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Where to watch the game if you’re not AT the game?

Where to watch the game if you’re not AT the game? June 4, 2010 | Things to Do, Travel Tips, What's New | Read More
The whole of Spain is football crazy and Gran Canaria is no exception. The main local team is floundering in the lower divisions but everybody on the island supports a top division Spanish team, mostly Madrid or Barcelona (but never Tenerife). If you are walking about in a town and the whole place seems...

Carnival Time

Carnival Time June 3, 2010 | Events, Travel Tips | Read More
The Las Palmas Carnival In February every year Las Palmas goes carnival crazy for three whole weeks. The Las Palmas carnival is one of the biggest in the world but is still a completely local affair. There are huge street parties every weekend where everybody goes out in fancy dress carrying bottles...

Free Things to do on Gran Canaria

Free Things to do on Gran Canaria June 3, 2010 | Things to Do, Travel Tips, What's New | Read More
Free Things to Do on Gran Canaria Visit the Canary Gardens Just outside Las Palmas city in the town of Tafira is the Jardin Canario Viera y Clavijo, or the Canary Gardens for short. It’s a huge botanical garden (the biggest in Europe) with lawns, lakes, palm trees, forests cliff paths and all the...

Sporting Events on Gran Canaria

Sporting Events on Gran Canaria May 25, 2010 | Events, Things to Do | Read More
The island has its own indigenous sports left over from prehistoric times; plough lifting, rock carrying, stick fighting or extreme pole vaulting anyone? It also hosts a pretty decent range of international sporting events. If only the island football team would drag itself out of the doldrums of the...

Top Ten Things to Eat and Drink on Gran Canaria

Top Ten Things to Eat and Drink on Gran Canaria May 25, 2010 | Food | Read More
Papas Arrugadas The Canarian dish that everybody tries and most people love. Papas arrugadas or wrinkly potatoes are small potatoes boiled their skin in sea water until the wrinkle up and develop a thin crust of salt. They are served covered with Mojo Picon, a spicy sauce made of olive oil, cumin,chili...

The Best Gran Canaria Websites

The Best Gran Canaria Websites May 25, 2010 | Travel Tips | Read More
With package tourism falling out of fashion, the number of websites offering independent flight and accommodation booking for Gran Canaria has skyrocketed. Most of them are kosher but every now and then a website pops up, takes a load of bookings and then disappears with everybody’s money. If you book...

Nude Beaches of Gran Canaria

Nude Beaches of Gran Canaria May 25, 2010 | Things to Do, Travel Tips | Read More
Topless sunbathing is almost the norm on Gran Canaria among both tourists and the locals. Nudism is perfectly acceptable but you might get a few stares if you take your bathers off in the wrong place. The Maspalomas sand dunes are Gran Canaria's largest nude beach If you fancy letting it all hang out...

Dangerous Things on Gran Canaria

Dangerous Things on Gran Canaria May 25, 2010 | Events, Travel Tips | Read More
You might expect a volcanic island close to the Sahara desert to have its fair share of dangerous animals and freak weather but Gran Canaria is a very benign place and all the volcanoes are dormant. There are a few things to watch out though: Since the introduction of speed cameras Canarian drivers have...

Cultural Faux Pas on Gran Canaria

Cultural Faux Pas on Gran Canaria May 25, 2010 | Nightlife, Travel Tips | Read More
Canarians are a laid back lot well used to the eccentricities of tourists and there is really very little you can do to genuinely offend them. These hints will help you to blend in and not come across as an average Guiri (the Canarian word for a foreigner). Canarians have a very Mediterranean and completely...

Alternatives to Touristy Places on Gran Canaria

Alternatives to Touristy Places on Gran Canaria May 25, 2010 | Events, Things to Do, Travel Tips | Read More
With over a million package tourists visiting the island every year you might think Gran Canaria is one giant resort. Fortunately, most of the tourists are happy to stay in the gaudy resorts along the south coast and the rest of the island is pretty much unspoiled. The Capital city Las Palmas is one...