Coffee drinking is a big deal throughout Gran Canaria and nowhere more so than in the valley of Agaete, situated in the northwest of the island.
The ‘Valle de Agaete’ is renowned for it’s beauty, lush fertile lands and for the fact that it is the only place still growing and producing coffee in Europe. A small group of local farmers dedicated to maintaining the local coffee are cultivating approximately 17,000 plants and producing 1,500 kg of coffee a year. The ancient variety of coffee is renowned by coffee enthusiasts for its rich flavour and you can purchase the coffee both in the village of Agaete and via this link right here. Read more
If you are holidaying in Gran Canaria right now you’re sure to notice that the shops and florists are adorned with signs stating ‘Dia de la Madre’, this is because this coming Sunday is Mother’s Day in Spain.
Mother’s Day is celebrated on the first Sunday in May, families give presents and flowers much the same as throughout Europe.
In addition, many families enjoy a traditional meal at home or go out to eat in a local restaurant. The habit of eating out on a Sunday lunchtime is extremely popular in Gran Canaria and never more so than on Mother’s day. If you are planning to have lunch in a restaurant this weekend it’s a very good idea to reserve your table or arrive early to avoid a long wait.
If you are in Anfi, why not take the opportunity to surprise the ‘Madre’ in your life. We have a wide range of shops selling everything from perfume to jewellery, and of course there is always Flores de Anfi, our resort florist.
The friendly Ana, at Flores de Anfi is a gifted florist, with an eye for detail. Alongside a wide selection of blooms, Ana also sells potted plants, ornaments and beautiful jewellery, which she can artistically incorporate into a bouquet.
Anfi Wellness Centre can offer you a choice of beauty and pampering treatments, and of course we have a wide selection of restaurants at Anfi, where you can enjoy a relaxing Mother’s Day meal.
And for total relaxation, why not head over to Maroa Club de Mar for the day. Let ‘Mum’ put her feet up, enjoy a leisurely lunch accompanied by a chilled glass of Cava or a refreshing cocktail at our sophisticated beach club.
Whether you are holidaying with us or at home, we wish all our Anfi ‘Madres’ a lovely Mother’s Day!
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!
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.
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: email@example.com
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!
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!