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This Is What Gran Canaria Really Looks Like In December

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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.

Most of these photos were taken during December 2015: An exceptionally sunny month all over Gran Canaria. While south Gran Canaria and its resorts are sunny most days in December, the north is cloudier. Gran Canaria does get a few days of December rain most years, but the rainy spells only last a couple of days and then the sun comes out again. 

December in Maspalomas

Blue skies are standard on Maspalomas beach in December 

December outdoor eating in Gran Canaria

As is sitting out for a drink at sunset 

December calima in Gran Canaria

Although we do get the odd day of calima with dust in the air

Gran Canaria waterfall in December

And even a few days of cloud and rain

Puerto Rico in December

Most days in Gran Canaria, and especially south Gran Canaria, look like this

Maspalomas in December

And this: Maspalomas dunes and lagoon on a typical December day

Almond blossom in Gran Canaria

In mild years, such as 2015, the almond blossom doesn't even wait for the New Year

December 2015 3

Every year, Las Canteras beach in Las Palmas hosts the world's biggest sand nativity scene; Definitely worth a visit

December 2015 7

The north coast of Gran Canaria is a great place to go surfing in December

December 2015 5

With the skies normally clear of dust, the views of Teide volcano on Tenerife are epic

Gran Canaria temperatures in December

Gran Canaria in December

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  • Exchange Money In Gran Canaria Or At Home?
    Exchange Money In Gran Canaria Or At Home?

    Visitors to Gran Canaria often ask whether it is better to exchange their local currency for euros at home or in Gran Canaria. 

    The answer is that it is almost always better to buy your euros at home than it is to bring pounds to Gran Canaria and use local banks or currency exchanges. This rule of thumb applies all over the world. A currency is almost always cheaper the further away you are from the place you can spend it (because demand for it is lower). 

    Exchange rates are almost always better at home than in Gran Canaria

    You are very likely to get a better exchange rate using a British currency exchange specialist or local bank. Many of these companies will deliver your euros to your home.

    One of the best rates in the UK is often from the post office, especially if you do it well in advance.

    The only way you'll get a better rate in Gran Canaria than at home is if the exchange rate changes while you are travelling and this is rare. 

    You also have to bear in mind that currency exchanges in Gran Canaria are getting rarer and some local banks don't exchange money for non-clients. 

    To Transfer large amouynts of money to Gran Canaria, or to make regular transfers, always use a reputable currency broker such as Currencies Direct. This will save you money on exchange rates and bank charges and is highky secure. 

    The risk of bringing cash to Gran Canaria

    Another important factor to consider is the risk of bringing cash to Gran Canaria: If it is lost or stolen, there is no way of getting it back. 

    It is much safer to bring a debit or credit card and use local bank ATMs to take out money. These days, a good option is a pre-charged debit card. 

    Cards may be slightly more expensive that carrying cash, unless you seek out a bank card with low commissions, but it is much more secure. 

    Bank ATMs like Bankia, Santander and BBVA often charge lower rates than the ATMs in shopping centres and busy tourist areas.

    Alex Says: Always select the Euro option at ATMs in Gran Canaria because the exchange rate is much better than if you opt for the Local Currency option. The same applies when you pay by card in shops and restaurants.

    See our Gran Canaria Tips section for more nuggets of useful local information.

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