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WAKEY WAKEY Spain Says Adios To The Siesta?

Thursday April 7, 2016

WAKEY WAKEY Spain Says Adios To The Siesta?

One of Spain´s longest standing and best known cultural practices, the siesta, is under threat. As the country´s current Prime Minister Mariano Rajoy progresses plans to switch mainland Spain to Greenwich Mean Time and import a more standardised working day that runs from 9am to 5pm.

Whilst Lanzarote and the Canaries are already on GMT the working day here for many locals still conforms to the traditional Spanish rythym. Which accommodates a break between 2pm and 4pm before returning to work until around 8pm. Which is why you´ll find all of the shops closed when you visit places such as the island capital Arrecife during the early afternoon.

There have long been calls in Spain to end this practice. Many in fact regard it as an historical anomaly as Spain only originally switched to it´s current central European time slot under General Franco in order to show solidarity with Hitler´s Germany in the 1930´s.

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