May Weather Averages for Gran Canaria, Canary Islands

What's the Weather like in Gran Canaria in May 

May is another month on the island of Gran Canaria, which gives the island its reputation of being a land of perpetual spring. Warm, not hot, temperatures last all day long and into the night.

A cool ocean breeze helps sunbathers to relax and be carried away by the sounds of the ocean. For t...

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    • Temperature Temperature 20°C 68°F
    • High Temperature Holiday Weather 24°C 75°F
    • Low Temperature Holiday Weather 17°C 63°F
    • Sunshine Hours Sunshine Hours 9 hrs
    • Rainfall Rainfall 1 mm
    • Rainfall days Rainfall days 0 days
    • Sea Temperature Sea Temperature 20°C 68°F

    Gran Canaria Weather for May 2019

    What's the Weather like in Gran Canaria in May 

    May is another month on the island of Gran Canaria, which gives the island its reputation of being a land of perpetual spring. Warm, not hot, temperatures last all day long and into the night.

    A cool ocean breeze helps sunbathers to relax and be carried away by the sounds of the ocean. For those who prefer indoor exploits, walking from museum to gallery to monument is comfortable at this time of year, too.


    The warmth of summer begins to creep onto the island starting in May. The average temperature is 20°C, compared to June, which has an average temperature of around 22°C The temperature can be as low as 17°C with a potential high of up to 23.1°C. The Atlantic Ocean surrounding Gran Canaria warms up to 20°C so you can plan on a few ocean swims during your stay.


    Even though it is springtime, rainfall will not be an issue during your holiday. You can expect an average 2 mm of precipitation throughout the month falling over the course of 3 days.

    Average Sunshine Hours

    Best of all, you can pack sunglasses and summer clothes because there is an average of 12 hours of sunlight daily.

    Click here for the current weather on the island or here for the 14-day forecast.

    Gran Canaria Hotels in May

    Palm Beach Hotel

    A five-star hotel located in Maspalomas very near to the island's nature preserves is the Palm Beach hotel. It draws in a variety of tourists from families with young children to older couples. Partygoers will also find this resort a great option because it is near the exciting nightlife of both Maspalomas and Playa del Ingles, which often doesn't even get started until midnight and can go on until 6 a.m.

    This hotel offers other amenities besides its excellent location, such as a huge breakfast buffet, spacious rooms and wonderful staff. In addition, it is close to the La Charca nature and wildlife area.

    Cala d'Or Apartments Hotel

    On the other hand, if you'd like to save money while staying in Gran Canaria, you can book your stay at Cala d'Or Apartments. With a reported lower fare when booking through Ryanair, this hotel is clean and staffed with friendly staff. Within walking distance of the city center of Puerto Rico, these apartments offer a convenient location to explore the local attractions.

    Be warned however, the pool is not heated so if it's chilly outside or not sunny, the pool could be a shock to the system!

    Bars and Restaurants

    Wapa Tapa

    Located in the bustling shopping centre of Yumbo Centrum, the Wapa Tapa restaurant is one of the finest on the island. Known for its tapas, this discreet and small restaurant is a well-kept secret. You will certainly have to make reservations because of the size of this eatery. The menu has a variety of items so everyone in your party will find something they like even if they are vegetarian, vegan, Celiac or just picky.


    Another contender for the best food on the island, N'Enoteca offers stellar Italian cuisine. Unlike Wapa Tapa which is known for its low prices, N'Enoteca has a menu with items that are priced comparably to restaurants at home in the United Kingdom or continental western Europe. Similar to Wapa Tapa, you will need to book through a reservation in advance. The restaurant only has five tables and they are often in high demand.

    Ricky's Cabaret Bar

    And for a little entertainment and maybe cocktails at the end of the day, consider a trip to Ricky's Cabaret Bar. This bar often doubles as a drag lounge and has sublime cocktails for adults in your party. Just because this bar has drag queens and alcohol, it is generally kid-friendly as the shows and performers keep it light-hearted and devoid of vulgarity during daylight hours. The performers put on shows with parodies of contemporary divas including singing and dancing, making it a one-of-a-kind experience on the island.

    Things to do in Gran Canaria in May


    Since 1891, eight golf courses have been constructed on this island, making it an increasingly popular site for national and international tournaments. Golf is an incredibly popular sport on the island because of the sunny weather and almost non-existent precipitation. Resorts that are designed around these courses also provide activities and entertainment for non-golfers.

    Real Club de Golf de Las Palmas

    One of the finest golf courses on the island is the Real Club de Golf de Las Palmas. Originally christened in 1891, it is the oldest course on the island. Because of that, it has one of the most prestigious reputations, and it doesn't hurt that it is located nearby a now extinct volcano. The gentle slopes of this 18-hole course have beautiful views of peaks and lows, a swimming pool and tennis courts among other amenities.

    La Charca

    Visitors to La Charca are welcome to come and observe the many species of birds, fish and other wildlife that is available. Set against sand dunes in the background, the area is teeming with local animals that will impress adults and children alike. It is a fantastic way to escape the bustling city life on the island without having to plan a hike or active day on the ocean. It is a great afternoon for those who have challenges with physical activity.

    May events in Gran Canaria


    Rally Islas Canarias Trofeo El Corte Inglés

    1st May 2019 to 31st May 2019

    The Rally Islas Canarias Trofeo El Corte Inglés is Gran Canaria's biggest car rally of the year. The rally is made up of a number of different races which travel between various locations throughout the island, including from Ingenio to Tejeda, Artenara to Valleseco and Telde to Ayacata. Dates to be confirmed


    Gay Events

    Maspalomas Gay Pride

    1st May 2019 to 31st May 2019

    Maspalomas Gay Pride takes place each year in the middle of May in Maspalomas in the south of Gran Canaria. This colourful gay and lesbian festival features a lengthy programme packed with drag queen contests, parades, boat parties, street parties, music concerts, dancing and street theatre.


    Public Hoilday

    Fiesta del Trabajo

    1st May 2019

    Fiesta del Trabajo (Labour Day) is celebrated each year throughout the whole of Gran Canaria. Although there are no big events of activities held on this day, almost all shops, supermarkets and banks will be closed, so make sure you stock up in advance.


    Romería del Rosario

    1st May 2019

    The Romería del Rosario takes place every May in Vegueta. The highlight of this traditional event is the procession which sees locals dressed up in traditional costumes leave San Telmo Park and proceed to the Parish Church of Santo Domingo, where the locals decorate their balconies and the front of their houses with flowers and other decorations.


    Día de Canarias

    30th May 2019

    Día de Canarias is celebrated throughout the whole of the Canary Islands, Gran Canaria included. On this day almost all towns and villages across the island will host a range of events in celebration of their culture and heritage, including folk music concerts, dancing, animal shows and local food and drinks. In Parque Santa Catalina in Las Palmas you'll find a handicraft market, wine tastings, exhibitions, exhibits, tapas routes, folk dancing and Canarian food. In Plaza de Canarias in Las Palmas you'll usually find a classic car exhibition. A traditional Canarian parade takes place from Ramblas de la Avenida Jose Mesa y Lopez to Real Club Victoria with singing, music and dancing.

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