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Las Palmas Gran Canaria

Las Palmas carnival begins

On Friday the best free party in Europe kicked off. Las Palmas Carnival 2019. Over four weekends and three full weeks some of the best entertainment, you will ever see will be happening.

The Carnival started with the traditional opening parade into the historic part of Las Palmas Vegueta. A free concert in Plaza Santa Ana followed.

Las Palmas Gran Canaria

Las Palmas Carnival has a long history. After the Spanish conquest of the Canary Islands people from many countries came to live in Las Palmas. Some of these came from Genoa in Italy. They brought the traditions of Carnival to the Islands and were responsible for Carnival beginnings.

The Carnival had periods of inactivity. During the Inquisition, the Carnival was not encouraged. General Franco banned the Carnival, and for many years it did not happen until 1975 after his death.

If you are in Gran Canaria and want to check out Las Palmas Carnival the pick of the week events is the Day Carnival in the old town Vegueta. It is on this Saturday the 23rd of Feb and starts at midday until 1900. Dress up, or you will look like a tourist.

Las Palmas Gran Canaria

The list of events worth seeing is too long to mention, but it will be fun all the way to the Great Carnival parade on the 09th of March and the traditional ending Sardine’s funeral parade on Sunday the 10th of March. For more details check here.

There is always something happening in Las Palmas. On Saturday I took a trip to see the Feria Gran Canaria Me Gusta at the Infecar events centre. It is a yearly celebration of Gran Canaria food, drink and culture.

Gran Canaria does not have a big agriculture industry due to the climate and soil, but it does what it can do well. Local products such as cheese, potatoes and pork are of very high quality. Also, Canarian Bananas can be seen growing on most of the Islands and are both delicious and cheap.

Las Palmas Gran Canaria

There was also local music and dancing. It took a while, but I am beginning to appreciate Canarian folk music. I love Irish traditional music, so I tend to like most folk music. I am not sure if I now understand the local music a bit more or it has beaten me into submission.

Bodeg√≥n Pachichi Las Palmas

Since I am on the subject of food during the week, I went to my favourite place to eat in Las Palmas. The Bodegon Pachichi Bar/Resturant is not very well known by many tourists but is one of the most popular places to eat in the city for locals.

Pachichi’s keep it simple and tasty. They don’t have an extensive menu. They have a small, simple selection. The main menu is Chorizo. Jamon Serrano. Papas Arrugadas which are potatoes and local cheeses.

Pachichi’s opens Tuesday to Saturday from 8 pm. I always try to get in there by 8 pm when they are just starting. By 830pm the place is full and people are waiting for tables.

I had a tapas selection of Papas Arrugadas 1.50. Cheese with local mojo salsa 2.10. Hot Chorizo 2.00 and a large beer 2.50. I left well satisfied with the total bill of just 8.70 euro.

Las Palmas Gran Canaria

Playa Ojos de Garza

Gran Canaria is a small Island in relative terms, I keep finding new places years after I first visited here. On a trip, back from Puerto Rico in the south a friend and I got off the motorway to check out the small area of Playa Ojos de Garza.

Gran Canaria
Gran Canaria

The place has a feel of a location where they shoot those Latino pop music videos. A sleepy remote slightly run down seafront town.

So is this a place to buy a cheap house and write that book you always wanted to do? It is very quiet. Very sleepy. In between planes landing at the Gran Canaria Airport next door. Depending on the wind planes fly right over the village as they descend on the nearby runway. Would I live here? No. Would I turn off the motorway again to spend some time here? Yes, I would.

Who gives a fuck

On Saturday night I visited the Yumbo centre in Playa del Ingles to meet friends on holiday. As I have mentioned in previous blogs, the Yumbo is the largest gay zone in Europe. It is very popular with mature gay couples for holidays.

The Yumbo centre is also a place where straight people and families visit. There, are many bars, and restaurants in the centre and everyone mixes without issues.

Yumbo centre

After a few beers, I went up to the first floor of the centre. On this level, there are some great drag shows. They are popular with LGBT and non-LGBT people. The shows are of very high quality. There are also bars that blare out the latest pop tunes.

It is always great to see LGBT people enjoying a holiday in an environment they feel they can be free to express themselves By that I mean by having a good time by doing regular stuff such as dancing together.

I have found Spain to be one of the best countries I have visited to be gay. For the most part, it is a tolerant place. I have visited Madrid a few times, and it is normal to see same-sex couples holding hands in public. I have never heard anyone there make a negative comment.

Yumbo centre

During my recent travels in the Balkans, I was always aware of the danger of telling anyone my sexuality. Gay people call it our Gaydar. We tend to know who and when to tell anyone.

LGBT people I met as I travelled on my travels told me it was still a dangerous part of the world to be open. They also said it had got better, but progress is slow. I hope it will be ok to be open there in time. At the end of the day if you see two girls or guys dancing and having fun it does not affect your life and who gives a fuck.

This weeks video come from the opening parade of Las Palmas carnival 2019. Click here to view.

I am in the process of starting a new venture. I hope to have a few properties for people coming to Gran Canaria on holiday.

The first one is in Puerto Rico in the south of the Island. It is a one bedroom apartment with a pullout bed. It has a fantastic sea view. The apartment is within walking distance to the beach, bars and restaurants. At the same time, the complex is in a quiet location. The apartment is on the same level as the swimming pool.

I have the apartment Alena Richmond Richmond Seaview listed on booking.com. If you are interested click on this link. If the dates are available and you want to book send an email to patrickoneilljohn@outlook.com, and I will get back to you. I will discount the price you see on booking.com by 15% for reservations made this way. The reservation needs to be made direct with me and not on the booking.com website for the 15% discount. The apartment name is Apartment Alena Richmond Seaview.

Join me on my journey. 

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