The petition to protect all shark and rays living in Canary Islands waters has now added the signature of Canarian president Paulino Rivero to the 50,000 public signatures collected since 2012.

 

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It wouldn't be holiday season without a French air traffic controller strike and today's disruption has affected people travelling to Gran Canaria.

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Easter is set to sizzle in Gran Canaria and the Canary Islands with temperatures expected to hit 30ºC. Not bad for the beginning of April.

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The sun is one of Gran Canaria's main attractions and we want you to enjoy it without turning into a lobstrosity. Here's how to do it.

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Monday, 30 March 2015 15:57

The Canary Islands Are Full Over Easter

The Canary Islands are almost full over Easter and last minute bookings are spiking. If you feel like some last-minute Easter sunshine, get on the Internet ASAP.

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Ultraviolet light levels are expected to be at 'Very High' levels this week due to clear skies.

AEMET

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Thursday, 26 March 2015 10:57

Gran Canaria Fish & Seafood Glossary

The best Canarian seafood often comes in restaurants with Spanish menus so here's a handy guide to the most common types of fish, seafood and dishes in Gran Canaria. 

Wednesday, 25 March 2015 13:23

Want To Be A Gran Canaria Ambassador?

The Canary Islands tourist board is looking for Gran Canaria fans to feature in its brochure and on its leaflets.

 

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Here's how to pick the freshest seafood in Gran Canaria at both restaurants and shops.

The best example of the excellent carbonic maceration red wines made in the Canary Islands.

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According to local news reports, the latest draft of the Canary Islands holiday rental law makes it much easier for owners to rent out their Gran Canaria property short-term.

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Vulcanologists are investigating an undersea volcano between Tenerife and Gran Canaria after a series of earthquakes. 

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Gran Canaria and the Canary Islands are the first place to witness tomorrow's solar eclipse.

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The Costa Meloneras hotel in Gran Canaria have this on their a la carte restaurant wine list and it's a great example of a dry Canary Islands white. 

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El Hierro's best-known wine and a fantastic value dry white that everyone who visits Gran Canaria should buy and try.

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This excellent La Palma dry white is superb value and rivals any Spanish white you can buy for the price in Gran Canaria's supermarkets.

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Friday, 13 March 2015 07:37

Canary Islands Wines: La Palma's La Gota

This is one of the best value Canarian white wines and is easy to find in Gran Canaria's supermarkets.

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So you're in Gran Canaria and wondering what to drink. If it seems a shame to fly to a volcano and stick to British lager and Spanish wine, then read on and take your pick of the best local booze. 

A green meteor streaked across the Gran Canaria sky on Sunday 8th March 2015 at 20.00, before landing just kilometres from the north coast.

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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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Tip of the day

  • Tip Of The Day: Avoid Bank Card Charges By Paying In Euros
    Tip Of The Day: Avoid Bank Card Charges By Paying In Euros

    Save money and avoid rip-off bank charges while in Gran Canaria by paying in euros when using your credit or debit card.

    Many bars and restaurants in Gran Canaria, and in almost all European holiday destinations, give you the option of paying in euros or in your home currency. Opting for your own currency, while it may seem like the safer option, can add as much as 5% to the bill as it triggers dynamic currency conversion. 

    DCC basically means that the exchange rate is calculated at point of sale rather than by your bank. It allows you to see the total cost of the transaction in your own currency but adds up to 5% to the total because it uses a terrible exchange rate. 

    Since the extra money is shared between your bank and the merchant, some places will automatically bill you in your own currency and hope you don't notice. You have the legal right to refuse and void the transaction should this happen. 

    ATMs too

    The same applies when taking money out of ATM machines in Gran Canaria (and anywhere in Europe); Always choose the local currency option to avoid losing money to poor exchange rates.

    If you opt for the local currency option, using bank ATMs is often the cheapest and safest way of getting euros in Gran Canaria. It's far safer than having a big pile of euros hidden in your room or tucked into your shorts.

    More details in this Daily Telegraph article.

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