The climate in the south and south-east coast of Gran Canaria is one of the finest in the world. It is often called the ETERNAL SPRING.
The weather in Gran Canaria stays very stable and temperatures varie very little. The temperature hardly ever come under 20 degrees celcius or over 30 degrees. Except for the heatwave periods called Calima. The weather in Gran Canaria in the winter months, October, November, December, January and February is not too cold and the summer months July, August and September are not too hot. A big advantage over the coasts of mainland Spain, known for its very hot summers but sometimes only 5 degrees in winter. For temperatures per month look at our weather forecast page.
Because the Canary Islands are closer to the equator in summer the evenings get dark earlier than in the United Kingdom. Also the light comes up later in the morning. On the other hand, the days in the winter months are longer than in the UK. The longest day (mid-June) is light from about 7:00 to 21:30. The shortest day (mid-December) is light from 8:00 to 18:00. As the evening always falls earlier than we're used to, it also cools down more. When packing your suitcase remember to take something warm for the evening.
Low rainfall in Gran Canaria
Gran Canaria's south coast, the location of the majority of tourism, has almost no rain. A whole week of rain is very rare. The south coast is relatively dry and barren because of the little rain, however if you go into the interior of the island you'll encounter plenty of woods and lakes.
Cooling by the wind
Wind can also blow a lot on Gran Canaria. Overall, that makes the feel even better. The Spanish say that the island owes its good climate to the wind and not to the temperatures. The cool breeze in summer and the warmer wind in winter prevent the temperatures from getting too high or too low. But at some places, outside of the touristic areas, the wind can feel cold. Epecially if you go into the mountains or go to the north of the island bring some good clothing to protect you against rain, wind and cold. You will be amazed how different the climate is on the north side!
Calima, warm wind on Gran Canaria
A few times per year the Canary Islands experience a Sirocco, also called Calima. A warm wind that blows fine sand from the Sahara desert (in Morocco) to the islands. When a Calima find place in the wintertime it is not so bad, but in the summer it may come with a temperature of 40 degrees, the humidity is only 7% and has is a sharp hot wind and a lot of sand in the air. This often takes a few days.