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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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Timothy Olson next to the Roque Nublo in Gran Canaria

Timothy, another ‘Transgrancanarian’

American Timothy Allen Olson is living proof of the magnetic pull of the Transgrancanaria, with participants from 70 countries.

Timothy Allen Olson was born in Wisconsin, in the United States. It was the mountains in Ashland, in Oregan, however, where he developed his passion for Ultra Trail racing. Timothy insists he feels the energy from the trees, mountains, and wild life in general, and now also at the volcanic and oceanic heart of Gran Canaria. On the night of the 24th of February, this health, nature and family loving sportsman will be on the starting line in Agaete taking part in the 125 kilometre version of the Transgrancanaria –the mother of all mountain races- alongside other world famous running stars.


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Voix at the 49 edition of the Opera de Las Palmas de Gran Canaria Alfredo Kraus opera season. Picture by Nacho González/ACO

Half a century of applause in Gran Canaria

The Las Palmas de Gran Canaria Opera Festival reaches its fiftieth edition with a world class programme.

The ending is a familiar one: the applause fills the air like a swarm of flapping doves, with cheers and admiration of an awe-struck crowd. The Las Palmas de Gran Canaria Opera Festival is into its fiftieth year, during which time it has been a “cornerstone” in its role in making the city one of Europe’s leading musical capitals, as Ulises Jaén, the event’s current musical director, proudly puts it. Jaén himself has had a season ticket for this event since he was just sixteen years of age.


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View to Los Pozos de las Nieves from El Mirador del Pico area

Gran Canaria, come and look at me

Gran Canaria extends its viewpoints network > to enable visitors to get a closer look at the summit and coastal landscapes.

Can you hear that? It is the deep voice of Gran Canaria. “Come and look at me”, it booms. This year, the island is increasing its network of viewpoints to provide more views over the coast and the summit. A total of fourteen new viewpoints will be created for visitors to stop off at during their walks, and let them look all over the island’s fine landscapes. Two existing viewpoints are also to be refurbished.


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Las Palmas de Gran Canaria Carnival, Las Canteras beach

The Las Palmas de Gran Canaria Carnival is ringing in our ears

The 2017 Las Palmas de Gran Canaria Carnival kicks off on 10th February with the slogan ‘Eternal Spring’.

The Las Palmas de Gran Canaria Carnival will be hitting the streets between 10th February and 5th March 2017. But let’s be serious for a moment. Carnival lovers, both male and female, take little notice of dates on a calendar. The people who breathe life into this fiesta actually start thinking of next year’s disguise as soon as they wipe the make-up off their faces and take off their wigs this year. The carnival has a programme, but it is really all about a sentiment, a huge wave that everyone is invited to dive into. Fancy taking the plunge?


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Rosa María baking sweet delights with almonds in Tejeda

The sweetest story in Gran Canaria

The baking business featuring the almond in Gran Canaria reveals a whole host of tales from its ovens.

This story is laced with honey, almonds, sugar and cinnamon. The tale comes to us from the sweet, chirpy tones of Rosa María Medina, something quite normal in someone who spends day after day making sweet delights at the Dulcería Nublo de Tejeda, an establilshment she runs with her husband, José Antonio Quintana. Any culinary route linked to the almond in Gran Canaria should include a visit to this historical business premises.


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