recursos policiales.
— 1-1-2 Canarias (@112canarias) January 30, 2021
Newsbrief: Twenty-six new boat people arrive on south of Gran Canaria
May, 2019 | Immigrants, Immigration
Twenty-six people, apparently of Maghrebi and Subsaharan origin, half of them minors, were discovered coming ashore on Saturday afternoon, May 4, from a patera (open boat), which had possibly come from the Maghreb region, landing between the beaches of Meloneras and Pasito Blanco on the south coast of Gran Canaria, according to a report from the Red Cross, none needed medical attention.
The vessel was detected shortly before 7:00 pm near Meloneras beach, in the municipality of San Bartolomé de Tirajana, when the main 112 Canarian Government Centre for Security and Emergency Coordination mobilized and deployed various emergency and security services offer humanitarian assistance the occupants, who had been witnessed dispersing as soon as they made land fall, before security services were able to locate them and assess their situation.
They were provided blankets, dry clothes and food, without it being necessary to transfer any of them to medical centres.
Brit critically injured in Playa del Inglés after suspected drunken fall
Jan, 2018 | Las Palmas, News, Playa del Inglés, Police, SUC
A young British man of nationality was critically injured in the early hours of Sunday morning after a fall from six meters high in Playa del Inglés, in the southern Gran Canaria municipality of San Bartolomé de Tirajana .
The main 112 Emergency and Security Coordination Centre received an alert no long after midnight. It was reported that 21 year old had fallen from a height of about six meters on the Costa Canaria promenade, near the Don Palomón hotel complex, and that he was lying on the grounds of the bungalows Santa Ana.
The local police, together with the staff of the SUC Canarian Emergency Services, attended the scene where the young man was found to have a serious head injury.
The primary diagnosis, made at the scene, was that the patient was in critical condition, so he was urgently transferred to the main Insular Hospital of Las Palmas de Gran Canaria due to the severity of the injuries.
Police sources have said that the injured man is of English nationality, and a resident on the island with part of his family. Family members were also at the scene and travelled to the hospital in the capital of Gran Canaria.
Sources at the scene ruled out that the incident was related to a case of “balconing” (balcony jumping) since the young man appears to have fallen from the promenade above, overlooking the Anexo II area of the Playa del Inglés main beach area; they added that it could have been related to excessive consumption of alcohol.
3 alleged thieves arrested quickly after stealing from a tourist in Playa del Inglés
Dec, 2017 | Crime, News, Playa del Inglés, Police, Tourism
Even holiday destinations as safe as Gran Canaria are occasionally targeted by criminals attempting to take advantage of our visiting tourists, but the police can also be very quick to react to calls for help.
Policia Nacional agents in the south Gran Canaria municipality of San Bartolomé de Tirajana have arrested two men aged 34 and 42 and a 41-year-old woman, all of them with previous police records, suspected of being the alleged perpetrators of a robbery with violence at a shopping centre in Playa del Inglés. The trio are thought to have beaten a British tourist, so as to steal a ‘bum bag’ containing money and personal effects. The physical description provided by the victim, helped the police officers to locate and detain the alleged perpetrators in the same vicinity as the theft.
The British tourist requested help from officers who patrol in the area, telling them how two men and a woman had approached him and after several blows to the face they stole his ‘fanny pack’ containing €100 and various personal effects.
The physical characteristics described by the victim led police officers in the vicinity to detain the two men and the woman, who were arrested as alleged perpetrators of the crime of robbery with violence. The personal effects were returned to their rightful owner.
The police intervention was carried out by agents of the Local Citizen Security Brigade of the Maspalomas National Police Station.
If you find yourself in need of emergency help always call 112 to speak to an operator in your language