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Frequently asked questions..

We absolutely love chatting with people! Don’t get us wrong, but there are some questions we get asked repeatedly. To help out, we’ve dedicated this page to providing information on weather, transport, attractions, activities, Going out and the best beaches to visit. 

When is the best time to visit Gran Canaria?

When is the best time to visit Gran Canaria? Any time of the year is good for a visit to the Gran Canaria thanks to its reliably warm, dry weather. For those seeking the hottest temperatures, the best time of year is in July and August when around 27 °C is the norm.

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Weather Averages Gran Canaria

August is the hottest month in Gran Canaria with an average temperature of 24°C, and the coldest is January at 18°C, with the most daily sunshine hours at 10 in August. The wettest month is December with an average of 31mm of rain, though rainfall is very rare these years.

Is it warm enough to sunbathe in Gran Canaria in March?

The average high temperature in Gran Canaria during March is 22ºC, so bring a good selection of your favourite beachwear. You’ll want to pack some warmer things for the evenings, though, as temperatures drop to an average of 14ºC.

The average daily temperature in Gran Canaria in January ranges from 17°C to 21°C. Although it can be cooler in the evenings, especially in the mountainous areas, the temperature during the day still allows for outdoor activities and sightseeing.

The south of Gran Canaria is much sunnier and warmer than Las Palmas the whole year round. The average temperature in Gran Canaria is 18ºC during the winter compared to 8ºC for southern Europe and 0ºC for northern Europe.

The island is home to one of the best urban beaches in Europe. The largest beaches are in the south, with calm waters and mostly golden sand. Being near the main tourist areas, they are close to all kinds of services, as well as being easy to access.

9 Best Beaches in the Canary Islands

Roque Nublo, Gran Canaria’s iconic monolith, stands tall at 1,800 metres, surrounded by pine-scented air and local flora.

Exploring Gran Canaria: Attractions, and Travel Tips for All Ages

For cooler weather, the mountains inland from the coast offer some respite. At the top of the hills, there can be snow even when it’s warm by the coast. The northeast of Gran Canaria is the wettest and has milder heat. You can drive up to the snow and make a snowman on your car to show folks—that’s if he doesn’t melt.

The best times to visit the Canary Islands are spring (March-May) and autumn (September-November). Spring offers warm weather, fewer tourists, and lower rates. Autumn also enjoys mild weather with sunny skies and less rain than other times of the year.

Sunbathing is typically done at temperatures between 21°C and 37°C, but it’s essential to consider other factors like sunlight intensity, humidity, and personal comfort. It’s crucial to protect your skin from harmful UV radiation by using sunscreen and taking breaks to avoid overexposure.

Island hopping from Gran Canaria? Long island-hopping trip

If you are on the islands for a little longer, we recommend you switch your time in Gran Canaria with your time on Fuerteventura, as Gran Canaria and Tenerife can be easily combined, with just an 80-minute ferry crossing between the two capitals.

Is Gran Canaria good for older adults? Gran Canaria offers a lot of possibilities to spend unforgettable holidays: beaches, villages, traditional festivals, nature reserves, and an animated ambience for people of all ages.

Arguineguín & Puerto Rico

Right in the shadow of the highlands, these two southwest Gran Canaria spots get 320 days per year of blue sky. The beaches at Puerto Rico, Patalavaca, Amadores, and Arguineguín are your best bet for sunshine, even if the rest of Gran Canaria is cloudy (which isn’t very often). The best climate in the world, in fact.

How long does it take to drive around the whole of Gran Canaria?

Expect to spend 6-8 hours if you are doing the west coast and some of the centre of the island. Roads are in fine condition but narrow with a lot of curves. Most of the west coast and centre of the island involves mountain driving. Then, along the north coast and inland to Teror and then San Mateo.

Visiting Gran Canaria as a Tourist

In every 180-day span, you may stay for up to 90 days. However, if you are travelling to more EU nations, you must make sure that you don’t spend more than 90 days overall in all of the nations you visit within any particular 180-day period.

When is the Best Time to Visit Gran Canaria?

Any time of the year is good for a visit to Gran Canaria thanks to its reliably warm, dry weather. For those seeking the hottest temperatures, the best time of year is in July and August when around 27° is the norm.

Are Cockroaches a Problem in Gran Canaria?

Having lived for many years in Gran Canaria, I can tell you that yes, there are cockroaches due to the subtropical climate. They like warm, damp places like kitchens and bathrooms. But they are not harmful, just annoying.

Insect Protection

Use insect repellent to avoid bites and stings, especially at dawn and dusk. Mosquitoes in Gran Canaria don’t carry malaria or other diseases, but a hungry mosquito can still be unpleasant to have on your ankle. Carry ammonia or antihistamine cream to treat any bites.

The Tap Water

The tap water is not drinkable in Gran Canaria. You can buy water at various supermarkets, bars, or restaurants. Brushing your teeth, taking a shower, etc. is, of course, no problem.

Is it Safe to Walk Around Gran Canaria at Night?

Gran Canaria generally boasts a low crime rate and is considered safe, including at night. As with any popular tourist destination, occasional petty crime like pickpocketing can occur, but violent crime is rare.

Drinking on the Streets

Avoid drinking, smoking, or vaping in public spaces – either on the streets or on the beach. It’s prohibited across all the Canary Islands. You could face a hefty fine if caught. Instead, look for any bar, restaurant, or café that has quiet outdoor seating with designated smoking areas.

Legal Drinking Age

In Gran Canaria, the legal age to purchase and consume alcohol is 18 years old. It’s important for visitors to be aware of the law and drink responsibly while enjoying their time.

Tranport - Airport Transfer or Rentals

Select BEST Services Gran Canaria for convenient transportation. When planning a holiday, wedding, or group celebration, transportation becomes a crucial factor.

Opting for the right transport provider can ensure that everyone arrives punctually and with flair. Amidst the array of companies offering transportation services, BEST Services Gran Canaria emerges as the top choice for holidays, weddings, celebrations, and group events.

How Can We Assist You? If you have any queries whatsoever, feel free to contact us. Our team of experts is dedicated to offering the assistance and answers you require. You can reach out to us via phone, email, or by completing the form. Messages sent to us on WhatsApp are always promptly answered, and we’re available and prepared to help whenever you need us.

Unlicensed Taxi

The tales of unlicensed taxi drivers will persist as long as people continue to use their services. The Glen Elliot affair lasted several years; flirting with danger for so long, the authorities eventually caught up with this unauthorised enterprise.

Friends can, of course, collect friends and family members, but when you start advertising and getting recommendations, you’re really pushing your luck. It’s always best to use the local taxi company, local bus for airport services, or a legally licensed company that offers transfers.

Tranport - Airport Transfer or Rentals

We are a family-run business with over 10 years of experience, based in Puerto Rico, Gran Canaria. By booking in advance via our website, we can guarantee availability, and you won’t need to pay until your arrival.

We provide advice and information and handle excursions, including:

  • Boat Trips
  • Family Adventures
  • Watersports
  • Island Tours
  • Car and Scooter Hire
  • And many other options…

Feel free to browse our offerings. To book or enquire about any of our excursions, please use the live chat to speak with a member of our team.

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