Gran Canaria: January Weather Averages
|Sunshine Hours||7 hrs|
|Chance of Sunny Day||40 %|
|Rainfall days||8 days|
|Chance of Rain||20 %|
|Chance of Cloudy Day||4 %|
|Chance of Windy Day||43 %|
Averages for Gran Canaria in January
Gran Canaria is the third largest and most populated island in the Canary Islands – making it one of the most exciting islands to visit on holiday. The natural beauty of the island is tremendously varied thanks to its mountainous terrain and attractive sandy beaches. As the island has the largest population of any of the Canary Islands, it also has a vibrant nightlife, bustling cultural scene and plenty of interesting attractions and activities to enjoy; not to mention some fantastic beaches.
The unique geographic location of the island produces several microclimates within a very small area. Therefore, it is possible to experience a sunny day on the beach and a misty walk through lush green mountains on the same holiday. The island’s attractions offer a further contrast; there are plenty of typical tourist hotspots such as packed out water parks, as well as peaceful nature preservation areas that are relatively untouched.
While January is considered the coldest month on the island, it is a relative term for people coming from Europe. The coldest day of the year is usually January 22, but will probably still be considered warm by most Western tourists’ standards. The average temperature is 17.6°C. The average low temperature can dip down to 14.7°C while the average high temperature is 21°C.
The seawater temperature is 19°C, and despite the island’s location in the Atlantic Ocean, it is relatively dry in January. There is an average of 18 mm of precipitation, which falls over an average of 8 days. The best part? There is an average of 10 hours of sunlight daily. Click here for the 14-day forecast or here for the current weather in Gran Canaria.
January signals a couple of minor weather concerns that travellers should be aware of. First of all, there is a reasonable chance of flooding because the area sees so little rainfall at any other time of year. The slight increase in this month is sometimes hard for the ground to absorb as it runs down from the mountainous areas. Also, dust storms can be a concern. Generally, they are just annoying hindrances that last for a couple of days, decreasing visibility and making breathing slightly uncomfortable. This can obviously be more of a problem for people with asthma.
Things to do
One of the most notable wonders on the island is the Roque Nublo. This staggering monumental rock formation is located in the centre of the island. If you take the time to make the couple hours’ drive to this formation through quaint villages, you’ll be granted extraordinary views and walking paths.
Roque Nublo, Gran Canaria.
Known as the Hawaii of the Atlantic, Gran Canaria is known for its ideal surfing conditions. While on the island, sign up for a class or rent equipment from the PR Surfing Company, which caters to tourists. From novices to experienced surfers, they welcome individuals of all knowledge levels.
Where to eat & drink
If you stay in Puerto de Mogan, there is a lovely nearby restaurant that provides a local, café atmosphere, Gelatomania. You can enjoy smoothies, crepes and other specialty snacks. The small establishment is next to a harbor, which means you have a prime spot for watching the boats coming and going, plus there is a children’s play area in the back of the restaurant to keep little ones amused.
Located in Puerto de Mogan, the Casito Mediterraneo offers up classic Mediterranean and Spanish dishes. Living up to its heritage, this restaurant services fresh seafood, traditional tapas and local wine. This eatery is one of the finest on the island, so expect to pay more than the average restaurant.
If you would like to take advantage of the lively nightlife on the island, drop into the Eiffel Bar. This bar is considered one of the best on the island and brings a touch of French sophistication to this Spanish city. While it is a French-inspired bar, it caters to a wide range of tastes.
Classic Mediterranean and Spanish dishes including Paella at Casito Mediterraneo.
Where to stay
One of the most beautiful resorts in Gran Canaria is The Cordial Mogan Playa in Puerto de Mogan. Considered one of the finest hotels in the city and the island, this resort is an oasis set against the neighbouring mountains. Even guests who have opted for the half board option can expect to enjoy lots of little extras. The food is excellent and services in the hotel, such as towel changes, are no inconvenience for the friendly and accommodating staff. Two swimming pools, tennis courts, a gym and outdoor chess make this hotel a top choice.
Cordial Mogan Playa hotel, Puerto de Mogan photographed by Willam Warby
If you would rather save money while in Gran Canaria, the Guanabara Park Apartments are a great choice. Ideal for holidaymakers want to explore the natural surroundings of the island, this hotel of apartments has magnificent views of the harbour and quick access to some of the best walking paths and trails on the island.
January events in Gran Canaria
New Year's Day
1st January 2015
New Year's Day is an annual public holiday celebrated throughout the whole of Gran Canaria. Since this is a public holiday, almost all banks, shops and supermarkets will be closed, so make sure you stock up on essentials in advance.
Día de los Reyes
5th January 2015 to 6th January 2015
Día de los Reyes (Kings' Day) is celebrated at the start of January each year and marks the end of the festive season in Gran Canaria. Events begin on the night before the actual holiday (January 5th) with an impressive parade throughout the streets of Las Palmas. During the parade, three locals dressed up as kings ride throughout the city on the backs of camels, handing out sweets and gifts to the children watching whilst being followed by decorated floats. The actual day of the holiday (January 6th) is a low-key affair mainly celebrated at home with family members.
Festival de Música de Canarias
13th January 2015 to 12th February 2015
Festival de Música de Canarias (Music Festival of the Canaries) is celebrated at the beginning of January each year at the Auditorio Alfredo Kraus in Las Palmas. Highly regarded as one of the best classical music festivals in Europe, this event attracts fine conductors, soloists and orchestras from all over the world, including the Gran Canaria Philharmonic Orchestra. The 2015 programme includes: 13/01 - Akademie Fur Alte Musik Berlin W. A. Mozart symphony in E flat major J. Ch. Bach symphony in D major op. 18/4 Chr. W. Gluck Aria “Se il fulmine sospendi” (de “Ezio”) J. A. Hasse overture in D major to Ezio J. Ch. Bach Aria “Vò volcando un mar crudele” 16/01 - Orquesta Sinfónica de Tenerife I W. Lutoslawski little suite Elgar enigma vatiations 22/01 - Orquesta Sinfónica de Tenerife II K. Penderecki Symphony number 2 A. Dvorak Symphony number 7 S. Gubaidulina world premier 27/01 - I Turchini Leonardo Vinci Pietro Marchitelli Leonardo Leo Domenico Sarro Niccolo' Piccinni Nicola Fiorenza 30/01 - Orquestra Filarmonica de Gran Canaria L. V. Beethoven concert for piano number 4 and symphony number 4 31/01 - St Petersburg Philharmonic Orchestra M. Glinka overture R. Gliere concert for harp Mussorgski-Ravel pictures at an exhibition
Gran Canaria Marathon
25th January 2015
The Gran Canaria Marathon takes place each January in Las Palmas. The first main marathon runs from Calle del Industrial José Sánchez Peñate to Avenida Apolinario whilst the second main route runs between Avenida Apolinari and Auditorio Alfredo Kraus - both of which cover 42km. In addition to the full marathons, there is also a half marathon which covers 21km, as well as a 10km marathon.