Have you visited the delightful fishing town of Puerto de Mogan?
Up until very recently the only was to get to this charming village was by boat or along the hair-raising coast road. But last week the new motorway tunnel opened in the Tauro valley, meaning the once roughly 30 minute drive from Puerto Rico now takes only 5 minutes!
Our Members and guests have been taking some beautiful photos during their Anfi holidays yet again.
We have selected three winners for this Spring’s My Anfi Photo Campaign and each lucky winner will be receiving an iPod Shuffle, the perfect accessory to help you relax poolside at Anfi.
Torrijas are a popular sweet treat eaten throughout Spain during the period of Lent and particularly in the Easter holidays. It is thought that torrijas were originally made in the convents of Andalucia by the nuns, as a way of using up stale bread.
Most commonly they are served at breakfast or as an afternoon snack or merienda, although they are wonderful at any time of day.
The taste is similar to French toast, just a little bit richer and a little bit naughtier – we love them!
Why not try out this torrija recipe here , they make a delicious brunch treat and would be a great addition to a ‘Spanish-style’ brunch of fresh bread, cheeses, juicy Canarian tomatoes and Jamon Serrano.
This week on The Anfi Blog we will be announcing the winner of our 25th Anniversary Prize Draw, check out our Facebook page for more information.
Plus we’ll be heading down to the village of Puerto de Mogan, or little Venice, as it’s affectionately known, to give you an insight into this pretty village and all of its charms.
Photo courtesy of Fernando0 via Flickr
If yes, you’ll be pleased to hear that the nearby fishing village of Arguineguin has lots going on throughout the week to mark the Easter holidays.
The picturesque fishing village of Arguineguin, is the closest town to Anfi, and is a firm favourite for anyone visiting Gran Canaria. It can be reached by car or bus in less than 10 minutes, although many people choose to walk from Anfi along the coastal path. It’s a gentle walk that takes approximately 30 minutes. Don’t forget to grab a bottle of water before you set off!
The most popular day to visit Arguineguin is Tuesday as this is market day. Hundreds of people flock to the village to browse the stalls for souvenirs, fresh produce and artisan crafts.
The village also boasts a superb selection of fresh seafood restaurants and quaint Tapas Bars, as well as a bustling harbour and small, a sheltered sandy beach.
During the Easter week celebrations the town will be a hive of excitement as a fairground is being set up in the market square.
Beginning on Wednesday 25th March through to Sunday 31st March, there will be stalls offering lots to tempt visitors, including food stalls serving delicious local delights, such as grilled fat chorizo sausages, roasted red peppers and the famous Canarian wrinkled potatoes with the spicy Mojo sauce, papas arrugadas con mojo.
On the Thursday 28th March, the churro stalls, which serve a traditional type of sugared doughnut, will be offering free churros and hot dipping chocolate to children from 18:00 hours onwards.
During the celebrations the fun will begin in the early evening, carrying on late into the night, in true Canarian-style.
For more information on the fiesta or for information on car hire and bus timetables to Agruineguin, call in to Viajes AVC office at Anfi.
Or contact them via Tel: (+34) 928 062 444 or E-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org
We have got lots of cracking Easter fun lined up at Anfi and below are some of the highlights!
Our Anfi mascot, Benito the Bull, loves to draw. In fact, one of his favourite hobbies is drawing pretty pictures of Anfi Beach!
So to celebrate his love of art, Benito is launching an exciting new drawing competition to uncover the budding artists amongst our mini-Members and guests.
The competition will be organised by the Anfi Mini Clubs and is open to any children staying at Anfi up to the age of 12 years.
To enter, our mini-guests need to draw or paint a picture, on a special drawing sheet available from Anfi Mini Clubs, of their favourite thing about their Anfi holiday.
It can be a picture of the pool, the mini-golf, a beach scene or a fun excursion they took part in during their holiday – anything that means ‘My Anfi Holiday’ to them!
The competition will be judged in 2 categories (3 – 6 years) and (7 – 12 years).
Each month Benito will choose a winner from both categories out of the participants from our 4 Mini Clubs. We will feature these 8 winners on the Anfi Facebook page and ask our Facebook page fans to choose a winner from each category.
The winners will then receive a great selection of Benito goodies by post!
Plus, at the end of the year we will enter all of our monthly winners into our big prize draw and the lucky winners from each category will receive an iPod!
Good luck everyone and happy drawing!
For further information please contact our Mini Club staff situated at Anfi Beach Club, Club Monte Anfi, Club Gran Anfi and Anfi Emerald Club.
Yes it is Father’s Day here in Spain!
El Dia del Padre is celebrated throughout Spain, Portugal and South America on the 19th of March. It coincides with St Joseph’s Day which commemorates Joseph, the patron saint of carpenters and possibly history’s most prolific Father.
All over Gran Canaria people will be celebrating today with a family get together and you too could join in the celebrations. Why not surprise the Dad in your life by wishing him a Happy Father’s Day in Spanish, ‘Feliz dia del Padre’!
Or if you are at Anfi right now, spoil him with a surprise Father’s Day Treat – as the saying goes, ‘when in Rome, do as the Romans do’.
We have a great selection of exhilarating water sports available at Luis Molina Sports on Anfi Beach or why not book up a scuba diving session at Scuba Sur situated in the Anfi shopping centre?
And what Dad could resist a delicious Indian meal or a fresh pizza from our restaurants? Then of course there is always the Havana Bar, situated next to the Plaza, showing live sports and serving cool beers – the perfect Father’s Day treat!
Happy Father’s Day to all the great Dads out there!
This coming Sunday is St Patrick’s Day and all over the world thousands of people will be coming together to celebrate.
If you are going to be in Gran Canaria during the celebrations grab something green to wear and join in the fun at the Irish Centre in Playa del Ingles. The celebrations begin at 12h and will continue right through the day and evening.
Click on the image above to check out the full timetable.
Have you ever dreamt about leaving your job, packing up and moving away from your homeland to settle in sunnier climes?
This is the dream of many people, and the dream that Anfi representative Peter Grusdat. I caught up with Peter to hear his story and discover what brought him to Gran Canaria and to work at Anfi.
A New Beginning
Peter, who is from Munich in Germany, has been living in Gran Canaria for 5 years, although he is a relative ‘newbie’ at Anfi, having worked here for only 6 months. He is currently working as a representative within the German team and is loving his new job.
Unlike the majority of the sales staff that work in Anfi, Peter had never worked in sales or in the Vacation Ownership field before coming to Anfi, but within a short time he has settled and is now thrilled with his new vocation.
“I love working at Anfi. It’s an impressive resort but more than anything I enjoy meeting new and interesting people and my job here allows for that every day. I like getting to know the clients discovering what they are looking for from their holiday experience. It’s never boring that’s for sure!”
A Life of Martial Arts
As well as working full-time at Anfi, Peter runs a successful Martial Arts Academy ‘WT Academy Canarias’, situated in El Tablero, near Maspalomas in the south of Gran Canaria.
He teaches the ancient martial art of Wing Tsun, which was practised by Bruce Lee and Escrima or Filipino Stick Fighting.
Peter is a master or Sifu, and has been practising martial arts for over 24 years, including Taekwondo, Kickboxing and Thai kickboxing, and before coming to Gran Canaria he run his own successful academy in Munich.
After coming to work in Gran Canaria, in the outdoor pursuits field, Peter was soon setting up his own Martial Arts Academy on the island.
He now teaches over 70 students, in both group and private lessons. His students are aged from 15 years and upwards and come from a wide range of backgrounds. Many of Peter’s students work in the Canarian police force, where Wing Tsum is highly regarded as a method of self-defence.
“Wing Tsun and Escrima encourage a healthy balanced lifestyle as they are closely linked to Buddhism and Taoism, they also promote flexibility and teach the body to move more fluidly. Anyone over the age of 15 can learn these arts and they do not contain high kick movements which some people find off putting in certain martial arts.”
In addition, to his work Peter is a keen motorcycle enthusiast, and in his spare time he likes to ride his beloved chopper motorbike through along the hairpin bend roads of Gran Canaria.
So how does Peter see his life on Gran Canaria evolving?
“I want to continue working at Anfi and developing my career here further. This is a completely new direction for me, so there is a lot to learn. I am also planning to set up another martial arts academy in Fuerteventura, which will be run by a former student. In addition to this I am overseeing academies being opened in Las Palmas, again by my students. “
If you are interested in learning more about Wing Tsum or Escrima take a look at Peters website, or why not catch up with Peter when you’re next at Anfi and see if you can book up a private lesson during your holiday!
Summer 2012 saw Anfi hold its first regatta and it was a great success. We thought we’d share last year’s video with you to whet your appetite and put a little sunshine into your day. We hope you enjoy it !
Over 24 yachts took part over the two-day event which took place in the bays of Anfi, Patalavaca and Playa del Cura.
The event saw Olympians Onán Barreiros and Aaron Sarmiento, yachtsmen from the 470 del Real Club Náutico of Gran Canaria, taking part.
The conditions were perfect and during the regatta the champions described Anfi del Mar as, “a paradise for sailing” saying that, “there isn’t any place in the world like this”.
Remember to keep your eye on Facebook and here on The Anfi Blog for details of this year’s regatta!