Friday, 02 February 2018 14:31

Gran Canaria Weather: Wind And Waves, Maybe Sunshine In The South

Rain,wind and wavs forecast this weekend in Gran Canaria: Some sunshine in the resorts. Rain,wind and wavs forecast this weekend in Gran Canaria: Some sunshine in the resorts. photosgrancanaria.com

If you're in Gran Canaria on holiday we wish we could tell you that the weather is going to go back to perpetual blue skies and sunshine. But we can't!

The cold snap that has sent waves of rain and even hail across Gran Canaria is now moving away from the island but it will be replaced by strong and damp Trade Winds over the weekend. 

These will mostly affect the north of the island so there is a good chance that the resorts and beaches in the south will see some sunshine over the weekend (head to Puerto Rico and Mogán for the best chance of sunshine). Temperatures will be cool by Gran Canaria standards and there is still the chance of showers. 

The snow in the hills has now melted away so there isn't much point going up the Cumbres unless you like rain and fog. 

From a residents point of view, the rain over the past four days fell everywhere except where it is most needed. This means that the big reservoirs in the southern highlands are still almost empty. 

However, all is not lost because the freezing weather forecast in Spain early next week may well send us more rain (sorry about that if you're a tourist). 

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  • 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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