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#GranCanariaWeather: Bright Blue Skies & Sunshine

Gran Canaria is set to experience a mix of weather conditions this week, with temperatures averaging a pleasant 27ºC to 30ºC in the shade. The forecast includes variations in cloud cover, wind intensity, and slight fluctuations in temperatures. Here is a detailed and factual outlook for the week ahead.


Recent Shark Sightings on Gran Canaria

Recent shark sightings near the beaches of Melenara and (possibly) San Agustín, from the coasts of Gran Canaria, have reportedly caused some concern among tourists and locals. Or “Panic” if any of the international press are to be believed.


The Canary Guide #WeekendTips 14-16 June 2024

What a lovely weekend ahead with things getting busier as we head into mid-summer. There are a plethora of festivities and events taking place and our top picks include, Las Palmas de Gran Canaria 546th Foundational festivities and the big outlet fair, Fisaldo at INFECAR. Gáldar Pride parade, parties and infamous high heel race and also numerous patron saint festivities.

The Canary Guide #WeekendTips 7-9 June 2024

A busy June weekend ahead full of some awesome events and possibility of a little wet weather being the only thing that might hold us back from enjoying it to the fullest. FIMAR, the international Sea Fair and Big Bang Vintage market are in the capital. There is also a Harvest Fair in El Tablero on the south and multitude of Patron Saints’ festivities are being celebrated all around Gran Canaria.

The Canary Guide #WeekendTips 31 May – 2 June 2024

Summer is already upon us as we celebrate the first weekend of June. Festivities for John the Baptist and San Antonio de Padua are just getting starting. Patron Saint festivities in San Fernando de Maspalomas are coming to an end this weekend and the religious observances of Corpus Christi will see handmade “carpets” of salt in the streets celebrated this Sunday, worth a road trip to go to see.


The Canary Guide to ‘Día de Canarias’ 2024 – Canary Islands’ Day celebrations

#DíadeCanarias – The Canary Islands’ Day
Canary Islands Day, 30 MAY is an annual bank holiday throughout the archipelago. It’s good to remember that government offices, banks, and many local shops etc. will be closed.

On the 30th of May 1983 The Canary Islands officially became an Autonomous National Region of Spain when The Government of The Canary Islands Parliament sat for the first time.  The day has been marked ever since by all municipal town halls, on all 8 islands, in each of the two provinces that make up the archipelago, as the official day for celebration of all things Canarian.
You can expect nearly every town or village to have some sort of public event happening on Thursday, some including Wednesday and even the weekend, with locals dressed in traditional post-conquest clothing and performing folk dances as well as tastings of local produce among other attractions. You might have already seen the shopping centres and shops having loads of Canarian products to sell. 
Of course, as tourism has long been the main focus of the economy here you’ll also find representations of traditional foodstuffs like gofio, potatoes, cheeses, mangoes, avocados, ropa vieja, almonds, wines, rum, honey rum, mojos rojo and verde and many items besides on display in hotels and tourist information centres

This is truly a celebration. Here we list just the tip of the iceberg, with a taste of the options for events that will be taking place to celebrate this Canaries’ Day and this week ahead.


A Pride In Name Only: From Community Celebration to Commercial Spectacle

Maspalomas Pride, once a grassroots celebration created by the local LGBTQ+ community, has increasingly shifted towards commercialisation, losing touch with its original spirit and the businesses that once thrived on its success. Members of GLAY (Gays y Lesbianas Asociados del Yumbo), who played such a crucial role in establishing Pride with the Ayuntamiento de San Bartolomé de Tirajana town hall, and others, have long warned that since the so-called “Freedom” association took over their annual event, it has deviated from the community roots out of which it first grew, transforming into a large-scale dance party devoid of its authentic, international charm.


The Canary Guide #WeekendTips 10-12 May 2024

A splendid May weekend ahead with an array of events happening on Gran Canaria. From several Patron Saints’ festivities to the Maspalomas PRIDE Parade. Flowers on offer in three different locations. April fairs, an authentic and traditional market experience in Vega de San Mateo and even a historical reénactment on Las Canteras. A crazy, wonderful weekend starts here!

Mogán’s Controversial Proposal to Tax Tourists: Local vs. Regional Authority

In a controversial move that has sparked widespread debate, Mogán’s still serving Mayor, La Alcaldesa O Bueno, is chasing proposal to introduce a tourist tax on overnight stays that looks set to bring millions of extra euros into the municipal coffers. This tax, unique in Spain, would mark Mogán as the first municipality to implement such a levy, ostensibly to support public services benefiting from tourism activities. However, the plan is surrounded by contention, not only within the Canary Islands but also at a national level, stirring discussions about municipal autonomy and regional responsibilities.


The Canary Guide #WeekendTips 3-5 May 2024

What a gorgeous, and busy, May weekend here on Gran Canaria, with Mothers Day also celebrated this Sunday across Spain.  The Rally Islas Canarias will be closing some mountain roads on Friday and Saturday, and there are many special markets to choose from this first weekend of the month. Flower arrangements in Gáldar, Guía cheese fair this Sunday in Montaña Alta, and Maspalomas Gay Pride just getting started.

Restoring Connections: The New Mogán Tunnel Project on Gran Canaria’s GC-500

The long-awaited Mogán Tunnel project, officially approved by the Canary Islands Government’s Department of Public Works, Housing, and Mobility, marks a significant milestone in restoring safe and efficient transportation between Taurito and Playa de Mogán, two key tourist areas on Gran Canaria. This project, spearheaded by Rosana Melián, the Director-General of Road Infrastructure, is set to transform local and visitor experiences by replacing a hazardous stretch of the GC-500 road that has been out of service due to severe landslides nearly five years ago.



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