It's hot, hot, hot
The first proper blast of calima heat hit Gran Canaria this weekend and will be hanging around well into the week. Expect day temperatures well over 30ºC, and stick nights, until at least Thursday. The maximum temperature rcorded so far was 39.4ºC in Valleseco.
If you're here and are finding it a tad too hot, just be thankful you aren't in Mainland Spain where temperatures topped out at over 47ºC over the weekend.
The party's over for food poisoning scammers
The fad for making false food-poisoning claims against all-inclusive hotels in Gran Canaria and Spain is now on the way out after the first British tourists were taken to court for making false claims and got hefty fines.
One British couple who filed a complaint against a Gran Canaria hotel face legal costs of 3700 pounds after their claim was thrown out of court. People making false claims face hefty fines and up to six years in jail.
Enough is enough! This scam not only increases costs for all honest tourists but also means that people with genuine claims are less likely to get the compensation they deserve.
Gran Canaria residents in the news
Gran Canaria has suffered from more than the usual amount of sensationalist news stories in the past few weeks and we're not talking about the standard 'Hotter in Scunthorpe Than The Canary Islands' headlines.
It seems that there is nothing the British press likes more than a sensationalist 'British people behaving badly' headline.
Two stories involving British residents have been all over the internet and both were short on facts and truth.
The Canary News has done a good job or trying to restore the balance and we wholeheartedly join in with its plea for people to wait until the truth comes out before making judgements about the people involved.
Rockfall at Mogán
The GC 500 road between Taurito and Puerto de Mogán (the windy, coast road) is currently blocked by a spectacular rockfall right at the last bend before you go around the corner into the Mogán valley. Luckily, the fall happened late at night and the two people injured will be ok.
It's going to take at least two-and-a-half-months before the rocks are cleared and the cliff above the road assessed and stabilised again; in the meantime, use the motorway or a ferry to get to Puerto de Mogán. Don't swim under the unstable part of the cliff, or moor your pedallo there.
Health and safety meets the virgin
This year's Fiestas del Carmén in Arguineguín have been a bit more eventful than anyone wanted.
First, the traditional Arguineguín water party was shut down after thousands of youngsters got a bit too merry and rowdy. Then, health and safety in the form of the Guardia Civil stepped in to stop the annual boat procession.
The traditional procession between Arguineguín and Puerto de Mogán, with a stop at El Pajar for a ceremony to honour fishermen lost at sea, didn't get far this year because officials warned the boats that they were overloaded with people and faced fines if they took part. In protest, the whole procession was called off despite intervention from the Mogán mayor Onalia Bueno.
There is no news on what the Virgen del Carmen icon thinks of the situation, but everyone hopes that things will be sorted out in time for the return procession from Mogán marina to Arguineguín on July 30th.
Waterpark is go, dolphinarium no
The San Bartolomé Town Hall, after months of inexplicable delays, has finally handed in its paperwork and the Siam Park water park project can now move forward: The Kiessling family now have to channel the El Veril Barranco and hand in their project for the €60m water park and €40m hotel at the site just next to Playa Del Inglés.
Expect further curveballs from the shadowy coalition that opposes the project. More on that here.
In a related bit of news Palmitos Park, owned by Siam Park rivals Aspro Ocio, has just been told by the Canarian Supreme Court that its dolphinarium is illegal. The news hasn't received a lot of press coverage yet so we're not sure of the consequences for the dolphinarium. So far, Palmitos Park fces a small fine, but can still appeal to the Spanish Supreme Court.
Resident travel just got really cheap
Gran Canaria residents now get 75% off the headline price of airline and ferry tickets for journeys to other islands. There was some confusion about the new pricing as it doesn't affect the cost of taking a vehicle between islands and doesn't cover trips to the Mainland (the discount for trips to Spain is still 50%).
In more good news, Air Europa is about to start offering inter-island flights.
Elton John arrives in Gran Canaria
Elton John lands in Gran Canaria tomorrow (by private jet of course) in advance of his Tuesday night concert in Las Palmas. We'll be there and we'll beam out some live footage of Sir Elton.