Gran Canaria: February Weather Averages
|Sunshine Hours||8 hrs|
|Chance of Sunny Day||43 %|
|Rainfall days||6 days|
|Chance of Rain||20 %|
|Chance of Cloudy Day||4 %|
|Chance of Windy Day||59 %|
Averages for Gran Canaria in February
February is the primary time of year that the island is affected by dust storms. These usually only last for a couple of days, but tourists will definitely want to stay inside to avoid the smoggy air. February does incur a higher amount of rain than many other months, but it is still not a concern that an entire holiday will be ruined by rain. An indicator that rain is coming can be a heavy dust storm.
Outside of the dust storms, the weather on the island is pleasant. The average February temperature is 17.9°C. This temperature range includes a low of 14.9°C and a high of 21°C. The surrounding Atlantic Ocean stays warm at 19°C, it may not be warm enough to go swimming yet but it is moderate and warms the island. Click here for the 7-day forecast or the live weather here.
Precipitation varies greatly across this island. For example, the capital of Las Palmas has reported a maximum precipitation accumulation of 6 mm, while the Grand Canarian International Airport, which is only 20 km away, has reported a maximum of 84 mm. Overall, an average of 24mm of precipitation falls throughout the month over seven days. However, if you travel to Gran Canaria in February, you will get to enjoy up to ten hours of sunshine each day.
Things to do
Close by, the Dive Academy Gran Canaria provides safe and exciting scuba diving excursions that will impress even experienced divers. The staff is knowledgeable and courteous. They can arrange for someone to pick you up and then take you back to your hotel for your dive. Gran Canaria enjoys some incredibly beautiful stretches of undersea wonder including beautiful fish and colourful coral.
If you’d rather stay above sea level, the Spirit of the Sea is a fantastic way to explore the waters around Gran Canaria. On their ships, you can choose from a two hour whale and dolphin watching tour or a three hour trip with the whale and dolphin watching as well as an hour to swim in a bay before returning to land.
Dive Academy Gran Canaria. Photo courtesy of Dive Academy Gran Canaria.
Where to eat & drink
For a traditional Italian meal while staying on this Spanish island, La Cucina has a varied and exciting menu. This is a small restaurant so you should definitely call ahead to make reservations. But once you’re seated, the intimate and rustic dining experience is worth the extra effort. The pizzas and pastas will please children, the unadventurous and discerning foodies.
After a long day at sea, whether below or above the water, relax in the evening with a cocktail at De’Yana’s. This lounge is conveniently located near multiple shopping centers and is staffed with knowledgeable and passionate bartenders. There is a wide range of cocktails to choose from and they don’t favor any particular spirit so there is something for everyone. Best of all, it is only reasonably priced so you won’t drink your budget away.
De’Yana’s is located within the Yumbo shopping centre. This complex is full of shops, eateries, nightclubs and even small theatres. Not necessarily perfect for the conservative traveller because of the nightlife and open gay culture, but Yumbo is where a lot of the fun happens.
Yumbo shopping centre Gran Canaria.
Where to stay
Gloria Palace Royal Hotel and Spa is an excellent choice of accommodation for those looking to be near the beach. It is only 200 m from Playa de Amadores, one of the most famous on the island. While the walk down to the coast is a bit steep, the proximity to the crystal blue waters makes up for it. For those who want the option of pool or ocean, the infinity pool is a huge attraction of this resort. The food and the nightly entertainment are both quite varied, and both are highly praised. The hotel’s spa is also a huge selling point, with its massage stations within a heated pool that provides ocean views as well. The services provided are aimed at relaxing the body while also improving overall wellbeing.
Eden Apartments are private and cosy and can be found in the city of Puerto Rico. This friendly hotel has rooms in a variety of sizes and a shared kitchen. This hotel has features with your little ones in mind; including a playground. The price tag for this hotel is also attractive. It offers lovely views of the entire island without busting your budget wide open. In addition, because it sits on a hilltop and has wonderful views, you may want to anticipate extra money for taxi rides if you don’t want to hike each day.
Gloria Palace Royal Hotel and Spa Gran Canaria. Photo courtesy of Gran Canaria Wellness.
February events in Gran Canaria
6th February 2015 to 22nd February 2015
Carnaval is celebrated each February throughout the whole of Gran Canaria. Although almost every town and village holds its own celebrations, the biggest and best ones take place throughout the streets and plazas of Las Palmas, as well as in Santa Catalina Park. The main events include drag queen performances, a carnival queen competition, a mini children's carnival, numerous parades, street parties, music concerts, dancing, street performances and plenty of free-flowing food and drink. The drag queen election is one of the highlights of the carnival. This event starts of in La Isleta from where a parade leaves and travels throughout Las Palmas until it reaches the stage at Santa Catalina Park and the carnival drag queen is chosen. If you can't make it to Las Palmas, Playa del Ingles, San Bartolomé, Maspalomas, Aguimes, Agaete and Telde also put on great carnival celebrations.