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December In The Canaries

Fri Oct 19, 2007 4:20 pm

How is the weather like in say Gran Canaria in mid-December? Is it warm and swimmable or rather chilli?

And would it be deserted just before Christmas or would there be some action going on? I would very much appreciate the help  Wink
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RE: December In The Canaries

Fri Oct 19, 2007 5:21 pm

It'll certainly be busy.

The weather is usually OK, fairly warm, but you can't absolutely rely on it, and you may get cool days. You'd be unlucky to get rain though. In much of the Canaries the swimming pools are not allowed to be heated though (I'm not sure about Gran Canaria, I know it is the case in Lanzarote and Fueteventura, so check), and in winter that can mean they are absolutely freezing.
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RE: December In The Canaries

Fri Oct 19, 2007 5:26 pm

I agree with "Banco" that everything is on full speed, nightlife etc.
But i do not agree about the weather. It can rain. It can be sunny.
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RE: December In The Canaries

Fri Oct 19, 2007 6:20 pm

As far as Gran Canaria is concerned, it is generally busier in the winter months than the summer months. In the summer it is too hot (average 25-30c) for many Europeans but in the winter it is warm (18-22c) without being too hot and this appeals to many Europeans who would otherwise have to go south of the equator to get warm weather. Rain in rare but happens and you could get overcast days in the north of the island, particular around Las Palmas. The south is better if you are after sun, sea and an active nightlife.

Whilst many people sunbathe, and it is far more difficult to find a sun lounger for hire on the popular beaches during December/January than July/August, the Atlantic is perhaps a wee bit too chilly between November/April but swimming pools (even unheated ones) are inviting.

I have spent several Christmas/New Years in Playa de Ingles/Maspalomas and the place is buzzing, night life is in full swing and most bars are open (some close during the quieter summer months). New Year's Eve in the Yumbo Centre is something that you should experience. Compared with the pace in December/January, July/August is almost like a funeral.

On the downside, hotel prices creep up in the winter due to increased demand and it gets dark by 19:00. They start to stack all sun loungers/sunshades on the beach by 16:00, which seems early when you are on holiday. The Canaries used to be a cheap and a duty-free zone (bottle of vodka GBP 4, 20 Marlboros GBP 1.50, meal with wine about GBP 8) but all that changed about 10 years ago. Prices are now the same as mainland Spain.
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RE: December In The Canaries

Sun Oct 21, 2007 8:30 am

Great help everyone... Thanks a lot... Any Spaniards around to confirm the above comments though?  Wink
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