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Agaete, Gran Canaria

Gran Canaria, the blue island

Here begins a journey of the senses around Gran Canaria, through the colour blue, one of the island’s essential elements.

Some living beings from Gran Canaria inhabit an ever blue territory, because the sea and the sky are the canvass on which their lives are etched. The first shearwaters, Atlantic birds par excellence, begin nesting in March high on the crags on the island. At nightfall these marine tones are intensified, and the birds can be spotted flying round in groups, skimming over the water, gliding for a few minutes before shooting forward once again with five or six flaps of their wings. Suddenly, they plunge under the sea in search of fish, splitting the frontier between the two immense blue expanses of Gran Canaria.


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Beach in La Aldea. Gran Canaria

In La Aldea for good

The new tunnel on the road to La Aldea now provides access to one of the most beautiful outposts in Gran Canaria.

Your car moves along between two towering cliffs that make you feel both small and fortunate at the same time. If you are coming in from Las Palmas de Gran Canaria and have just passed Agaete, there is a huge expanse of blue ocean to your right. On the other side, a range of cliffs rise up –or plunge downwards, depending on how you look at it- and give way to steep ravines from time to time that open out into the sea. That’s right, the road that opens up in La Aldea de San Nicolás is a procession of kilometres of stunning beauty.


Radisson Blu Resort & Spa, Gran Canaria Mogán. Picture of Radisson Blu Resort & Spa, Gran Canaria Mogán

Gran Canaria: the luxury of being here

The opening of the Radisson Blu five star hotel en Mogán is the crowning glory of Gran Canaria’s bid for top quality.

Gran Canaria’s bid for top quality has reached new heights, thanks to the efforts of different public and private agents who are helping turn the island into a top holiday paradise. The opening of the luxury Radisson Blu Resort&Spa Gran Canaria Mogán, the second hotel this prestigious Scandanavian hotel chain has opened in Gran Canaria and their third in Spain, highlights the island’s and its investors’ commitment to providing the finest service and accommodation possible for tourists.


Cheeses from Santa María de Guía. Gran Canaria

Biography of a cheese from Gran Canaria

This is the tale of a passionate process that comes together to create the cheeses of Guía, Flower Cheese and Half Flower Cheese.

“This cheese is so unlike the rest”. Milagrosa Moreno Díaz is a leading cheesemaker from Gran Canaria from whose hands the finest products are created, carrying the seal of the Denomination of Protected Origin for Flower Cheese, Half Flower Cheese and Guía Cheese. They are all real gastronomic jewels that hold pride of place at the fairs to be held on 30th April in Guía, and on 7th May at Montaña Alta, in the same municipality.


Jardín Botánico Viera y Clavijo (Jardín Canario), in Gran Canaria

In search of the blue tajinaste

Breathe in the mountain air and go on a ramble to see the blue tajinaste plant, one of Gran Canaria’s natural emblems.

The seeds that the blue tajinaste plants sprout from are of a discreet earthy colour. They do, however, produce bushes endemic to Gran Canaria that grow into natural towers reaching up to four metres in height, topped off by gorgeous bunches of bluey flowers. This species is indeed one of the island’s natural symbols, and it is precisely in the month of April when they are in full bloom.


Cathedral and Plaza de Santa Ana, Vegueta, Las Palmas de Gran Canaria

The prodigal son of Easter Week in Vegueta

Easter Week in Vegueta and other places around Gran Canaria reveals the island’s huge cultural treasures and wonderful heritage.

Everything has its origins. The artist who carved out the majority of the religious figures worshipped during Easter in Las Palmas de Gran Canaria came to the city as a young boy around the middle of the 18th century to study drawing. José Luján Pérez was born in Santa María de Guía at the heart of a family of farmworkers. From a very early age his hands were able to draw and sculpture with amazing skill.


Hoya del Gamonal, Gran Canaria

The Spring Museum opens its doors

The eternal Spring in Gran Canaria is accentuated at this time of the year with an eclosion of new life.

The calendar announces that it is now Springtime, leaving behind Winter. Gran Canaria listens and just smiles, as Spring is just another full time resident on the island. The finely striped black bee is never short of a flower to suck on nor short of reasons to take to the skies and buzz along happily.


El Juncal, Agaete, Gran Canaria

She, Gran Canaria

She, Gran Canaria, also celebrates March, woman’s month. Women have shaped the history of the island with the same wisdom with which María Guerra, the potter from La Atalaya de Santa Brígida, shaped her pieces of clay as she turned them into unique pieces of art. Take any mountain, beach, monument, rock or any landscape whatsoever, behind each of these you will always find some mark left by women, without which Gran Canaria would not be what it is.


"Entierro de la Sardina". Maspalomas Carnival. Picture by Carnaval Internacional de Maspalomas

You’ll cry over a sardine

The Maspalomas International Carnival, the sunniest in Europe, will provide a crazily happy time on the ocean’s edge.

Don’t worry. Your eyes and your head aren’t deceiving you. At this time of year it is quite normal to see some extremely fun-filled and strange goings on at the south of Gran Canaria. For example, you might see a group of people crying around a giant sardine that they are dragging along the shore. This is what goes on at the Maspalomas International Carnival, this year dedicated to the millions of European tourists who make their dreams come true at this holiday paradise.


Bodega Arehucas on Gran Canaria. Picture by Destilerías Arehucas

The rum temple of Gran Canaria

A visit to the Arehucas Distillery, the oldest rum maturing bodega in Europe, offers a truly sensual experience.

The statue of Alfredo Martín Reyes welcomes visitors at the entrance to the Arehucas Distillery, in Arucas (Gran Canaria). In 1935 Don Alfredo reopened the old Factory of San Pedro, originally inaugurated back in 1884, but this time dedicated exclusively to rum production. Today, from his pedestal, Don Alfredo seems proud of his legacy, an international landmark in rum culture. Indeed, these facilities are home to the oldest rum maturing bodega in Europe.


Carlos Menéndez in Las Canteras Beach. Gran Canaria

Memories of a Drag Queen in Gran Canaria

The first ever winner of the Drag gala at the Las Palmas de Gran Canaria Carnival dusts off his platforms and his memories

Evening starts to fall on the bay of Las Canteras, in Las Palmas de Gran Canaria. Hundreds of people soak up the last few rays of sun down on the beach, as do some crabs in their prívate hide-outs, in a corner of La Puntilla, where the ocean laps over the age-old strips of volcanic lava giving them a polished finish like a skin covering a thousand year old black, dormant dragon. Nearby some fishing boats bob up and down, in view of diners from all over the world who are finding out what a papa arrugada salted potato and a chunk of sea bass taste like.


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