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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.

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.


Man in Mogán charged for driving a motor vehicle under the influence of alcohol

Traffic Agents of the Guardia Civil investigated a man on December 6 suspected of being the alleged perpetrator of a crime against road safety, for driving a motor vehicle under the influence of alcohol.

Their investigations began following a report of a car having left the road, which then later collided with another parked vehicle, around kilometre 63 of the main GC-200 road through the municipality of Mogán, on the south west of Gran Canaria. Agents of the Evidence Team came to the scene and identified the driver of the damaged vehicle, who was then subjected to breathalyser tests, yielding a first result of 0.84 milligrams per litre exhaled (mg/l), and then a second result of 0.79 mg/l, which led to his being investigated as the alleged perpetrator of a crime against road safety, for driving a motor vehicle under the influence of alcoholic beverages.
The Penal Code defines crimes against road safety, and establishes prison sentences of three to six months or a fine of six to twelve months (based on income) or community service of 30 to 90 days, along with a ban of one to four years, for driving motor vehicles under the influence of alcohol levels higher than 0.60 mg/l of exhaled air or 1.2 gr/l in blood test results.
The person under investigation has been placed at the disposal of the corresponding Investigating Court in San Bartolomé de Tirajana.
With fewer people than usual on the roads this year, due to the collapse of winter tourism, and stringent restrictions in place to try to curb any risk of infections, there will likely be more police checks per member of the population and so those taking risks are even less likely to be able to evade detection.
This is a very special holiday season, this year, where everyone is being urged to spend less time out travelling and drinking, especially far from home, and more time with family and local community supporting each other through the end of what we can all agree has been an extraordinary, and difficult, year.
Puerto Rico de Gran Canaria car crash driver six times over the limit



Spain’s DGT “Traffico” puts new system in place to help UK license holders exchange to drive legally in Spain

As you know, one of the key actions for UK Nationals living in Spain is to exchange your UK driving licence for a Spanish one, but recently a lack of appointments has made this difficult. Therefore, to speed up the licence exchange and ensure UK Nationals can begin the process before the end of the year, the DGT “Traffico” has put a new system in place which went live on their website yesterday.
It is a two-step process. The first step is to make an application to the DGT before 30 December. You can do this via their online portal if you have a digital certificate/CLAVE or by calling 060. In some provinces it may also be possible to do so by downloading the form and taking it to your local office, though you may wish to ring ahead to confirm this. You can also ask a representative (eg a gestor) to do this on your behalf. We understand that for this part of the process you do not need to have a residency certificate or TIE, but you will need a NIE.
If you do not hear anything from the DGT “Traffico” in the meantime, three days after submitting your application you can request an appointment with the DGT to do the exchange. This should be booked on the DGT’s website.
As long as your application has been submitted before 30 December, and the UK authorities have verified your licence by the end of the year, your appointment to exchange your licence can be after 1 January 2021, provided it is within the first 6 months of next year. Please note that you will need a residency certificate/TIE to do final exchange, so if you are in the process of applying for residency you may want to choose a later date for your appointment.
Irrespective of whether a UK licence has been verified for exchange by the end of the year, you will be able to drive in Spain using your UK licence for 6 months from 1 January 2021. The future rules on exchange and recognition of UK licences are still subject to negotiation. 

For more information and a link to the online application form visit: The DGT website.Please note that you can change the site’s language to English by selecting it in the drop-down menu in the top right hand corner of the page.

To keep up to date with the latest information on driving, please sign up for alerts to the Living in Spain guide on gov.uk. 


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