Tuesday, 16 February 2016 10:06

Gran Canaria Weather: Big Tuna To Bring Snow?

GRAN CANARIA WEATHER UPDATE 16/02/2016: The wind and waves start to fade today before a steep drop in temperature on Thursday, and the possibility of a Big Tuna event this weekend.

The hottest place in Gran Canaria this weekend was the El Berriel caravan where a chip pan fire destroyed six caravans and caused gas bottles to explode.

Warm, sunny weather dominates the forecast for the last week of January 2016, although there will be dust on Monday and Tuesday.

Everyone who visits Las Palmas sees the cathedral in old town Vegueta and walks along iconic Las Canteras beach. Here's a list of some of the local icons of the city that are easier to miss.

Published in Las Palmas
Friday, 15 January 2016 22:00

Stop Blue Monday With Happiness

The Canary Islands want to stop the third Monday in January from being called Blue Monday and they've created a whole campaign that allows everybody to help.

Published in News

There's more to Gran Canaria than getting a golden tan by the pool; Here're 14 things that glisten in Gran Canaria and really are golden. 

Published in Guide
Monday, 11 January 2016 15:35

6 Free Things To Do In Maspalomas Resort

Sometimes you just want to spend a day doing something that doesn't cost any money. Here's six free things you can do in Maspalomas resort. All you need is a picnic!

Published in Maspalomas

It's no surprise that Las Palmas is currently second on the influential Nomad List of top remote working locations around the world, and the only place in the top five that isn't in Thailand. Here's why...

Published in Las Palmas

The Canary Islands are one of the sunniest places on Earth and south Gran Canaria is the sunniest place in the Canary Islands. Here's why...

Gran Canaria in December is about the sunniest place in the whole of Europe. Here's a selection of photos of what to expect if you're heading here on holiday just before Christmas.

Published in Guide

Just when we thought that the Gran Canaria waterpark had overcome all obstacles, a court ruling provisionally suspends its license. 

Published in News

Monday, December 28, will be a mixed bag with clouds building throughout the day and even the odd shower in the north and the highlands. 

So you've just booked a Gran Canaria holiday, gone on the internet to research it, and now you're worried that it's a giant tourist trap. Relax, there's a lot more to Gran Canaria than you think.

Published in Guide

The nastiest thing on Gran Canaria isn't the introduced snakes, or the giant centipede, but an attractive grass from Ethiopia that is taking over.

Published in Guide
Sunday, 20 December 2015 13:07

Gran Canaria Weather Aviso For Rain & Waves

After three weeks of constant sunshine and summer temperatures, Gran Canaria is set for a quick blast of winter today and tomorrow. Then it's back to the sunshine.

La Vegueta was the original Las Palmas and hasn't changed much since Columbus visited, except the bits that the Dutch burned down.

Published in Las Palmas

This week will be warm in Gran Canaria although Monday and Tuesday will be quite cloudy.

From late night erotic dances to a military governor with a masonic secret: Here's the history behind how Gran Canaria became Gay Canaria.

 

Published in Guide
Tuesday, 01 December 2015 06:29

New Court Judgements Against Anfi Del Mar

Two new court judgements against Anfi del Mar timeshare resort reinforce the ban on taking deposits within the cooling-off period.

Published in News

An east wind brings warmth and dust to Gran Canaria this week following a few days of unsettled northern air.

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Tip of the day

  • The Parafarmacia In Gran Canaria Is Not A Chemist!
    The Parafarmacia In Gran Canaria Is Not A Chemist!

    If there is one thing we hate it is visitors being tricked in Gran Canaria. In the past we've warned about overcharging at Gran Canaria chemists, and rip off electronics shops in resorts. 

    In this Tip Of The Day we return to the island's chemists or rather, to the island's fake chemists.

    A chemist in Gran Canaria is called a Farmacia and always has a green cross sign. Farmacias are the only place tobuy medicine in Spain, even basics like paracetamol.

    However, there is another kind of shop in Gran Canaria that looks and sounds like a chemist but doesn't sell medicine. This is the Parafarmacia and it also uses a green cross sign.

    A parafarmacia is a herbal medicine shop that is not allowed to sell any normal medicine such as paracetamol, ibuprofen or antibiotics. 

    Instead, parafarmacias sell herbal alternatives to medicine but don't have to prove that they work and they can charge whatever they want.

    We recently heard from a visitor to Gran Canaria who went into a parafarmacia and was charged 40 euros for a herbal alternative to Ibuprofen. It was only when they read the label that they realised what had happened. 

    To locate a genuine farmacia, see this website and search within your municipio (Puerto Rico is in Mogán, Playa del Inglés is in San Bartolomé de Tirajana). At weekends and on fiesta days many farmacias close but there is always one open, known as the farmacia de guardia, in each municipio.

    Search for the nearest one to you with this tool

    Lex Says: To keep costs down, see this article for the way to ask for generic medicine rather than expensive branded alternatives. 

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