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Whether you be a visitor, looking for things to see and do on Gran Canaria both on and beyond the tourist resorts, or an expat who’s relocated to make a new life on our tropical shores, we’re here for you. Check out our guide to the best beaches in GC, countryside that’s perfect for a day out, and top towns. We’re your go-to guys when it comes to 2016 Gran Canaria holidays and beyond.

Things to do in Vegueta

Things to do in VeguetaContinuing our increasingly popular guides series, we're off to Las Palmas de Gran Canaria's Vegueta. As the capital's original neighbourhood, it's on the first page of the city's history. Explore the barrio with us. Heading up the GC-1 from the airport, Vegueta is one of the capital's most southerly areas. Cut apart from the Triana district by the C-811, you should explore on foot as it's largely pedestrianized. Here's our four-part guide. Step back in time in Vegueta Make a night of it in Vegueta Go Read more...

Gran Canaria tapas bars

Gran Canaria tapas barsDid you know that 16th June 2016 marked World Tapas Day? In recognition of this, we've put together a guide to our fave Gran Canaria tapas bars. Whether you're visiting the north, south, east, west, or, indeed, centre of the island, we'll show you where to yummy down on tapas. Gran Canaria has a celebrated history of tapas, with these bar snacks known locally as enyesques. They include the classic papas arrugadas con mojo, baby new potatoes boiled in their skin in the saltiest of waters Read more...

Things to do in Mesa y López, Las Palmas

Things to do in Mesa y López, Las PalmasWhat's this? Yes, we've got our rep as the most granular Gran Canaria guide to think of. So here's our latest area overview, of Las Palmas de Gran Canaria's Mesa y López. Avenida José Mesa y López is the avenue from which this area in the Gran Canaria capital takes its name. José Mesa y López (1877-1951) was a famed Canarian lawyer/politician. But enough of the history, here's our four-part guide to what you can do in the area in the Read more...

Things to do in Taurito

Things to do in TauritoAre you looking for an expert guide to Gran Canaria's Taurito? Allow us to show your around. Right, let's get ready to zoom into one of the island's smaller resorts. Ssh, Taurito, sandwiched by swish Puerto de Mogán and flash Puerto Rico in the south west of the island, feels like a secret with its small number of hotels that keeps visitor numbers down. Although Gran Canaria locals enjoy it as much as tourists. Holiday in Taurito Get wet and go wild in Taurito Read more...

Things to do in Parque Santa Catalina

Things to do in Parque Santa CatalinaHave you been enjoying our municipal guides? Well, this latest post is even more specific. Covering, as it does, things to do in Las Palmas de Gran Canaria's Parque Santa Catalina. Despite its name, Parque Santa Catalina feels more like a square than a park. It's certainly more of a hive of activity than Vegueta's Plaza de Santa Ana, ostensibly the city's main square. Here's a three-part guide which will show you around. Stay in Parque Santa Catalina Escape a rainy day in Parque Santa Catalina Read more...

Things to do in Guía

Things to do in GuíaAfter things to do in Guía? We're continuing our series of Gran Canaria municipal guides by turning our attention once more to the island's north west. You won't find a more complete overview of the area than ours. Guía is the abridged name of this GC municipio. Its full title is, in fact, Santa María de Guía.  Here's a typically comprehensive four-part guide to the municipality which makes for some essential reading before you arrive. Holiday in Guía Tuck into cheese and biscuits in Guía Explore the lean Read more...

Things to do in Playa del Inglés

Things to do in Playa del InglésAfter things to do in Playa del Inglés? As Gran Canaria's most discerning blog, we've got loads of cracking suggestions. Browse our guide to one of the island's household names. We say Gran Canaria and you might very well say Playa del Inglés in reply. For there are few groups of words associated with the island quite so readily. But just what can you get up to in Playa del Inglés? Here's what: Holiday in Playa del Inglés Eat out in Playa del Inglés Make a Read more...

Things to do in Gáldar

Things to do in GáldarLooking for things to do in Gáldar? No-one covers Gran Canaria's municipalities in as much detail as us. Here's our guide to one of the best in the north west of the island. Enter Gáldar by road and a sign announces your arrival in Real Ciudad de Gáldar, Corte de los Guanartemes. In pre-Hispanic Gran Canaria, this royal city was known as Agáldar. But what can you get up to in the post-millennial version? Spend the night (or more) in Gáldar Tap into Támaran and more in Gáldar Read more...

Soppa de Azul, coworking in Las Palmas

Soppa de Azul, coworking in Las PalmasDoes working on Gran Canaria appeal? Traditionally, foreigners came to GC to work in bars and teach. But with the digital nomad revolution, times are a-changing. When we relocated to Las Palmas de Gran Canaria in 2004, the expats we met in the capital tended to be those who worked in the island's schools. But then the likes of CoWorking Canarias and The House sprang up. Recently we paid a visit to another coworking space in the city, Soppa de Azul. Soppa de Azul: how to get Read more...

Gran Canaria football, a good clubs guide

Gran Canaria football, a good clubs guideMoving to Gran Canaria or already relocated here? As well as offering the most comprehensive tourist information about the island, we provide expert expat advice. Why not check out our insiders' guide to Gran Canaria football? Whether you're looking for a football club for yourself or your children on the island, you'll find plenty of options. Our review of Gran Canaria football profiles everything from infants' football all the way up to veterans. In a handy four-part guide. Gran Canaria football: Equipos escuelas Gran Canaria football: Equipos federados Gran Canaria Read more...

Segway LPA, tour Las Palmas on two wheels

Segway LPA, tour Las Palmas on two wheelsPlanning a trip to Las Palmas de Gran Canaria? As resident experts, we're happy to show you around town. How about seeing the Gran Canaria capital from a new perspective? When we first moved to Las Palmas de Gran Canaria, it wasn't the most cyclist-friendly of cities. But new cycling lanes have transformed the metropolis. Paving the way for the likes of Segway LPA in the progress. Segway LPA: how to get there Segway LPA: the nuts and the bolts Segway LPA: where to go 1. Segway LPA: how Read more...

Things to do in San Agustín

Things to do in San AgustínLooking for things to do in San Agustín? As Gran Canaria's leading guide, we give you all the info on the island's resorts. Here's our overview of one of the oldest ones. San Agustín is the south of Gran Canaria's original resort. East of Playa del Inglés and the first major tourist destination you'll hit south of Gran Canaria airport (LPA), you can pick up your hire car and start your holiday in less than 20 minutes. Now, what to do in San Agustín? Base yourselves in San Read more...

Español, Spanish cuisine in Meloneras

Español, Spanish cuisine in MelonerasNow, there's Castilian Spanish and then there's Canarian Spanish. These linguistic differences make their way into the kitchen on Gran Canaria. We don't eat patatas (potatoes) on the island but papas (confusingly the same word also means popes). And so you were more likely to tuck into the likes of papas arrugadas con mojo (wrinkled new potatoes with spicy sauce) than patatas bravas on GC. Until Hotel Riu Palace Meloneras decided to open a second thematic restaurant, Español. Meaning that guests and non-guests' choice of á-la-carte restaurants doubled from the Read more...

Café Regina, Colombian coffee in Las Palmas

Café Regina, Colombian coffee in Las PalmasWhat does your average Gran Canaria Local like to start and end the day with? Why, a cup of coffee. It's a ritual that's practised in bars and homes the length and breadth of the island. Coffee's taken seriously on Gran Canaria. The islanders revere the beverage: at breakfast, at dinner, and every time in between. And since June 2015, they've been lapping up the frothy stuff at Las Palmas de Gran Canaria's Café Regina. We'll tell you how to get to Café Regina. Read more...

El Churrasco Meloneras

El Churrasco MelonerasAre you after a guide to Gran Canaria which doesn't skimp on the details? If this is your first time with us, welcome to Gran Canaria Local. Where, amongst other things, we'll share our favourite restaurants with you. Such as El Churrasco Meloneras. Mr and Mrs Gran Canaria Local had already enjoyed the good fortune to dine at El Churrasco in Las Palmas de Gran Canaria. So, Mr GCL was delighted to receive an invite to eat at their Meloneras restaurant. Sticking to Read more...

 

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