Arguineguin Noche en Vela Christmas Shopping Night 2014

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Saturday 20th December from 18:00h - 00:00h is the first Noche en Vela in Arguineguin in the south west of Gran Canaria. The fishing village is hosting it's first ever Christmas shopping night with discounts and offers in participating shops and bars, plus entertainment.

This is perfect if you want to soak up the sunshine in the daytime and do your Christmas shopping at night, or if you have been busy working you can grab a few late night gifts.



Here is a list of the businesses taking part in the late night shopping event, which includes vets, hairdressers and opticians! You can pick up a leaflet in one of the shops to have a better look.



Gift shop El Verol have decorated this year with a huge red bow wrapping the shop. They will have a large variety of items on offer and discounts from 20:00h - 00:00h



If you are looking for perfume or makeup then head to Perfumeria Sublime located on the main road through Arguineguin opposite the church. There are various discounts if you spend over 30€ - 3€ discount, 50€ get 6€ discount and so on.




To get you into the spirit of Christmas, Arguineguin have new Christmas trees this year, bright blue lights on the bridge from the Ancora Center and new lights in the church square.





Have you done any Christmas shopping yet?



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Acaymo Restaurante: Mogan

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A short drive inland towards Mogán valley and into a tiny place called El Tostador in the south west of Gran Canaria is where you will find Restaurante Acaymo. I have driven past this place several times on the way to Tasarte and Veneguera but this was the first visit and I was impressed!

The first thing I noticed, walking over to the restaurant was the huge log wood pile. It was lovely and sunny when we arrived around 5pm but the Winter sun soon passed behind the mountain, so I'd advise you to take a cardigan or light jacket for evenings.



Restaurante Acaymo offers a selection of local and typical Canarian food. We ordered several dishes to share, a mixed salad, Canarian potatoes, garlic mushrooms, chorizo, and padron peppers.

Ensalada mixta con aguacate // Mixed salad with avocado



Papas con mojo // Wrinkled Canarian potatoes with red mojo sauce

These papas con mojo were absolutely delicious, I could tell they were fresh and locally sourced.


Champiñones al ajillo // Garlic Mushrooms

The garlic mushrooms arrived at our table still sizzling from the kitchen. They had a great flavour to them, I can still taste them now!


Chorizo parrillero // chorizo grilled then boiled with onions and peppers



We also had a plate of 'Pimientos de padron' (Padron peppers in rock salt) but I must have been so hungry that we started eating those before I could take a photo. They were really tasty by the way.

After a bit of each plate, we were too full for a 'postre' (dessert) or coffee, but here is one of the staff making Acaymo's infamous Mexican coffee! I must try one of these next time I visit.



The staff were lovely, genuine, friendly and efficient, it was service with a smile. The decor was traditional Canarian style with garlic hanging from the ceiling and a quirky feature: the walls are covered in hundreds of business cards from around the world from happy clients.

> More photos here < Have you visited Acaymo Restaurant in Pueblo de Mogán? What is your favourite Canarian dish?



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Abandoned Plane at El Berriel Airfield Gran Canaria

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Have you ever noticed a large red plane just sitting there at the side of the road near to Bahia Feliz?

I've driven past this plane so many times, I just had to find out more.

El Berriel airfield in south Gran Canaria is home to the large bird, which has clearly seen better days, it was just so fascinating to see it up close.

The Douglas DC-7C Seven Seas EC-BBT plane, now long retired has been used as a billboard and painted different colours, for brands like Rothmans and Airtours over the years.

This DC-7C was used by the airline Spantax which was based in Gran Canaria and flew thousands of miles all over Europe and Africa in the 60's. In the late 70's Spantax donated the plane to the AeroClub Gran Canaria.



There is a barrier round it and it's so deteriorated it looks dangerous to take a look inside, so I'm glad to have found this video, which satisfies my curiosity.



Now painted red and grey with some bright graffiti, this skeleton of a plane may be considered as an eyesore to some and some may have never noticed it.



I won't pretend to be an expert on planes, but it's been very interesting reading up about it.

Facts:


- Did you know there were only 121 of these particular planes made?
- 27 of which were used by the airline PanAm.
- Produced in 1956



Click here to see more photos of El Berriel in the gallery

I would love to see it restored. How great would it look as an American diner? It's a shame that it's not been looked after over the years and placed inside a museum to protect it from the elements.

Before reading this post, did you know about the abandoned plane? Had you ever noticed it?



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