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The latest news from Gran Canaria for residents and visitors.

Friday, 03 July 2015 12:34

Mogán Blue Flags Now Flying

The Mogán Municipality now has its Blue Flags in place at Amadores, Playa de Mogán and Puerto de Mogán marina. They were run up the flagpole by local footballer Aythami Artiles, signed to newly promoted football team UD Las Palmas.

Gran Canaria erupted with joy last night as Las Palmas' football team won promotion to the Spanish Primera Liga for the first time since 2002. 

 

There's more to the Canary Islands than the existing seven islands: Scientists have just discovered a whole set of ancient islands just to the south.

Despite silly newpaper headlines about "travel chaos", Spanish air traffic control strikes this week are largely symbolic and not expected to cause significant delays.

Gran Canaria hotel firm Lopesan plans to build at least three new hotels in the Meloneras area of south Gran Canaria, including a 170 room luxury villa hotel and a 1000 room megaresort.

New holiday let rules in Gran Canaria and the Canary Islands have opened up the market for private property owners in non-resort areas. 

Thursday, 21 May 2015 12:58

Big Waves Forecast For Gran Canaria

The Spanish Weather Service has placed south Gran Canaria on alert, for today Thursday 21 and tomorrow Friday 22, for large waves of up to 2.5 metres and strong gusts of wind. 

The first of several leaks on the wreck of the Oleg Naydenov has now been sealed with a steel cofferdam, according to the Spanish authorities. Efforts to seal the remaining fuel leaks are ongoing. 

Beaches all over Gran Canaria won coveted Blue Flag awards this year. No beaches lost their Flag.

Specsavers Magazine and the Gran Canaria Tourist Board are offering a free luxury holiday in Gran Canaria at the fabulously located and Five Star Seaside Palm Beach in Maspalomas. UK residents only.

Gran Canaria and the Canary Islands are experiencing the first heatwave of 2015 with temperatures expected to reach 35ºC during the week. Keep reading for important health information. 

Friday, 01 May 2015 09:01

It's Official: Gofio Is Good For You:

Gofio is now officially good for you: A University study confirms what all Canarians already knew.

Gran Canaria's beaches are currently clear of fuel oil after a large volunteer-led clear up over the past two days. There is currently one confirmed oil slick 5 kilometres from the coast but no reports of fresh oil close to the island. 

The 38th annual Guía cheese festival is next Sunday (April 26) in Santa María de Guía old town in north-west Gran Canaria, but the 3rd annual Valasequillo strawberry festival is on the same day. What's a Gran Canaria foodie to do?

The Islas Canarias Rally this weekend means that stretches of road all over the island will be closed on Friday evening and all of Saturday. 

On Friday, the night stages start in Teror. It then moves on to San Mateo and Telde. Expect road closures and disruption from about 19.30 until midnight all along the route. 

On Saturday morning, the rally starts in Teror at 08.00 and repeats the same route to Telde. Expect road closures from 06.00 in Teror and until about 11.00 in Telde. 

On Saturday afternoon, the action moves to the roads connecting Santa Lucia, Tejeda and Valleseco. The roads will be closed from 11.30 to 20.30.

See this map to check the exact roads that the rally uses. You can even download detailed route information via the Rally App here. Public viewing areas along the route are listed

Public viewing areas along the route are listed here

The prize ceremony is at Santa Catalina Square at 21.30 on Saturday so expect a fair bit of traffic in the port.

We advise all non-petrolheads to head to the beach rather than the mountains on Saturday. 

The petition to protect all shark and rays living in Canary Islands waters has now added the signature of Canarian president Paulino Rivero to the 50,000 public signatures collected since 2012.

 

For a sardine and seafood feast, head to San Cristobal village in north Gran Canaria on the weekend of April 18-19 for the Sabor a Mar festival.

Thursday, 09 April 2015 07:37

Recent Earthquakes in Gran Canaria

The east Gran Canaria municipality of Telde experienced a light earthquake just before midnight on April 7 and a second on just offshore on April 9.

Gran Canaria's basketball team is in the European final after an easy win over Russian team Unics Kazán.

The Casa Mirador de Bandama tourist information point at the top of the Bandama volcano hides a secret bunker from Spain's military past.

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