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 be...
Daily averages for Gran Canaria
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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.
Gran Canaria, Canary Islands is a great place to visit in January if you're in search of some pleasantly warm temperatures and winter sun. At this time of year, the average temperature for the resort is 18°C, created by average highs of 21°C during the middle of the day and average lows of 15°C during the coolest part of the evening. With daily averages being 18°C every day, there's no good or bad time to visit in January – whether you go at the start, middle or the end of the month, you'll enjoy the same warm, sunny weather.
The highest temperature ever registered in Gran Canaria in January is 29.5°C, which was recorded on January 18th 2010 at Gran Canaria airport. At the other end of the scale, the lowest temperature ever registered in Gran Canaria in December is 8°C, which was recorded on January 21st 1957.
Even though January is a winter month, Gran Canaria still enjoys an average of six hours of sunshine each day at this time of year, along with median cloud coverage of 49% (partly cloudy) which hardly varies at all throughout the month. On an average day, the sky is clear/mostly clear 39% of the time, partly cloudy 31% of the time and mostly cloudy/overcast 22% of the time. This means that although you will get your fair share of cloudy spells if you visit Gran Canaria in January, you'll also get plenty of chances to soak up the sunshine.
The average sea temperature for the waters around Gran Canaria in December is 19°C. Anything above 18°C is usually considered warm enough for swimming. So whilst some holidaymakers might find the sea a bit too cool for swimming in December, most will find the refreshing temperature perfectly warm enough for taking a dip.
After December, January is usually the wettest month of the year for Gran Canaria, when the island is subject to an average of 25mm of precipitation which is spread out over the course of three wet days. Moderate rain is the most common type of precipitation you can expect to see at this time of year, when it falls on 46% of days with rainfall. This is followed by drizzle (27%) and light rain (16%).
The likelihood of precipitation occurring on the island during this time of year drops as the month develops, starting off at 30% on January 1st and falling down to 27% by January 30th. This makes the final week of January the best time to visit Gran Canaria if you want to keep the chances of your holiday being affected by rainfall down to an absolute minimum.
The highest monthly rainfall ever registered in Gran Canaria in January is 124.9mm, which was recorded at Gran Canaria Airport across January 1957. The highest number of wet days ever recorded in a single January is 19, which was registered during January 1979, whilst the maximum amount of rainfall ever recorded in a single January day is 74.9mm, which was registered on January 24th 2006.
When it rains in Gran Canaria, it usually starts with overcast skies for an hour or so, followed by a spell of moderately heavy rainfall which rarely lasts more than 30 minutes. Shortly after the rain stops, the clouds disperse and the sun shines through. So even though there is a fairly good chance you'll experience a shower during your January holiday in Gran Canaria, you'll never get a full day of rain.
Despite having a sub-tropical climate, Gran Canaria is rarely overly humid. The relative humidity for the island in December typically ranges between 52% (mildly humid) and 85% (humid), rarely dropping below 36% (comfortable) or reaching as high as 100% (very humid). The air is usually driest around January 28th, when the relative humidity drops below 60% (mildly humid) three days out of every four. The air tends to be at its most humid around January 1st, when it rises above 77% (humid) three days out of four.
Compared to the other Canary Islands, Gran Canaria experiences very little wind. Over the course of a typical January, wind speeds range between 1 m/s (light air) and 9 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 January 31st, when the average daily maximum wind speed is 9 m/s (fresh breeze). The lowest average wind speed of 4 m/s (gentle breeze) happens around January 2nd, when the average daily maximum wind speed is 7 m/s (moderate breeze). The strongest gust of wind ever registered in Gran Canaria in January is 27.2 m/s, which was recorded on January 17th 1994 at 09:30.
Where to stay
Gold by Marina has been voted the best hotel in Playa del Ingles by TripAdvisor. This hotel caters for romantic holidays for adults aged 18+ and even offers five different speciality packs you can book before you go: food and drink welcome pack; cava, rose petals and chocolate welcome pack and a 15-minute massage and spa product welcome pack, plus two erotic passion kits for couples. There are two swimming pools within the complex, as well as a large Jacuzzi, bi-thermal multi-hose showers and spa which boasts five facials, six massages, one manicure and one pedicure. There's also the indoor Lobby Style restaurant which serves all kinds of alcoholic and non-alcoholic drinks, including smoothies and specialist teas, plus the outdoor Pool Style which serves breakfasts, cheese and meat platters, salads, sandwiches, pizzas, pastas and desserts. Guests can choose between rooms with terraces/balconies, rooms with superior balconies, junior suites, superior junior suites and master suites, each of which is decorated in a colourful vintage 1950s-1970s style and features free WiFi access, full kitchen and air conditioning.
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.
Gold by Marina has been voted the best hotel in Playa del Ingles by TripAdvisor. This hotel specialises in romantic holidays for adults aged 18+ and even offers five different speciality packs you can book before you go: food and drink welcome pack; cava, rose petals and chocolate welcome pack and a 15-minute massage and spa product welcome pack, plus two erotic passion kits for couples. There are two swimming pools within the complex, as well as a large Jacuzzi, bi-thermal multi-hose showers and spa which boasts five facials, six massages, one manicure and one pedicure treatments. There's also the indoor Lobby Style restaurant which serves all kinds of alcoholic and non-alcoholic drinks, including smoothies and specialist teas, plus the outdoor Pool Style which serves breakfasts, cheese and meat platters, salads, sandwiches, pizzas, pastas and desserts. Guests can choose between rooms with terraces/balconies, rooms with superior balconies, junior suites, superior junior suites and master suites, each of which is decorated in a colourful vintage 1950s-1970s style and features free WiFi access, full kitchen and air conditioning.
Cordial Mogan Playa in Puerto de Mogan is another very highly regarded hotel found in the south of the island. Offering a lush oasis set against a backdrop of mountains, this resort features two huge lagoon-style swimming pools surrounded by a sunbathing terrace dotted with palm trees and other tropical plants. The higher pool is the quietest one, making it the best place to go for an afternoon siesta, whilst the lower action-packed pool is where all the fun and games take place. For a totally relaxing experience, visit the onsite Inagua Spa, which offers an outdoor flotarium, sauna and private treatments. If you prefer to be more active on holiday, you'll love the daily fitness classes and can keep fit with the gym, tennis courts, table tennis and boules in between classes. After you've worked up an appetite, you can dine in one of two buffet restaurants, each of which serves a huge selection of modern international and traditional Canarian cuisine. There's also an a la carte restaurant open on an evening, plus a pool bar and a snack bar, which both serve drinks and snacks during the afternoon. For lively evening entertainment, you've got the Fataga Bar with live performances every night. The standard twin rooms are decorated in warm red hues, but if you need a bit more space, you're best off booking a junior suite.
If you're planning on spending a lot of time at the beach during your holiday in Gran Canaria, consider making a reservation at Hotel NH Imperial Playa. This four-star hotel is situated opposite Las Canteras Beach (one of the very best in Gran Canaria) and also puts you within easy access of local shops, restaurants and bars. Each of the guestrooms has a classic-meets-contemporary feel, with neutral décor, satellite TV, WiFi access and air conditioning. Standard rooms are the cheapest and most basic type of accommodation, but if you want something better, there are also superior rooms and junior suites – both of which are significantly larger. Despite the hotel being on the small side, there are several dining options – the first-floor restaurant boasts amazing sea views and serves up local and international cuisine for breakfast, lunch and dinner in contemporary surroundings. The light and airy NH Imperial Playa Restaurant offers an extensive a la carte restaurant in casual beachside-inspired surroundings, whilst the Bar-Cafeteria is the place to do for simple snacks, cocktails or to catch up on the latest sports advertised on TV. Since this hotel mostly caters for business stays, there is no swimming pool.
If you've got your heart set on a five-star hotel, consider Hotel Santa Catalina. Originally constructed in 1890 in Las Palmas de Gran Canaria, this hotel has seen hundreds of famous faces pass through its doors, including Winston Churchill and even the Royal Family. The hotel is set in the centre of Parque Doramas – a huge green park full of palm trees and tropical plants – and is comprised of 202 guestrooms divided between singles, doubles, superior doubles, junior suites and senior suites. All the guestrooms are appointed in a sophisticated way, with dark wooden furniture and free WiFi access. The spa is one of the many highlights of the hotel, where you can swim in the heated indoor pool, relax your muscles under pressure jets or take it easy in the saunas, Jacuzzis and Turkish baths. There is also a lengthy spa treatment menu if you really want to indulge. Other onsite facilities include a fitness centre with workout classes and state-of-the-art equipment and a huge outdoor swimming pool with sun bathing terrace. When it comes to dining, there are three restaurants – the award-winning Gourmet Restaurant La Terraza, the breakfast buffet Patio Las Tortugas and the poolside snack bar. If you're just after a drink, you can grab a coffee or cocktail at the Terrace and Piano Bar Carabela.
Hit the beach
If you're staying in Maspalomas but don't want to be surrounded by the noise of the main Maspalomas Beach, take a look at Meloneras Beach. This beach is backed by a lively promenade where you'll find loads of local restaurants, bars, supermarkets and clothes shops, but the beach itself is comparatively quiet. Here you can relax on the soft, golden sands or freshen up by taking a dip in the sea. Despite the beach's slightly curved shape, the waves can often come in very quickly one after another here, so be careful when you're in the sea. If you see locals practising any form of surfing, you're best off staying out of the water. As is noted by its Blue Flag status, this beach offers many services and facilities, including sun loungers and parasols available to hire, showers, access ramps and several food and drink kiosks.
Playa de Las Nieves Beach is located in Agaete – a resort in the north of the island primarily visited by cruise line holidaymakers. Tucked in between the marina and the old dock, this beach is made up of large stones and dark, volcanic sand. Thanks to the marina wall, this beach is entirely protected from waves, which means the sea is always calm enough for swimming – no matter how windy it is or how rough the sea is. Although there are no services or amenities available directly on the beach, the promenade which lines the bay is home to many local bars, restaurants and shops. The impressive mountains in the distance makes this area ideal for those wanting to admire impressive views while swimming or lounging on the beach, as well as the natural pools that make for safe swimming for the whole family.
Where to eat & drink
If you stay in Puerto de Mogan, take the time to visit Gelatomania – a local café with a chilled out Canarian vibe. Here you can enjoy smoothies, crepes, coffee, ice cream and other light snacks throughout the afternoon. The small establishment is located next to the harbour, which means you'll have a prime spot for watching the boats coming and going. There's also a children's play area in the back of the restaurant to keep little ones amused.
Also located in Puerto de Mogan, Casito Mediterraneo serves up authentic Mediterranean cuisine, with different menus depending on which time of day you visit. If you turn up for lunch, you'll get to choose from a menu of tapas, fresh fish dishes and salads, but if you make a reservation for an evening, you'll get to sample all that, plus a selection of regional specials which are created with fresh, seasonal ingredients. Whenever you visit, you can pair your meal with a choice of Canarian and Spanish wines.
If you're searching for some 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 the Canary Island. While it is a French-inspired bar, it caters to a wide range of tastes and offers a menu which includes coffee, tea, smoothies, fresh fruit juices, beers, spirits, French and Canarian wines, Champagne by the glass and cocktails.
Things to do
One of the most notable wonders in Gran Canaria is the Roque Nublo Rural Park. The largest natural area on the island, this park is named after Roque Nublo – a huge lava plug which is 80m tall and stands 1,813m above sea level. The park as a whole covers 26,000 hectares and includes viewpoints from which you can take stunning photos, picnic sites with stone barbecues, volcanic sandy beaches, rural camp sites, traditional Canarian villages and many hiking trails of various difficulties.
If an average sea temperature of 19°C isn't too cool for you, grab a surf board and hit the waves during your January holiday in Gran Canaria. The Pro Surfing Company is based in Maspalomas and is the only surfing school authorised to give lessons on the beaches on Maspalomas. The qualified instructors here give lessons for surfing, kite surfing, paddle surfing, wind surfing and wake boarding for newbies up to professional level. You can sign up for a one-off hour lesson to get you going or jump in at the deep end and take on a five-day course.
January events in Gran Canaria
New Year's Day
1st January 2018
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 2018
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.
26th January 2018 to 18th February 2018
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.