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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.


The Saint: Las Palmas V Gimnàstic de Tarragona (Nástic)

Las Palmas host 3rd-from-bottom Nástic looking to continue their unbeaten start to the season but looking to get 3 points tonight rather than another draw.
A slow start to the game, with both sides passing sound in midfield.
LP win the first corner after just 11mins.
On 26 mins a good move down the left from the home side finally getting in behind the Nástic defence but the cross is cleared for a corner.
28 mins and the stadium wakes up. A long ball over the top and Castro is in, he collides with the big centre half and the ref gives a red card for the tackle. 1 hour left to go with 10 men, LP need to make this count now.
33mins and LP have their first shot on target but it’s easily saved.
In the 44th minute Castro finally finds space inside the box and plants his shot into the bottom corner making it 1-0 to LP.

Image; courtesy of UDLasPalmas.es
Half Time – Las Palmas 1 Nástic 0
The Verdict of the Saint – a very slow first half which only came to life after the sending off , which seemed harsh on the defender. Castro scores his 4th goal of the season with another great finish. Now they must go on and make the extra man count and get another.
The 2nd half begins but LP are still not taking the game to Nástic. Keeping the ball in their possession, but way too many sideways passes.
Image; courtesy of UDLasPalmas.es
Ten minutes into the 2nd half, after good build up play, the ball falls to Timor in the edge of the box, his shot takes a big deflection and the ball ends up in the back of the net. 2-0 Las Palmas !!!
61mins gone and the former Saint, Pekhart, comes on!!! (though he only made 6 appearances for the saints and scored 1 goal)
2mins later and the best goal of the night so far. A quick break down the right wing, a good cross into the centre where Castro meets it with a diving header and makes it 3-0.
The best goal so far, but number 4 was even better. The ball falls to Lemos on the edge of the box, he hits a perfect shot into the top corner! 4-0.
Image; courtesy of UDLasPalmas.es
The home side keep the pressure up and have a couple of 1/2 chances but can’t score another.
Full Time – Las Palmas 4 Nastic 0
The Saint’s Verdict – Las Palmas finally killed off a game with a very convincing win. The 2nd half started slowly but once we got the 2nd goal the team relaxed and took control and scored a couple of excellent goals.
They now move up to 3rd in the league and remain unbeaten. Ruben Castro is still a class act, wish we’d had him last season!!! If we can keep him fit, signs are looking good for this season.
Next home League game – Top of the table Malaga – Sunday 23rd September Pio Pio 17.00 KO 
Tickets including return bus from the south are on sale for just 28€, ask any TUI rep for details.

The Saint: Las Palmas v Girona

Courtesy of UDLasPalmas.es
4 mins in, Girona break down the right wing, good ball in the middle and Stuani plants an easy header passed the keeper. 0-1
LP win a penalty in the 12th minute after a cross from the left, a Girona defender pushes Halilovic and the ref takes action. Calleri scores!!! 1-1
A good chance follows for Girona, whose forward goes around our keeper and lays it back, but Chichizola produces a great save. Then straight up to the other end and Halilovic cuts in from the right but his shot is easily saved.
33 mins and a good build up of play by the home side, sets Momo up, but his shot is just too high.
4 minutes before half time, some poor defending by LP, wastes a chance to clear the ball, it is badly controlled in the box and  falls to Stuani who turns quick and puts his shot in the bottom corner for his 2nd of the game. 1-2.
HT Verdict of The Saint – good open game with both sides attacking. Poor defending from LP has gifted Girona the 2nd goal. This game has the feeling of a pre-season friendly with both sides having nothing to play for. Lets hope LP can give this small supporter crowd of remaining die-hards something to cheer about in the 2nd half.
Courtesy of UDLasPalmas.es
First chance in the 2nd half for the home side. Halilovic sees his shot from the edge of the box pushed away for a corner.
67 mins and Girona break away but a great tackle from Garcia saves what would have been a certain goal.
Las Palmas keep getting into good positions but the final ball is letting them down.
No more decent chances for either side and the game ends.
Las Palmas 1 Girona 2
The Final Verdict – well this game sums up the season for Las Palmas.
They played ok, had plenty of the ball but not good enough in the final 3rd to produce enough winning chances. Then poor defensive errors and a lack of concentration lets the opposition in.
All season they tried to play from the back, but they are just not good enough and put themselves under unnecessary pressure, which causes more mistakes.
Hopefully there will be big changes over the summer, plenty of new signings and a new manager to change the style of play. It was a sad day once again, stadium empty and no atmosphere.
The 3 year return to La Liga is over for now, the new season sees them return to the 2nd Division.

LP v Girona