Gran Canaria travel guide

Weather & climate

Temperature: 18-24 (°C) 

No matter what time of the year you visit Gran Canaria , you’ll be hard pressed to find a day without glorious sunshine. Temperatures  hover in the high-teens (°C) for most of the year, but can climb to highs of 28 (°C) during the long summer (May to November). Rainfall picks up at the start of winter, but you can still enjoy highs of 23 (°C) at this time. 

Jan, Feb, March, April, May, June, July, Aug, Sept, Oct, Nov, Dec

Gran Canaria is best for

Scenery lovers: Go exploring in a 4x4 Jeep, relax on golden beaches or sail off to search for dolphins. 

Water sports fans: With snorkelling and scuba diving available for all abilities, it’s an ideal way to see the best of the island.

Sun worshippers: Choose from about 80 sandy beaches and soak up the island’s year-round sun.

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Fast facts

Language: The language spoken in Gran Canaria is Spanish. 

Currency: The currency used in Gran Canaria is Euro (€).

Local time: Gran Canaria is the same time as GMT/UK time.

Fly to: Gran Canaria Airport. Transfers to Maspalomas and Playa del Inglés take about 45 minutes, and to Puerto Rico it's 1 hour.

Flight time from UK: The flight time to Gran Canaria is 4.5 hours.

Tourist Information: Further Gran Canaria tourist information can be found at http://www.grancanaria.com/turismo/en/.

Visa / Health: Before you travel, visit www.gov.uk/foreign-travel-advice/spain for recommendations and advice on visas and health for your holiday to Gran Canaria.

Holiday destinations related to Gran Canaria:

  • Maspalomas
  • Playa Del Ingles
  • Puerto Rico
  • San Agustin
  • Getting around

    By bus: A good network of bus routes has made getting around in Gran Canaria easy. Many of the best places in Gran Canaria can be reached using public transport and taxis. 

    By hire car: You will need a hire car if you want to explore some of the villages in the centre of the island.

    Events

    February carnival: Parties and parades are held all over the island for the giant February carnival. 

    Arrival of spring: February’s Festival of Almond Blossom heralds the arrival of spring with folk dancing and feasting.

    Easter: Gran Canaria joins the rest of the Canary Islands with lively celebrations during Easter.

    Gay Pride: Maspalomas erupts in a rainbow of colour every May during Gay Pride parades and drag queen contests.

    Summer partying: One of the island’s biggest festivals is July’s Fiesta de Nuestra Señora del Carmen, when flowers and people fill the streets of Las Palmas and partying goes on through the night.

    Safety and Security

    For up to date advice on travelling to Gran Canaria, please visit https://www.gov.uk/foreign-travel-advice/spain/safety-and-security