As part of its ongoing Anfi Cares project of social responsibility, Anfi recently got involved in a fundraiser which ran in conjunction with the UK’s MacMillan’s Trust’s World’s Biggest Coffee Morning.
Anfi donated a range of prizes for raffles and employees were encouraged to bake cakes. Some of the cakes were donated to a coffee morning that was held in Kim and Steve’s Pub in Puerto Rico while others where cut and portions sold for €1 a piece.
Almost €300 were raised from cake sales in Anfi adding to an overall total of almost €2350 proving once the spririt of solidarity shared by the Anfi Group and its staff.
All monies will go to local breast cancer charity ACCM Canarias.
Anfi Tauro Golf Course was converted in a special trial track for the Dakar Challenge yesterday as local pilot Jorge Gomez gave Anfi Members, guests and local media a special demonstration of his driving skills.
The fifty-five-year old is training hard for his third South American competition that will see him cross gruelling terrain through Argentina, Chile and Bolivia where he’ll be spending up to five straight hours a day on the back of his BMW450.
Apart from physical fitness training, the Canarian pilot told reporters about the importance of mental preparation and mental agility to face the rigours of the upcoming race.
According to Gomez, Dakar demands, “A relaxed manner” whilst always concentrating on the road to avoid accidents. He also highlights the dangers of getting “drunk on the speed” and of becoming distracted by the beautiful landscape and “missing a rock or pothole”.
When he revs up for the first leg on the January 2014, Gomez will be in even better spirits than during his previous competitions since, on this occasion, his wife Carolina will be joining him.
He said, “Caroline has always encouraged me and this time she’ll be with me to lend her emotional and practical support. After so many hours alone on the bike it gets lonely and she’ll be there at the base camps to encourage me as well as helping me with the kilometre ledgers”.
Sponsoring Gomez for a third year, Manager of Hotel Division and Anfi Tauro Golf, Luis Martinez said, “Anfi continues to support quality sports and we all wish Jorge the very best of success in Dakar”.
The “fiesta” of the Virgin of the Pines is a perfect opportunity to experience two very important elements of culture in Gran Canaria – deep-rooted traditional beliefs and love of a celebration.
One of the Gran Canaria’s most important “fiestas”, the “Virgen del Pino”- Virgin of the Pines takes place on the 7th-8th of September, in Teror, a picturesque northern mountain town that is surrounded by lush pine forests and is home to some of the island’s best examples of colonial style architecture.
Legend has it that in the 1481, the Virgin Mary appeared in a pine forest to some local shepherds where after “Our Lady of the Pines” became the patron saint of the whole island. Each year thousands of devotees take part in a procession, often walking through the night and carrying their offerings and petitions. For others, their pilgrimage is a way of showing their gratitude for answered prayers.
Since everyone loves a good party in Gran Canary, the majority of people just go along for the celebration afterwards. After arriving at the church in the main square the pilgrims pay their respects to the statue of the virgin – then party really begins.
Filled with stalls selling food and drink the town centre becomes the setting for a huge “verbena” (open-air party). Revellers of all ages dance the night away to the rhythms and beats of traditional Canarian, Spanish and Latin American music.
This “fiesta” is typical of how religious festivals in the Gran Islands have developed and changed over the years into a mix of fun social gathering and religious occasion.
With a friendly party atmosphere and a warm welcome for visitors and holiday makers the Fiesta del Virgen del Pino is a wonderfully fun way to discover a bit more about Gran Canaria.
Dutch singer Marianne Weber chose Anfi recently as the perfect setting for her upcoming TV Special.
The singer who lives between Holland and Gran Canaria came to Anfi to film a selection of duets from her new album alongside her countryman Willem Barth. Scenes were recorded in an Anfi Emerald Penthouse, on Anfi Island, at Maroa Club de Mar and on the Anfi yacht, “Fuerza Siete” .
Despite filming during a “calima”, (high temperatures due to suspended dust from the Sahara), the songstress and her colleagues were in good spirits. Marianne’s film crew, who flew in from Holland for the filming, were delighted with all the Anfi location shots – and they were especially appreciative of the romantic sea shots they took of Anfi on board the “Fuerza Siete” just before the sun was setting.
It was during the trip on the Anfi yacht that the singers recorded “Ode Aan Jou” a touching ode dedicated to Marianne’s father who passed away last year.
The full musical special will be aired on Dutch public television TROS in September 2013.
Zangeres Marianne Weber, de Koningin van het levenslied, koos onlangs Anfi als de perfecte locatie voor het opnemen van een muziekspeciaal voor de TROS.
De zangeres, die afwisselend verblijft in Nederland en Gran Canaria, maakte opnames voor haar nieuwe album, duetten samen met Willem Barth. Opnamen werden gemaakt in een penthouse in Anfi Emerald, op het Anfi Erland, bij de Maroa club en op het Anfi yacht, de “Fuerza Siete”.
Ondanks dat de opnames plaatsvonden tijdens een “calima”, ( hoge temperaturen en veel zand in de lucht uit de Sahara), was het opname team van de TROS uit Nederland zeer onder de indruk van de omgeving en de Anfi locaties. Vooral de romantische opnames op het yacht van Anfi tijdens de zonsondergang waren adembenemend.
Het was tijdens deze boottocht dat het nummer “Ode aan jou” werd opgenomen, een gevoelig nummer opgedragen aan de Varig jaar overleden vader van Marianne.
De volledige muziekspecial zal in September worden uitgezonden bij de TROS.
We all know how beautiful Anfi is but have you ever taken to the waters and seen Anfi at its most beautiful – from the sea?
The Lineas Salmon ferry company, which docks at Anfi, before taking passengers on a gentle sail to nearby Arguineguin, Puerto Rico and Puerto de Mogan, were one of the proud sponsors of the recent Anfi Regatta. We caught up with Javier Romero, whose father founded the company 43 years ago, to ask him all about the Lineas Salmon ferry service and what it offers both locals and tourists in Gran Canaria.
To date, Lineas Salmon operate six boats, five of which are glass bottomed and one of which is adapted for wheelchair-users. Javier explained to us that his company wanted to “offer something different – to allow passengers to see Anfi and the coastline, as well as the sea caves, from a different angle”.
He went on to say, “We keep our prices low and therefore attractive to our clients”. The cost of a trip from Anfi to Puerto Rico is only €10 return. We also run a dolphin trip for the same price where there’s a fifty percent chance of seeing dolphins and sometimes turtles and, more rarely, whales!”.
“People are generally very happy with our service and we have many repeat customers from Anfi. We provide a service that the whole family can enjoy”.
Blue skies, calm seas, stunning marine life and the very best of views of Anfi. What more could you ask for a perfect day out?
With temperatures still soaring in many parts of Northern Europe we thought we would share a delicious cooling summer Gazpacho recipe with you.
Tomato based gazpachos originated in Andalucía but are now eaten throughout Spain, especially during the hot summer months. The version we are bringing you is green, no tomatoes this time, but it is bursting with fresh herbs, ripe green peppers and zingy chilli. The ingredients list might seem long, but everything can be picked up in a regular supermarket and the actual making of the soup is very simple as everything is wizzed up in a blender.
This soup is a wonderful appetizer; it’s perfect served in small glasses before a BBQ. Just remember to chill the soup well before serving.
Serves 6 approximately.
Into the blender put the sugar, nuts, spinach, basil, parsley, coriander, vinegar, oil, yogurt, half of the water, a few ice cubes, salt and a good grinding of black pepper. Give it a good blitz till smooth.
Now roughly chop the celery, pepper, cucumber, bread, chilli and garlic, now add to the blender and blitz until the Gazpacho is smooth, adding more ice cubes to loosen.
Taste for seasoning and consistency, adding more water if you prefer a thinner soup.
Place in the fridge to chill till ready to serve.
When you want to eat ladle into small bowls or glasses, add a small dollop of extra Greek yogurt and a drizzle of olive oil.
Do you have any favorite Spanish recipes you would like to share with us? If yes, drop us a comment below.
Anfi Tauro recently hosted a golf tournament to raised funds for local charity Pequeño Valiente (Brave Little Ones).
The charity which in located in a hospital in the capital of Gran Canaria provides support for children with cancer and their families.
Locals and Anfi Staff took part in the tournament which took place on June 9th as part of the Group’s on going Anfi Cares programme of social corporate responsibility.
After the tournament, participants enjoyed a cocktail reception during the awards ceremony. There was then a prize draw where players had the chance to win a selection of donated followed by an auction.
Six thousand Euros was raised prompting Anfi Group CEO, Jose Luis Trujillo to comment on the “commendable work” and to reiterate Anfi’s continuing commitment “to support an institution committed to the children who need support now more than ever”.
Whilst the adults were playing golf a group of Pequeño Valiente’s children enjoyed fun and activities laid on by Anfi’s Entertainment team – and of course, our mascot – Benito the Bull.
This year’s Anfi Regatta was a great success; we caught up with two of the proud sponsors Pedro Vega of Navega and Juan José Correa, from Decotextil.
Navega is an established company in Gran Canaria dedicated to the maintenance of yachts. Their services include paint repairs, polishing, general and fibre repairs, electrical, plumbing and upholstery cleaning.
Pedro Vega, owner of the company Navega told us, “Taking care of a boat well is absolutely essential for its best performance”.
Vega continued, “The success of the Anfi Regatta is obvious, despite its short history, it has become a true classic amongst sailing events within Canary Islands. The race was a success, both in regards to organization and participation, which no doubt will be next year.”
Juan José Correa, owner of Decotextil a company specialising in interiors and upholstery acknowledges that as a company they “focus on design, quality and especially price, ensuring we are different and competitive.”
In regards to Anfi Correa continued, “Anfi is always improving and renovating, continuing as always, to be different from the rest – you always have to innovate in order to advance”.
“Decotextil are committed to innovative design and we recognize that you always have to improve within the industry in order to survive. Our customers are looking for something new, as they also want innovative and exciting options.”
Are you looking for something fun, exciting and different to do during your summer holiday in Gran Canaria this year?
Well we have just the thing for you – A Fiesta, Canarian style!
Below is a selection of great celebrations taking place this summer in Gran Canaria. If you’re lucky enough to be visiting Gran Canaria during any of these fiestas why not join in and take the opportunity to immerse yourself in this colourful and warm culture.
Come join in the fiesta and celebrate in true Canarian style!
Bajada de la Rama – 5th August 2011
A rather unusual festival, celebrated throughout the coastal towns and beaches of Gran Canaria, specifically in Agaete in the north of the island. Locals pay reverence to their ancestors’ practice of calling to the saints for much needed rainfall after the dry summer months.
In the past, natives climbed the mountain forests, bringing branches down to beat the surface of the sea, in an attempt to encourage rain. Today locals gather on the beaches for a spot of modern day sea- beating, still with the hope of encouraging rain.
Fiesta del Pino – from 7th September 2011
The celebrations of Fiesta del Pino take place over a two-week period, and is one of Gran Canaria’s largest festivals, in honour of Nuestra Señora del Pino or Our Lady of the Pines – the islands patron saint.
Whilst many villages around the island celebrate this holy festival, the principal celebrations take place in the islands religious capital, Teror, also famous for its charming balcony lined cobbled streets.
Thousands of pilgrims gather from all over the island, after long marches of penance and petitions, to pay homage to their saint, as her icon is paraded around the streets.
Fiesta del Charco – September 11th 2011
This festival is celebrated in La Aldea de San Nicolás, a small, though busy fishing village on the islands west coast, so far unaffected by mass tourism.
The Fiesta del Charco or Party of the Pond, is a unique fiesta, where locals relive ancient traditions, related to the aboriginal islanders fishing techniques of drugging the fish with the sap of indigenous plants, to make them easier to catch.
Nowadays thousands of partygoers jostle to plunge themselves into the pond in the vain hope of catching a sea creature for their supper!
NOTE: Fiesta dates supplied by Gran Canaria official tourist board website www.grancanaria.com
Dates can be subject to change.
For more information on excursions, car hire or bus routes pop along to the Anfi Vacation Club office situated next to Club Monte Anfi Reception.
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We want this year’s event to be even bigger and better.
So we need the HELP of all our Members and guests who’ll be here onsite on Friday the 2nd August!
During the week running up to the Flashmob our Entertainment Team will be holding rehearsals so you can all perfect the dance moves.
We’ve posted the Rehearsal Videos (with subtitles) here in our Blog – so we invite you to get in the holiday mood and start practising “Walking on Sunshine” with Anfi!
Anfi Flashmob 2013 Step by Step Rehearsal
Anfi Flashmob 2013 Musical Rehearsal