The 1st of May, is both International Workers’ Day and May Day, a public holiday in many countries.
In Spain, the tradition of celebrating International Workers’ Day is a relatively recent custom, as during Franco’s dictatorship it was banned. After the fall of the dictatorship in 1975, many things changed throughout Spain, including the custom of celebrating International Workers’ Day and in 1977 the day became a national public holiday.
If you are holidaying in Gran Canaria at the moment and fancy a culture hit, there’s nowhere better to head than our capital city Las Palmas.
As always, this weekend there’s lots going on… discover markets, exhibitions, theatrical performances and art exhibitions in this colourful and cosmopolitan city.
In particular, this weekend will see the Moscow State Ballet performing Swan Lake at the Alfredo Kraus Theatre, in Las Palmas. The performance will take place on Sunday 28th at 19:00.
For more information and ticket options click on this link right here.
And for more information of coming cultural events in Gran Canaria simply check out this link right here.
Keep your eyes on the Anfi Blog next week; we will be keeping you up to date with the local fiestas, alongside the huge up and coming event which is Gay Pride.
Wherever you are this weekend, be it at Anfi or at home we wish you a great weekend!
This weekend will see golfers from all over Spain competing in the Pitch & Putt Male Spanish Championships over at Anfi Tauro Golf.
Preparations for the event, which takes place on Friday 27th and Saturday 28th of April, are well under way, for what is regarded as the most important competition of the season, on this type of course. Read more
Gran Canaria has recently been experiencing some unseasonably warm weather, with temperatures reaching up to the mid 30’s, on average 10 degrees above average daily temperatures expected during April.
This was due to what is commonly referred to as a ‘Calima’, or the Saharan Air Layer. A hot, sometimes dust-laden, layer of air which floats over the Atlantic ocean, warming up the Canary Islands on its journey out to sea.
The ‘Calima’ is normally the effect of a thunderstorm over North Africa, the thunderstorm then results in sandstorms throughout the Sahara, which occasionally get swept westwards, sometimes settling as far west as North America!
The result for Gran Canaria is a significant rise in temperature for a short period of time, as Calimas last on average from 2 to 5 days.
Read our top 5 tips below on how to keep your cool in Gran Canaria during a Calima.
1. Drink water – obvious as it sounds many of us forget to top up on fluids.
Children especially need close monitoring, as when they are playing in the pools or the sea they don’t feel hot, in turn they don’t feel thirsty.
By the time a person feels thirsty, his or her body has lost over 1 percent of its total water amount.
So keep plenty of water to hand to avoid dehydration.
2. Use sunscreen – Interestingly, during the heat of a Calima the sky can appear slightly foggy, this is due to sand particles in the air.
Don’t fooled if the sun doesn’t make an appearance, the suns rays easily pierce the sand and will burn unprotected skin.
Check out this link for detailed info on choosing the correct sunscreen or alternatively ask your local pharmacist for advise.
3. Take a siesta – there is a reason the Spanish are famed for their siestas, they know the importance of avoiding the mid-day sun.
One of the perks of a Calima is that the evening temperatures remain delightfully warm, making it the perfect time to enjoy the late afternoon and early evening on the beach.
Do as the locals do, enjoy a long lazy lunch, take a refreshing siesta and then head down to the beach from 16:30 onwards when the temperature has dropped and the sun is less fierce.
4. Wear a hat – another classic sun protection tip but vital for ensuring you don’t expose yourself to too much sun during your holiday.
We have a great selection of straw hats, baseball caps and cloth sunhats in the shops at Anfi.
The benefits are numerous, including protecting the delicate facial area and eyes – and of course, nothing compliments an outfit like a snazzy hat!
5. Go shopping – During a Calima the cool indoor air-conditioned shopping areas of Gran Canaria are a great place to hang out.
Spend your afternoon browsing the shops and perhaps enjoy a nice meal before returning to Anfi once the midday heat as diminished.
The Anfi Vacation Club runs a free shopping excursion to El Corte Ingles, Gran Canarias most prestigious department store, in Las Palmas every Thursday.
For more information contact Viajes AVC by clicking the link right.
Enjoy the sunshine but stay safe at Anfi!
Love is certainly in the air at Anfi right now, springtime has sprung, the birds are singing and Anfi is blossoming.
Making it the perfect moment for Anfi guest Joshua Roberts to pop the question to his beautiful fiancée Rebecca Hegarty on Anfi’s heart shaped island!
Anfi has been in the spotlight after holding a cocktail event and press conference with Man City mid-fielder David Silva in the Etihad Stadium, the home ground of Manchester City.
The high profile event, which was attended by 100 Anfi Members and a selection of British press, highlighted Anfi’s 25-year anniversary celebrations and Silva’s role as ‘Ambassador’ for Anfi. Read more
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
Haridian Sosa has been working in Anfi for the last three years in charge of the Adventure programme where she ran hiking, Nordic walking, rapple and absailing activities.