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The Canary Guide Día de Canarias #WeekendTips 26-28 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.

Fun Fact:
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

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


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.


Phase II: Canary Islands beaches to reopen for recreational use from Monday

On Monday, May 25, beaches on Gran Canaria, Tenerife, Fuerteventura, Lanzarote and La Palma will open once more for people to be able to sunbathe and swim recreationally, however showers, foot-baths and designated recreational areas will stay closed to avoid possible infections from Covid-19.

These remaining five will join the other Canary Islands, La Gomera, El Hierro and La Graciosa already in phase two of the Spanish state de-escalation plan, which were among the first places in Spain to advance to that stage last Monday. This will mean greater levels of freedom throughout the Canary Islands, including leisure use of beaches, although the state regulations have once again generated uncertainties.
A technical meeting of the Canary Islands Federation of Municipalities (FECAM) and the regional government was convened yesterday to establish a framework protocol for the measures to be taken by the various municipalities in allowing access to their beaches. They recognised the differences between a small cove and beaches that stretch for kilometers, with the intention of clarifying some of the issues likely to be encountered.

At this time, the priority is security “on the ground,” said Tomás Pérez, Mayor of La Aldea and leader of the Fecam security commission, so lifeguard teams from the Red Cross will join the Local Police to control compliance with the rules of social distancing and protection measures.
All across Spain there are still many unknowns. Although Fecam is clear that, as a general rule, showers and recreation areas will be closed and that the separation between beach users will be monitored, there are still multiple issues that need to be defined.

In Andalusia, for instance, there are proposed measures to limit the capacity of people on the beaches. There they are recommending showering before going to the beach and then again upon arrival, with people being asked to not stay on the beach for more than four hours to avoid crowds. Other areas, such as Galicia, are asking people to make a prior appointment to avoid overcrowding. FECAM do not plan to go to these extremes in the Canary Islands. Pérez refered to the first day that we were allowed to exercise, in phase zero, or to go to bar and restaurant terraces, in phase one. Though there were crowds at first, the numbers have lessened, which he believes demonstrates that it is a matter of individual responsibility, which can be extrapolated to the general opening of the beaches, which can already be used for sports training. He stressed that we cannot yet relax our efforts to mitigate the effects of a virus that has claimed 155 lives on the islands and more than 27,700 in Spain.

The ministerial order for the penultimate phase two of de-escalation indicates that visits to the beaches will be allowed, always maintaining a minimum safety distance of at least two meters, or, failing that, using alternative measures of physical protection, including consistent hand hygiene and a mask, mandatory in public spaces. Groups can be a maximum of 15 people.

Shopping centres, bars, restaurants, nightclubs, cinemas, theaters, weddings and funerals

Shopping centers will also be allowed to reopen under phase two rules, however, with quite a few limitations, as common areas and recreational areas will still be out of bounds, and capacity will be limited to 40% with a preferential service schedule established for people over 65 years of age.

Restaurants will be able to allow customers to enter inside, once more, although food and drink cannot be consumed at the bar and seating will be limited to one third of capacity, so that there is sufficient separation between customers. Nightclubs will not open yet.

Cultural spaces such as libraries and museums will be joined by cinemas, theaters and auditoriums, which will open to the public with previously assigned seating and limited to a third of capacity. Shows must host audiences of less than 50 people indoors and less than 400 outdoors.

In addition, from phase two, weddings can be held in all types of facilities, at up to 50% venue capacity and without exceeding 100 guests in outdoor spaces or 50 in closed spaces.

Funeral wakes will also have a limit of 25 people in open spaces or 15 in closed spaces. And among other relaxation measures in phase two of de-escalation, places of worship will now be limited to half normal capacity.

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Mogán breaks ground on new recreational park for Puerto Rico

The mayor of Mogán, Onalia Bueno, on Monday, March 26, laid the first stone to mark the start of works to build a new recreational park for Puerto Rico, on the south coast of Gran Canaria. At the event she also buried a time capsule containing coins and local regional newspapers. The works are to begin over coming days and have a deadline of around 7 months with funding of just over €1.2 million from the local municipal coffers.
It was highlighted at the event there there has been a recognised need to build a recreational park in this area for some time due to the urban growth experienced in the zone over recent decades. The town hall estimate “around 2,000 residents, who are concentrated in this area, who may soon enjoy the new space, which will include several recreational areas, a playground, sports areas, as well as becoming the only park for dogs in the municipality it will also include premises to carry out activities and events“
The Puerto Rico recreational park is being constructed on a plot of 10,100 square meters located between the residential area of Motor Grande and the tourist zone of Puerto Rico.
The enclosure will be divided into three spaces that will include a children’s play area, a multipurpose sports area, playgrounds, shaded spaces and rest areas. The park square is to be a meeting point for activities, and will have a  cafeteria and a multi functional classroom, among various other features. In the central part of the enclosure, the existing pump station will stay and a dog park is to be built, becoming the first such facility in the municipality of Mogán.
The park will be fenced and its perimeter will be surrounded by a trail for walking, running and cycling along some outdoor gym equipment meant for public use.

GC-500 road between Arguineguín and Patalavaca open again

Mogán Council have announced the opening, “one week ahead of schedule” of the GC-500 road between Arguineguín and Patalavaca. Use by pedestrian remains closed, while they await final reinforcement and renovation of the pedestrian promenade attached to the coastal to be  completed, however vehicles can now travel in both directions at a speed limited to 30 kilometers per hour and taking into account the signalling that remains in place until the road is finished.
Councilor for Works for Mogán, Ernesto Hernandez, stressed that “it has been possible to advance the opening by a week; thanks to good management and the efforts of both municipal workers and those of the construction company, who have stepped up work for that section so that it could be opened as soon as possible, mainly because we were aware of the inconvenience posed by the closure of this road“.
The counselor reports that the global bus company are aware of the reopening of the road and will enable their services via the GC-500 as normal from the afternoon of Friday, December 29″.
Hernandez emphasised that “they have had to overcome great difficulties in this work, such as the total closure of the road, since a Labour Inspection required safety conditions superior to those established in the safety plan.”
The work of the pedestrian promenade attached to the GC-500 is a project “of great difficulty, since part of the work complicating the project is the reinforcement of several sections of the walkway structure, which is 25 meters above sea level and which were badly damaged, even buttressed in some sections” Hernandez stated
Both the construction and municipal technicians will ensure that the work continues to run within the established deadlines, estimating the end of it to be in March 2018.
Well done Mogán and municipal workers.