Norwegian entrepreneur Bjorn Lyng – was on a fishing trip off the coast of Mogan in the south west of Gran Canaria at beginning of his well-earned retirement when he first glimpsed an impressive mountainside rising skywards from a small pebble covered inlet.
Around the same time just a stone’s throw away in village of Arguineguin Fernando Jiménez and his wife Eva Silva were celebrating the birth of their baby boy, David Josué Jiménez Silva – who would one day gain international fame as a footballer.
A year later, in 1988, while baby David was taking his first steps, Bjorn Lyng, had become the proud owner of the Playa de las Vergas and the surrounding area, had started the monumentally ambitious task of dismantling the mountain which would eventually become Anfi del Mar.
This year, 2013 is the twenty-fifth anniversary of the excavation of that mountainside – an anniversary that fills us at Anfi with deep pride. And who better to help us celebrate our quarter of a century birthday than our local hero – the internationally renowned mid-fielder David Silva. Read more
This coming Saturday the 19th January Las Palmas will hold its second Marathon (click here for all the details).
And while our European neighbours feel the winter chill, athletes from all over the world are looking forward facing this challenge in our temperate Gran Canarian climate.
Moreover, the marathon route will take in the capital city’s most scenic area including Las Canteras beach and Vegueta, the old town.
Whether you are taking part in the marathon yourself here in Las Palmas or your training for a marathon back home, we’ve asked our Anfi Wellness Physiotherapist, Pablo Varela to give us some tips on how to look after yourself after a major race.
The exertions of running a marathon and pushing your body to such an extreme can really take its toll even on the most prepared runner.
Here our Anfi Wellness physiotherapist Pablo Varela gives us his top 5 post marathon tips to ensure that your recover as quickly as possible.
Hydrate Well: This is crucial – even more so if the marathon is taking place in Gran Canaria! Before, during, as well as the days following your race! Take isotonic drinks during the trial and directly afterwards and then plenty of water during the following days.
Eat Well: Obviously before a race it’s important to eat a balanced diet that allows you to train and improve your physical condition but it’s equally important to eat well post- competition – a fact often neglected by most people. Eat plenty of solid food especially carbohydrates and don’t forget your vitamin. This isn’t the time to over eat fats or proteins.
Have a Massage: A revitalising massage is highly recommended two days after running a marathon to optimize full recuperation of the muscles and to treat the any small injuries caused by the exertions of running such a long distance.
Stretch Well: Make sure you do plenty of stretching after a marathon, combined with light exercise such as: yoga, swimming, or a brisk walk or a gentle run – this will encourage overall recuperation and a general feeling of well-being.
Sleep Well: It seems so obvious but a good night’s sleep is just what the doctor ordered after running a marathon. A marathon will leave your body depleted of energy and full of aches and pains. The body repairs and strengthens itself when you’re sleeping- the muscles, joints as well as the internal organs – improving physical performance and your psychological sate of mind too.
Follow these 5 Tips and you’ll be in optimum condition after your marathon – as well as motivated and sufficiently recuperated to start preparing yourself for your next challenge.
Team Saxo-Tinkoff and the Anfi Group, is proud to announce that their partnership will continue throughout 2013.
Anfi Group and Team Saxo-Tinkoff have agreed to continue the partnership that started in 2012, a partnership that is both a traditional sponsorship agreement, but at the same time Anfi Group will also host two of Team Saxo-Tinkoff’s team training camps in 2013 at one of Anfi Groups’ luxurious resorts in Gran Canaria. Read more
What’s the best way to discover Gran Canaria and tantalise your taste buds at the same time?
Well we at The Anfi Blog being incorrigible foodies and lovers of the Gran Canaria countryside have a wonderful recommendation for you – one that we have already tried out ourselves! Read more
Last week David Silva came home to Anfi, his second home, to enjoy a well earned rest and some winter sunshine.
The Man City player was granted a few days holiday from Manchester City after an intense Christmas competition in the Premier League, visiting his hometown and making the most of the wonderful weather. Read more
Together with the bells which herald in the New Year or the jaw dropping fireworks display, the annual New Year’s Eve performance of the Gran Canarian pop-rock group Los Salvapantallas has become an integral and traditional part of the Anfi New Year’s Celebrations.
Launched in the summer of 2001 in Gran Canaria’s capital city, Las Palmas, Los Salvapantallas has become firm favourite amongst Anfi clients. The group was formed by a group of friends with the aim of performing all their favourites hits from their youth – the soundtrack to their teenage years.
The end result is a thoroughly entertaining repertoire of all your favourite songs from the 80s. Hits by: Madonna, Duran Duran, INXS, Toto, Kool & the Gang, Police, U2, as well as the best known songs by the Buggles, Kim Karnes, AC/DC, Queen and many more.
So why not join the fun and get down to the Anfi Plaza and enjoy the very best New Year’s celebration the island has to offer.
Enjoy a totally different activity this weekend and visit the fabulously impressive and festive sand sculptures at Las Palmas’ Las Canteras beach.
Sand Sculptors come from all over the world to demonstrate their talents as they construct their incredible creations out of only dampened sand . The finished pieces are truly remarkable interpretations of the nativity scene or other festive representations.
And why not make the most of your visit to our capital city’s iconic beach and enjoy a bit of sun-bathing followed by a delicious lunch of fresh fish in one of the many restaurants on the beach promenade?
We promise, you’ll have a most enjoyable day to remember.
As Anfi Restaurants get ready for a busy New Year’s Eve we speak to Juan Antonio Navarro, chef at the Anfi’s Puerto Vista Restaurant
Juan Antonio Navarro, executive chef of the Anfi Group, argues in favour of the quality cuisine in this interview. Navarro, who started in the kitchen when he was just fourteen years old, began his career in Hecansa as protégé of Benito Benitez and worked in Barcelona restaurants such as Via Benetto, Neichel and the Can Fabes, alongside the late Santi Santamaria.
”The Canaries represent a gastronomic paradise that we have to promote more”
Is a chef is born or made …?
A chef is made to reach the remarkable but is born to achieve the outstanding. To gain full marks you must work hard, do everything very well and be born to be a chef.
Is there room for improvisation in the kitchen or should everything be measured to the millimetre?
All artists improvise and therein lies their success. A good chef is an artist and when he or she cooks in an organized fashion and masters good techniques – magical things can be achieved. Many of the best dishes in history were created through improvisation or by accident.
Is the secret in the preparation and the quality of the product to give it a real taste?
Even the worst cook in the world can prepare a good meal with a skewer of fresh hake. We chefs make good food using good products. If we don’t have good products, the finished dish won’t be good.
To what extent has cuisine been transformed in the transition from traditional recipes to avant-garde cuisine?
What is now classical cuisine used to be modern and and what is modern nowadays won’t be in a few years. I think the important thing is to be true to the basics of cooking.
The aspiring chef is more fashionable than ever …
It all started in France in 1960 by a chef named Paul Bocusse who revolutionized French cuisine making it a more natural diet, considerably reducing sugar and cream content whilst being increasingly concerned with the aesthetics of the dishes. This movement was called Nouvelle Cuisine and it was continued by other renowed chefs such as Chapel, Troisgros, Outhier, who did a lot of good.
Why have you opted to open a restaurant in the south of Gran Canaria and in Anfi?
Simply because Anfi is a jewel of tourism. It is synonymous with quality, where I feel fulfilled offering quality food to quality customers in the Puerto Vista restaurant.
What standard do you consider the cuisine of the Canary Islands to be?
The Canaries are a culinary reference point in Spain and Europe. We have great standard of chefs although it’s true that the Canarian cuisine is little publicised because we have cared more about selling the ‘sun and sand’ than gastronomy despite having excellent raw materials such as our fish, cheeses and wines. The key is to promote ourselves more. The Canaries represent a culinary paradise and we have an obligation to make the world aware of this.
To what extent is related good food with high prices?
A few years ago the country was living in a “gastronomical bubble”, there was no crisis, there was a boom of people wanting to be fashionable chefs, without a good foundation or knowledge and live a lie was the objective. Their dream was to open restaurants, fashion, vulgarity, or however you want to call. Places where strange food was prepared, that not even they themselves were eating and where they made customers believe that 25 grams of sardines well displayed on Raynaud Tableware, had the same value as 25 grams of Imperial Sevruga caviar Petrossian. And of course in a time without crisis and speculation when people earned easy money and spent it easily too – the majority of people were the victims of this disaster and gastronomically confusion.
What has Santi Santamaría, with whom you’ve worked, contributed to gastronomy ?
He has contributed a lot. He was a great chef and director of prestigious restaurants worldwide. He was the first Catalan chef to get the 3 Michelin stars at his restaurant Can Fabes and the first Spaniard to get 7 stars amongst his restaurants. Through his work he still continues to contribute.
We highly recommend the Puerto Vista New Year’s Eve Gala Menu and especially the delicious Scallops Stuffed with Russian King Crab Chatka in Moet & Chandon sauce au gratin.
To reserve a table please call the Anfi Switchboard and ask for the restaurant of your choice. Tel: 00 34 928 159290/80
Here we look at how the different communities in Gran Canaria celebrate Christmas.
Our sunny island of Gran Canaria is the melting pot home to an international group of sun seekers, each of whom has brought their own culture, customs, and traditions to their new home.
At Christmas time, this coming together of nationalities has created an inevitable fusion of influences a bit like the Yuletide star himself – Santa Claus.
Living in Lapland with Mrs Claus, Father Christmas is based on a mix of European pagan and Christian customs and traditions. However, the modern version of Santa Claus with his red and white dress is really an American creation, promoted and embellished by the modern marketing machine and increasingly adopted by different cultures alongside their more established festive characters.
While the British just have Santa Claus, our Canarian hosts and the other main ex pat communities, Germans and Scandinavians, receive presents from not only Mr Claus but their own more traditional gift bearers too.
The Germans have “Weihnachtmann”, the white night man and Kriskind, a cherubic representation of the baby Jesus who brings gifts to good children or a bundle of twigs to the naughty ones.
In Scandinavian countries, a mischievous elf or gnome brings the goodies to the well behaved. The Yule elf is called Jultomten in Sweden, Julesvenn in Norway, and Julenissen in Denmark and Norway.
Though in recent years more Canarian children receive one or two gifts from Santa Claus on Christmas day they still have to wait two weeks – till the feast of the Epiphany – before they receive the bulk of their gifts.
On the 6th of January, the three wise kings (los reyes magos), Caspar, Balthasar, and Melchior arrive flying over the rooftops on their trusty camels to deliver toys and goodies to lucky children who have behaved throughout the year or a lump of coal to naughty ones.
For more information on Anfi’s special Christmas programme contact our friendly staff at the Anfi Vacation Club on (+34) 928 062 444 : firstname.lastname@example.org