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 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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Thursday, 09 April 2015 08:37

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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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 15:57

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.

AEMET

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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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Vulcanologists are investigating an undersea volcano between Tenerife and Gran Canaria after a series of earthquakes. 

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Gran Canaria and the Canary Islands are the first place to witness tomorrow's solar eclipse.

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The world's largest marine wind turbine will be put up in Arinaga on the east coast of Gran Canaria.

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A Spanish Supreme Court judgement against Anfi del Mar could have huge repercussions for the resort and for all timeshare in Gran Canaria.

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Tuesday, 03 March 2015 12:52

New Dunes Mirador For Maspalomas

The new Maspalomas dunes mirador in Playa del Inglés is finished and open to the public.

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New York-listed Kosmos Energy has announced that the oil deposits it discovered in Morrocan waters north of the Canary Islands are commercially unviable and that it is sealing the well.

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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

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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

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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

 

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