July Weather Averages for Gran Canaria, Canary Islands
What's the Weather like in Gran Canaria in July
July is one of the busiest months of the year for Gran Canaria, Canary Islands, when thousands of families and couples from across Europe visit the island for their summer holidays.
During this month, the average temperature for the island is 23°C, created by average highs of 27°C during the daytime and average lows of 20°C aft...
What's the Weather like in Gran Canaria in July
During this month, the average temperature for the island is 23°C, created by average highs of 27°C during the daytime and average lows of 20°C after dark, compared to August, which has an average temperature of around 25°C.
In July, the daily average temperatures rise toward the end of the month. Daily averages lie at a constant 24°C up until July 20th, when they jump up to 25°C. In the final two days of the month, the average daily temperatures increase up to 26°C. This makes the final week of July the hottest time to visit Gran Canaria.
The highest temperature ever registered in Gran Canaria in July is 44.2°C, which was recorded at Gran Canaria Airport on July 13th 1952. The lowest temperature ever recorded on the island at this time of year is 14.8°C, which was registered at the same location on July 3rd 1957.
At this time of year, the probability of precipitation occurring stays fairly constant as the month progresses, starting off at 8% on July 1st, dropping down to 6% by July 18th where it stays until the end of the month. Across July, the island is subject to an average of 0mm of rainfall!
But if you're unlucky enough to get some rainfall during your holiday in Gran Canaria in July, it will most probably be drizzle (which happens on 63% of days with rainfall), moderate rain (22%) or light rain (12%).
The highest monthly rainfall ever registered in Gran Canaria in July is 5.3mm, all of which fell within a single day – July 5th 1979 – at Gran Canaria Airport. Despite this, with eight days, July 2002 was the July which saw the highest number of wet days.
Average Sea Temperature
The average sea temperature for the waters around Gran Canaria stays pleasantly warm throughout the year. In July, the sea is 22°C, which is more than warm enough for swimming in, despite being slightly cooler than the sea in September and October.
Although the sea is calm enough for swimming in for most of the year, Gran Canaria is sometimes affected by strong waves. On July 3rd 2011, AEMET put the eastern, southern and western coasts on yellow alert for strong waves caused by intense easterly winds.
The relative humidity for Gran Canaria in July is an average 65%, ranging between 53% (mildly humid) and 83% (humid) throughout the month, rarely dropping below 35% (comfortable) or reaching as high as 100% (very humid). The air is driest around July 25th, when the relative humidity falls below 61% (mildly humid) three days out of four, whilst it's at its most humid around July 7th, when it rises above 75% (humid) three days out of four.
Average Sunshine Hours
Across the month, Gran Canaria boasts an average of ten hours of sunshine every day, alongside median cloud coverage which stays fairly constant throughout the month. Median cloud coverage begins at 31% on July 1st and falls down to 28% by July 30th. On an average day, the sky is clear/mostly clear 63% of the time, partly cloudy 20% and mostly cloudy/overcast 9%.
Throughout an average July, wind speeds fluctuate between 7 m/s (moderate breeze) and 14 m/s (high wind), rarely rising above 16 m/s (high wind). The highest average wind speed of 11 m/s (strong breeze) occurs around July 19th, when the average daily maximum wind speed is 14 m/s (high wind).
The lowest average wind speed of 10 m/s (fresh breeze) happens around July 1st, when the average daily maximum is 13 m/s (strong breeze). The strongest wind ever recorded in Gran Canaria in July is 23.9 m/s, which was registered at Gran Canaria Airport on July 17th 2001.
Even though calimas can happen at any time of year in Gran Canaria, they're extremely uncomfortable when they occur during the summer months, such as in July. At this time of year, the average temperature can be 10°C higher than the average high temperatures, meaning temperatures up to 37°C are a real possibility.
Calimas are caused when the north easterly winds which usually blow over the Canary Islands are replaced by easterly winds. These winds blow over the Sahara Desert before reaching the Canaries, bringing with them high temperatures and low visibility caused by a high concentration of sand and dust particles in the air.
Calimas usually only last 3-4 days, but they can last up to a fortnight in extreme cases. The best way to avoid discomfort during a calima is to stick to the coast – this part of the island is usually the least affected by the weather phenomenon.
July 2010 saw one of the most severe calimas Gran Canaria has seen in some years. On July 16th, AEMET put the eastern, southern and western coasts on orange alert for temperatures up to 40°C. This was followed by a yellow alert for extreme coastal conditions on July 17th caused by larger than normal waves.
Between July 14th and July 16th 2012, AEMET – the Canarian met office – issued yellow and orange alerts for high temperatures caused by a calima. The centre of the island was put on yellow alert, where temperatures reached 34°C, whilst the orange alert was reserved for the southern coast of the island, which saw temperatures reach 38°C.
On July 30th of the previous year, AEMET also put the south of Gran Canaria on orange alert for temperatures up to 37°C. Surprisingly, the rest of the Canary Islands were only put on yellow alert, as they were expected to experience slightly cooler temperatures up to a maximum of 34°C.
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Gran Canaria Hotels in July
Cala Nova Apartments
For something a bit more budget-friendly, check out the Cala Nova Apartments. Situated on the side of a tall hill, overlooking the quiet resort of Puerto Rico, this complex is just a short walk away from the Playa Amadores Beach and the Europa shopping centre where you'll find a plethora of international restaurants, bars, clubs, shops and supermarkets.
Here guests can choose between 56 one-bedroom and three two-bedroom apartments, each of which features a large balcony overlooking the resort and sea. Each of the units is self-catering and comes complete with a basic kitchenette of sink, fridge, toaster, kettle and cutlery.
Onsite services and facilities include WiFi access, a large curved bar which serves cocktails and fresh fruit juice alongside live entertainment and a 24-hour mini market where you can pick up essentials and souvenirs.
The three-star Hotel Riosol is another hotel located in Puerto Rico, with a hilltop location which rewards guests with views across the resort and out to sea. For families, the best part of the complex are the two swimming pools – one of which has hydromassage jets – which are surrounded by sun loungers and parasols that are free for guests to use.
There is also a cocktail bar which serves drinks and snacks alongside free WiFi access and professional evening shows, a supermarket which stocks local and international products and a self-service laundrette.
Accommodation comes in the form of single rooms and economic, standard, superior and premium one- and two-bedroom apartments, all of which are decorated with vibrant colours. All rooms except the single feature a small kitchen with microwave, kettle, toaster, hob and fridge. The superior and premium apartments are larger than the others and come with better facilities, such as bigger TVs, free WiFi access and coffee machine.
Guanabara Park Apartments
If you'd 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.
Beaches in Gran Canaria for July
Playa del Ingles
When it comes to somewhere to surf in Gran Canaria, Playa del Ingles is a top pick. Located in the south of the island, this beach stretches on for 3km and is made of up soft golden sand. You'll find all the usual beach facilities here – sun loungers, parasols, showers, toilets, lifeguards, ice cream and cold drink kiosks, plus loads of water sport opportunities, such as jet skiing, windsurfing, water skiing and sailing.
Playa del Ingles is essentially split up into two parts – the large family-friendly side where you'll find everything listed above and a small curve which is a designated nudist area. The send part of the beach gets the best waves and is mainly used by surfers and bodyboarders.
The waves here come in from the right and the left and break on the beach which is mostly sandy with just a few rocks. Waves are relatively small – usually between 0.5m and 1.5m – making surfing and bodyboarding suitable for everyone, including amateurs. The swell begins at 1m-1.5m and holds up to 2m, with an average of 25% of waves rideable.
Lining the beach you'll find a packed promenade, with international restaurants, cafes, bars, shops and supermarkets providing you with everything you could ever need for a day at the beach.
Puerto Rico Beach
Puerto Rico is renowned for being the sunniest resort in Gran Canaria, which makes its beach one of the best places to go to if you want to work on your tan. Puerto Rico beach is made up entirely of soft white-golden sand imported from the Sahara Desert and forms a 250m-long crescent-shaped curve lined on one side by the resort's harbour.
It's thanks to this harbour (as well as the two breakwaters) that the waters of the beach are protected and therefore the sea is perfectly calm 99% of the time, making it suitable for non-confident swimmers and families with young children.
There are sun loungers and parasols, plus many restaurants, bars and supermarkets along the promenade and a short walk further inland into the resort. You'll also find loads of water sports and excursions available here, including water skiing, jet skiing, kayaking, sport fishing, boat rental and boat trips.
Bars and Restaurants
Restaurante La Aquarela
Plush and sophisticated, the Restaurante La Aquarela is considered one of the best restaurants in Patalavaca, according to TripAdvisor. The restaurant boasts a superb seafront location and has a gourmet menu which changes once each fortnight, guaranteeing that every dish is made of fresh, seasonal produce.
Each menu features six dishes, including a starter, two fish dishes, one meat course, a pre-dessert palate cleanser and finally a dessert. There's also an a la carte menu available, which combines traditional flavours with modern cooking methods to create innovative dishes such as lobster medallions with risotto, confit of suckling pig with foie gras and freshly-grilled scallops with mojo sauce. The wine list features an extensive selection from destinations worldwide.
When it comes to free entertainment, it doesn't get much better than the offerings of Sparkles Showbar, located on the second floor within the Yumbo Centre in Playa del Ingles and open every night from 8pm until late. This bar kicks things off with karaoke at 9pm, follows it up with a two shows and then continues with more karaoke.
All single cocktails, jugs of cocktails and double beer bottle packs are discounted and visitors are treated to free pre-show shots. Every night, the first show is 'Sensations' – a Canarian dance troupe – then it's onto the Comedy Variety Show – a drag queen show – which is different every single night.
Things to do in Gran Canaria in July
Parque de Santa Catalina
If you're not a big fan of the beach, soak up the summer sunshine at Parque de Santa Catalina instead. Located in Las Palmas de Gran Canaria, this public park is more of a large square peppered with flower beds and palm trees than it is a park.
During the daytime, Parque de Santa Catalina is the perfect place to shop (with many international stores and the nearby El Muelle commercial centre), people-watch from the many open-air cafes or hop on the city's sightseeing bus which has a stop here. On an evening, Parque de Santa Catalina becomes a major nightlife hotspot, with bars, restaurants and nightclubs bustling with mostly locals.
Jardín Botánico Viera y Clavijo
For a more traditional park, pay a visit to Jardín Botánico Viera y Clavijo. Situated in the north east of the island in Tafira Alta this botanical garden covers 27 acres, upon which around 500 species of plants endemic to the Canary Islands have been planted.
Some of the garden's highlights include the Garden of Cacti and Succulents where you'll find 10,000 examples of cacti and succulents, the Hidden Garden complete with greenhouse and the Fountain of the Wisemen where the botanists who discovered and detailed the Canary Islands' flora are honoured. Jardín Botánico Viera y Clavijo is totally free to enter and is open every day 9am-6pm