Best time to visit Gran Canaria

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Best time of year to visit Gran Canaria

The third-largest island of the Canaries has the average annual temperature of 24°C (75 °F). The weather there is perfect almost all year round. However, the period from May to November is known as the best time to visit Gran Canaria for the warmest sea, an abundance of sunshine, and the phenomenon known as the 'sea of clouds'. Late summer is perfect for stargazing—an experience that shouldn't be missed on the Canaries. In September, visitors and locals enjoy Fiestas del Charco. October is the best time for trekking in the mountains and participating in Gran Canaria Walking Festival. Winter brings perfect surfing conditions, Christmas customs, and almond blossoms to the island. Early spring in February or March attracts visitors who want to see the colourful Las Palmas de Gran Canaria Carnival.

16 THINGS TO DO IN GRAN CANARIA (SEPTEMBER 04 - SEPTEMBER 13)

Sea of Clouds

Sea of Clouds

May–October • nature

A jaw-dropping scene of the "mar de nubes" is offered on the highest peaks

Beach Season

Beach Season

March–November • activity

The best climate for beach holidays, with over 3,000 hours of the sunshine​ per year, awaits you

Fiestas del Charco

Fiestas del Charco

September 11 • event

Enjoy unforgettable emotions of this day full of fun. This fiesta of joy is one must visit during your Canary vacations

Diving and Snorkelling​

Diving and Snorkelling​

March–October • activity

Take a deep breath and dive into the diversity of the amazing underwater world of the Canarian coast

Surfing

Surfing

September–April • activity

Catch some waves and glide over the waters of the Atlantic

Natural Rock Pools

Natural Rock Pools

March–November • activity

Natural rock pools of volcanic origin offer a peaceful and very relaxing swim for everybody

Wine Season

Wine Season

July–October • food

An exotic way of growing vines and the fabulous tastes of dried​ and sweets is truly a highlight of the islands

Windsurfing and Kitesurfing

Windsurfing and Kitesurfing

June–September • activity

Grab your board and catch the wind at the best windsurfing destination in Europe

Walking the Maspalomas Dunes

Walking the Maspalomas Dunes

February–October • activity

Amazing landscapes of sun, sand, and ocean

Spanish Ham (Jamón) with Melon

Spanish Ham (Jamón) with Melon

May–September • food

A simple but beautiful and healthy summer snack

Cenobio de Valeron

Cenobio de Valeron

all year round (except Mondays and holidays) • activity

A unique system of caves hidden​ in the volcanic mountain is open for visitors once again

Papaya

Papaya

September–October • food

Don't miss the chance to try various desserts with papaya, or just eat it fresh

Mango Season

Mango Season

June–December • food

A sweet fruit for breakfast for the sweetest mornings

Bienmesabe

Bienmesabe

September–November • food

Add a delicious sauce made of almonds to your ice-cream or morning toast and feel the taste of autumn in Gran Canaria

Tuno or Prickly Pear

Tuno or Prickly Pear

August–September • food

Amazing cactus fruits that can make a great dessert or tasty ice-cream

Dolphin & Whale Watching

Dolphin & Whale Watching

all year round • nature

Observe majestic Cetacea species in their natural habitat

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Las Palmas de Gran Canaria Carnival

Las Palmas de Gran Canaria Carnival

March 05, 2019 • event

Enjoy the beautiful beaches and carnival fun during the Gran Canaria Carnival

Stargazing

Stargazing

March | August • activity

The clear night sky and amazing stars and meteor showers attract many visitors to the Canaries

Walking Festivals

Walking Festivals

October 23–27, 2019 • activity

Want to see the most interesting parts of the island? Just take part in the next Gran Canaria Walking Festival or Tenerife Walking Festival

Cheese

Cheese

all year | April 29, 2018 | May 06, 2018 • food

Watch the process of cheese making, learn some unique techniques, or just visit the dairy and try some of the world's finest cheeses

Epiphany or Three Kings' Day

Epiphany or Three Kings' Day

January 05–January 06 • event

Try out a new, fresh way of celebrating Epiphany on the Kings' Day eve. The most beloved holiday for children in Canaria

Orange Harvest

Orange Harvest

October–May • food

Drink orange juice and eat as much fruit as you can during your Canarian vacations

Gofio

Gofio

November–March • food

This milled grain resembling wholegrain flour can be mixed with anything from water to broth, oil, and even honey—depending on what you want to obtain—a soup, a porridge, or a dessert

Anchovies in Vinegar (Boquerones en Vinagre)

Anchovies in Vinegar (Boquerones en Vinagre)

June–August • food

It is especially pleasant to go to the bar on a hot summer day, drink a glass of ice-cold beer and eat Boquerones en Vinagre!

Wrinkled Potatoes or Papas Arrugadas

Wrinkled Potatoes or Papas Arrugadas

mid-January–mid-June • food

Some of you might sceptically say: "They won't impress me with potatoes." But don't be so hasty—baby potatoes cooked in sea salt are listed among 7 gastronomical marvels of Spain

Almond Trees in Bloom

Almond Trees in Bloom

late January–early February • nature

Enjoy the beauty of delicate rosy flowers on a green background of fresh new grass in the middle of winter

Christmas Belén or Nativity Scene

Christmas Belén or Nativity Scene

December 24–December 25 • event

Want to celebrate Christmas in a different way? Go to the Canary Islands and it will definately be like no other year

Birdwatching

Birdwatching

December–March • activity

A huge variety of birds come to these beautiful forests and charming coasts for their winter holidays

Cycling

Cycling

January–March • activity

Various routes and diverse landscapes on every island offer some new and unforgettable experiences. A real adventure on the wheels awaits you

Atlantic Canary Breeding

Atlantic Canary Breeding

April–June • nature

A charming little symbol of the Canary Islands

Semana Santa & Easter

Semana Santa & Easter

April 05–13, 2020 • event

Discover Las Palmas de Gran Canaria full of passion, sorrow, and devotion