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Foundation Investigated for Alleged Mismanagement of Public Funds Meant for Care of Unaccompanied Migrant Minors

The 7th Investigative Court of Las Palmas de Gran Canaria has opened a preliminary investigation into the Social Response Foundation Siglo XXI and four of its directors. The Anti-Corruption Prosecutor’s Office in Las Palmas filed a complaint against them, alleging crimes that could include forgery of commercial documents, mismanagement, and embezzlement of public funds. The investigation aims to determine whether this nonprofit organisation, and its officials, could have misused public funds intended for the care of unaccompanied migrant minors, during the migration crisis of 2020 that was precipitated by the pandemic confinement on the islands, leading to a build up of arrivals having to be assessed and cared for by the Canary Islands Regional Government, using hotels left empty due to the lack of tourism. The estimated amount involved in the alleged misuse stands at around €12.5 million between 2020 and 2022 on Gran Canaria alone.


Canary Islands Expect Rain and Potential Storm Weather Next Week

The Canary Islands are preparing for a change in the weather next week, as a significant increase in cloud is expected bringing higher probability of rain. The effects of a powerful storm forming in the Atlantic Ocean are likely to extend to the Canary Islands as well as neighbouring Madeira and The Azores.


The Canary Guide #WeekendTips 2-4 June 2023

June is here and that means that summer is just around the corner. The Patron Saints’ festivities in honour of San Juan de Bautista and San Antonio de Padua are just getting started on Gran Canaria, and in Pueblo de Mogán the main Romería pilgrimage for San Antonio El Chico is this first Saturday of June, as well as the start of the build up to those in Arucas, Santa Brígida and Moya. This weekend also brings the biggest outlet fair shopping experience back to INFECAR and a collectables fair in Gáldar.
OPERATION KILO is this weekend, at all participating supermarkets, asking you to add a few non-perishable food items to the Food Bank collection boxes to help families in need.

Vox Enters Canarian Politics, Stage Right: Anti-Migrant, Anti-Feminist, Anti-Green, Anti-Autonomy, Anti-LGBT, Anti-Multiculturalism, Pro-Franco politics find a foothold on The Canary Islands

The Canary Islands were unable to avoid the rise of the far right on Sunday, unlike in 2019, writes Natalia G. Vargas in Canarias Ahora. Vox, which previously had no representation on the islands, managed to make its presence felt in several municipalities and councils this May 28. They also secured seats in the Canary Islands’ regional parliament, securing four deputies. “Defending what is ours, our own, and fighting against insecurity” were the slogans that underpinned Vox’s campaign in The Canary Islands, along with “family, employment, and freedom.” This rhetoric, coupled with an electoral program that was repeated across all local elections in Spain, proved sufficient. Dozens of cities and towns on the islands welcomed their first far right candidates of the modern democratic era into Canarian politics, with urban areas serving as their main strongholds.

La Alcaldesa Bueno Secures Incredible Majority in Mogán

Mogán, May 29, 2023 – The often controversial incumbent, O Bueno, La Alcaldesa, has achieved an unprecedented and resounding victory once more in Mogán. The candidate who switched her party’s name, for these elections, to “Juntos por Mogán”, a local ally of the regionalist conservatives “Coalición Canaria” (CC), will once again assume the role of mayor. Her party has clinched a rather noteworthy 17 out of the 21 seats in the Municipal Council of this popular tourism destination located on the sunny southwest of Gran Canaria.


The Canary Guide #WeekendTips 11-13 November 2022

AEMET prediction for Saturday 12 November 2022
It’s the second weekend of November already and it is going to be a beautiful and busy one on Gran Canaria. The festive season is getting closer and closer and a lot of the Yuletime lights are up already, with many official ‘lights on’ events still to come, so stay tuned.
There are plenty of awesome events and festivities taking place around Gran Canaria, highlights include the WOMAD world music and dance festival, happening in the capital, as well as Fashion & Friends. It’s also the big weekend for the Winter Pride events at the famous CC Yumbo in Playa del Inglés and Maspalomas. Right now is also a lovely time to visit San Gregorio in Telde with co-patron fiestas as well as Gastronomic days promoting Gofio happening at the same time this weekend. Valsequillo will be filled with antique, old, vintage motorcycles and cars celebrating the 30th-anniversary edition of ‘Viejas Glorias’ with many more events and places to explore, experience, and enjoy as the weather is going to gorgeous for any kind of adventure, anywhere.
Upcoming bank holidays:Wednesday, November 17 is a local Bank holiday in Telde, festivities to honour the co-patron San Gregorio Taumaturgo.
Upcoming events:20 November • Gran Canaria Maspalomas Marathon 202226-27 November • Km.0 Fair Gran Canaria in Ingenio2-4 December • Christmas Fair – Feria de Navidad de San Mateo4 December • Avocado Fair Mogán
*** Check out the regular listings and markets and a range of other events on our main calendar at The Canary Guide website***


The Canary Guide #WeekendTips 3-5 June 2022

June is here and the Summer season of 2022 is just getting started with a very busy first weekend of the month offering an opulent selection of events all across Gran Canaria. Remember to check for more from our website, www.thecanaryguide.com.Not only are there the foundational festivities, celebrating 544 years of our island capital, starting this Friday, and the Patron Saint of San Fernando celebrations happening, but also Gáldar is celebrating its very first Pride event, and the big Southeast Fair is happening in Arinaga. Gran Canaria starts the summer with a bang with amazing events to explore, enjoy and experience. 


Spanish State Meteorological Agency, AEMET, forecast a weekend starting with light breezes and some cloud cover, particularly on the north, with trade winds from the North East, and sunshine, prevailing throughout Saturday bringing coastal breezes from the south and east to the southern resort areas of Mogán and Maspalomas. All in all a lovely weekend to get out and about.
Saturday and Sunday look good all around the island. All in all average daytime temperatures should peak at a comfortable 26ºC  in the shade, though certainly a touch warmer in direct sunlight, hitting perhaps 30ºC+, with night time temperatures rarely less than around 17 or 18ºC
*** Check the regular markets and a range of other events on our main calendar at The Canary Guide website***


The Foundational Festivities for the 544th anniversary of Las Palmas de Gran Canaria will kick off this Friday under the baton of José Brito, musician and precursor of Barrios Orquestados, who will be in charge of the proclamation that will begin the program of events in Plaza de Santa Ana, surrounded by several boys and girls who are part of this neighbourhoods musical initiative that began in 2011 in Tamaraceite.After, at 21:00, the show Zarzuela Glam 3.0.’ will be performed by the Las Palmas de Gran Canaria Symphony Orchestra and the Gran Canaria Philharmonic Orchestra choir, which, on this occasion, will be accompanied by the voices of Sofía Esparza, Nancy Fabiola Herrera and Celso Albelo.Free entry until all seats full.
Highlights for this weekend of the free events to attend:On Friday at 20:30 Pregón, proclamation by José Brito at Plaza de Santa Ana.  The opening gala spectacle ‘Zarzuela Glam 3.0’ at 21:00 with Las Palmas Symphony Orchestra and the choir of the OFGC.at 21:00 «Vereda tropical» in Parque Juan Pablo II. Olga Cerpa and the Municipal Symphonic Band of Las Palmas de Gran Canaria.
On SaturdayMusic in the heart of Vegueta, the old quarter, starting at 19:30 in various courtyards of the historic center and squares San Agustín, Pilar Nuevo and The Royal Economic Society of Country friends.23:00 the final concert in Plaza de Santa Ana.

The 17th Agriculture, Handicrafts, Livestock and Tourism fair, The Southeast Fair, is held this weekend, from Friday to Sunday in Cruce de Arinaga, in the municipality of Agüimes.
There is an exhibition on Avenida de Ansite to support the activities of many small artisanal and agricultural producers while trying to raise awareness about the consumption of local produce; promoting the local tourist offer and providing the opportunity to expand trade in the area. All of this is combined with a totally festive atmosphere, with various performances and activities for children and adults, as well as lots of entertainment both traditional and modern.
Opening hours:  Friday and Saturday 10:00-22:00 and on Sunday 10:00-15:00
“The Southeast Fair is not just any fair, it is the symbol of the unity of three towns, Ingenio, Agüimes and Santa Lucía, that joined forces 32 years ago to form the South East Commonwealth (Mancomunidad del Sureste) to fight against their common challenges in a part of the island ravaged by drought. It is the region’s most important event, in which farmers, producers and artisans in the area offer the very best of what they have.”

Santa Lucía de Tirajana celebrates Summer Carnival on Saturday, 4 June 2022 with a parade and carnival party. 
The Summer Carnival in the street – with festivities centred in Vecindario – to make up for the events usually held between the months of February and March rescheduled due to the COVID restrictions.
Starting at 19:00, a multitude of carnival floats and various rebelling groups will cover almost the entire Avenida de Canarias from the Balos roundabout to Doctoral. After the carnival parade, at 20:00 in Plaza de San Rafael, a Verbena, street party, which will be animated by Mekánica by Tamarindos, Armonía Show and DJ Line.
“La cabalgata will leave at 19:00 from the Balos roundabout and will travel along the entire Avenida de Canarias to Doctoral. At the end of the tour of the 21 floats that have signed up and the mascaritas, the festival party will begin.”

Gáldar is celebrating their first official Pride event 1-6 June 2022 and at the same time will recover part of their carnival events. The main acts will be at the Cultural Center of La Quinta, next to the municipal sports centre, where a big stage is installed to host all the events that recover the cultural programming in the open air.
On Friday, June 3, one of the most massive events will take place, with the Carnival and Diversity parade, which will fill the streets of the city centre with colour, ending in the cultural venue ‘La Quinta‘ where the Gáldar Pride Grand Gala will be held at 21:00, presented by Yanely Hernández and Rubén Dizá and will feature performances by Agoney and WRS, Romania’s representative at Eurovision 2022. At 23:30, the Popperas Party gala will be held, with performances by Malena Gracia and Yurena, ending the night with the Dj Drag Gio Performance.
On Saturday 4 the Plaza de Santiago will host one of the most fun moments for the whole family with the first Gáldar high heels race. And that night, in the cultural venue, the Gáldar Drag Queen Grand Gala will be held, presented by Roberto Herrera, Ruth Lorenzo and Drag Sethlas with performances by Blas Cantó, Drag Vulcano and Dj Ray Castellano, who will offer Dance Night in the same venue. The night will end with a Matrix Party, which will start at 01:30 with DJs, performances and other surprises.
Finally, on Sunday, June 5, from 10:00 to 16:00, a popular market for diversity will be held and at 11:00, the 1st LGTBIQ+ Short Film Contest will take place, to end the day with performances by Los Salvascreens and Armonía Show at 12:00 and 14:00. All events in Cultural venue ‘La Quinta’
All events have free admission to the capacity of the venue. In addition, direct bus lines will be enabled to transfer to Gáldar anyone who wishes to attend from Maspalomas, Vecindario, Telde or Las Palmas de Gran Canaria, after registering at: entraces.galdar.es.

A gastronomic Fair “Moya Dulce 2022” this Sunday between 10:00-14:00. This “sweet” event is framed in the Patron Saint festivities of San Antonio de Padua in the municipality of Villa de Moya.The Fair, which in its last edition in 2019 received some four thousand visitors, will be held on Calle Miguel Hernández from 10:00 to 14:00.
The day will be enlivened with a concert by Arístides Moreno & 101 Brass Band at 12:30.Numerous activities for the little ones between 11:00-14:00 such as face painting and bouncy castles.
In addition, the traditional ‘Moya Dulce’ Pastry Contest takes place again. Exhibition of the desserts between 10:30 -11:00 and the awards at 12:15.

The Trade Fair of Teror this weekend “Feria de Comercio de Teror“. On Saturday and Sunday, Teror will celebrate its most important Trade Fair of the year under the slogan “Rulando por los comercios de Teror”, (“Going around the shops of Teror”), in which more than fifty establishments in the Casco will take their products to the streets, boosting the activity of the Teror Open Commercial Zone. The opening hours for the Fair, located throughout the city centre with stalls set up outside the establishments, will be on Saturday from 10:00 to 20:00 and on Sunday from 10:00 to 15:00.
“The Teror Trade Fair will open on Saturday at 10:00, with a lively street parade by Banda La Isleña and The Circus Troupé, which will tour the main streets of the Casco from Paseo González Díaz Boulevard.”
THE ROULETTE OF GIFTS. One of the main attractions of the Fair will be the Gift Roulette, which will be installed in the Plaza del Pino, where customers can exchange their ticket for a gift voucher for purchases greater than the amount set by each establishment participating in the fair.CHILDREN’S ACTIVITIES. For the little ones, activities will be offered on both days. On Saturday, June 4, the family workshop “We make our organic garden” will take place at 11:00, 16:30 and 18:30, at the ‘La Casita de Norita’ stand located on Calle Nueva. And at 12:00 there will be a children’s performance with Rafaelillo Clown, also on Calle Nueva. On Sunday, June 5, there will be a parade for children with animated characters, from 11:00 to 14:00
FASHION SHOW. The fashion catwalk, presented by Los 40 Principales radio announcer Tony Aguilar, will be on Saturday at 17:30 on the Boulevard del Paseo González Díaz, with the catwalk of adult and child models, and the participation of establishments L’arrêt vintage Women’s Boutique, L’arrêt vintage Men’s Boutique, Caresport, Dreams by Caresport, Los Sueños de Ico, Amor Biyoux, Clary’s shop, Naymar, Dácil hairdresser, Shaver’s soul and Oliver hairdresser.
The Trade Fair will be animated with ambient music and, in addition, on Saturday, June 4, there will be a concert by the group ‘Muelle Viejo’, at 13:00, in Plaza del Pino.

This coming Friday, Volkswagen Canarias is offering a show never -before-seen on Gran Canaria. 100 drones will fly through the sky over Las Canteras Beach for the launch of their new ID.5 Coupé SUV.Drone Spectacle on Paseo Las Canteras, Plaza Saulo Torón, at 21:30 and at 22:30 

The Municipality of Arucas celebrate Patron Saint festivities of John the Baptist 3-26 June 2022, Fiestas Patronales de San Juan de Bautista.
Friday, 3 June, Pregónat 20:00 Plaza de San Juan Bautista. Reading of the Proclamation of the Patron Saint Festivities of San Juan Bautista de Arucas 2022 by His Excellency Mr. Ángel Víctor Torres Pérez, President of the Government of the Canary Islands. Performance by the Theater students of the Municipal Artistic Schools of Arucas.Followed by a concert by Besay Pérez
Showroom “Arucas is art”Meeting of designers and companies with a nuance of exclusivity in the municipality MuseumOn Friday from 12:00 to 19:30, On Saturday from 10:00 to 20:00 and on sunday 10:00-15:00
Saturday, 4 June, Baile del MaúroBest traditional music and dance and the best gastronomy. People come dressed appropriately and enjoy the performances of the different music groups at 20:00 Plaza de San Juan Bautista.
Sunday, 5 June, Expohistórica “Arucas 2022”Living museum of historical-cultural recreation set among the 16th – 20th centuries with military performances, period decorations, props, vehicle exhibition and various activities.From 09:30 to 19:00 in the historical centre.

The Maspalomas neighbourhood of San Fernando, once a simple village of tomato growers, have been enjoying its patron saint celebrations since 26 May and the festivities will come to an end this weekend.
On Friday, there is a Wine & Tapas Night starting at 21:00 in Plaza de San Fernando with music performances including Salvapantallas.
On Saturday at 11:00 A foam party at Plaza  de San Fernando and later at 21:30 concert by Pastora Soler
On Sunday, the last day of festivities .at 10:00 SwimRun Maspalomas competition between San Agustin and Faro de Maspalomasat 10:00 Children’s animation at Plaza De San Fernando at 19:00 The 2nd festival dance performance Ballet Carmen Cabrera at Plaza de San Fernando

Santa Brígida is celebrating festivities in honour of San Antonio de Padua between June 3 to 13, after two years postponment due to the pandemic. Concerts, theatre, children’s activities, exhibitions, chess tournaments, comedy nights, Florabrígida, cattle fair and much more. The musical events and those that will take place in the Cultural Center of the Villa are with free admission until full capacity is reached.
On Friday, Pregón, the proclamation, will kick off the festivities, at 20:00 in the Municipal Park. The event will feature a performance by the Canarian artist Marta Bolaños.
On this same, after the Pregón, will take place the inauguration of Florabrígida ( 3-13 June), which this year celebrates its 46th edition. In addition to the traditional display of flowers, plants and birds, which will be installed under the pergola in the central space and in the wooden canopy on Calle Castelar, there is an innovative proposal entitled ‘open to the sky’, with decoration of the balconies on Calle Real y Calvo Sotelo and other spaces in the historic quarter, which will also be adorned with flowers. A parallel program will also be included in the Municipal Park where different workshops will be held, while the municipal tent will host a flower contest on June 5 from 11:00 to 13:00.
At 21:45 Tribute concert Alejandro Fernández at Recinto Ferial, fairgrounds.


The municipality of San Bartolomé de Tirajana will host the SwimRun series Canarias competition on Gran Canaria in its 2022 edition this Saturday. This is a sporting event that is exactly as its name states; first, you run, then swim and then run again and then swim and so on … The start will be at 10:00 in the morning from San Agustin Beach and the finish line at Maspalomas lighthouse. The participant will have 3 hours to complete the tour.
RUN 1: 0,16KM – SWIM 1: 0,72KM – RUN 2: 0,90KM – SWIM 2: 0,52KM – RUN 3: 0,91KM – SWIM 3: 0,74KM – RUN 4: 3,91KM – SWIM 4: 0,93KM – RUN 5: 0,82KM  TOTAL: 9,62KM

XIX Corre Fundación Puertos, one of the most emblematic athletic events this Sunday in the capital.
The “Fundación Puertos de Las Palmas” Half Marathon and Popular Race 10 km / 5 km is a test open to athletes outside the port area and that will complete a circuit within the Port of Las Palmas. This race, year after year, has become a reference within the Canarian athletics calendar and has managed to consolidate one of the main foundations for which it was created and that is to link citizens, both in the city of Las Palmas de Gran Canaria as well as those of the entire island, within the Port Community.
Sunday, 5 May:08:00 Opening of the pit area.08:54 Wheelchair 10km09:00 Half Marathon Start and 10km09:10 Start of 5km09:30 Arrival of the first 5km runner10:00 -12:30 arrival of the 10km participants and 21km.11:30  Awards


Friday is always market day in Playa de Mogán in the morning. This popular market is in one of the prettiest fishing harbour towns on Gran Canaria, very popular with tourists.
On Saturday San Fernando de Maspalomas market offers all kinds of textiles, Objet d‘art and other articles, outside the Municipal Market, located on Avenida Alejandro del Castillo, with bargains for bargain hunters. It is one of the markets most enjoyed among visitors along with Friday’s in Playa de Mogán;El Mercadillo de Maspalomas, the main ‘Maspalomas market’  is on Wednesdays and Saturdays from 08:00 to 14:00.
On Saturday in Arguineguín, a second-hand market on Plaza Negra (the marketplace) in the morning 09:00-14:00 with a wide range preloved treasures to be found and discovered.
On Sunday, the “rastro” second-hand market, is on from 08:00 to 14:00 in the main carpark of the Municipal Market, in San Fernando.
The biweekly little market in Puerto Rico de Gran Canaria is now taking the summer break and will be back in September 2022.


Saturday 4 June, VecindarioMercado Agrícola de Vecindario

The biweekly Saturday Agricultural Market in Vecindario still takes place on the main street at the Plaza de Los Algodoneros (next to the Hotel Avenida de Canarias ) ????????????????????  Get the best seasonal fruit and vegetables, bread, flowers and much more, straight from the local farmers and producers.
From 08:30 – 13:30 Plaza de Los Algodoneros
“It is also the perfect opportunity to explore the kilometres-long main street of this neighbourhood, Avenida de Canarias.”


The Canary Guide

The Canary Guide #WeekendTips 15-17 April 2022

A long, hot “puente” weekend lies ahead on Gran Canaria, with Thursday and Friday both being Easter bank holidays (but not Monday). The southern beaches have already seen a huge influx of people arriving to enjoy some Easter feasting in sun. The weather forecast for the coming days is simply marvellous across Gran Canaria, though seas may be a little rougher than usual,  temperatures are expected to rise to 30º Celsius, in the shade, on the south of the Island.
All around the island, particularly the larger towns and churches, there have been processions, where icons and statues are carried through the streets, and which will continue until Sunday. The biggest, and most popular ones take place in the capital, Las Palmas de Gran Canaria, as well as other religious enclaves such as Teror, Agüimes and Gáldar. This weekend you can also enjoy a lively Spring market in Playa de Arinaga as well as weekly markets galore.

Did you know !The Canarian “Sancocho” is one of the most popular dishes in the islands’ culinary repertoire, and it is a tradition to eat it on Good Friday. Normally made with salted fish (cherne, corvina, pompanos or grunt), potatoes and sweet potatoes; it is accompanied with the infamous Canarian Mojo sauce (red or green) and Pella de Gofio (a mixture made basically with gofio, water and salt. The final result, baked in this perfectly compact and solid mortar, producing a soft, salted fish dish, and served as a complement to various staples of the traditional Canarian diet).

Upcoming events:21-24 April, Fiestas Santa Águeda22 April -1 May, International Film Festival Las Palmas de Gran Canaria24 April,  Cheese Festival Santa Maria de Guía29-30 April,  Spring Festival Vecindario29 April -1 May,  Gran Canaria Me Gusta-fair, INFECAR Las Palmas de Gran Canaria6-8 May,  LPA Motown


Spanish State Meteorological Agency, AEMET, forecast a weekend of sunshine across the south of the island and in resort areas of Mogán and Maspalomas, with temperatures climbing to over 30ºC, in the shade. It’s beginning to feel a lot like summer!
This Easter weekend looks absolutely fabulous all around the island, with perhaps an occasional cloud from the north, but all in all a great weekend for any activity, or just staying still, and chilling by the pool or on the beaches, along with large numbers of native Canarians heading south for some down time. Whether it’s the beach, mountains, gardening, hiking or just enjoying days in the shade, conditions look superb for all.
Average daytime temperatures are expected to stay pretty close, on both sides, to 30º C depending on if you are closer to the summits or the ocean. It is always much hotter in direct sunlight, so get plenty of protection on, the UV index is set to climb to 10 or more.

Weather at this time of year can be quite changeable, and hard to predict, though from here on in we mostly expect warm winds and sunshine as temperatures continue to rise, however even just a short distance inland from the usually much sunnier coastal weather on the south, temperatures can drop, especially as you move towards the evening.
*** Check all the regular markets and a range of other events on our main calendar at The Canary Guide website***


15-17 April, Las Palmas de Gran CanariaSemana Santa, Easter week processions
The faithful, women dressed in traditional White Canarian scarves, known as “The Sorrowful”, follow a path recognising the pain of a Mother behind her crucified son. The cortege prays with the Holy Rosary and upon arrival at the main plaza, in the old quarter, and before entering the Temple, the Bishop imparts a Blessing from the Balcony of the Episcopal Palace. From the entrance to the Cathedral, to the sound of Chopin’s Funeral March, the Sermon of Seven Words is celebrated.
Leaving at 11:00 and arriving back at 12:30. Route: Obispo Codina, Espíritu Santo, Reyes Católicos, Doctor Chil, Plaza del Espíritu Santo, Castillo, Plaza de Santa Ana, Obispo Codina to the Cathedral.
Magna procession Inter-parish of Vegueta

The Virgen de los Dolores crosses the Guiniguada ravine (on the banks of which the original old town was founded) as part of the Magna, on Good FridayThe parishes of Santo Domingo de Guzmán, San Agustín and San Francisco take their religious icons out to the streets and join in stages to form the Magna Procession.
From the Parish of Santa Domingo leaving at 18:30 and returning to the temple at 22:00.From the parish of San Agustín, leaving at 18:45 and returning to the temple at 21:30From the parish of San Francisco leaving at 19:00 and returning to the temple at 22:00

‘Retiro de Triana‘ processionFrom the parish San Francisco de Asis leaving at 22:30 and returning at 23:30
‘Retiro de Vegueta‘ processionleaving from the church Santa Domingo de Guzmán at 22:30 and returning at 23:30

A premiere act of the procession ‘del Resucitado‘  on Easter Sunday morning starts at 11:30, departing from the large parish church of Santo Domingo de Guzmán.

Saturday 16 April, TerorQuema de Judas
The traditional ‘Quema de Judas’ ( burning of Judas ) returns to Teror, after two years of pandemic postponements, this Saturday, with bonfire burning at the stake or a public figure.
This is for all you night walkers…
The Easter Vigil, and the traditional Burning of Judas, closes Holy Week for the municipality of Teror, as a symbolic religious act marking the fabled betrayal of Judas, and at the same time contains present day social criticisms too. As is tradition, Judas is performed by a group of young people from the municipality, and represents a modern day famous person, the name of which will not be known until Saturday night, to the surprise of the attendees. In recent years they have varied characters of the “Famosa” have been offered up for the Burning, including locally known characters Pocholo, la Pantoja de Puerto Rico, as well as Britain’s Prince Charles and even America’s orange skinned 45th ex-president…
The giant “rag doll” (an effigy over six meters tall) will be paraded on Saturday night through the streets of El Casco and El Rincón, in a truck, heading to the Plaza de Sintes, where it will be burned by the community, and there will also be a fireworks show. After the Burning, at 23:00,  the festival begins at the Plaza de Sintes, with D’Music, to liven up the crowd gathered for the fire show. 

The Burning of Judas is a tradition that formerly was celebrated in almost all towns and it has continued in Teror (among a few other places).

On Good Friday, there are two processions from Basilica Basílica de Nuestra Señora del Pino . At 20:00 procession of the holy burial  (santo entierro) and at 21:00 Procession of the Virgin of Solitude (Virgen de la soledad) 

15-16 April, GáldarEaster processions
In Gáldar on Friday, the Holy office of The Passion and The Death of The Lord, will be held in the church of Santiago El Ápostol, at 19:00, followed by the Magna procession in the following order:
I Cruz Procesional de Santiago (siglo XVI gótico renacentista).II Jesús Atado a la Columna (siglo XVII).III Ntro. Padre Jesús Nazareno (Siglo XVII).IV Banda de Música la Isleña.V Ntra. Sra. de la Soledad (siglo XVII, procedente de la antigua Iglesia de San Antonio de la Vega).VI Santísimo Cristo de Indias (siglo XIX).VII “Santa Cruz”, con la “Magdalena” (siglo XVII), “San Juan Evangelista” (obra contemporánea) y las insignias de la Pasión.VIII Santo Sepulcro (obra contemporánea).IX Santísima Virgen de los Dolores (Luján Pérez, 1756–1815).X Clero Parroquial.XI Pendón de la Real Ciudad bajo Mazas.XII Excma. Corporación Municipal.XIII Banda de Música de Gáldar.
at 22:00 Sermon of Solitude and procession of the retreat of Our Lady of Sorrows accompanied by the municipal band of Gáldar.
On Saturday, at 22:00 Easter Vigil of Resurrection, followed by a procession of the Blessed Sacrament under a canopy and blessing.

16-17 April, Playa de ArinagaMercadillo de artesanía
Playa de Arinaga hosts a craft market to celebrate the arrival of spring, located in the semi-pedestrianised area of ​​Avenida Polizón with 22 stalls selling local crafts and traditional pastries and will also feature recreational activities, children’s workshops, musical performances and even a mini-train to enjoy a trip through the streets of this lovely southeast coastal neighbourhood, just 20 minutes north of Playa del Inglés.
The market opens on Saturday from 11:00 to 21:00 and on Sunday between 10:00 and 18:00. You can buy local craft products, as well as delicious pastries, such as sweets and ice cream that will certainly add delight to the long weekend.
For children, there will be bouncy castles, craft workshops, balloon twisting, face painting, puppets and, as a novelty, a mini train offering a fun way to ride with family and friends. Visitors will also be able to enjoy, on Saturday from 19:00, the musical performance of the group ‘Tequila y sal‘, and the terraces and shops of the area will offer a pleasant relaxed atmosphere, ideal for enjoying the last days of the Easter Week holidays.
‘The Holy Week Gastronomic Days in Agüimes’ are still ongoing until Sunday. Enjoy some typical and traditional Easter dishes from around the Canary Islands, with Gastronomic Days planned from April 14 to 17. Twelve establishments participate in this year’s initiative, which celebrates its fifth edition. Restaurants participating are: Atis Tirma, El Salón de la Sal, El Guachinche, La Vaquería Las Salinas, Señorío de Agüimes, Cá Migue, La Esquina, San Antón, El Populacho, Caprichos de Agüimes, Felice Valentino and Comestibles Belén Gutiérrez Vélez, all located in the fascinating historic centre of Agüimes (just a hop skip and a jump from Arianaga, a little further inland), in Cruce de Arinaga and Playa de Arinaga.


Easter Tips with Kids this weekend

15-17 April, Valsequillo de Gran CanariaCirco de Francia
The Cirque de France are in the beautiful northeast mountain town of Valsequillo de Gran Canaria from Friday until Sunday, April 17, offering a great show, without animals (but lots of animatronic robotics!), for the entire family. Acrobats, clowns, cowboys and magicians parade around the stage to the delight of the little ones. Characters beloved by children like the Paw Patrol, SpongeBob SquarePants and the friendly Minions will also not be missing this event.
The circus is located in the parking area on Calle Isla de Tenerife. A single daily performance starts at 18:00, to enjoy a show lasting an hour and a half.
The box office will be open 30 minutes before the start of the show.

Angry Birds Activity Park Gran Canaria
is open every day during the Easter weekend from 10:00 to 18:00. 8 hours of Easter Fun and with your entrance ticket you can play the whole day, leave and enter as many times as you wish.
Special easter activities like the annual treasure hunt, easter games, and daily prize draws. Friday to Sunday, for fancy dress days and you’ve got:
10:00 – 13:30 Fancy dress photos on arrival13:00 Daily prize draw14:00 Prize giving for best costume15:00 Surprise Easter Game16:00 Inflatable water attraction
And don’t forget to bring your swimmers to cool off in their epic water feature activities.

Shopping centre Las Arenas 
in Las Palmas de Gran Canaria never really closes its doors and for the month of April they have special spectacles, activities and concerts for the whole family.
Children’s shows on the terrace floor: on Friday a Clown show at 19:00, on Saturday a Magic show at 19:00 and on Sunday a Juggling show at 12:30. Concerts at 13:00: on Friday Jonay Mesa and Carla Vega, on Saturday Dani González duet and on Sunday Mat Factory school presentation.
Inflatable table football and wipeout on the terrace floor. Friday and Saturday 11:00-14:00 and from 17:00-21:00 and on Sunday 11:00-14:00 and from 17:00-20:00.Spinning cup rides and bumper cars at Plaza De la Fuente. Friday and Saturday 11:00-14:00 and from 17:00-21:00 and on Sunday 11:00-14:00 and from 17:00-20:00.

HolidayWorld Maspalomas
will have special Easter week opening hours.
Woodland Fun Park open on Friday 17:00-23:00 and on Saturday and Sunday 14:00-23:00.
Swing bowling every day from 10:00-00:00.
Anthology Escape room ( pre-reservation needed, age limit: 9+ ): Friday 17:00-01:00, on Saturday 14:00-01:00 and on Sunday 14:00-23:00.
Mercado del Nomad ( the Food market ): Friday and Saturday 13:00-00:00 and on Sunday 13:00-23:00


“Check also the Spring market in Playa de Arinaga this Saturday and Sunday” 



Friday is always market day in Playa de Mogán in the morning. This popular market is in one of the prettiest fishing harbour towns on Gran Canaria, very popular with tourists.
On Saturday San Fernando de Maspalomas market offers all kinds of textiles, Objet d‘art and other articles, outside the Municipal Market, located on Avenida Alejandro del Castillo, with bargains for bargain hunters. It is one of the markets most enjoyed among visitors along with Friday’s in Playa de Mogán;El Mercadillo de Maspalomas, the main ‘Maspalomas market’  is on Wednesdays and Saturdays from 08:00 to 14:00.
On Saturday, also, in Arguineguín, the second-hand “rastro” market on Plaza Negra (the marketplace) in the morning 09:00-14:00 with a wide range preloved treasures to be  discovered and haggled over.
On Sunday, the “rastro” second-hand market, is on from 08:00 to 14:00 in the main carpark of the Municipal Market, in San Fernando.

This Sunday, the very popular biweekly farmers’ Market, in the main car parking area next to the football Stadium and the municipal offices from 08:00 – 14:00 is a chance to purchase fresh, locally-grown food and value-added produce directly from growers or producers —  an authentic retail experience.



Saturday 16 April, ArucasMercado Agrícola de Arucas

This popular farmers’ market takes place every fortnight in the facilities of the Cabildo’s Agricultural (Experimental) Farm, located next to the turn off to Arucas from the main GC-2, on the north coast of Gran Canaria. […Click here for the map location…]  The market of exhibitors (farmers and ranchers) who sell their produce direct to the consumer aim to lower costs and more directly benefit the producer. From 09:00-13:30
The Arucas Agricultural and Livestock Market began in June 2008, on the initiative of COAG (Coordinator of Organisations of Farmers and Cattle Ranchers) and the Federation of Cattlemen of Gran Canaria (FedeGran), later moving to the Cabildo de Gran Canaria who now promote the current market.

“Take the opportunity to enjoy the rugged and beautiful northern coastline of Gran Canaria with absolutely gorgeous views.” 


Mogan Mall in Puerto Rico de Gran Canaria 
This Friday and Saturday you can enjoy the fountain show as well as a special tribute to the most amazing band, Queen at the Mogan Mall.The show starts on both evenings at 21:00.



Jaz Alice is our most talented and versatile young singer, born in England, she has become a local star performer here on Gran Canaria

Friday at Tipsy Hammock from 14:00-16:00 and later in Papi’s Grill in Playa de Inglés at 20:30 – 23:00
Saturday at Tipsy Hammock from 14:00-16:00 and later at Altamadores at 21:30
On Sunday in Rio Sol Hotel in Puerto Rico de Gran Canaria 21:15-22:15


The astounding US Rock sensation, now a local star on Gran Canaria, playing out to an international audience and live across the airwaves.
Friday  Nirvana Bar in Arguineguín, Ancora Centre at 21:00 Saturday  Rockabella – Playa del Inglés 18:00-21:00 and later at the Shamrock at 22:30 Sunday The Shamrock in Puerto Rico de Gran Canaria at 22:30 


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The Canary Guide Weekend Tips 24-26 January 2020

It’s the last weekend of January and winter has finally caught up with us; the weather prediction is, well … unpredictable, which basically means a little less sunny than usual in the south and some colder winds and cloud likely to the north.  Nevertheless Spring is never faraway here and there are some amazing events going on including almond blossom festivities in Valsequillo, free concerts in the capital, a snail eating fiesta in Agüimes, a vintage car rally in Mogán among many others. Here are The Canary Guide top picks for this January weekend on Gran Canaria. 

FRIDAY 24 JANUARY, LAS PALMAS , Free Classical concert “Galdós en Quegles”
A lovely classical concert to be enjoyed, as part of the 100th festivities in honour of famous Las Palmas born writer, Benito Pérez Galdós.
Benito Pérez Galdós was a popular Spanish realist novelist. He was the leading literary figure in 19th-century Spain, and many scholars consider him second only to national literary hero Cervantes, in stature as a Spanish novelist. Born on May 10, 1843 in Las Palmas de Gran Canaria he died January 4, 1920 in Madrid.
Friday’s concert starts at 19:30 performed by the Municipal Symphonic Band of Las Palmas de Gran Canaria at Palacete Rodríguez Quegles (calle Pérez Galdós, 4), Free entry until seats full ( recommended to be very early)

As the the almond tree’s start blossoming the landscape of the mountain municipality of Valsequillo completely changes creating a wonderful natural spectacle. To celebrate the beautiful explososion of pink and white flowers in the municipality, the Almond Tree blossom Route has been held every year since 1971.

Travel by bus from Maspalomas 
The Global bus company will be running four services on Saturday and another four on Sunday from Maspalomas Lighthouse to the gorgeous little village of Tenteniguada. Also, from Santa Catalina bus station there will be a special service to Valsequillo on Sunday 26.

The flowering of the almond trees is typical at the end of winter, as they prefer cooler temperatures, the inland weather over recent weeks has accelerated the blossoms arrival and the Valsequillo festivities again herald the coming -springtime from the last weekend of January.
On Saturday 25 January, The Almond Blossom festival in Tenteniguada, “Día de Turista” 10:30 – 15:00  
This well attended event in the tiny traditional mountain village above Valsequillo offers plenty to do and see including a traditional street market and craftspeople & artisans, folkloric performances and Canarian music, tastings of various typical Canarian dishes and a range of taditional Canarian games.
On Sunday, 26 January, the main fiesta day ; The Route of the Almond Blossom.
One of the most traditional celebrations in the Canary Islands in the rural municipality located on the east-north-eastern mountain sides of Gran Canaria, about 20 minutes drive up from Telde, or a half hour bus ride. The events usually run from 10:00-16:00 in the main town and many of the surrounding villages.
During the weekend Valsequillo quadruples its population along a route resplendant with folkloric groups, crafts and gastronomy stands . The route takes place simultaneously in the neighborhoods of La Barrera, El Casco, Las Vegas and Tenteniguada, where visitors can enjoy agricultural markets, tastings, taifa dance, folklore, musical performances and much more.
Lush green landscapes, traditions and produce of the land are an essential part of this “Ruta Almendro en Flor”. On Sunday, on the “route” you will find almost two hundred small stands, stalls & trucks distributed between the neighbourhoods of La barrera, Valsequillo, Las Vegas and Tenteniguada, offering roasted pork, beletén, sancocho canario, cheese, carnival tortillas and of course, almonds. As well as an agricultural market, taifa dances, native animals, threshing and even milking. A day on which the Racho de Ánimas de Valsequillo, one of the oldest Canarian cultural manifestations, will travel to all the points along the Route to delight attendees and sing their songs.

A new season of #Musicando, a series of free outdoor concerts for all to enjoy.Starting from 25 of January 2020 at Parque Doramas in Las Palmas. All concerts start at 21:00 and are free entry until seats full.
The timplist, the quintessential Canarian instrument played by Benito Cabrera, returns to the José Antonio Ramos auditorium in the Parque Doramas, Las Palmas to open the fifth year of “Musicando” concerts.

The 10th edition of the Mogán classic rally will depart and finish at Paseo de Los Marrero in Puerto de Mogán. X Clásica de Mogán is a regularity event for historic vehicles ( 25 years old and more ) and first scoring round of the regional championship of the XVII Islasa Canarias Classic 2020 and of the XIV Classic Cup Gran Canaria 2020 .
The 2020 edition, as usual, will present a totally linear route, taking place in two sections separated by a long stop at Artenara for lunch. It will have a first section that will take place between 12:00 and 14:15, covering 62,976 km, divided into five sections.
The second part of the itinerary comprises another eight sections with a total of 124.264 km that will complete the 187+ km. total starting at 15:45 to arrive at 18:30 again in the port of Mogán for a toast to the drivers. At 19:45 the trophies will be handed out, both from the Clásico de Mogán and the Gran Canaria Classic Cup and from the Canary Islands 2019 Classic.

The Cordial Mogán Valle Hotel and the Paseo de los Marrero in Puerto de Mogán will be the official headquarters, departure point and final arrival of the classic, which will take place between 10:00  with the beginning of the verifications and end at 19:45  with the delivery of trophies.

On Friday, January 24th, the calibration section :1.- San Lorenzo-Casa del Gallo, 2.- Pedrazo – El Pajar and3.- Bañaderos-Arucas

The Agricultural and Livestock Market of Arucas takes place every fortnight in the facilities of the Cabildo Agricultural Farm, located next to the main exit to Arucas from GC-2, on the north coast of Gran Canaria. Click here to see the map location.  The market comprises some 65 exhibitors (farmers and ranchers) who market their produce directly to the consumer, with the aim of lowering the costs to the consumer. From 09:00-13:30 

Agüimes celebrates the ninth edition of their snails fiesta, the objective is to promote the consumption of a product that in this municipality has always been linked to the winter period. This is part of the program for festivities in honour of San Sebastián.
During the Fiesta, starting at 12:00 in the Plaza de Nuestra Señora del Rosario, the winning recipes of the Gastronomic Contest “El Caracol de Oro” will be announced and the prizes will be handed out in the Insular cheese Tasting.
In this activity professionals from the Agüimes gastronomy will participate, and elaborate traditional and innovative recipes based on snails that can be tasted by the attending public. You can also taste the best cheeses and honey from Gran Canaria, all at popular prices.
Without a doubt, people who love the snail have an obligatory appointment on Sunday, January 26, in the municipality of Agüimes.

The non profit association Oceans4Life Gran Canaria is organizing a beach clean on Sunday in the south of Gran Canaria, on the PASITO BEA Beach, also known as Playa las Mujeres  from 10:30 a.m.
The plan is to clean the parking area near the beach and the beach itself. Volunteers meet at the parking area to collect and distibute materials and start the activity. To participate it is necessary to register. SIGN UP ! Registration is free.
You can take a lovely refreshing swim after the hard work of cleaning :). Do not forget to bring sunscreen, hat and picnic without plastic (fruit, nuts, water etc). Anyone who wants can bring snorkels to see what can be found on the seabed.

The municipality of Villa de Ingenio celebrates their Patron Saint festivities of La Candelaria and San Blas 23 Jan – 3 Feb, 2020. “Las fiestas en honor a Nuestra Señora de La Candelaria y San Blas”
On Sunday, Romeria, the pilgrimage offering which is followed by  the XXIV Baile de Taifa at Plaza de la Candelaria with music from several folklore groups.
The participants for the pilgrimage gather on Calle Constitución Española at 09:00 and the pilgrimage starts at 11:00 and will end at Plaza de la Candelaria.


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