I’m Laura Leyshon and I’m Las Palmas’ resident property expert. I work for RE/MAX Cony Overseas, one of the city’s oldest estate agencies and the first RE/MAX office to open in Europe. Cony Overseas has an excellent local reputation and has helped hundreds of foreign buyers and sellers in Las Palmas and all over Gran […]
The barbershop in Gran Canaria is a refuge where old men go to read the papers, gossip about the neighbourhood and judge the young. They manage to spin out a trim and a shave into a whole morning. Women may call in to fetch a granddad or drag a husband home but they never cross the threshold.
Old school Gran Canaria barbers seem to exist in a time bubble. Their chairs are ancient, wrought iron contraptions, they still use steel scissors and cut throat razors, and the photos on the walls were faded when Franco popped his clogs. Their only nod to modernity is the buzz razor. [Read more…]
As anyone with young kids knows, whether you are living in Gran Canaria or in Timbuktu, leaving the house for a day trip is a mission: Remembering everything you need to take, plus dealing with last minute tantrums (normally the toddler’s), before you leave makes even a short excursion feel like an expedition.
With all the goodwill in the World, getting an early start on a Sunday has never been one of our strong points. This Sunday, as usual, we didn’t manage to leave the house until 11, giving us a couple of hours to cram in a morning’s worth of activity before getting back for Ben’s siesta! [Read more…]
There are countless good reasons to live here, but we and a large majority of expats have decided to make this sunny isle our home mainly because of many stunning beaches in Gran Canaria.
There are 82 beaches in Gran Canaria and, depending on taste, there is something for everyone. Gran Canaria’s beaches are as varied as they are beautiful. From the golden sand beaches of the resorts and the capital, to the more rugged black sand beaches of the north coast. Whether you like deserted or jam-packed, sunbathing naked or leaving a little more to the imagination, Gran Canaria has a beach for even the fussiest expat. [Read more…]