Averages for Gran Canaria in February
February is one of the best times of the year to visit Gran Canaria, Canary Islands for holidaymakers who love clear blue skies and sunshine, but aren’t big fans of the bustling crowds and high temperatures that the summer months of July and August attract. During this month, the average temperature for the island is 18°C, created by average highs of 21°C during the hottest part of the day and average lows of 15°C during the coolest...
Daily averages for February
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Averages for Gran Canaria in February
February is one of the best times of the year to visit Gran Canaria, Canary Islands for holidaymakers who love clear blue skies and sunshine, but aren’t big fans of the bustling crowds and high temperatures that the summer months of July and August attract. During this month, the average temperature for the island is 18°C, created by average highs of 21°C during the hottest part of the day and average lows of 15°C during the coolest part of the night.
The highest temperature ever registered in Gran Canaria in February is 30.9°C, which was recorded on February 27th 2010 at the Gran Canaria Airport. At the other end of the scale, the lowest temperature ever recorded on the island at this time of year is 7.5°C, which was registered on February 5th 1954.
Even though February is classed as a winter month for Gran Canaria, the island is only subject to 24mm of precipitation which is divided across three wet days. Despite this being such a small amount of rainfall, it’s still enough to make February the third wettest month of the year, on average, only narrowly being beaten by December and January.
Moderate rain is the most common type of rainfall you can expect to experience at this time of year, when it falls on 45% of days with precipitation. This is followed by drizzle (28%) and light rain (15%). The likelihood of rainfall occurring gradually drops as the month develops, starting off at 27% at the beginning of the month and dropping down to 24% by the end of the month. This makes the final week of February the best time to visit Gran Canaria if you want to keep the chances of your holiday being spoiled by rainfall down to an absolute minimum.
When it rains in Gran Canaria in winter, it’s usually in the form of short, heavy rainstorms which rarely last more than 30 minutes. Shortly after the rain stops, the clouds clear and the sun starts shining once again. Although short rainstorms will hardly affect your holiday, they can sometimes cause flash flooding because the drains throughout the island are often blocked by the sand and dust brought over from regular calimas. However, clear sun shine for a few hours is usually enough to dry up any remaining flood water.
The highest monthly rainfall ever recorded in Gran Canaria in February is 182.9mm, which was registered at Gran Canaria Airport across February 1954. However, the maximum amount of rainfall ever recorded in a single February day on the island is 83.3mm, which was registered on February 11th 1971. Moreover, the highest number of wet days Gran Canaria has ever seen in February is 16, which occurred during February 2005.
Even though Gran Canaria enjoys a sub-tropical climate, the island is very rarely humid. This means that whenever temperatures are high, they never feel stifling and uncomfortable like you can often get it more exotic holiday destinations. The relative humidity for the island at this time of year ranges between 52% (mildly humid) and 85% (very humid), rarely dropping below 36% (comfortable) or reaching as high as 100% (very humid). The air is driest around February 1st, when the relative humidity falls below 61% (mildly humid) three days out of four, whilst it’s at its most humid around February 16th, when it rises above 78% (humid) three days out of four.
With an average of seven daily hours of sunshine in February, you’ll always get plenty of chances to work on your tan during your holiday in Gran Canaria at this time of year – even if it does rain. The median cloud coverage at this time of year is 48% (partly cloudy) which hardly varies at all, only dropping from 49% at the start of the month down to 46% by the end. On an average day, the sky is clear/mostly clear 41% of the time, partly cloudy 31% of the time and mostly cloudy/overcast 22% of the time.
With so much sunshine and such little cloud coverage, February is a great time to hit the beach in Gran Canaria. At this time of year, the average sea temperature for the waters around the island is 19°C. Anything above 18°C is generally considered to be warm enough for swimming in by most, so expect to see loads of locals and tourists sunbathing on the beaches and swimming in the sea at this time of year.
Over the course of a typical February in Gran Canaria, wind speeds range between 2 m/s (light breeze) and 10 m/s (fresh breeze), rarely rising above 13 m/s (strong breeze). The highest average wind speed of 6 m/s (moderate breeze) happens around February 29th, when the average daily maximum wind speed is 10 m/s (fresh breeze). The lowest average wind speed of 5 m/s (gentle breeze) happens around February 1st, when the average daily maximum wind speed is 9 m/s (fresh breeze). The strongest gust of wind ever registered in Gran Canaria in February is 30.8 m/s, which was recorded at Gran Canaria Airport on February 27th 2010 at 04:05.
The weather condition most likely to negatively affect your February holiday in Gran Canaria is the calima. This weather phenomenon most commonly occurs in between seasons and happens when winds (which usually blow across the island in a north easterly direction) come in directly from the east. When they blow over the island this way, they cross over the Sahara Desert first, where they pick up dust and sand particles in the air. When the island is affected by a calima, temperatures soar up to 10°C higher than normal, visibility is seriously reduced and people with breathing conditions can often feel very uncomfortable. Fortunately, calimas rarely last more than a few days, so they shouldn’t affect your holiday too much.
The golden sands of Playa Las Canteras Beach on a busy day in Gran Canaria, Canary Islands, image taken by El Coleccionista
Where to stay
Gloria Palace Royal Hotel and Spa is an excellent choice of accommodation for those who want to stay close to the beach, being located only 200m away from Playa de Amadores, one of the most famous and beautiful beaches on the island. While the walk down to the coast is a bit steep for some, the proximity to the crystal blue waters more than makes up for it. The complex itself is built from natural stone and offers double rooms, standard suites and luxury suites – all of which come with superb sea views and free access to the spa circuit. Within this complex guests can also enjoy two swimming pools (one of which is an infinity pool that is heated during winter), sunbathing terrace with free loungers and parasols, exclusive nude sunbathing area and an outdoor gym. To keep the kids entertained, there is a kids club, two freshwater swimming pools, daytime organised entertainment, games and a mini disco in the Lounge Bar, so they’ll never get bored. When it comes to dining, there are three restaurants onsite – one buffet, one a la carte and one snack bar – each of which serves a huge variety of local Canarian cuisine and international dishes with new specials on offer every day.
For something more affordable, consider staying at the Eden Apartments. This complex is friendly, cosy and can be found at the top of the hill in the resort of Puerto Rico – a quiet resort located in the south of the island. Accommodation here comes in the form of very modern one- and two-bedroom apartments which can sleep up to four or six guests, respectively – making them perfect for families and groups who want to keep close together. Each apartment comes well equipped with a full kitchen. Within the complex you’ll find plenty to keep the whole family entertained, such as an adults’ swimming pool, children’s pool, solarium with sunbeds and parasols, rooftop adults-only sunbathing terrace, full daily entertainment programme and a bar which offers great value-for-money happy hours and live evening entertainment. For even more goings on, the Europa Centre is just a five minute walk away from the Eden Apartments complex, which is full of bars, restaurants, nightclubs, supermarkets and shops.
If you’re more of a city slicker, check out Hotel NH Las Palmas Playa Las Canteras. This hotel primarily caters for business people, but it’s a cheap place to stay for a holiday in Gran Canaria’s capital, too. But don’t let the cheap price deter you – the accommodation here is superb, with all of the 67 standard rooms well equipped with satellite TV, mini bars and comfortable double beds. Family rooms come with an additional single bed and the option of adding a cot. Within the hotel you’ll find a small restaurant which serves international cuisine, a bar with sea views, free WiFi throughout and outdoor parking. The only downside is that there is no swimming pool onsite, but Playa Las Canteras beach is literally just steps away, so this shouldn’t bother you too much. Better yet, because you’re in the centre of the city, you’ll be surrounded by cultural attractions, bars, restaurants, cafes, clubs, supermarkets and shopping centres at this hotel.
The Best Western Plus Hotel Cantur is another hotel found in Las Palmas de Gran Canaria, but this has more of a typical hotel feel. Accommodation comes in the form of spacious standard rooms with air conditioning and free WiFi access, junior suites with sea views and private Jacuzzis, and presidential suites with separate lounges and two bedrooms each. Foodies will love the Gauguin Restaurant which serves up a fusion of international cuisine and the best Spanish wines, whilst the Pool Bar is a great option for a more casual snack. Other facilities within the hotel include swimming pool, solarium and fitness centre, with a value-for-money hotel-owned spa just a 60m walk from the hotel. There is a golf course within 3km of the hotel, plus bars, restaurants, nightclubs, shops and supermarkets just around the corner.
Gloria Palace Royal Hotel and Spa in Gran Canaria, Canary Islands via Gran Canaria Wellness.
Things to do
The Dive Academy Gran Canaria provides safe and exciting scuba diving excursions that will impress even the most experienced divers. The staff here are knowledgeable and courteous and can even arrange for someone to pick you up and then take you back to your hotel after your dive for free. The excursions take place in more than 20 different shore dive and boat dive sites where you’ll have the chance to see everything from barracuda, octopus and cuttlefish to turtles, angel sharks and rays.
If you’d rather stay above sea level, a boat trip on board the Spirit of the Sea is another fantastic way to explore the waters around Gran Canaria. This excursion company takes groups of up to 15 people out on a glass bottom boat where you can peer through the huge window in search of whales and dolphins. Because the staff are so experienced, they know the best places to go to spot the cetaceans, so chances are good there’ll be at least one sighting when you’re on board.
Go on a diving excursion with The Dive Academy in Gran Canaria, Canary Islands, image via Via
Hit the beach
Playa de Puerto Rico is one of the finest beaches in Mogan. This man-made bay is comprised of 250m of soft golden sands imported from the Sahara Desert which are peppered with sun loungers, parasols and visitors soaking up the sunshine. Thanks to the harbour which flanks one side of the bay, this beach is completely protected by strong waves, so the sea is always calm enough for swimming in. The two artificial breakwaters also ensure that the shore is protected from rough seas, even when conditions are incredibly unfavourable. Backing the beach is a long promenade offering everything from international restaurants and cocktail bars to small minimarkets and tourist shops selling beach essentials.
If you prefer quiet beaches, you’ll love Puerto de Mogan. This beach is the youngest in Gran Canaria and features thick, golden sand which stretches for 200m along the coast. Just like Playa de Puerto Rico, Puerto de Mogan is also well protected on one side by a harbour wall and a rocky breakwater on the other side, which means the shore never sees rough waves. The beach is lined by a small promenade full of local fish restaurants which serve up delicacies caught that very day. You’ll find basic beach facilities here, such as sun loungers, parasols, showers, toilets and some water sports, with plenty of bars, restaurants, tourist shops, holiday accommodation and a weekly market further inland.
The waters at Puerto de Mogan never see big waves in Gran Canaria, Canary Islands
Where to eat & drink
For a traditional Italian meal, make a table reservation at La Cucina. This restaurant offers a varied and exciting Mediterranean menu in cosy, intimate surroundings, making it the perfect place for a romantic dinner for two. In addition to the traditional pizzas and pastas, there’s also a small children’s menu on offer. Whatever you do, try and be there when the singing chef is working – that’s something you won’t want to miss!
After a long day by the pool or at the beach, relax in the evening with a cocktail at De’Yana’s. This lounge is located within the Yumbo shopping centre – a complex full of shops, eateries, nightclubs and even small theatres. There is a wide range of cocktails to choose from across all kinds of spirits and flavours, so there is something for everyone. Best of all, the prices are very reasonable so you won’t drink your budget away.
Yumbo shopping centre in Gran Canaria, Canary Islands
February events in Gran Canaria
1st February 2017 to 28th February 2017
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.