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The Canary Guide #WeekendTips 23-25 February 2024

It’s the last weekend of February and there are carnival festivities to enjoy across Gran Canaria, in Mogán, Gáldar, Arucas, Guía, La Aldea, Artenara, Firgas and Sardine del Sur. Also the biggest ultra trail competition on the island, billed as one of the most difficult mountain races in the world, the Transgrancanaria, is taking place this weekend so it is going to be busy. A drop of rain is in the forecast, though not much, and hopefully will not spoil any of the events planned in the land of eternal Spring.

The Canary Guide #WeekendTips 16-18 February 2024

Mid February already and this weekend is all about Carnaval. It is the final weekend for the biggest carnival of all, in the capital, and others around the island are just getting started, with more still to come in coming weeks. There are carnival parades, daytime & family carnival events galore on offer all around Gran Canaria. In the city, the main parade is this Saturday, followed by the Burial of the Sardine, the traditional endpoint of trangression, fiesta and feasting, this Sunday.

The Canary Guide #WeekendTips 9-11 February 2024

The second weekend of February is all about Carnival, Love & Friendship on Gran Canaria. The first carnival parade this year is celebrated on Saturday in Gáldar. There are also San Valentin festivities to enjoy in El Tablero in the south, and in Telde. Many cyclists will be on the road this Saturday and Sunday with the 7th edition of EPIC Gran Canaria. The weather is looking great, with a small exception for Saturday morning at the moment.

The Canary Guide #WeeekendTips 2-4 February 2024

It’s the first weekend of February and what awesome warm “calima” weather it has been so far. Carnival festivities continue in Las Palmas de Gran Canaria. Both Gáldar and Agüimes are starting theirs this Saturday. Tejeda is celebrating traditions, culture and nature with their beautiful Almond Blossom Festival this weekend.  Well worth a trip to the heart of the island


The Canary Guide #WeekendTips 26-28 January 2024

It’s the last weekend of January and it is going to be a warm one with a touch of calima in the air. The 2024 Carnival season on Gran Canaria has officially started in Las Palmas de Gran Canaria. During the next few months, the festivities are celebrated in different municipalities. The two main Almond blossom festivities are celebrated over the two upcoming weekends, first in Valsequillo this weekend and then in Tejeda.

More migrant arrivals to Canary Islands in 2023, and likely more deaths, than any other year on record

The Canary Islands, off the northwest coast of Africa, have found themselves now at epicenter of one of Europe’s most pressing humanitarian crises. In 2023, the islands witnessed an unprecedented migrant arrivals by sea, a phenomenon with deep historical roots yet exacerbated by contemporary geopolitical and socioeconomic factors.  Pope Francis has recently discussed the issue with Canary Islands’ President Clavijo, and has even suggested that he may visit the islands later this year, to see the situation with his own eyes.


#GranCanariaWeather: Calima dust from the Sahara, intense at times, expected over the coming 2-3 days

Gran Canaria is experiencing a day marked by wind, calima (dust haze), and a slight drop in temperature. The Canary Islands Government’s Emergency Directorate has declared a wind alert in El Hierro and a pre-alert across the archipelago from 6:00 AM Tuesday. Simultaneously, a pre-alert for calima has also commenced. Southeast winds on the westernmost island of El Hierro, particularly affecting the northeast, El Golfo valley, and higher areas, are expected with gusts reaching 60-90 km/h. The rest of the islands, however, are experiencing moderate east and southeast winds, with strong gusts likely to exceed 60-90 km/h, especially in higher altitude areas. Gran Canaria will particularly feel these effects in the northern and western highlands and summits.


Las Palmas Demonstration This Saturday in Protest Against Genocide in Palestine

Las Palmas de Gran Canaria looks set to witness a significant demonstration against genocide in Palestine this Saturday. Organized, among various other groups, by the Canarias por Palestina platform, the protest is part of a nationwide call for action on January 20th, demanding the cessation of arms trade and diplomatic relations with Israel. This event is one of many across the Canary Islands, reflecting a widespread outcry against the ongoing violence in Palestine.


The Canary Guide #WeekendTips 19-21 January 2024


After the conclusion of Yule and New Year holidays and the celebration of Reyes Magos, the Three Kings Epiphany festivities, the first of e major weekend events have started once again, marking the beginning of yet another year filled with lively celebrations and festivities here on our sub-tropical island of Gran Canaria. Here is the first The Canary Guide #WeekendTips of 2024.

Gran Canaria Public Holidays 2024 – The Canary Guide

The Regional Government in the Canary Islands establishes, within an annual limit of fourteen such dates, a list of official bank holidays for the year 2024, following the publication of the Laboral Calendar in the Official State Gazette (BOE). The local municipality holidays are then published at the end of the year.
The island of Gran Canaria and the Canary Islands share official holidays with the rest of Spain. In addition to these, each of the Canary Islands has its official holiday and each municipality has its own two. This year, a few festive days fall on a Sunday so they are allowed to designate another day of the week to celebrate or move it to the Monday following, meaning there are a few “puente” long weekends this year.

There are also up to ten Sundays/holidays allowed on which businesses may remain open to the public, when the usual regime of business hours does not have to apply. On Gran Canaria these days are: January 7, March 28, September 9, October 12, December 1, 6, 8, 15, 22 and 29, 2024.
Areas of large tourist influx are exceptions to the general schedule regime. Gran Canaria has many of these, so there are always places open on a Sunday.
See all the local holidays in the Canary Islands HERE 


Expanding Voting Rights for Brits in Spain

British Ambassador to Spain, His Excellency Hugh Elliott, has announced some “good news” for British immigrants living and working in Spain and The Canary Islands.  The 15-year time limit on British citizens being allowed to vote overseas has been lifted, allowing them to register and vote in UK general elections. The law, part of the UK Government’s Election Act passed in 2022, according to the British Embassy in Madrid, demonstrates a commitment to inclusivity in the democratic process, marking a substantial expansion of voting rights for the British expat community.


#GranCanariaWeather: Yellow advisory warnings for Strong Winds and Calima, some rain likely

Following a week marked by the effects of storm Hipólito, which brought snow and sub-zero temperatures to mainland Spain, the Canary Islands have once again avoided the worst of this weather system. However, the disturbance over the continent has led to the formation of a high-pressure system, resulting in the arrival of calima (a dust-laden wind) to the islands.



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