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.
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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.
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