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Weather Averages for Gran Canaria in August
Averages for Gran Canaria in August
August in Gran Canaria is fantastic weather wise. The ocean is nearly as warm as it will get the entire year, the daily high temperatures are at their yearly highs, and precipitation is at its yearly minimum.
The average temperature in the month of August is 24.2°C. This includes a range of temperatures from a low 21.2°C, usually at night, but the days more than make up for that, with a high temperature of 27.1°C. Enjoy swimming and basking by the Atlantic Ocean during your holiday because the average sea temperature is 22°C. It is ideal for swimmers, sunbathers, and scuba divers. While the ocean will be warm, you can also enjoy fabulous weather on shore because 0 mm of precipitation fall throughout the month. Combine that with an average of 13 hours of sunlight every day and you’ll have perfect holiday weather. Click here for the live forecast and here for the 14-day forecast.
Dates for the diary
The major celebration during the month of August is held at the beginning of the month. The Bajada de la Rama literally translates to “bringing down the branches.” It is a time when villagers fetch branches from nearby pine forests and then perform rituals and dances in hopes of inspiring rain for the area. The celebration is steeped in history and is always lively and colourful.
Another amazing festival to enjoy while on Gran Canaria in August is the Traida del Agua or Water Fight. This fiesta in early August is held on the eastern coast of the island. It is celebrated with traditional activities like processions, fireworks and most notably, a water fight with thousands of locals and tourists. It would be a fantastic way to cool off!
Things to do
The beaches of the southern coast are generally more family friendly and aimed at pleasing tourists with an array of activities. The beaches on the north side of the island are more secluded and less likely to provide ready-made adventures that tourists would be likely to see on the southern side.
The exception to this standard is Las Canteras Beach, which is in the north near the capital city of Las Palmas de Gran Canaria. This three kilometer-long beach is always full of swimmers, sunbathers and surfers. Whatever coast you decide to frequent, you should check online or with your hotel to make sure that you may not accidentally stumble onto one of the island’s nudist stretches – unless that’s what you’re looking for!
Run by German expatriates, the Fun Action Sports & Adventures company offers a variety of active excursions on the island. Depending on your interest and activity level, you can choose from walking tours, fishing on the open seas, mountain biking, hiking and buggy tours. The tour company is staffed with passionate and knowledgeable guides who are eager to make your trip once in a lifetime. If you’re traveling with children, let the tour company know and they will be happy to accommodate families with children of all ages and skill levels.
Beat the summer heat by stepping indoors to one of the island many museums, the Casa de Colon. Located in the city of Las Palmas, this museum to Christopher Columbus is built within a building that he once stayed in centuries ago. The museum has numerous historical artifacts from the time Columbus explored the Atlantic Ocean. This museum charges a small entry fee; there is a student discount. If you are not particularly into history, you can at least enjoy the reprieve from summer heat and the stunning architecture.
Where to eat & drink
A unique dining experience is to be had at Los Cedros, also on the north side of the island. Don’t let the uninspiring exterior be an indication of the wonderful food and service inside. The Lebanese menu is versatile, accommodating meat eaters, vegetarians, and vegans. It is also very reasonably priced.
For a quiet dinner, the Brasserie Entre Nous in Playa del Ingles is a lovely option. In the classic brasserie style, this restaurant has traditional French dishes with locally sourced, fresh ingredients. The food at this eatery is exquisite so unsurprisingly it’s very popular, plus lke many restaurants on the island, there is a small number of tables so book ahead.
Shamrock Bar is owned by an Irish family and offers lively entertainment, including local bands. Regarded as one of the best bars in Puerto Rico, this establishment is busy and packed with locals and tourists alike.
Where to stay
The Marriot is a popular hotel in the northern part of the island because it is a no-frills, relatively inexpensive hotel for those who are going to spend most of their time outside anyway. The amenities provided, such as the gym and the swimming pool, are nice, but not the best on the island. However, the free mini-bar and the extremely close proximity to the beach make up for those slight deficiencies.
For an even more affordable hotel stay while on Gran Canaria, the El Cardonal Apartments in Maspalomas is a fantastic way to see the island while keeping to your budget. These modest and simple rooms won’t impress with lavish details but provide comfortable and clean accommodations with friendly staffing. It’ll be best to stay at this resort during the summer because the pool is unheated. These bungalows prove to be great home base while exploring the island’s natural wonders and attractions.