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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.

UD Las Palmas Celebrate Return to La Liga First Division in Grand Style after Gran Canaria Stadium Goalless Draw with Alavés

UD Las Palmas made a glorious comeback to the First Division in a thrilling encounter against Deportivo Alavés that kept fans on the edge of their seats until the final whistle. In front of a raucous near-capacity-crowd of 31,790, Las Palmas sealed their return ticket to the top flight with a hard-fought goalless draw in the season’s photo finish.


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.


More Finnish flying to Gran Canaria this Summer with new air routes announced, Nordic market growing

Norwegian airlines are renewing their Gran Canaria route connecting the island with Helsinki, the capital of Finland, starting next April 8, which will be operational throughout the summer season, allowing Finnish travellers to visit Gran Canaria the whole year round.
Visitors flying from Finland for many years have had no regular connection with Gran Canaria during the summer, so this new route will make it possible to make the impact of tourists from Finland less seasonal, previously having been concentrated exclusively in the winter season, said Tourism Minister of the Cabildo de Gran Canaria, Inés Jiménez. More than 132,300 passengers flew to the Island from Finland in 2017, an increase of 5.2% (+6,600) over the previous year, when more than 125,700 people visited Gran Canaria.
Norwegian currently has seven weekly flights between Finland and Gran Canaria over the winter season, six from Helsinki and one from Oulu. The creation of this new summer route will facilitate up to about 6,000 passengers to visit over the summer season, Jiménez concluded, and will be a reality thanks to the collaboration of the Cabildo de Gran Canaria and the flight fund, developed by the public company Promotur, for the promotion of Canary Islands tourism.
Norwegian have connected Gran Canaria with 24 airports in Scandinavia, Germany, Poland, the United Kingdom and the Iberian Peninsula over the past year moving more than half a million passengers to the Island, a figure that will continue to increase thanks to the investment made in the Peninsular and German market for 2018.
Finnair will schedule more weekly flights
The airline Finnair, which currently connects Helsinki with Gran Canaria during the winter, is to increase the frequency of their flights adding two more transfers per week, so it will go from the current five to a total of seven. This will give yet another boost to the excellent growth in arrival figures from Finnish passengers to the island, the destination chosen by half of tourists from this Nordic country travelling to the Canary Islands.
Finnair moved 22,500 passengers from Finland to Gran Canaria between January and November 2017, seeing an increase of 7% over the previous year. About 20% of Finns who visit the island fly with this airline.
A faithful market in growth
69.6% of Finnish visitors who travel to Gran Canaria are repeat tourists. Spending an average stay of 11.5 days on the island with a higher than average expenditure of around €1,250 per person.
35.5% book their holidays in Gran Canaria more than three months in advance, 70.8% choose their accommodation through the website of a tour operator, while 51% opt for non-hotel establishments.
According to the latest survey from Spanish Airport Authority AENA, Nordic arrivals grew by 7% between January and November 2017, that´s 876,000 people having travelled to Gran Canaria from Norway, Sweden, Finland or Denmark, an increase of 57,579 people over the 818,481 Nordic visitors who came to the Island during the same period of 2016.