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Canary Islands


EU, Norway and Iceland nationals are allowed to work anywhere in Spain (including the Canary Islands) without a visa, but if they plan to stay more than three months they are supposed to apply within the first month for a residence card. Virtually everyone else is supposed to obtain (from a Spanish consulate in their country of residence) a work permit and, if they plan to stay more than 90 days, a residence visa. While jobs (especially in tourist resorts) aren’t that hard to come by, the procedures necessary to get your paperwork in order can be difficult and time-consuming.

Business hours

Generally, business hours are 9am to 2pm and 5pm to 8pm Monday to Friday. Having said that, a lot of government offices don’t bother with afternoon opening.

Shops and travel agencies usually open these same hours Monday to Saturday, although some skip the afternoon session on Saturday.

Supermarkets often stay open from about 9am to 9pm Monday to Saturday.

Banks mostly open 8.30am to 2pm Monday to Friday.

Big-city post offices open 8.30am to 8.30pm Monday to Friday and 9.30am to 1pm on Saturday. Most others open from 8.30am to 2.30pm Monday to Friday and 9.30am to 1pm on Saturday.

Restaurants are open from 1pm to 4pm and 9pm until late. Locals go to small bars for breakfast, which open from around 8am.

Bars and nightclubs have no set opening hours, but you can count on informal pub-style bars to open around 7pm, although they might not get busy until 10pm or 11pm. Depending on the town, nightclubs may open at any time between 10pm and midnight, and stay open until between 2am and 5am. In small towns, bars will only be open on Friday and Saturday nights.

Many places give hours as summer/winter, with summer meaning June through September and winter as the rest of the year. In the Canaries, winter is the high season, often with longer opening hours.

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