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Santa Brigida in north Gran Canaria's used to be the British colony's summer retreat from the heat in Las Palmas. Now it's a wealthy hill town with a pretty church and a popular weekend market. If you're heading up to the cumbres from Las Palmas, stop at Santa Brigida for breakfast churros or lunch and wine (or beer).

Wine in the Canary Islands has a long history but has really come into its own in the past 10 years. New vineyards open every year and quality just goes up and up. To help you choose the right wine, here's our top tips for choosing and drinking Canary Islands wine.

If you're in Gran Canaria and it's raining don't sit by the pool pining for the sunshine: it'll be back sooner than you think. Instead, take advantage of the rain and get up into the highlands to see one of Gran Canaria's rarest and most spectacular natural events.

Tuesday, 24 February 2015 15:40

Wind And Wave Alert For Gran Canaria

Winter just won't give up this year in Gran Canaria and the Canary Islands. The islands are on alert from high winds and big waves on Tuesday 24th and Wednesday 25th February.

Gran Canaria is not expected to get the worst of the waves or the wind but is expected to take a battering on Wednesday with gusts up to 65km per hour.

Please stay away from the shore on rocky coasts and don't walk near drop-offs up in the mountains.

Detailed info in Spanish here

Meloneras beach at the far end of the Meloneras seafront boulevard is a small, golden beach with a strip of restaurants just by the sand.

Tiritaña beach is like a mini version of Güi Güi; you get the hike through a pristine valley and the deserted beach at the end, but it's all just 15 minutes from the road.

We covered Gran Canaria's Top Ten Unmissable Spots here, but had to leave lots out; Here're some of the great places in Gran Canaria that don't get the crowds.

Puerto de Mogán beach is as calm and sunny as it gets. With golden sand, a strip of bars and restaurants right by the sand and all the charm of Puerto Mogán marina right next door,  it's a favourite for locals and visitors.

Once you start getting to know Gran Canaria you find beautiful spots all over the place. But if you only have a week to see Gran Canaria and want to spend some time sunbathing, here's our guide to the island's must-see iconic spots.

Patalavaca beach must be horrible. That's why nobody has ever heard of it and nobody goes to it. Except that it isn't. It's one of south Gran Canaria's best beaches.

Sometimes what you want is a beach small enough that you don't have to decide where to put your towel. Of the 100+ beaches in Gran Canaria, here's our pick of the teeny tiny ones.

There's nowhere better to work than Las Palmas. That's what a growing number of laptop entrepreneurs and location-independent professionals are saying. The city's fame has spread so far that the New York Times recently covered it. See the article here

Las Palmas is an ideal location for modern day busman's holidays: it has the fast internet and conveniences of a European city plus the fantastic weather and beaches. There's plenty to do at night and you're only ever a few minutes from the surf break. 

Contact the Surf Office if you have questions about staying and working in Las Palmas

Thursday, 19 February 2015 08:48

Las Canteras Beach Amongst Spain's Top Ten

Las Canteras beach in Las Palmas, Gran Canaria is the eighth best beach in Spain, according to the TripAdvisor Traveller's Choice Awards.

Las Canteras was one of three Canary Islands beaches rounding out the Top Ten Spanish beaches. Papagayo in Lanzarote came ninth and Cofete in Fuerteventura was tenth.

See the full list here

Hello Magazine gives Gran Canaria some positive coverage, calling it the "forgotten Canary Island" and an "undiscovered gem". 

Great to see that a big publication acknowledges that there's more to Gran Canaria than the resorts. 

It recommends driving up the Fataga Valley, visiting the Los Berrezales winery in the Agaete Valley, and stopping in Las Palmas for sightseeing. 

Where to stay? The Bohemia Suites and Spa in Playa del Inglés.

Read the full Hello article here

 

 In brochure-land Las Palmas is full or tourists wandering around cobbled streets between museums and galleries. They eat authentic Canarian food, buy arts and crafts, and enjoy themselves in a demure, cultured sort of way without breaking a sweat.

 

The Agaete Valley is Gran Canaria's barranco of secrets and it doesn't give them up easily. Here are five things that you never knew about the Agaete Valley. 

Las Canteras beach has many claims to fame, but most people don't get past the big one: It's the best city beach in the world. But there's more to Las Canteras than sun, sand and palm trees. Here's ten fascinating facts about Las Palmas' jewel in the crown that most people don't know. 

Gran Canaria has excellent hospitals and private medical clinics. Standards are as high as anywhere in Europe and EU and EEA visitors are covered by their EHIC cards.

 

Almost everything you buy in Gran Canaria is cheaper than in Europe thanks to our low sales tax and lack of luxury item taxes. Low prices and a great range of shops make the island a top shopping destination. 

 

We often get asked if it's safe to buy expensive electronics, such as cameras and mobile phones, in Gran Canaria. Our answer is yes, provided that you go to reputable shops and follow the same precautions as you would at home. 

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