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Gran Canaria Guide

If you want to find out about Gran Canaria, your first stop should be our (Tourist) Guide. Gran Canaria is the perfect island on which to spend your holiday. A multi-faceted destination, you can enjoy many features you normally wouldn't find in such a small area.

Las Canteras, Las Palmas de Gran Canaria

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We've got thousands of professional Gran Canaria photos for you to enjoy, from nature to nightlife, accommodation to beaches and excursions.

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Lighthouse of Sardina

Gran Canaria Agora

Looking for that special place to make your holiday even more perfect? We've got them all in our "Agora", a luxury version of the Yellow Pages. All organisations or businesses that are related to Gran Canaria are listed on our Agora, with interactive maps, photos, videos and of course contact details. You can immediately see what other people thought of them too.

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Gran Canaria Forum

Lots of volunteers are helping out to answer any question you might have related to your holiday on Gran Canaria. Or maybe you're planning to live on Gran Canaria? Check our forum out!

Rural accommodation on Gran Canaria

Gran Canaria Accommodation

Soon we'll open up our Accommodation section, where you'll be able to book hotels, apartments, villas and rural accommodation straight from the owners for the best prices. Until then, just visit our Directory's Accommodation part.

Huerto de las Flores, Agaete, Gran Canaria

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If you've got something to sell or if you're renting out property or so, just go straight to our Classified Ads. It's completely free to place your ad. And obviously, if you're looking for a bargain, a second hand turbo drill running on sunflower oil, it's your place too!

Gran Canaria sunset

Gran Canaria Weather

Gran Canaria enjoys the world's best climate. As one of the seven islands of Eternal Spring, it's almost never too hot or too cold on Gran Canaria. With an average temperature of 24º Celcius, you can be sure to enjoy being outside, no matter what season.

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Gran Canaria News

Stay updated on what's happening on Gran Canaria. We pick the important news stories and place them on our site in English. Not just the tourism related stories, as well stories that are interesting for residents. If you like Gran Canaria, you just might want to know what's keeping people on the island busy.

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Las Palmas' hugely impressive container port

The next time you go shopping in Europe there is a good chance that your purchases spent a couple of days in the Canary Islands on their way from factory to shop. Ships from Africa, Europe and the Americas stop here and drop off cargo that is then reloaded onto other ships and taken to its destination. The Canary Islands have been the Atlantic link between three continents for 500 years and it is fantastic to see that we still are.

Canary Content were privileged this week to get a guided tour of the largest container operation in the Las Palmas port. OPCSA is a private company that handles containers from 74 ports in Europe, Africa and the Americas. Ships arrive every day, some carrying over 15,000 containers, unload and reload, stock up on provisions, and head back out out to sea.

OPCSA dock from Alcaravaneras Beach

It's a seamless operation and hugely impressive. We watched one huge ship leave just five minutes after OPCSA finished loading containers onto its colossal deck. Before the next one docks the logistics guys at OPCSA already know where every container it carries is going to go. 

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Cherimoya fruit on sale in a Gran Canaria market
Cherimoyas signal the start of autumn in Gran Canaria
Photo:
 laura padgett

We need all the help we can get telling when the seasons change in Gran Canaria. The first cherimoyas or custard apples (also chirimoyas) have hit the fruterias so Autumn must be on its way. While they look green and boring, Mark Twain called them "the most delicious fruit known to men".

About the size of an apple with knobbly, green skin cherimoyas have rich, white flesh that tastes a bit like bubble gum, with hints of banana and pineapple.  The texture is creamy and slightly grainy. Cherimoyas are tart enough not to be sickly.

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WTF! Rain in Gran Canaria

The La Rama festival worked this year. Gran Canaria woke up this morning to the unfamiliar sound of heavy rain. While some disgruntled tourists are probably muttering about "going to Greece next year instead" everybody else here is overjoyed. It's been an incredibly dry year and we desperately needed water.

The rain is expected to last for most of today before fading away. Interestingly it has nothing to do with Tropical Storm Nadine, currently heading harmlessly back out into the Atlantic. The current rainfall is due to a plume of hot, humid tropical air from Africa. That's why it has been so hot and sticky for the last few days.

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British tourists in Gran Canaria

Four million foreigners come on holiday to the Canary Islands every year from all over Europe. Consequently the Canarians have had to learn to deal with a wide range of languages and peculiar national habits. In general they cope incredibly well and respond phlegmatically to all but the worst tourist behaviour.

The Canarian police treat foreigners very well. Half-naked people asleep on the pavement are politely directed to their hotels rather than banged up, and fights are defused by mediation rather than batons. There are exceptions of course: Four British teenagers were deported recently after peeing in a plant pot right in front of the passport booth in Las Palmas airport.

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UPDATE 23/09/2012: 18.00: Nadine is now a tropical storm again but is expected to head west over the next few days and is very unlikely to hit the Canary Islands. Expect some rain though! See here for the latest details.

UPDATE 23/09/2012: 14.30: Nadine is still heading slowly for the Canary Islands and the US National Hurricane Center now estimates that it has a 90% chance of regenerating into a tropical storm.  

For the second time this summer Canarians are watching a tropical storm that has turned east and could hit the islands. There is however virtually no danger of her causing any damage in the Canary Islands.  Nadine is well north of the islands and is losing strength.

The Canary Islands seem to exist in a safe bubble and very rarely experience severe weather. According to US National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration data the only tropical storm to hit the Canary Islands since records began was Delta in 2005 (see map above and original here). Far more tropical storms have hit Ireland and Britain during the last 100 years than the Canaries.

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Confital beach is a completely local stretch of sand in Gran canaria.
Local beaches in Gran Canaria

There are 82 beaches in Gran Canaria but only half a dozen are completely touristy. Of the rest most never see a mix of tourists and locals, especially at the weekends. If you want to spend time on a Canarian beach, something we wholeheartedly recommend, then use these tips to judge if you have found your spot.

Do a Bermuda shorts count

Tourists wear shorts while Canarians wear thongs. If your beach has a high proportion of budgie smugglers then you are mixing with the locals. Tell tale signs of tourist activity include bum-bags, panama hats on people under pension age, and children who don’t know how to walk on hot sand.

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