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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.


Bodegas Tunte obtains two more Gold and a Silver Medal at the World Extreme Wine Competition in Italy

Multi-award winning local wine brand Bodegas Tunte have obtained three more awards of real merit, this time at the World Extreme Wine Competition held in Italy, with two Gold Medals for their exquisite Oro Blanco and sweet Valara wines and a Silver medal for their highly acclaimed Berode.
This oenological contest is reserved only for wines produced in mountain regions or from so-called heroic crops, that is, those grown on terraces or terrains with a more than 30 percent incline, an altitude greater than 500 meters or on small islands.
The wines of Gran Canaria, therefore, pretty much all fall within the requirements of this contest that aims to reward the structural difficulties faced by wine growers who produce such wines and highlight the unique characteristics of these products.
The wine sector on Gran Canaria is prospering at the moment due to efforts over recent years and an increase in last year’s harvest of 160,000 kilos. The sector’s good fortunes are also being reflected in the obtaining of outstanding recognition at international competitions thanks to their particular quality and the novel peculiarities that our climate, varieties and our volcanic soils give to the wine.
Multiple awards in 2018
In the International Wine Challenge 2018, the largest wine competition in the world, last May in the UK, Berode and Valara both of this same Bodega won Bronze Medals, while Oro Blanco de Tirajana was recognized with a special mention of merit.
Tunte also obtained a Silver award at the Muscats du Monde Annual Wine Competition for Valara, in France this July.
And this year in particular this relatively new and progressive Bodega brand have received much recognition, with excellent results for their three primary wines that have scored well in the International Wine Challenge Contest, the Brussels World Contest, the Lyon International Competition, Bacchus Awards, Wines and Women, Alhóndiga, Agrocanarias and the Insular Tasting of Gran Canaria.

Bodegas Tunte, created in 1998, is a family business that has 3.5 hectares of vineyards of the volcanic malvasía, verdello and albillo grape varieties in San Bartolomé de Tirajana at an altitude of 900 meters. After a generational change in 2015 and the incorporation of renowned winemaker Alberto González, the Bodega has embarked on an process of innovation that has resulted in them gaining more than 23 regional, national and international awards over the last four years.