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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.


Dead British girl reportedly argued with her boyfriend before her disappearance on Tenerife

The body of a dead British woman found floating near the Puerto de la Cruz lighthouse, on the neighbouring island of Tenerife, is thought almost certainly to be that of Amy Louise Gerard, an orca trainer employed by Loro Parque who lived in the locality. The Spanish National Police Specialised Violent Crime Unit (Unidad de Delincuencia Especializada y Violenta, UDEV) have opened an investigation trying to reconstruct the final hours of the 28 year old who was last seen alive on Friday 30 November.
According to British tabloid The Sun, quoting a source close to the investigation, the body was found in a bad condition, and it is still “too early” to determine how the death occurred and if it was accidental or not, although the girl’s body, which was found floating in the water by a Guardia Civil helicopter and was recovered by one of the boats participating in the search operation, is reported to have appeared to have bruises, though it has not been ruled out that she could have died in a tragic accident and that these marks were from having struck the rocks.
The last images of the young woman, originally from Cleethorpes in the UK, were from a video recorded last Thursday, partying with several friends in an Irish bar in Puerto de la Cruz, Molly Malone’s. Another woman, in the UK, claims to have also seen her in a video on the social network Snapchat, during the early hours of Friday morning, a claim which is being analysed by the agents investigating. 
Amy, who divorced her husband a year ago, has been, reportedly, in a relationship with a man named as Dennis  Kiessling (pictured left), who is said to also be a zoo worker, and with whom she is said to have left The Molly Malone in the early hours of Friday morning, last. Video has emerged of her enjoying the night with Dennis, singing and dancing to The Pogues at the bar.
There have not yet been any confirmations as to whether Dennis has any connection to the Kiessling family who own the Grupo Loro Parque company, Tenerife’s largest employer, who operate the park where Amy worked as well as the Siam Park tourist attractions.
Brendan Reid, owner of the Molly Malone pub, told the tabloids that the girl arrived about 11 pm on Thursday night and, although “everyone had a good time singing and dancing,” does not think they were drunk.
According to the Tenerife daily Diario de Avisos, the couple reportedly argued at the bar, although the owner of the bar says that while  the group of friends “went two by two and she and  Dennis were the last to leave. She turned right and Dennis went left.”
The inquiries, according to the Tenerife newspaper, focus now on finding out where the girl went after leaving the bar, if she went alone or was attacked by someone, in addition to the heated discussion with her boyfriend and they are said to also be looking at whether her divorce had been amicable or not.