The last decade was torrid for Spain’s banks. They overlent and overspent during the property boom and suffered during the subsequent crash. Many went bust or merged. Read More
Cracked mobile screen or a broken laptop? Here’s the go-to man in Las Palmas for fast, cheap repairs.
There are plenty of places to get your tech fixed in Las Palmas de Gran Canaria, but we always use Canari-Movil on Calle Peru 70, Guanarteme. It’s a one-man shop run by Oliver and he can fix pretty much any mobile phone, tablet, laptop or PC.
We’ve taken cracked screens, blue-screen-of-death tablets and broken computers to him and he’s always been able to fix them or tell us why they are dead.
The best thing about Oliver is that he won’t charge you unless he fixes your device.
Oh, and that he charges you cost price for any new components.
He also puts together new desktop computers and can jazz up laptops for much less than the price than an off-the-shelf model.
The Certificado Digital is a way of getting lots of useful bits of paper out of the Spanish tax and Social Security systems without having to queue up for them.
As you might expect, getting it is a whole heap of hassle. However, it’s well worth getting because it saves you lots of even bigger heaps of hassle down the line.
The process is a two-day job.
On day one, you have to submit a form and get a code via email. On day two, you take the code to Hacienda, then go back to your computer and download the certificate. Read More
Here’s a useful guide to Gran Canaria Christmas and New Year events from all over the island (2016-17).
Municipio de Mogán
Download the Mogán Christmas program.
- Mestisay concert in Mogan Pueblo and switching on of the Christmas lights: 6th December.
- Food fair in Arguineguín during the day. Carols in the evening: 17th
- Christmas market in Playa de Mogán: 22nd
- Street procession in Arguineguin with traditional music and carols: 23rd
- Living Belen in Veneguera: 25th from 19.00
- New Year Celebrations in Mogan, Playa Mogan and Arguineguin: 31st
- Three Kings Fair in Arguineguin: 5th January
Municipio de San Bartolomé de Tirajana
Download the full San Bartolomé program.
Living Nativity Scene: Plaza Cercado de Espino: 18th December at 20.00
Three Kings Parade: January 5th. 18.00 San Fernando: 19.00 Tunte: 20.00 Plaza de Fataga
Las Palmas de Gran Canaria
Download the full Las Palmas Christmas program.
- Sand nativity scene at La Puntilla on Las Canteras beach: Open every day.
- Cero Festival: Live outdoor music by The Birkins, Xoel Lopez: By the Alfredo Kraus statue on the beachfront: From 20.00: 8th, 9th, 10th December. Full Cero Festival program.
- Musical Procession: Thursday 15th from 17.30 in Triana.
- Gofiones Concert: Wednesday 21st from 21.00. Plaza Santa Ana in Vegueta.
- Fireworks: From 23.00 on December 31st.
- Three Kings Parade: Thursday 5th January from 17.00. From Castillo de la Luz to Parque San Telmo.
For detailed info about events each weekend, see the latest and always excellent Canary News Event Guide.
Most municipios publish their own local events guide on their websites.
Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year from Gran Canaria Guru.
If you’re staying in a hotel in Las Palmas, there’s always a taxi outside to whizz you to the airport.
However, if you stay in an apartment or flat, you may need to find your own.
You can drag your luggage out onto the pavement and wait, or you can call Juan the taxi man; he’s a safe and reliable driver who will pick you up from anywhere in Las Palmas and take you to the airport for around 30 euros.
Juan doesn’t speak much English, but if you know your address and the time you need to be picked up, he’ll be there.
Contact Juan the taxi man on 659 64 27 91.
TV Mucho is a revolutionary new way to watch British television in Gran Canaria (and anywhere else in Spain).
We love it because it is a Gran Canaria-based company that lets you watch British telly in high quality and high definition rather than relying on dodgy websites and pixellated streams.
Until now, TV Mucho was available via a simple box that you just plugged into your television. It was a neat and simple way to get British telly.
However, the TV Mucho boffins have just made things even easier. Now, you don’t even need a box.
TV Mucho is now available via your browser so that you can watch it on any device with an internet connection and, of course, on your big screen via any TV box or smart telly.
And, best of all, you can try it for free!
Sign up to TV Mucho online and you get a seven-day free trial. If you like the service (and you will), then you pay just eight euros per month for unlimited, high-quality online programs from the BBC, ITV, Dave, Spikea nd a whole host of other British channels.
Really useful Las Palmas de Gran Canaria business contacts
Here’s the Gran Canaria Guru list of people that we know from experience are seriously useful to anyone coming to Gran Canaria to start a business or invest in the city. Read More
There are various ways to watch UK TV in Gran Canaria; some free,some not; some legal, most not; some on your TV and some via the PC, Mac or smartphone.
We’ll try to explain all the different methods, give you the best websites and show you the different costs. If we have missed anything please let us know in the comment section below this article. Read More
The Gran Canaria Walking Festival starts on November 2nd and is an ideal opportunity for island residents and visitors to get to know more about the Miniature Continent.
Now in its fifth year, the GCWF is designed to give visitors and residents alike a walking experience in Gran Canaria with fun, tasty and educational activities included along the way.
There are six different walks between November 2-6, each on with a knowledgeable local guide that speaks English. This year there are even two nocturnal routes that include a guided tour of the Gran Canaria night sky.
Each route includes bus travel (to & from Playa del Inglés and Las Palmas), an activity such as a tasting or guided visit to a local attraction, and a guided walk.
You can sign up for the full package of six walks for 120 euros, the weekend pack, or choose any of the walks for 18 euros each.
Full details of the routes, times and pickup points for each walk are on the GCWF website.
Register for the Gran Canaria Walking Week by October 30, 2016.