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GLAY+ Maspalomas World AIDS Day Commemoration at La Plaza De La Diversidad a Resounding Success

Yumbo, Playa del Inglés, Gran Canaria, December 1, 2023 – On Friday evening, December 1, La Plaza De La Diversidad GLAY+ Maspalomas, on the south of Gran Canaria, lit up with solidarity and community spirit as the GLAY+ Maspalomas association (Gays and Lesbians Associated of Yumbo, Maspalomas) led an emotional commemoration of World AIDS Day. The event, which began at 7:00 PM, with the participation of Amigos Contra El SIDA, Aula Darío Jaén, and Checkpoint Canarias, drew significant attendance, including local government representatives and community leaders.


The Canary Guide #WeekendTips 1-3 December 2023


The first weekend of December, the first rains of winter, and the count down to Christmas has begun in earnest. Friday is World AIDS Day, a day of remembrance and the celebration of life down at the Yumbo in Playa del Inglés.  There are more lights on events taking place around the island as well as Christmas Markets to enjoy. There is also the Mogán Avodacado Fair to explore in Arguineguín and a beach clean by the original Gran Canaria beach cleaners of Surf Canarias to join just to name a few. Remember that adverse weather conditions might cause any outdoor event to be postponed or cancelled, though most of the rain is expected to pass by the end of Saturday.

New Meloneras Hotel For The South of Gran Canaria Begins Ambitious Urban Development Plan

The touristed south of Gran Canaria is set for some urban transformation with the licensing of a new five star hotel in the popular resort area of Meloneras, marking a major developmental milestone for the destination. The Urban Planning Council of San Bartolomé de Tirajana City Council plans to grant six Major Works licenses following their approval in the Government Board meeting to be held this Thursday November 30, granting Lopesan Touristik a license for a new 533-room hotel, representing a €61 million investment. The planned five-star establishment will be located on the plot Meloneras 2A behind the ExpoMeloneras Convention Centre, and will be the first new hotel in the area since 2009. It promises to combine leisure and commercial facilities over a sprawling 48,276.26 square meters, featuring a seven-story hotel and three-story commercial and office space.


Judicial Ruling Halts Major Maspalomas Commercial Park and Housing Plan in El Hornillo

Gran Canaria – The Canary Islands’ High Court of Justice (TSJC) has upheld the annulment of the urban planning for El Hornillo, a contentious development project in Gran Canaria’s tourism heartlands of San Bartolomé de Tirajana. The judgment reaffirmed a previous ruling by the Administrative Court Number 4 of Las Palmas de Gran Canaria, which in May 2021 nullified the municipal town hall’s already approved plans for a commercial park and over 300 homes.



Canarian Gay Concentration Camp At Tefía To Be Recognised As A Place Of Democratic Memory

Underscoring Spain’s commitment to confronting its Francoist past, Ángel Víctor Torres, the former President of the Canary Islands and now the newly announced national Spanish Government’s Minister of Territorial Policy and Democratic Memory, in his first act of his new office, has announced the recognition of the Tefía LGBT+ concentration camp in Fuerteventura and the Sima de Jinámar, scene of fascistic murders on Gran Canaria, as places of democratic memory. This declaration will mark a significant step in the Spanish nation’s journey towards reconciling with its historical injustices.


The Canary Guide #WeekendTips 24-26 November 2023

What warm month it has been, and now it’s time to enjoy the last weekend of November with more typical seasonal weather. We have one busy weekend coming up, and that most American celebration of consumerism, the so-called Black Friday, can be clearly seen on Gran Canaria as well. Events to celebrate the switching on of Christmas lights continues and there is even a chance to enjoy the first Christmas markets.

2.1 Magnitude Earthquake Shakes Santa Lucía in Gran Canaria

Santa Lucía de Tirajana, Gran Canaria – An earthquake with a magnitude of 2.1 rattled the interior of the Gran Canaria municipality of Santa Lucía de Tirajana this Thursday evening. According to data from the Instituto Geográfico Nacional (IGN), Spain’s national geological institute, the tremor occurred at precisely 20:07 local time and was registered at a depth of approximately 25 kilometers. Thankfully, this seismic event went pretty much unnoticed by the local population.


Missing Swedish Tourist Anna-Karin Bengtsson Found Deceased on Gran Canaria

Anna-Karin Bengtsson, a 52-year-old Swedish tourist, mysteriously disappeared on Gran Canaria around April 9. She was last seen in person on that day, having checked out of the Abora Buenaventura hotel in Playa del Inglés, where she had gone, it seems, to continue working on her doctoral thesis on special education and textbook writing.


Resurfacing work Starting Sunday November 19 on the GC-500 Will Cause Nighttime Closures and Detours

The Cabildo de Gran Canaria, through its Department of Public Works and Infrastructure led by Vice President Augusto Hidalgo, has announced the start of road resurfacing works on the GC-500 road between Arguineguín and Tauro in Mogán. The scheduled work beginning on Sunday, November 19th, is part of a larger project to renovate road surfaces across the southern sector of the island’s road network, with an estimated cost of €450,000 earmarked for this specific segment.


The Canary Guide #WeekendTips 17-19 November 2023


Well, just six weekends till the Yuletime winter celebrations get going in earnest and the fine warm weather continues over this sunny weekend on Gran Canaria. Agüimes are to be the first municipality to officially switch-on their Christmas lights this Saturday. In Arguineguín,  the Tuna and Sea Fair seeks to hearken back to when this little town was populated only with fisher folk and Santa Brígida is hosting the Km.0 Gran Canaria Fair for the first time.

Hillside fire in Puerto Rico de Gran Canaria

A fire this Wednesday afternoon, apparently on the hillside behind an apartment complex in the tourist resort town of Puerto Rico de Gran Canaria, in the municipality of Mogán, has forced the evacuation of the fifth floor of the building due to flames being in close proximity, according to the 112 Canarias main emergency coordination centre.



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