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The latest news from Gran Canaria for residents and visitors.

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. 

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

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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.

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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. 

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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.

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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. 

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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?

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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. 

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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.

 

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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.

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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.

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

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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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It wouldn't be holiday season without a French air traffic controller strike and today's disruption has affected people travelling to Gran Canaria.

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Easter is set to sizzle in Gran Canaria and the Canary Islands with temperatures expected to hit 30ºC. Not bad for the beginning of April.

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Monday, 30 March 2015 14:57

The Canary Islands Are Full Over Easter

The Canary Islands are almost full over Easter and last minute bookings are spiking. If you feel like some last-minute Easter sunshine, get on the Internet ASAP.

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Ultraviolet light levels are expected to be at 'Very High' levels this week due to clear skies.

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Wednesday, 25 March 2015 13:23

Want To Be A Gran Canaria Ambassador?

The Canary Islands tourist board is looking for Gran Canaria fans to feature in its brochure and on its leaflets.

 

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Sunday, 22 March 2015 15:04

New Posh Hotel For Puerto de Mogán

Radisson Blu, one of Europe's top upmarket hotel brands, has announced that it plans to open a new 422 room hotel in south Gran Canaria's Puerto de Mogán resort. Radisson already has a presence on the island thanks to its 189-room Radisson Blue Resort close to Arguineguín.

The plans for the new hotel look impressive: 422 rooms with private balconies, free high-speed internet access, an all-day restaurant, a themed restaurant, two pool bars, a multifunctional ballroom, extensive gym and spa facilities, three pools, a climbing wall and a running track.

Work has already begun on the site of the hotel in Puerto de Mogán. 

The hotel will be operated by Carlson Rezidor Hotel Group in partnership with Radisson Blu. It5 is due to open in Q4 2016. 

 

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According to local news reports, the latest draft of the Canary Islands holiday rental law makes it much easier for owners to rent out their Gran Canaria property short-term.

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