Latest Gran Canaria News, Views & Sunshine
Foundation Investigated for Alleged Mismanagement of Public Funds Meant for Care of Unaccompanied Migrant Minors
Jun, 2023 |
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
Jun, 2023 |
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
Jun, 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
May, 2023 |
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
May, 2023 |
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.
Air connections between Canary islands and mainland Spain see 97% reduced demand
Apr, 2020 | #TheCanaryCoronaVirus, #Tourism0, Business, Economy, Government, Transport, Transport
The number of passengers, who flew each day to and from the peninsula, has decreased dramatically since the state of emergency was declared, from the 10,622 travellers recorded in March 2019, to the 254 current daily average, we are currently seeing a decrease of more than 97%.
The Canary Islands Minister of Public Works, Transport and Housing, Sebastián Franquis, has negotiated new restrictions for airlines on air connections with the peninsula, with the aim of increasing control measures and limiting the expansion of the COVID-19 coronavirus. Daily flights (with Madrid and Barcelona) and will be reduced to just nine connections with 25 weekly flights in each direction. The new proposals negotiated by Franquis also seek to adapt the available flights to the real demand of travellers who have continued to fly in recent weeks.
Until now there were six daily connections (totalling 42 weekly flights in each direction) from Gran Canaria and Tenerife and nine weekly connections (26 flights in each direction in total) to and from the other islands, that is, 68 flights from and to the peninsula each week . With the new restrictions, a reduction of 43 weekly flights per direction with the peninsula is to be applied and the route with Bilbao will no longer covered from next week.
The new proposal from the Government of the Canary Islands has been agreed by Minister Sebastián Franquis with the airlines interested in covering routes between the peninsula and the Canary Islands, a negotiation in which it was also agreed that La Palma airport should be left out of these new arrangements.
The new air connections with the peninsula are from now on:
– 3 weekly flights between Madrid and Gran Canaria.
– 6 weekly flights between Barcelona and Gran Canaria.
– 2 weekly flights between Seville and Gran Canaria.
– 3 weekly flights between Madrid and Tenerife North.
– 5 weekly flights between Barcelona and Tenerife North.
– 3 weekly flights between Seville and Tenerife North.
– 1 weekly flight between Tenerife South and Madrid.
– 1 weekly flight between Madrid and Fuerteventura.
– 1 weekly flight between Madrid and Lanzarote.
The airlines covering these routes will be Iberia Express for all connections with Madrid, and Vueling for flights to Barcelona and Seville. This third company, which covered the route between the Canary Islands and Bilbao, will stop flying to the Biscayan capital next week, once all the tickets that are already sold have been used up.
The Canary Guide Weekend Tips 24-26 January 2020
Jan, 2020 | Events & Leisure, Fairs & Markets, Sunshine, Uncategorized, Weekend Tips
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)
25-26 JANUARY, VALSEQUILLOALMOND BLOSSOM FESTIVITIES
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.
SATURDAY 25 JANUARY, LAS PALMAS MUSICANDO
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.
SATURDAY 25 JANUARY, MOGÁNX CLÁSICA DE MOGÁN
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
SATURDAY 25 JANUARY, ARUCAS,EL MERCADO AGRÍCOLA Y GANADERO DE 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
SUNDAY 26 JANUARY, AGÜIMESFIESTA DEL CARACOL – SNAIL FIESTA
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.
SUNDAY 26 JANUARY, MASPALOMASBEACH CLEAN- PLAYA LAS MUJERES
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.
SUNDAY 26 JANUARY, INGENIO FIESTAS DE LA CANDELARIA Y SAN BLAS
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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