We’re one or two hours out here in the Canaries in terms of where the clock should actually be, as is the country nationally, the result of Franco-era Spain choosing to align its time with Nazi Germany during WWII. We should be an hour behind Spain, and Spain should itself be an hour behind the main part of Europe … meaning that the Canaries should be at least an hour behind UK time.
This often has quite an effect with holidaymakers who don’t realise that all advice to “stay out of the midday sun” is out of kilter here, since the hottest part of our day is between 3pm and 6pm. But all this could be about to change because Spain is seriously considering reverting back to GMT in an attempt to rationalize, modernize and humanize the daily working life of millions of Spaniards.
The measure, proposed by employment ministers, has the support of most members of the fractured Parliament, which means it has a really quite reasonable chance of being passed as legislation. What this will mean for the Canaries is unclear for the moment: either the Canaries will end up on the same time as mainland Spain or our time here will also be put back an hour to maintain the difference with the peninsula – and if that happens, we’ll end up being an hour behind GMT, which is actually where we should be.
This is being widely reported in the Spanish press, and has even made the UK papers – the Guardian reports on it in English HERE.