Going Local in Gran Canaria
How to Turn a Holiday Destination
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Climate

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Not for nothing is Gran Canaria known as a mini continent. Generally, the south is hotter than the north and the west clearer than the east. But things are a little bit topsy turvy, particularly in the capital Las Palmas which arguably enjoys a sunnier winter than summer.

Nevertheless, Thomas Whitmore, director of research on climatology at Syracuse University, concludes in a 1996 scientific study entitled Pleasant Weather Ratings that the city enjoys “the best climate in the world” compared to 599 other metropolises. Yet Las Palmas shares the dubious
distinction of being the city with the best weather in the world but the worst on the island. Vecindario perhaps rivals LP here, resembling an elderly relative in that it suffers from problem wind. To the extent that its palm trees don’t stand straight but bend eastwards.

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