Arguineguin Fiestas del Carmen 2014

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It's that time of year again, when the village of Arguineguin celebrates the Fiestas del Carmen. There are plenty of activities to join in with such as the huge water fight parade through the streets known as Bajada de la Rama or the free outdoor concerts from the likes of Elvis Crespo.



If you are in the area, it really is worth the visit, if you haven't already been to Arguineguin, come and join in the fun.

This year the fiestas run from Friday 11th July - Sunday 20th July and it all begins at 21:30h on Friday 11th with the election of the Queen of the Fiestas in Plaza de las Marañuelas. From 23:00h head to the market square Plaza Negra and nearby for verbena parties, DJ's and late night music.

Arguineguin Romería - Saturday 12th July: 19:00h
The whole event is something to check out, but make sure you don't miss the Romería of Arguineguin, in which locals dress up in traditional Canarian clothing old and young. You will feel like you have been transported back in time, as carts are brought through the streets with fruits, potatoes and offerings for Virgen del Carmen.

Arguineguin Merengazo del Carmen -
Friday 18th July: 23:00h

Get your dancing shoes on for the Merengazo del Carmen concert, headlined by Elvis Crespo well known for his fiesta songs such as Pintame and Suavemente.

Incase you were wondering, Elvis Crespo was actually named after Elvis Presley and even dubs himself the King of Merengue. One of Crespo's latest tracks is a collaboration with Mr 305 'Pitbull' on the track 'Sopa de Caracol' (Snail Soup)

I'm quite looking forward to this concert, it's going to be a hip swaying, energy packed evening.



Arguineguin Bajada de la Rama - Saturday 19th July: 18:00h (Plaza de Pino Seco)
Imagine a water fight then multiply it by 1000 and add music. Bajada de la Rama is one of the most anticipated events of the Summer in Arguineguin, with what seems like the whole of the village dressed in their beach wear parading through the streets with water guns and dancing to the music of Banda Gran Canaria
TIPS: Prepare to get wet even if you are just watching! Later on in this night, when all the water guns are put away, get yourself to the market square and nearby for a party, it's the last night of the fiestas and it goes out with a bang! Don't miss the fireworks at midnight!

Arguineguin Maritime Procession - Sunday 20th July: 10:00h
Head to the harbour for the maritime procession as the statue of Virgen del Carmen is lifted up onto a fishing boat and leads the way to Puerto de Mogan. You can see this from most of Mogán coastline from Arguineguin to Pto. de Mogan. There will be a lot of traffic out at sea this day, take a look at the video I filmed last year from Patalavaca as the boats sailed past Anfi del Mar.



What are you most looking forward to in the Fiestas del Carmen? One of my favourite parts is the smell of all the grills in the market square and the open air concert.

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San Juan Gran Canaria 2014

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Every 23rd June on 'Noche de San Juan' in Gran Canaria, we celebrate the start of Summer by having bonfires on the beach, setting fireworks off and having a midnight cleanse in the ocean.

It's the most magical night of the year and a time for new beginnings. San Juan celebrations usually take place along the coast, with a huge party on Playa de las Canteras in Las Palmas. Each celebration will usually have grills or 'asaderos', music and plenty of dancing.



San Juan Gran Canaria 2014

Here are the events happening this year, check them out and have a safe and magical night.

Noche de San Juan Maspalomas, Playa del Ingles



Noche de San Juan Playa de las Canteras, Las Palmas



Are you taking part in any San Juan celebrations this year?



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Yankee Candle Gran Canaria

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There's nothing like the delicious smell of a good quality candle scenting the home, so I went on a mission to find Yankee Candle in Gran Canaria.

Yankee Candle as the name may suggest is 'America's best loved candle' and with names like 'Banana Nut Bread' and 'Bahama Breeze' they sound good enough to eat or drink (but don't do that).

There is a lot of buzz at the moment about Yankee Candle Tarts or Wax Melts.

They are small scented 'tart shaped' wax melts which you put on the top of an oil burner.

I bought some on a recent trip to UK and was very pleased to be able to find a nice selection of them here in Gran Canaria, so I will hopefully be adding to this post as I discover shops that stock them.

Tree Color Gift Shop Las Palmas



Tree Color Gift Shop on Calle General Bravo and Travieso in Las Palmas was really easy to find via the map on their Facebook Page. Besides being a really quirky gift shop, they have all kinds of aromas, bath bombs by Bomb Cosmetics that look like cupcakes and of course a nice Yankee Candle counter.

Yankee Candle Display - Tree Color Gift Shop





Each month Tree Color are offering a 25% discount on the scent of the month, this month (June) it's Black Coconut which I purchased and it smells a lot like Hawaiian Tropic suncream, lovely. Here are a selection of the wax tarts that I picked up: Snow in Love, Honey and Spice, Loves Me Loves Me Not, Lemon Lavender and Black Coconut.



El Corte Ingles

I asked in the candles and incense department of El Corte Ingles if they had any Yankee Candle products, the shop assistant gave me a strange look and said she had never heard of them!

Like I said, I will keep adding to this post when I discover more places that stock Yankee Candle in Gran Canaria. Are you a fan? What's your favourite scent?



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