Latest Gran Canaria News, Views & Sunshine
The Canary Guide #WeekendTips 9-11 June 2023
Jun, 2023 |
A delightful second weekend of June ahead with all kinds of events to get involved with on Gran Canaria. The Harvest Fair arrives on the south, in El Tablero, patron saints’ fiestas in honour of San Antonio of Padua and San Pedro are happening around the island, Corpus Christi salt carpets and processions are held this Sunday, markets and music festivals as well as sporting events. Hopefully the weather will sustain all these wonderful festivities and happenings in the glorious outdoors, on which so much depends on this little island.
Menas Case: Foundation Siglo XXI directors allegedly filed false invoices, unrealistic expenses and repeatedly drew funds from ATMs, meant for the care of migrant children, even charging botox facial treatments and posh restaurant bills to foundation debit cards
Jun, 2023 |
A comprehensive analysis conducted by Group I of the Economic and Fiscal Crime Unit (UDEF) of the National Police yielded scandalous results, writes Spanish language daily Canarias7, regarding the alleged irregular use of the public funds intended for the care of unaccompanied minors, by the suspected to have been perpetrated by centres managed by the Foundation Social Response Siglo XXI on Gran Canaria and Lanzarote. In this case, driven by the Anti-Corruption Prosecutor’s Office, investigators discovered that the director of the Guiniguada centre charged the NGO responsible for €1,500 worth of beauty treatments and €1,113 for bills at top restaurants including Vinófilos, El Vasco de Vegueta, and Triciclo.
Centre-Right Pact Between Regionalists (CC) And Resident Conservatives (PPAV) Returns Marco Aurelio Perez As Southern Mayor
Jun, 2023 |
The conservative Partido Popular-Agrupación de Vecinos (PP-AV) and the right of centre regionalist Coalición Canaria (CC) have this Thursday signed a local government pact that will shape the future of the southern Gran Canaria tourism municipality of San Bartolomé de Tirajana. The alliance, dubbed a “Pact for Stability and Socioeconomic Progress of San Bartolomé Tirajana”, represents 60% of the votes cast in the municipality’s recent local elections, emphasised the mayor-elect, Marco Aurelio Pérez (PP-AV), who returns for the third time to lead the local council responsible for some of the most important tourism areas on the island, including Maspalomas, Playa del Inglés and San Agustín.
Local Government Coalition Agreement Maspalomas and the South of Gran Canaria
Jun, 2023 |
A governing coalition pact has been finalised in San Bartolomé de Tirajana. The Popular Party–Agrupación de Vecinos (PP-AV) conservative residents party is to join forces with regionalist centre-right Coalición Canaria (CC) to govern the main tourist municipality on Gran Canaria for the next four years. Marco Aurelio Pérez will serve as mayor for the entire four-year term, and the Popular Party will take charge of Employment, Sports, Roads and Infrastructure, and Human Resources, among other areas. The regionalists, led by Alejandro Marichal, will oversee Urban Planning, Economy and Finance, and Tourism as their main departments.
Storm Óscar Latest: Government of the Canary Islands Declares Rain Alert for Western Islands and Gran Canaria
Jun, 2023 |
A storm system, dubbed Óscar, has formed over the last few days over the mid-north Atlantic, unusual for this time of year, and has led to concern from meteorologists and journalists as it passes south of the Azores, its tail should reach The Canary Islands, before the system heads northeast towards mainland Spain. Advisory warnings have been issued in expectation of heavy rainfall, primarily in the Western Isles of the Canary Islands Archipelago, though some rainfall is also expected to reach Gran Canaria over the next couple of days. It seems unlikely that any major consequences will stem from the bad weather, however these things can be unpredictable and so every precaution is taken to ensure people are informed and kept safe.
Mogán town council assumes direct management of services on Playa de Mogán
Jan, 2023 | Local Council, Mogán, Tourism
The Mogán Local Council on Friday installed new sun beds and umbrellas on Playa de Mogán, beginning direct management of seasonal services of this popular beach, along with the other six beaches for which it now holds corresponding authorisations: Las Marañuelas, Costa Alegre, Taurito, El Cura, Aquamarina and Patalavaca. Since last summer they have also been in control of direct exploitation of Puerto Rico and El Perchel beaches. The majority of these coastal tourism enclaves were managed by private companies who held the concessions, some of which had been in place for decades.
Gran Canaria Reyes de Magos “The Three King’s” 2023
Jan, 2023 | Community, Events & Leisure, Sunshine
Twelfth night is almost upon us, the Epiphany, preceded by the Noche del Reyes Magos, or night of the kings, the spectacular finale of the holiday season, when 3 wise men are expected to visit every home in the kingdom.
This is the most magical time of the year for Spanish kids. The tradition here is that Los Reyes Magos, known as the Three Wise Men or the Three Kings, are actually the ones who bring children their gifts on the Day of the Epiphany, which is the 6th of January. This is when Melchor, Gaspar, and Baltazar bring their gifts of gold, frankincense, and myrrh.
The Canary Guide: Nochevieja, New Year’s #WeekendTips 2022-23
Dec, 2022 | Events & Leisure, Weekend Tips
In few weeks, the almond trees will be in full blossom on Gran Canaria
Well, it’s the New Year’s weekend and perhaps you are wondering what there is to do on our sub-tropical winter-sunshine island. There will be celebrations for the start of 2023 across Gran Canaria at most bars and restaurants, with several fireworks displays on offer, the biggest and most popular of which include the main beach in the capital, Las Canteras, and in the south on Anfi Beach, The Faro de Maspalomas lighthouse (where many of the hotels have lavish parties and compete for the biggest displays) and Playa del Inglés. Whatever you do, don’t forget to bring some traditional Spanish flavour to your party, by eating your 12 grapes at midnight! Each one for luck at the toll of the midnight bells to ring in the new year.
The Canary Guide Yule time #WeekendTips, Merry Christmas
Dec, 2022 | Events & Leisure, Fairs & Markets, Sunshine
Flower Week in Gáldar. Photo Ayto Gáldar
From sunny Gran Canaria, we wish you all Feliz Navidad! Happy holidays! Merry Yuletime!
Local celebrations on the 24th and 25th are often low key and family oriented and it looks like the weather is going to be wonderful, at least until Monday, when a cold front looks set to move in over the archipelago, bringing with it some rain and even a chance of snow on top of Mount Teide.
The Canary Guide #WeekendTips 21-23 October 2022
Oct, 2022 | Events & Leisure, Fairs & Markets, Weekend Tips
An absolutely gorgeous October weekend ahead on Gran Canaria. The weather looks great and the splendid variety of different events and festivities happening is too.
On the south of the island, there is a major free concert and a drone show to enjoy among many other music offerings. Arucas is finally celebrating its “World Beers Festival” and in Gáldar the bodyboard competition Frontón King continues on the north coast. In Vecindario the patronal festivities in honour of Archangel Rafael continue. The capital, Las Palmas de Gran Canaria, is also rich with events this weekend so a gorgeous weekend ahead whatever plans you might have in mind.
Upcoming bank holidays:Monday 24 October – Local holiday in Santa Lucía de Tirajana, Patron Saint festivities of San Rafael in VecindarioTuesday 1 November – Public holiday in Spain, Todos Los Santos, All Saints’ Day, Halloween, All Hallows’ DayTuesday 6 December – Public Holiday in Spain, Día de la Constitución Española, Spanish Constitution Day
Upcoming events:Monday 31 October – Noche de Finaos vs Halloween, Canarian traditions vs imported festive celebrations.4-6 November – Feria de Sureste 2022, The Southeast Fair in Vecindario7-13 November – Winter Pride Maspalomas 202211-13 November – WOMAD 2022
More events, markets and information www.canaryguide.com
The Canary Guide #WeekendTips 2-4 September 2022
Sep, 2022 | Events & Leisure, Fairs & Markets, Tourism, Weekend Tips
It’s the first weekend of September edition of The Canary Guide #WeekendTips. What a summer its been, but it’s not quite over yet, and as we roll towards the autumn there is a full weekend of activities ahead, with various events and fairs to go and see.