Gran Canaria: August Weather Averages
|Sunshine Hours||11 hrs|
|Chance of Sunny Day||76 %|
|Rainfall days||1 days|
|Chance of Rain||3 %|
|Chance of Cloudy Day||1 %|
|Chance of Windy Day||98 %|
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.
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!
Las Canteras Beach at sunset, Gran Canaria.
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 Marriott 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.
Bar at AC Hotel Marriott, Las Palmas de Gran Canaria.
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.
August events in Gran Canaria
Bajada de la Rama
3rd August 2015 to 4th August 2015
Bajada de la Rama (Bringing Down the Branches) is a traditional festival which takes place at the beginning of August each year in Agaete. The festival starts off at 5am on the first day of the event when a local band performs, marking the opening of the festival. This is followed by a long walk which begins at 10am on the next day when a number of locals collect eucalyptus branches from the top of Agaete. The locals then follow a 5 hour walk down to the La Ermita de La Virgen de las Nieves parish where they present the branches to La Virgen de la Nieves as a religious offering.
Asunción de la Virgin
15th August 2015
The Asunción de la Virgin (Feast of the Assumption) is a religious holiday celebrated throughout the whole of Spain and the Canary Islands - Gran Canaria included. On this day, almost all shops, supermarkets and bars will be closed whilst locals celebrate with special services held in churches - especially La Catedral in Plaza de Santa Ana, Las Palmas - street processions, music concerts, dancing, food stalls and firework displays which take place in various resorts and towns throughout the island.