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All about GC with the island's resident expert as your curator, Mr Gran Canaria Local of http://grancanarialocal.com
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Caldo de Papas y Huevos - Potato soup with Eggs

Caldo de Papas y Huevos - Potato soup with Eggs | Gran Canaria | Scoop.it
The eggs in this simple potato soup from the Canaries are added in two ways: first, the beaten egg is stirred in and then whole eggs are added at the last moment with enough time to allow them to set
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One of my favourite Spanish recipes
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Centro de Cultura Contemporánea San Martín, Avant-Garde Culture in Vegueta

Centro de Cultura Contemporánea San Martín, Avant-Garde Culture in Vegueta | Gran Canaria | Scoop.it
Located in the old town of Vegueta, San Martín's more about the modern age than the ancient. Step inside for a brain-scrambling cultural experience.
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A gallery that's a little off Las Palmas de Gran Canaria's tourist map, despite being in Vegueta

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My Canary Tales

My Canary Tales | Gran Canaria | Scoop.it
Two women. Two kids. One sabbatical year on Gran Canaria.
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Great blog about expats exploring Gran Canaria

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Parque Santa Catalina, a Las Palmas de Gran Canaria Park That's More a Square

Parque Santa Catalina, a Las Palmas de Gran Canaria Park That's More a Square | Gran Canaria | Scoop.it
Santa Catalina Park, kids' playground aside, is definitely much more plaza than parque. The centre of portside activity, it's lively day and night.
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One of Gran Canaria's more famous parks/squares

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Casa Rural La Asomadita, Valle de Agaete

Casa Rural La Asomadita, Valle de Agaete | Gran Canaria | Scoop.it
 
Rooms with a view
Wherever you happen to be in the Casa Rural La Asomadita, you’re guaranteed eye candy.
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The Valle de Agaete's arguably the most beautiful valley on Gran Canaria. And here's a great place to stay there.

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Disfrutar de una Romería Canaria, con fechas de las más populares

Disfrutar de una Romería Canaria, con fechas de las más populares | Gran Canaria | Scoop.it
Hoy os voy hablar de la “Romería Canaria” un evento popular que seguramente muchos ya conoceréis. Para los que no, intentaré acercaros a través de este post a esta fiesta popular de mi tierra. Cons...
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Fascinating article in Spanish about the local romerías on the island.

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Camping on Gran Canaria

Camping on Gran Canaria | Gran Canaria | Scoop.it
They're hard to find and a bit of a local secret, but Gran Canaria's state-run free campsites are the perfect base for exploring the island
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Pitch up in Gran Canaria

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When at Bohemia get set for rhapsody

When at Bohemia get set for rhapsody | Gran Canaria | Scoop.it
Walk down Avenída Estados Unidos and you’ll be forgiven for missing the entrance to Gran Canaria’s latest five-star hotel. For there’s no sign to this New Millennial take on standard 1970s architecture.
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Luxury in Gran Canaria

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Gran Canaria Holidays | Cheap Holidays to Gran Canaria | Directline Holidays

Gran Canaria Holidays | Cheap Holidays to Gran Canaria | Directline Holidays | Gran Canaria | Scoop.it
Dependable beach holiday sunshine and a choice of nicely contrasting resorts have made Gran Canaria immensely popular with holidaymakers from the UK. Book with Directline Holidays for best hotels, villas & holidays to Gran Canaria.
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Check out an overview of Gran Canaria

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Come Dancing in Las Palmas de Gran Canaria, Pueblo Canario's Folk Performances

Come Dancing in Las Palmas de Gran Canaria, Pueblo Canario's Folk Performances | Gran Canaria | Scoop.it
Move your feet to the beat of traditional Canarian folk music at Las Palmas de Gran Canaria's Pueblo Canario. They hold regular free concerts.
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Get your freak on at Las Palmas de Gran Canaria's Canarian Village

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Triana, Las Palmas de Gran Canaria's Delightful Downtown

Triana, Las Palmas de Gran Canaria's Delightful Downtown | Gran Canaria | Scoop.it
Triana, the calle, is Las Palmas' high street. Triana, the area, is buzzing with exclusive boutiques, haute-cuisine restaurants, and lively bars.
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Top Triana, Las Palmas de Gran Canaria's high street

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Following in the Footsteps of Christopher Columbus in Las Palmas de Gran Canaria

Following in the Footsteps of Christopher Columbus in Las Palmas de Gran Canaria | Gran Canaria | Scoop.it
Step back in time with a visit to the Casa de Colón museum in Las Palmas de Gran Canaria's Vegueta. Columbus House makes learning fun.
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Find out about Christopher Columbus' time in Las Palmas de Gran Canaria

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Arinaga

Arinaga | Gran Canaria | Scoop.it
Arinaga Tour guide
We hadn’t been to Arinaga for a while. So it was great to be shown around semi-forgotten territory by resident expert Charles Beresford, who runs The Speaking Workshop.
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One family's journey from the south-east of England to Gran Canaria's south-east

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7 wonderful things to see and do in Las Palmas de Gran Canaria

7 wonderful things to see and do in Las Palmas de Gran Canaria | Gran Canaria | Scoop.it
There's plenty to see and, indeed, do in Las Palmas de Gran Canaria. It is, after all, Spain's ninth largest city. And the capital of GC, as well as the rest of the eastern Canary Islands.
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Parque Doramas, Las Palmas de Gran Canaria's Perfect Park

Parque Doramas, Las Palmas de Gran Canaria's Perfect Park | Gran Canaria | Scoop.it
Las Palmas de Gran Canaria's Parque Doramas ticks all the boxes. Pond, check. Playgrounds, check. Cafe, check. Take time out to enjoy it.
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Park life in Las Palmas de Gran Canaria

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Tasartico

Tasartico | Gran Canaria | Scoop.it
 
Plan B
We were at the family finca in La Aldea de San Nicolás. Plan A was to catch a bus from the town centre to Cruz de Tasartico and walk on down to the hamlet of Tasartico and beach of Playa de Tasartico below.
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Take time out in Tasartico

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Avoid a Rumbling Tummy in Las Palmas de Gran Canaria with Churros y Chocolate

Avoid a Rumbling Tummy in Las Palmas de Gran Canaria with Churros y Chocolate | Gran Canaria | Scoop.it
Feeling hungry in Las Palmas de Gran Canaria? Fill up with an order of churros y chocolate. The snack that's perfect as brekky or afternoon tea.
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Don't go hungry on your Gran Canaria. Visit a churrería.

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Ingenio

Ingenio | Gran Canaria | Scoop.it
Sugar, sugar Ingenio owes its birth and name to what the Spanish call azucar. Ingenio translates as sugar mill and sugar-cane plantations flourished in the nearby agricultural areas where tomatoes now grow.
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Off-the-beaten-track Ingenio offers the treasure of pleasure for tourists willing to explore beyond the resorts.

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A fairway to Gran Canaria | Travel | Life & Style | Daily Express

A fairway to Gran Canaria | Travel | Life & Style | Daily Express | Gran Canaria | Scoop.it
AS A GOLF fanatic I have played courses all over the world but had never considered heading to Gran Canaria, just a four-hour hop away.
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A different kind of clubbing it on Gran Canaria

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SPILLING COFFEE | Let's Go with Ryanair - The european travel forum

SPILLING COFFEE | Let's Go with Ryanair - The european travel forum | Gran Canaria | Scoop.it
(01/Dec/12) SPILLING COFFEE - The only place in Europe to produce its own coffee, Gran Canaria not long ago joined a market dominated by the likes of Colombia and Costa Rica....
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The world's most northerly coffee plantation is to be found in Gran Canaria

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Nick Hornby has nothing to compare with our happy ending - Telegraph

Nick Hornby has nothing to compare with our happy ending - Telegraph | Gran Canaria | Scoop.it
When his young son became ill, Matthew Hirtes decided to move to pastures new.
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Expat tales from Gran Canaria

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Africa Calling at Las Palmas de Gran Canaria's Casa África

Africa Calling at Las Palmas de Gran Canaria's Casa África | Gran Canaria | Scoop.it
Geographically African, politically Spanish. That's the Canaries for you. Which makes Las Palmas de Gran Canaria the perfect home for Casa África.
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Visit Las Palmas de Gran Canaria's Africa House

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Market Days at Las Palmas de Gran Canaria's Mercado Central

Market Days at Las Palmas de Gran Canaria's Mercado Central | Gran Canaria | Scoop.it
They don't have one market day in Las Palmas de Gran Canaria. They have six. Across three main markets which includes the Mercado Central.
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Las Palmas de Gran Canaria's Central Market

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Walk Gran Canaria, Hiking with Rambling Roger

Walk Gran Canaria, Hiking with Rambling Roger | Gran Canaria | Scoop.it
Gran Canaria's more than the sum of its beaches. Discover its inner beauty with a hike. Those boots of yours were made for walking, after all.
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Trekking Gran Canaria with Rambling Roger

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Moya

Moya | Gran Canaria | Scoop.it
Like a whirpool, it never ends
Turning off the GC-2  onto the GC-160 and a familiar earworm from my student days returns to invade my mind. Yes, that of Vic Reeves and The Wonderstuff’s Dizzy.
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Moya takes the biscuit

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