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Weather Averages for Gran Canaria in December
Averages for Gran Canaria in December
Gran Canaria celebrates the holidays in a festive style with wonderfully pleasant weather that will give holiday visitors the chance to enjoy all of the festivities without the winter chill at home. While the December temperatures are considered cold for the island, virtually everyone will find the weather comfortable when compared to back home. Many find that airfares are much cheaper than normal in the early part of the month, too, plus many resorts offer specials at this time of year as it is considered their off season for tourism.
The average temperature on Gran Canaria in December is 18.7°C. The temperature this month can dip as low as 15.7°C or swing as high as 21.8°C. Because of this range of temperatures, remember to pack layers when coming to the island in December. The temperature of the Atlantic Ocean dips slightly to down to 20°C. Some snorkeling and scuba diving companies still operate during December but it will be advised to check with your hotel to be safe before booking. The average amount of rainfall drops slightly during December to an average of 27 mm over the course of 11 days. There is an average of 9 hours of sunlight on any given day. Click here for the live forecast or here for the 14-day forecast.
There is a slight chance of flash flooding during this month because precipitation is higher in December than in other months. However, it is generally low compared to most other tropical areas. In 2002, the Grand Canarian International Airport reported 74 mm of rain in a 24-hour period. This is highly uncommon, since there have also been reports as recent as 1994 in which this month received no precipitation at all.
Dates for the diary
The major festivals and celebrations during this time of year are, of course, tied to the holidays. Dia de Santa Lucia is a festival with Swedish roots, but it has absorbed the festival atmosphere of the island over the years. Churches and villages alike go all-out for this holiday, decorating with all types of lights and other decorations to make the entire island feel festive.
Christmas Eve and Day are significant holidays in Gran Canaria because of the Spanish and Catholic heritage of these islands. On Christmas Eve, many locals will celebrate with their families so most businesses will be closed early. Your hotel will still cater to your needs but making trips outside of the resort will be limited. Christmas Day is a quiet and peaceful event in the Canary Islands. Note that many establishments will be closed in favour of family time and religious observation.
Things to do
If you would like to explore more of the cities on the island, Trip Gran Canaria is a company with many options. This company offers tours to explore the historical, cultural and culinary treasures of the island. Often overlooked in favour of beaches and aquatic adventures, this company fills in a much-needed void. Catering to people of all languages and nationalities, this tour company is highly rated.
Even though the Atlantic Ocean may be getting cooler, there are still ways to explore its underwater wonders. Submarine Adventure company will take you underwater to explore the reefs and beautiful surroundings – and you won’t even have to get your hair wet. As it is onboard a submarine, there are some physical restrictions such as being able to descend onto a ladder but it is a great option for people who can’t scuba dive or snorkell.
Those who will be near Maspalomas during their stay must make a trip to the hundred-year-old lighthouse, which was built in 1861 and took 28 years to complete. Since its construction, it’s seen the growth and development of thriving tourist industry swell around it.
Where to eat & drink
For one of the finest tapas restaurants on the island, Restaurante La Tapita – Los Jose’s is a spectacular choice that is open for breakfast, lunch, and dinner and late into the night. Located in Maspalomas, this small eatery doesn’t even have a menu. 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 expatriates, they offer a complete menu of British favorites at affordable prices.
Where to stay
The Lopesan Villa Del Conde Resort and Thalasso is a luxurious resort located in Maspalomas. This resort is great for families, couples or groups of friends who want to make the most of their time on Gran Canaria. This large resort is designed like a small town so it is a world within itself. With large, sprawling pools, quick access to the beach and ample restaurants, it will be hard to leave the resort. And given the luxurious reputation of this hotel, you can expect to enjoy comfortable rooms with modern amenities and friendly, attentive staff.
Located in Playa del Ingles, the Seaside Sandy Beach resort is considered equally ideal for families and couples alike. After checking into this resort, the staff will treat you to a glass of champagne. The modern rooms are kept clean and well kept by an attentive staff and when you book, ask to get a room that overlooks the pool for the best view.