Sunday, 13 March 2016 08:31

Gran Canaria Weather: Sunny Sunday And Start To The Week

Gran Canaria will bask in sunshine for the next few days Gran Canaria will bask in sunshine for the next few days www.photosgrancanaria.com

March 13, 2016: The Trade Winds have faded and that means great weather this week.

Hot and sunny in Gran Canaria today and for the next few days. Day temperatures in the mid to high twenties with minimums around 20ºC. The odd only respite from the unrelenting winter blues will be the odd patch of high cloud.

Winter (HA HA) is already fading away. Did it even arrive this year?

The north will be largely sunny with cloudy intervals at the start of the week.

Overall, a perfect week in Gran Canaria from visitors and residents alike. Excellent conditions for getting up into the highlands for a drive or a walk.

The west coast road reopens on Thursday.

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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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