Gran Canaria: October Weather Averages
|Sunshine Hours||8 hrs|
|Chance of Sunny Day||56 %|
|Rainfall days||7 days|
|Chance of Rain||18 %|
|Chance of Cloudy Day||2 %|
|Chance of Windy Day||53 %|
Averages for Gran Canaria in October
Spring and autumn are extremely popular and recommended times to visit the island because of fairly consistently beautiful weather and thinner crowds. It is perfect for outdoor recreation and sport, but it is also well suited for walking from cafes, museums, and art galleries to take in the sights. Additionally, the water temperature provides year long opportunities to swim, surf, snorkel, or scuba dive.
October in the Canary Islands and Gran Canaria is warm, sunny and blissfully dry. The average temperature on any day during the month is 22.8°C. This average temperature takes into consideration a low of 19.7°C and a common high temperature of 25.8°C. If you are looking to partake in swimming or other active pursuits in the Atlantic Ocean, you’re in luck. The average sea temperature is 22°C, the warmest it will be all year. While on land, you have to expect only 13 mm of precipitation, which falls over an average of nine days throughout the month. This can vary greatly depending on where you are on the island. Fortunately, you can still expect an average of 11 hours of sunlight daily. Click here for the live forecast or here for the 14-day forecast for Gran Canaria.
Things to do
Take advantage of the warm autumn weather on the island by choosing to explore it in the Barranco de Guayadeque. This ravine is located on the southern end of the island and is full of natural wonder and ancient ruins. In this area, the indigenous people of Gran Canaria lived and visitors can see caves where these people lived. There are modern buildings in the area including two museums dedicated to the area; one even includes mummy remains. If you’d like to see this sight, you will need to rent a car because there is no road wide enough for a bus to get to it.
If you would rather head towards the sea on your holiday, the Playa de Maspalomas is considered one of the finest beaches on the island. This long stretch of beach has flowing golden sands set against shallow, bright blue waters. Well-kept and guarded by local police, you can feel safe and secure with children on this beach. However, there is one caveat; this beach has stretches that are nudist, so pay attention to what section you plump for if you’re not looking for an added show!
One of the finest beaches on the island Playa de Maspalomas Lighthouse, Gran Canaria.
Where to eat & drink
There are several excellent choices for dining out in the area of Puerto Rico, including La Mattina for Italian cuisine. This cozy and sophisticated eatery is known for its classic Italian offerings like pasta, pizza and tiramisu. This popular place certainly has vocal proponents in its corner. Like many other well-loved restaurants on the island, you should plan ahead and make reservations to secure a table.
Fancy a curry? Head to Happy Valley Indian Restaurant in Puerto Rico. You can expect classic Indian dishes varying levels of spiciness so don’t worry is spicy isn’t your thing. Happy Valley offers free delivery even late at night, so if you’ve had a few too many while out or even at the hotel, Happy Valley can bring food to you – result!
Divinity Karaoke Bar is a fun place for everyone, even kids. Located in the Yumbo Centrum like many of the notable bars in the area, this one caters to a wide audience. Cocktail waitresses go from table to table so you can unwind and concentrate on making your next song selection.
Where to stay
The views from various locations of the Marina Suites in Puerto Rico are probably the hotel’s biggest asset. Set against dramatic and rocky cliffs, this luxurious resort is stylish and comfortable. The infinity pool allows swimmers to look right out into the ocean. The private balconies overlook the harbour and marina as well as the beach. If you’re not in the mood to leave this resort, it has restaurants, spas and other amenities so you can stay on site as long as you like.
For a good budget resort on Gran Canaria, Los Aguacates in Playa del Ingles is a hotel that will make beach goers and budgeters alike happy. Found just a few meters away from the beach, this resort is considered one of the top value hotels on the island but has a fantastic location. The rooms are considered basic against the more luxurious resorts on the island but they are all clean, decent and well equipped. If you’d like to be close enough to walk to the busy parts of town but get restful sleep, Los Aguacates is quiet at night.
Set against dramatic rocky cliffs Marina Suites Puerto Rico, Gran Canaria.
October events in Gran Canaria
Romeria de Nuestra Senora de la Luz
10th October 2015 to 11th October 2015
The Romeria de Nuestra Senora de la Luz is a pilgrimage held in honour of Our Lady of the Light. This pilgrimage takes place in the middle of October each year in Las Palmas and features a water procession with brightly decorated boats which takes place twice during the festival along the city's coastline - once on the second Saturday of the month and then again the next day.
Dia de la Hispanidad
12th October 2015
Dia de la Hispanidad (National Day) is an important public holiday celebrated throughout the whole of Spain and the Canary Islands. On this day, almost all shops, banks and supermarkets throughout Gran Canaria will be closed, so make sure you stock up in advance.