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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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You find them in caves, hanging out over the sea and clustered together in shopping centres but most Gran Canaria restaurants belong to one of these eight kinds.

Gran Canaria and especially the southeast coast, is famous for its windsurfing scene. The world's best windsurfers hang out in Pozo Izquierdo and some even live here. 

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It's easy to find great spots to eat nowadays. You just go to Tripadvisor, pick one close to the top of the list and fine dining and satisfaction are guaranteed. Or not ...

Most of the restaurants in Puerto Rico resort are in the colossal shopping centre but there are options by the marinas and the beach, and good spots for dinner tucked away amongst the apartments. 

Published in Puerto Rico

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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Roque Nublo guards the centre of Gran Canaria but is surprisingly approachable for an icon: you can walk right up to it and just sit down. With a few ropes and a lot of courage, you can even climb it.

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Gran Canaria gets an average of 320 sunny days every year but it's a high island with lots of microclimates so the weather varies quite a bit. Here's our guide to picking the sunniest spots.

San Agustín resort is a sleepy place but has good bus links with Playa del Inglés, Maspalomas and Las Palmas. The buses use the main resort road so find the nearest stop and use our bus line guide below to pick the right one.

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Puerto de Mogán may be the last stop for most south Gran Canaria buses, but it's really well linked to the other resorts and Las Palmas.

Published in Puerto de Mogán

Local bus travel from Puerto Rico resort is easy: Just go to the bus station in the centre of the resort, pick a blue bus and pay on board.

Published in Puerto Rico

Playa del Aguila is a long way from most people's idea of a south Gran Canaria beach: quiet, pebbly and almost completely local. And that's how its fans want it to stay.

Besides the beach, and the other beach at Amadores, there's plenty to do in Puerto Rico. It's the island's busiest resort and you can do anything from absolutely nothing to driving a Ferrari.

Published in Puerto Rico

Puerto Rico resort is 70 kilometres from the airport but transport links are good and the motorway journey takes less than an hour. Your transport options if you dont have a transfer are local bus, taxi or private tranfer service.

 

Published in Puerto Rico
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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"Not without tannins" said the New York Times review of this Gran Canaria red made with local listan negro grapes. It was right: Fronton has a hint of wood resin from the oak barrels but also enough fruit and herby notes to make it a great value Gran Canaria red.

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Lanzarote's volcanic soils produce many of the Canary Islands' best white wines and their only bottle of fizz. Fortunately the El Grifo Brut Malvasia is a cracker.

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This Gran Canaria white wine was sex in a bottle and we didn't want to let anyone leave the island without tracking it down and trying it. That was before they put it into oak bottles and turned it into a trendy but (in our opinion) lesser wine. Anyway, here's the original review of the unoaked wine, followed by the 2021 review of the oaked version.
We've said it before and here it is again: the best white wines from the Canaries (except Lanzarote) are from high-altitude vineyards. This is 14 euros of "we told you so", and it's worth every cent.
Agala 1318 Altitud has a floral nose with apricot and a touch of sweetness.  In the mouth, it is dry but rich with well-balanced acidity. You get intense fruit and flowers, and a floral finish with a little bitterness. As with all great Canarian wines the finish is long and intense.
It's the best Gran Canaria dry white we've ever tried. Sell your body if you have to but try this wine.

The Winery

The Agala winery is called Bodegas Bentayga. It's between Tejeda and Artenara and at up to 1318 metres above sea level it's one of the highest in Spain. The vines grow on small terraces on steep terrain and experience a vast range of temperatures. This area of Gran Canaria gets snow during cold winters and can reach over 40ºC during hot summers.

As with most Canarian wineries, Bentayga grows local grape varieties and hand picks the grapes: 1318 is made with a blend of Albillo and Vijariego.

Visits are possible but only from Monday to Friday, minimum six people and 72 hours notice. They cost 8 euros per person and include the chance to buy wine at bodega prices. Book here.

Agala 1318 is available in good wine shops and at the wine stall in the Santa Brigida weekend market.

2021 reviewed of oaked Agala Altitud dry white wine

This wine has been one of the best Gran Canaria whites for several years. Grown in South Central Gran Canaria, it had that zing you get from blasting white wine grapes with the extremes of temperature and climate (snow to 40C) you get at over 1000 metres above sea level.

Back in 2015 we reviewed it as "a floral nose with apricot and a touch of sweetness. In the mouth, it is dry but rich with well-balanced acidity. You get intense fruit and flowers, and a floral finish with a little bitterness".

It was all about the blossom!

The concept has evolved since then and this wine now spends time sobre lías in French oak barrels.

Oak and dead yeast add intensity and depth of flavour at the expense of freshness. But is it worth all that extra effort? Can you take an excellent "drink now" Canary Islands wine and turn it into something deeper? Why would you want to?

Oak, melon and banana on the nose. Quite exciting at first sniff but there's a tired hint to the wood after a few more.

Good acidity in the mouth from the vijariego, richness from the albillo. A hint of butter and vanilla from the oak and lías. Melon and banana.

Blah blah blah!

Bring back the old version we say. The oak and butter don't make up for the lost blossom and freshness.

Check our latest Gran Canaria and Canary Islands wine reviews on our Canary Islands Wines Facebook Group

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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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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).

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