Really Useful Online Resources For Gran Canaria Residents

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Here’s a list of useful websites about Gran Canaria that we use all the time. 

General Gran Canaria Information

Gran Canaria Info

Gran Canaria Info is the biggest website about the island and is packed with photos and useful information about the island’s beaches, transport, and highlights. It focuses on Gran Canaria from a tourist’s point of view so it’s a bit light on events and details (we know, as we run it), but it’s still a great resource for residents.

Events

La Brujula

A square monthly magazine in Spanish that also has an excellent website packed with island events, concerts and exhibitions. La Brujula appears in bars and cafes in Las Palmas and big towns and is well worth pocketing.

LPA Info 

This excellent English-language Facebook group lists as many upcoming events in Las Palmas and the rest of Gran Canaria as it can find. If you’re looking for something to do, it’s the place to check.

Canary News weekend tips

Tha Canary News website publishes a weekly weekend tips article in English featuring the best local fiestas, concerts and other events from all over Gran Canaria.

Agenda Cultural

The Gran Canaria government (Cabildo) publishes a comprehensive list of cultural events from all over Gran Canaria. It’s in Spanish.

There’s a similar list here.

Ocio Las Palmas

Lists a comprehensive set of events in the capital.

News

Here are the tops sources of online Gran Canaria news. They are all in Spanish except The Canary News.

The Canary News

News and views in English from Gran Canaria’s English language newspaper. It’s printed every month but the website is updated daily.

Canarias 7

One of the city’s two print newspapers. Canarias 7 is still free to view online, but its news isn’t as thorough as La Provincia these days.

La Provincia

Most of La Provincia’s decent online content is hidden behind a paywall these days but it still publishes some free content.

Maspalomas Ahora

News and events from the south of Gran Canaria including the San Bartolome and Mogan municipios.

Infonortedigital

News and events from north Gran Canaria. Info Norte Digital covers the Mancomunidad del Norte including Arucas, Guia, Galdar, Firgas and Moya (not that much happens in Moya).

Weather

What do you need a Gran Canaria weather forecast for? Well, despite what the brochures say Gran Canaria gets weather and it can be sunny in one place and raining in another at the same time. Here are the top weather resources so you can stay one step ahead.

El Tiempo en Canarias

By far the most reliable local weather resource, this Facebook page publishes daily forecasts and detailed information about the weather in Gran Canaria.

Aemet

The Spanish national weather service issues extreme weather alerts and publishes daily forecasts. It’s great for general weather predictions but isn’t always accurate on a local level.

There’s lots of useful information buried in this site, including a dust forecast and satellite images.

El Tiempo

The most accurate weather forecasts for each area of Gran Canaria. This site also has a useful mobile app.

Gran Canaria Info

We publish a twice-weekly weather forecast that is basically a summary of the resources above. It’s not always spot on, but we think it does a good job of keep you informed about the weather over the next few days.

Also, see this useful webcam page for a selection of live webcams that show you what the weather is like all over the island.


Here’s Where To Stock Up On Asian Ingredients In Gran Canaria

Exotic food at Las Palmas' Chinese supermarkets

Exotic food at Las Palmas’ Chinese supermarkets

If you like cooking with Asian ingredients, Gran Canaria can be frustrating. It’s tough to get hold of lots of common ingredients as the locals don’t use them.

Don’t worry. because the Chinese supermarkets by the Mercado Central stock a great range of Asian ingredients.

Prices are lower than in the supermarkets and they sell lots of things you can’t find elsewhere.  Things like big bottles of soy and fish sauce, fresh tofu, bean sprouts, dried mushrooms, big packs of noodles, Thai curry pastes, green tea, etc.

You never know what to expect. Salted jellyfish for tea? How about some Filipino puto mix?

The Chinese shops also sell fresh Asian veggies like bok choi, yams and spring onions. Most come from farms on the island.

Don’t forget to check the freezer cabinets for everything from Chinese dumplings to frog’s legs.

It’s worth visiting each shop as they all sell different stuff. Most are on Calle Barcelona but don’t miss Comercial Yu Fong just over the road on General Vives. The Korean supermarket on Calle Valencia is also worth a visit.

If you’re after Indian supplies, head to Godhwani’s. It’s an emporium rather than a shop with shelves stacked high with all sorts of spices and Indian treats. Look in the freezers for Indian breads and veggie treats.

Godhwani’s is on Calle Sagasta 59 just behind Las Canteras beach, and at the back of the Yumbo Centre in Playa del Inglés. 


The Guru Guide To Buying A Car In Gran Canaria

Buying a car in Gran Canaria means that you can do this

Buying a car in Gran Canaria means that you can do this

When you first arrive and you don’t speak a word of Spanish buying a car can be a pretty daunting task. Speaking Spanish or finding someone who will help you will make buying a car a lot easier but it is still possible without it.

Speaking Spanish or finding someone who will help you makes buying a car a lot easier but it is still possible without it.

Second-hand car prices are higher in Gran Canaria than in the UK and Europe but have dropped in recent years.

Also factor in 100-200€ in buying costs (traspaso) to pay all the fees and taxes.

Here are a few suggestions to make your purchase a bit easier.

Buying a car
1.    Beware of being ripped off – as in all countries second-hand car dealers can be a bit shady, however if you are careful you should be OK. Here are a few bits of advice to follow that will help you avoid buying a duff car.
a.    Don’t buy an ex-rental car. They are usually clocked and won’t last long, even if they have low mileage and look in good condition don’t go near them. Seat Ibizas, Renault Clios are the most common and are sold via garages.
b.    Be careful of ex-commercial vehicles – small vans and Renault Kangoo type vehicles. If they have been used commercially they will have a TARA number painted on the side. Usually they have been flogged to death, overloaded with cement and won’t last you a year.
c.    Beware of cars owned by surfers or windsurfers, check for rust, the sea air in Gran Canaria is pretty brutal

Places to buy a car
1.    The Internet –  segundamano.com and elbaul.es both have pretty good lists of cars and they are mostly private sellers and they can be cheaper. Shop around though, people put whatever price they want and you will often find second-hand cars more expensive than new ones. Also have a look at our second car section for English speakers.

2.    Garages – the biggest ones are in…
a.    El Carrizal (just south of the airport) and Vecindario. You can find pretty much anything here, except really cheap cars, and most come with a year’s guarantee. There are loads of garages here and all display their cars on the street.
b.    Tamaraceite (the other side of the road from Siete Palmas)

3.    The street
a.    Al Campo in Telde, there are often cars near McDonalds
b.    The roundabout at the top of Sonnenland – there are usually cars from English or German sellers.

4.    The paper
a.    El Baúl has the biggest selection but La Provincia, Canarias7 often have cars too.
b.    The Canary News – the free English newspaper in the South has a classified section, where all the sellers will be English speaking.

5.    Asking around – Every summer loads of teachers leave Gran Canaria and want to sell their cars, ask people in the British schools.

6. Small second-hand car dealers all over the island. Ask for local recommendations and double-check prices. They often do all the paperwork for you and also offer a guarantee (six months or a year).

Our recommendation is to have a good look at segundamano.com and see what you can get for your money, decide what car you want and then have a look at the cars in Segundamano and in the garages in El Carrizal and Vecindario. At the same time have a look in El Baul and ask around. Be patient though. There are deals to be had but they won’t be so easy to find. If you have any secret tips or find any other places that sell cars please leave a comment below, all future car buyers will be very grateful.


Gran Canaria Newbie FAQ

The Gran Canaria newbie FAQ

The Gran Canaria newbie FAQ

Answers to lots of questions you’ll have when you first move to Gran Canaria. 

What is an NIE and how do I get one?

All Gran Canaria residents need an NIE number. It’s equivalent to the Spanish NIF. Non-residents planning to buy property or do business in Spain also need a NIE number.

Here’s exactly how to get NIE number and residencia.

How do I open a bank account in Gran Canaria?

Take your NIE, passport and proof of address (rental contract, utility bill) to a bank.

You’ll also need our:

mobile phone guide;

our getting a landline telephone guide;

getting the Internet guide;

Shipping guide

Still got questions? Search for the answers in the search box above or post a message on the forum.