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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 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...

Restaurante Krystal, fine dining in Meloneras

Restaurante Krystal, fine dining in MelonerasLooking for Gran Canaria's best restaurants? We've been voraciously exploring the flavours of the island since relocating here in 2004. Allow us to reveal one of our latest culinary discoveries to you. When Mr GCL, Gran Canaria's only resident broadsheet journalist, was dispatched to review Hotel Riu Palace Maspalomas, he looked longingly through the windows of its fusion restaurant, Restaurante Krystal. For he was booked in on a half-board basis which saw him eat dinner and breakfast at the hotel's buffet eatery. So, he Read more...

Gran Canaria education, our good schools guide

Gran Canaria education, our good schools guideIf you're starting a new life on Gran Canaria, visit us first. The most complete resource for tourists, we're also for folks sticking around longer than a holiday. So, here's our insiders' guide to Gran Canaria education. Whether you're relocating to Gran Canaria with toddlers or teenagers, you'll need to explore the island's educational opportunities. Our overview of Gran Canaria education covers everything from nurseries up to universities. In an easy-to-understand four-part guide. Gran Canaria education: GC's early learning centres Gran Canaria education: GC's private schools Gran Canaria Read more...

Things to do in Maspalomas

Things to do in MaspalomasWelcome to our beautiful island. Whether you're visiting Gran Canaria on holiday or making a new life here, we're here to help. Come with us to Maspalomas. Maspalomas is one of Gran Canaria's most famous resorts. West of Playa del Inglés and east of Meloneras, it's ideally situated for a holiday in the sun. Allow us to outline just exactly what there is to do here. Use Maspalomas as your base Cool down in Maspalomas Eat well in Maspalomas Explore Maspalomas 1. Use Maspalomas as Read more...

Restaurante Marmitia, Cruz de Tejeda

Restaurante Marmitia, Cruz de TejedaContrary to what you may have read elsewhere, it's not that hard to eat out well on Gran Canaria. Especially if you take us up on our tips. These include golden oldies, new openings, and everything else in between. Mr Gran Canaria Local recently found himself in the heart of the island, in Cruz de Tejeda. As you do. Mr GCL had a dinner date with a rather charming companion. The stunningly-set Parador de Cruz de Tejeda's Restaurante Marmitia. A parador, if you didn't already Read more...

The House, coworking in Gran Canaria

The House, coworking in Gran CanariaIf you could work anywhere in the world, would you continue doing so in an office that's probably as grey as the day outside? We thought not. In these location-independent times, how about making your workplace a more tropical one? That's the thinking behind the new not-for-profit coworking space in Las Palmas de Gran Canaria's Triana. The House is the brainchild of Secret Source's Richard Clarke, who long-time readers will remember as the architect of the Walking in Gran Canaria app. Richard invited us for a Read more...

 

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