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​Carnival in the Canary Islands - "Second Only to Rio!"

Carnival in the Canary Islands - Second Only to Rio!

Carnival is celebrated in most main towns across all the Canary Islands, but the main celebrations in 2018 are held in capital cities. Carnival evolved from the Catholic practice of giving up meat during the 40 days of lent that follows Mardi Gras or Shrove Tuesday. So, Carnival in Latin means goodbye to flesh, and time for a wild party.

The largest and most spectacular Carnival events are held in Santa Cruz de Tenerife and in Las Palmas de Gran Canaria with singing competitions called Murgas, and costume contests for children and adults. Stages for these competitions are now nearly complete, and apart from the best Murgas singing group and song, there are contests for Carnival Queen (ladies), Child Queen (girls) and Drag Queen (guess).

The main parade gives a chance for everyone to join in by wearing a costume, and hopefully matching the theme of this year’s Carnival that is explained on the poster. However, many residents just wear the same costume each year, as women become Disney characters and men become women. This year most residents of Santa Cruz de Tenerife and Las Palmas will dress up in fabulous costumes, follow the parade and party for hours until the early morning. Of course, all those watching dress up too with costumes and make up, and tourists can join in as there are many shops that sell simple costumes.

Santa Cruz de La Palma holds a uniquely different Carnival called Los Indianos or Festival of the Indians to celebrate those who were sent from the island to Cuba in the Caribbean and South American countries to populate the Spanish colonies. Those islanders who were successful often returned to the Canary Islands wearing white suits and other white clothes to show their financial success, but others returned as poor servants. So, everyone this year in Santa Cruz de La Palma will dress in white clothes and throw talcum powder over each other. Strange, but very popular.

There is much more information about Carnival on all the Canary Islands on the Tourist Information section of The Canary Islander website: Go to: http://thecanaryislander.com

Carnival 2018

Las Palmas de Gran Canaria

21 January to 18 February 2018

Parade: Saturday 17 February

(starts at 17.00)

Maspalomas, Gran Canaria

2 to 11 March 2018

Parade: 10 March

(starts at 17.00)

Santa Cruz de Tenerife

7 to 18 February 2018

Parade: Santa Cruz 13 February

Parade: Puerto de la Cruz 17 February

Arrecife de Lanzarote

2 to 14 February 2018

Parade: 13 February

Puerto del Carmen, Lanzarote

15 to 18 February 2018

Parade: 17 February

Teguise, Lanzarote

Parade: 2 March 2018

Costa Teguise, Lanzarote

Parade: 3 March 2018

La Graciosa

Parade: 10 March 2018

Corralejo, Fuerteventura

23 February to 4 March 2018

Parade: 3 March

Puerto del Rosario, Fuerteventura

13 February 2018

Parade: 17 February

Caleta de Fuste, Fuerteventura

1 to 11 February 2018

Parade: 10 February

Morro Jable, Fuerteventura

23 February to 3 March 2018

Parade: Costa Calma 15 February

Parade: La Lajita 16 February

Parade: Pajara 17 February

Antigua, Fuerteventura

1 to 11 February 2018

Parade: 10 February

Santa Cruz de La Palma

Los Indianos

12 February 2018

San Sebastian de La Gomera

1 to 18 February 2018

Parade: 17 February

Valverde de El Hierro

16 to 18 February 2018

​Record Number of Tourists for La Gomera

Record Number of Tourists for La Gomera

By the end of 2017, La Gomera recorded over 700,000 tourists that had visited this island during the year, and a significant increase on previous records, which confirms that the tourist sector has made a record recovery for all tourist centres, but also for increased occupation in rural accommodation centres.

The reasons indicate a massive increase in tourists from other Canary Islands, who benefit from a 75% discount on ferry journeys and flights, as well as two new shipping lines that provide more flexibility for travellers and tourists.

These records for La Gomera tourism in 2017 show that most international tourists came from Germany and the UK, but with a significant increase in Scandinavian tourists that could reflect targeted tourism promotion campaigns by the island government.

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​Port of Playa Blanca in Lanzarote will be Extended at Last

Port of Playa Blanca in Lanzarote will be Extended at Last

Fernando Clavijo, President of the Canary Islands said this week that local residents have had to wait for the expansion of the port of Playa Blanca in Lanzarote for over 20 years, but the budget granted in December 2017 of 39.33 million euros from the European Union Regional Development Fund will be released to complete the work within two years.

The president explained that there had been many obstacles but thanks to the Ministry of Public Works and Transport this project is shown to be of great importance for the socioeconomic development of the south of Lanzarote.

This work will involve the installation of construction and management offices, perimeter fences of the construction site and road signs, demolition of parts of the existing shoulder to generate better access to the area of construction, and removal of part of the dam breakwater.

The expansion of the port of Playa Blanca will double its surface area from 91,470 square metres to 205,569 square metres with new concourses to offer more boarding and parking areas. The dock will be used for fishing, recreation and sports boats and increase its current capacity from 162 berths to 210 berths.

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​Peripheral EU Regions Funding Defended by Spain, France and Portugal

Peripheral EU Regions Funding Defended by Spain, France and Portugal

This week Ministers of Agriculture of Spain, France and Portugal held a meeting in Tenerife to agree support for the agricultural sectors in the outermost regions of these countries for financial support in the next European Union Budget period and the Common Agricultural Policy.

The Canary Islands and other peripheral regions of Spain, France and Portugal could be negatively affected by the departure of the UK from the European Union, which will affect the budget periods from 2020 to 2027. The Spanish Minister of Agriculture, Isabel Garcia Tejerina, speaking at a press conference with Luis Capoulas Santos from Portugal and Stephane Travert from France in Tenerife, she said, “It will not be easy, the scenario is complicated when the UK leaves the European Union, but we will fight to give priority to peripheral regions in these negotiations.

Spain, France and Portugal are the only countries of the EU that have outermost regions, and currently receive around 650 million euros per year for the Community Programme of Support for Agricultural Production, and 260 million euros of this budget is given to the Canary Islands.

Capoulas Santos explained that the three governments agree that community support for outermost regions will be negotiated separately from the CAP, and they aim to make the financial statement at least equivalent to the current budget. Garcia Tejerina agreed that this negotiation will be difficult as a result of the UK stopping its contribution to EU budgets when it leaves, but that this should not have an impact of these peripheral regions of the EU.

There is significant concern about the banana sector in the Canary Islands and that imports from other countries could reduce prices and the income of produces if external tariffs are reduced, so that new markets need to be found to give more value to European production. Eco-friendly banana crops and low use of harmful pesticides could be one direction to ensure the stability of the Canary Islands’ banana production.

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​Road Reopens in Gran Canaria After Rock Falls

Road Reopens in Gran Canaria After Rock Falls

This week large rocks fell onto the road to Las Niñas Dam in Gran Canaria on the section between Barranca de Andres and the junction with the road to La Aldea on the GC-220, and Gran Canaria Government workers have now removed these large rocks and repaired the damage caused to this road section.

This road has now reopened, because specialists have found no significant damage caused to the road surfaces or to the hillsides that surround it, but that the closure was required to assess the damage and to clear the rocks. Angel Victor Torres, Minister of Public Works and Infrastructure, said “The main thing has been to ensure the safety of drivers and cyclists, and this repair work needed specialist machines to remove the rocks, and time for technicians to evaluate the solution for the repair of the asphalt as quickly as possible, since it was damaged and had sunk by the impact of these rocks. The slopes around this road have now exposed cracks, and workers will now clean away smaller rocks on the hillside and deal with the exposed cracks.”

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