Averages for Gran Canaria in December

Weather lowdown

Gran Canaria, Canary Islands is a great place to visit in December if you're in search of some winter sun. Despite this month being one of the coldest of the year for the island, Gran Canaria is December is much warmer than many other holiday destinations in Europe and a fair bit of sunshine.

During this month, the average temperature for the island is 19°C, created by average highs of 22°C during the warmest part of the day and average...

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  • Temperature Temperature 19°C 66°F
  • High Temperature Holiday Weather 22°C 72°F
  • Low Temperature Holiday Weather 16°C 61°F
  • Sunshine Hours Sunshine Hours 6 hrs
  • Rainfall Rainfall 31 mm
  • Rainfall days Rainfall days 5 days
  • Sea Temperature Sea Temperature 21°C 70°F

Daily averages for Gran Canaria

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°F 68 68 70 70 68 68 68 70 70 68 70 68 68 66 68 70 68 68 68 68 68 66 68 68 68 66 68 68 66 66 66

Weather lowdown

Gran CanariaCanary Islands is a great place to visit in December if you're in search of some winter sun. Despite this month being one of the coldest of the year for the island, Gran Canaria is December is much warmer than many other holiday destinations in Europe and a fair bit of sunshine.

During this month, the average temperature for the island is 19°C, created by average highs of 22°C during the warmest part of the day and average lows of 16°C in the coolest part of the night. Gran Canaria is an island of microclimates, so depending on what part of the island you're staying in, you could experience warmer or cooler weather.

The daily average temperatures for Gran Canaria in December stay fairly constant throughout most of the month. Up until December 24th, the average temperature stays steady at 20°C, with only one jump up to 21°C around the 6th of the month. In the final week of December, temperatures fluctuate between 20°C and 19°C. This makes the first three weeks the warmest time to visit Gran Canaria and the final week the coolest time to visit.

The highest temperature ever recorded in Gran Canaria in December is 29.4°C, which was registered at Gran Canaria Airport on December 17th 1996. The lowest temperature ever recorded on the island in December is 9.7°C which was registered on December 30th 1958.

Gran Canaria boasts an average of six hours of sunshine each day in December, alongside a median cloud coverage of 50% (partly cloudy) which hardly varies at all across the month. This means that you can expect a mixture of overcast and sunny spells during your winter holiday in Gran Canaria, but you'll still have plenty of sunbathing opportunities.

Even though it is classed as a winter month, December sees only a small amount of rain fall in Gran Canaria. During this month, the island is subject to an average of 31mm of precipitation which is divided between five wet days. There is a 30-31% chance of rain occurring on any day across the month, so there's no good or bad time to go in order to avoid a shower. Moderate rain is the most common form of precipitation (which occurs on 47% of days with rainfall), followed by drizzle (26%) and light rain (15%).

The highest monthly rainfall ever recorded in Gran Canaria in December is 181.1mm, which was registered during 1957. However, the maximum number of wet days recorded in December is 21, which was registered more recently in 2004. The maximum amount of rainfall ever registered in a single December day is 73.7mm, which was recorded on December 17th 2002.

Even though Gran Canaria has a sub-tropical climate, the weather is very rarely humid. In December, the relative humidity typically ranges from 54% (mildly humid) up to 68% (very humid) across the month, rarely falling below 37% (comfortable) or reaching as high as 100% (very humid). The air is at its driest around December 1st, when the relative humidity falls below 62% (mildly humid) three days out of four. The air is at its most humid around December 19th, when it rises above 79% (humid) three days out of four. This low humidity means that temperatures rarely feel hotter than they are and even in the middle of the day when the sun is blasting, temperatures should never feel over-powering.

Because Gran Canaria is surrounded by the Atlantic Ocean, the sea is usually slightly cooler than holiday islands you'll find in the Mediterranean. The average sea temperature for Gran Canaria in December is 21°C. Anything 18°C+ is usually considered warm enough for swimming, so you'll have no problem taking a dip in the sea in Gran Canaria in December.

Over the course of a typical December in Gran Canaria, wind speeds range between 1 m/s (light air) and 8 m/s (fresh breeze), rarely rising above 12 m/s (strong breeze). The highest average wind speed of 5 m/s (gentle breeze) happens around December 12th when the average daily maximum wind speed is 8 m/s (moderate breeze). The lowest average wind speed of 4 m/s (gentle breeze) occurs around December 31st, when the average daily maximum wind speed is 7 m/s (moderate breeze).

Where to stay

Lopesan Villa Del Conde is a luxurious resort located in Maspalomas in the south of Gran Canaria. Situated right on the seafront, just 300m away from Meloneras beach, this five-star hotel is beautifully decorated with traditional Canarian architecture, a reception set inside a replica of a local church, a central square with gourmet restaurant, well-maintained gardens and traditional wooden Canarian balconies. The resort is so complete and well-decorated that it feels like a town! Here guests can choose between double rooms, junior suites, senior suites, superior suites and royal suites, all of which are decorated in a sophisticated Canarian style with satellite TV and WiFi access. The two main highlights include a huge swimming pool surrounded by a beach-like sunbathing terrace and the Thalasso Centre Corallium Villa del Conde beauty and wellness centre located on the seafront. The hotel is also a haven for foodies – with three restaurants, one pool bar, four bar lounges and two buffet restaurants.

For something less extravagant, consider the four-star Seaside Sandy Beach. Situated in the heart of all the action, just 200m away from the beach at Playa del Ingles, this hotel boasts one main swimming pool heated all-year-round, one children's pool and one baby pool, all of which are surrounded by two sunbathing terraces, so water babies will never be left wanting. To keep fit on holiday there's a gym with indoor and outdoor spaces and sea views, one tennis court and loads of recreational games. After a few hours of sport, you can relax in the spa centre which boasts saunas, baths, Jacuzzi, rest areas and nudist sunbathing zones. Don't worry about the children – they'll be entertained by the staff at the kids club. When it comes to dining, there's the main restaurant which serves regional and international dishes for breakfast lunch and dinner, the pool bar which offers snacks, drinks and a daily tea party, and the salon bar where cocktails are served along with live shows and music. Here guests can choose between standard rooms, junior suites and family rooms, each of which is decorated in warm earthy colours with bright accents and comes equipped with air conditioning, free WiFi access, satellite TV and tea/coffee making facilities.

If you'd rather stay in a quieter part of the island, consider Miriam Apartments. Situated in Puerto Rico in the holiday resort of Mogan, this complex is just a ten-minute walk from the golden sandy beach of Amadores and is surrounded by a wealth of international bars, restaurants, cafes, minimarkets and shops. The nearest golf course is also just 3km away. Brightly-decorated standard apartments are the only type of accommodation available, each of which is comprised of a lounge, kitchen with fridge, kettle and microwave, bedroom with two single beds, bathroom and terrace or balcony. The highlight of the resort is the outdoor swimming pool which is surrounded by a sunbathing terrace and small bar which serves a buffet for breakfast in the morning and drinks and snacks throughout the rest of the day. Although onsite facilities are limited to the pool and bar, you'll find plenty to see and do in the local area of Mogan.

Melia Tamarindos is another top pick if you want to stay in a quiet resort. Situated on the beach at San Agustín, this luxury resort boasts two lagoon-style outdoor swimming pools for adults – one of which is heated in winter – and one for children, both of which are surrounded by tropical gardens. The mini gym has a superb view of the pools and gardens and features three treadmills, cross trainer, exercise bike, body-building machine, ab bench and wall bars. Tennis and squash courts are also available outside the gym. For something more relaxing, there's the spa with two sauna cabins, one Turkish bath, two hydromassage zones, one open-air relax area and five indoor treatment cabins. The spa also sells a selection of aloe vera products created locally in the Canary Islands. There are four onsite restaurants to choose from – Roque Nublo Buffet Restaurant with show cooking and international dishes, Tara Snack Bar with buffet and a la carte choices, Jameo Bar with cocktails and live entertainment, and the Tara Pool Bar which serves drinks al fresco. The Melia Tamarindos all-inclusive programme covers all these restaurants, plus various local drinks and some extras from the in-room mini bar. Accommodation here takes many forms, with double rooms, superior double rooms and junior suites on offer. Each room is decorated in a neoclassical style with cool sea colours and offers free WiFi access and satellite TV. If you stay in a junior suite, you'll also enjoy an in-room welcome gift and special access to exclusive parts of the hotel.

Hit the beach

Maspalomas Beach is one of the most popular beaches in the south of Gran Canaria, made up of fine golden sand and shallow, clean water perfectly safe for swimming in. This beach is so large that it's divided into four sections: the first is for families with children, the second and fourth are for nudist sunbathers and the third is for the gay community. You'll find all the facilities that you would expect from a busy beach, here – sun loungers and parasols available to hire, showers, toilets and kiosks every 100m selling drinks and snacks. For something more filling, there are loads of bars and restaurants along the promenade which lines the beach. The promenade is also peppered with water sport kiosks which you can visit to arrange snorkelling and scuba diving trips.

Playa del Ingles Beach is another incredibly popular beach in the south of Gran Canaria. Also offering soft golden sand and calm, blue waters, this beach is well-maintained and stretches on for about 3km, so you'll always be able to find your perfect sunbathing spot. Thanks to the shore's straight shape, the force of the sea currents is largely reduced, which means the sea is almost always safe enough for everyone to swim in. The linear shape also allows the sea to sweep the sand clean of seaweed, so the beach always appears clean and well-kept. There are sun loungers and shades available to rent, showers, food and drink kiosks and wheelchair-access. When the wind gets up and waves develop, take advantage and try your hand at wind surfing or kite surfing. Jet skiing and water skiing are popular water sports which can be enjoyed when the sea is calm. 

Where to eat & drink

For one of the finest tapas restaurants on the island, try Restaurante La Tapita – Los Jose's. This is a spectacular choice that is open for breakfast, lunch, dinner and late into the night. Located in Maspalomas, this small eatery doesn't even have a menu. Instead, when you stop in, a waiter will tell you what delicious options are available that day. It gives a hint at the value this restaurant places on locality and seasonality of their ingredients.

If you're missing the taste of home and fancy some homemade, hearty grub, British Bulldog is a great option. Run by expats, this bar-restaurant offers a complete menu of British favourites, including full English breakfasts, burgers and fish and chips, all at affordable prices. Perfect for recovering from the night before!

Things to do

If you would like to get out of your resort and explore other parts of the island, Trip Gran Canaria can help you organise that. This company arranges tours to explore the historical, cultural and culinary treasures of the island that few people get to enjoy. Often overlooked in favour of beaches and aquatic adventures, this company fills in a much-needed void and caters to people of all languages and nationalities. Some of the most popular tours include combined wine tasting and vineyard visits, guided walks around cities in the north of the island and visits to local farmers' markets.

Although the sea is generally warm enough for swimming in throughout December, some visitors might find it a bit cold. If you're one of them, you can still catch a glimpse of the marine life which hides under the water's surface by signing up for a submarine ride with Submarine Adventure, based in Mogan. The submarine dives to a depth of 25m and has a ratio of one seat and one window per person, so you'll never have to fight for the best view. On board you'll have the chance to see everything from turtles and scorpionfish to sting rays and moray eels – all without getting your hair wet!

If the weather is a bit cloudy and you're near Maspalomas, make a trip to the hundred-year-old lighthouse. Known locally as El Faro de Maspalomas, this lighthouse was built in 1861 and took 28 years to complete. It stands at 56m tall, making it the tallest masonry lighthouse in the Canary Islands. Since its construction, it's seen the growth and development of thriving tourist industry swell around it.

December events in Gran Canaria

Public Hoilday

Dia de la Constitución

6th December 2017

Dia de la Constitución (Constitution Day) is a public holiday celebrated throughout the whole of Gran Canaria each year at the start of December, which means almost all banks, shops and supermarkets will be closed on this day.

Religious

La Inmaculada Concepción

8th December 2017

Each year two days after Dia de la Constitución, La Inmaculada Concepción (Feast of the Immaculate Conception) is celebrated throughout the whole of Gran Canaria with special services held in churches across the island, including in La Catedral in Las Palmas. Be aware that most of the supermarkets, banks and shops will be closed on this day, so make sure you stock up in advance.

Fiesta de Santa Lucia

13th December 2017

The Fiesta de Santa Lucia is a religious festival held in Santa Lucia de Tirajana each year in the middle of December. This Swedish festival combines Scandinavian traditions with Canarian traditions and features a religious procession, street parties, music concerts, dancing and even an animal show. La Iglesia de Santa Lucía (The Santa Lucia Church) is also decorated and lit up on this day in honour of the celebration.

Christmas Day

25th December 2017

Christmas Day is celebrated in almost every town and village throughout the whole of Gran Canaria. In the major tourist resorts such as Playa del Ingles and Puerto Rico, most hotels, bars and restaurants put on festive parties with live entertainment, music, dancing and turkey dinners with all the trimmings. Veneguera (a village close to Mogan) hosts a Christmas play on the evening whilst the beach of Las Canteras in Las Palmas is used to display Christmas-themed sand sculptures.

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