What's the weather like in Maspalomas in August
August is one of the hottest months of the year in Maspalomas. The hot and dry climate sees the summer temperatures reach their peak for the year during this month.
With absolutely no expectation of rain, August brings with it the ideal weather for all sun worshippers and beach bums.
As glorious as the weather may be, the heat can be stifling and if you're not used to such a hot and dry climate, it can be overwhelming.
Protect your skin with a strong SPF sun cream and make sure you stay hydrated by drinking plenty of fluids throughout the day. It is also advisable to stay out of the sun during the hottest hours of the day, so try and seek shelter in shade or stay inside.
At this time of year it is not uncommon for Maspalomas or the rest of Gran Canaria to experience a short heat wave. On August 24th in 2012 temperatures rose to a blistering 34°C, it is also not unheard of for temperatures to even reach the 40°C mark.
Average Sea Temperature
The average temperature of the sea during this month is around 23°C, which is actually the hottest sea temperature of the year in Maspalomas. There are plenty of water sports found here including surfing, jet skiing, paddle boarding and sailing.
Maspalomas sees an average of 0 mm over 0 day of rain during this month. At this time of year Maspalomas experiences hardly any rainfall. On average, January and December are usually the wettest months of the year as they usually receive more than 30mm of rainfall throughout the month.
However, if you are concerned about the rainfall you may want to know precipitation is most likely around August 31st at 10% whilst precipitation is least likely on August 9th at 5%. If it were to rain the most common forms of precipitation are likely to be drizzle, moderate rain and light rain.
At this time of year there is an average humidity of 63%. During August the relative humidity typically ranges from a mildly humid 53% to 84%, rarely dropping below a comfortable 36% or reaching as high as 100%. On average, the air is driest around August 1st, at which time the relative humidity drops below a mildly humid 61% three days out of four. On the other hand the air is most humid around August 25th, where humidity levels can rise above a humid 76% three days out of four.
Average Sunshine and Daylight Hours
There is an average of 11 hours of sunshine per day in Maspalomas at this time of the year that's exactly the same as May and June. However, over the course of August the length of day is gradually decreasing as the month falls into September. As expected the shortest day of the month is August 31st with 12:43 hours of daylight, whilst the longest day is August 1st with 13:26 hours of daylight.
During August the median cloud cover stays around a mostly clear 28% and does not vary substantially throughout the month.
Wind speeds are also relatively low at this time of year and vary from 13 mph to 31 mph, rarely exceeding 35 mph. The highest average wind speed of 24 mph is likely to occur around August 1st, when the average daily maximum wind speed is 31 mph.
With the weather as hot as it is in August, you may well be seeking a cool down. One popular place to visit in Maspalomas is the water park. Maspalomas' water park boasts a number of rides and slides that will have you soaked to the skin and cooling off in no time!
As well as this there are plenty of arcades and places to grab some food when you're done. This is sure to be a popular location with all the family and people of all ages.
Maspalomas Hotels in August
The Seaside Grand Hotel Residencia Gran Lujo is a luxurious five-star hotel located just 400m away from the Maspalomas sand dunes. The complex features a gym, saltwater pool, sauna, Turkish bath and International cuisine restaurant. Guests also have access to a tennis court and a number of other facilities that can be found just 200m away from the hotel.
Maspalomas is also a very gay friendly resort. The Rainbow Golf Bungalows, Gay Men-Only Resort is a three-star complex located in a quiet part of Maspalomas. The resort features a number of fully equipped and comfortable bungalows as well as an outdoor swimming pool, hot tub and sauna. Furthermore, the bungalows are just a short walk away from the Yumbo Centre which houses many bars, nightclubs and evening shows.
Palm Oasis Maspalomas is a three-star holiday complex that boasts a large number of beautiful Canarian apartments with terraces overlooking the tropical gardens and Maspalomas sand dunes. This complex also features an a la carte and buffet restaurant, as well as tennis courts, outdoor swimming pools and even hot tubs.
Another place to look into is the four-star Dunas Suite & Villas Resort, which is set within extensive gardens in the middle of Maspalomas. This is a large bungalow complex, which features three outdoor swimming pools and a buffet restaurant. The resort is also next to the sand dunes and Maspalomas Golf Course, which makes it an ideal place to take the whole family.
Maspalomas Beach for August
Maspalomas is known across the island of Gran Canaria for its vast expanse of golden sand dunes. It is also known for its spectacular lighthouse that towers over part of the resort. For many years this beach has been popular for all types of people from the gay community to nudist sunbathers. However, as this beach is so large there are areas for everyone. In one section you can find a family friendly area that offers water sports and sun bed hire. Whilst if you head to the center of the beach you will find this is the area where all the nudists tend to hang out. This lively beach also offers a wide array of amenities including restaurants, bars, cafes and small shopping centers.
Bars and Restaurants
You can't go to Gran Canaria without trying some traditional Spanish tapas. Restaurante La Tapita Los Jose's is definitely worth a try. This small, authentic Spanish tapas bar serves all the classics as well as Canarian specialties.
Las Rias is another highly popular eatery that serves mainly Spanish cuisine and fresh seafood. This restaurant also boasts an outdoor seating area, which is perfect for the summer months. If you head upstairs you will also privilege from the stunning sea view.
The Moonlight Sports & Karaoke Bar can be found at the front of the Holiday World Centre. This place is one of the largest bars in the area and features karaoke every night, as well as live sports on the TV including the World Cup and Premier League Football. There are also two pool tables here as well as a snooker table.
The Yumbo Shopping Centre in Playa del Ingles offers a large number of bars and nightclubs to choose from, including the Kiss FM Lounge Bar and Disco Mantrix. Yumbo also hosts a number of late night shows throughout the year including Chez Funny Boy's Comedy Drag Show, Sparkles, Ricky's Cabaret and Gossip.
Things to do in Maspalomas in August
A novel way to get round Maspalomas is by Segway! Blue Active offers a number of fun and innovative excursions including Segway tours around the local area. No driving license is required and you are given a training lesson before venturing out into the public.
If you would rather spend the day by the sea, Blue Active also offers a jet-ski safari tour. This is a great way to discover the south coast of Gran Canaria, where you may even see wild dolphins or whales. This is the ideal activity for the whole family, especially thrill seekers!
During August you should definitely visit the Maspalomas Botanical Park (El Parque Botanico de Maspalomas). This spectacular garden features an ever-growing list of species of palms from around the world. This attraction is completely free and is ideal for nature enthusiasts, just make sure to bring along some water, as it can get very hot at this time of year!
La Charca is a large ecosystem separated into two parts in Maspalomas. The two main areas consist of an enormous sand dune that spans all the way from Playa de Ingles up to the Maspalomas Pond, which forms the second ecosystem. The pond is a small coastal saltwater lagoon which attracts marine life and a flourishing bird community.
Dates for the diary
There's plenty to see and do during August in Maspalomas. Bajada de la Rama is a notably vibrant fiesta that takes place around the town of Agaete early August. This is one of Gran Canaria's most highly anticipated annual events, which generates enormous crowds every year. The event includes an array of concerts, food stalls and demonstrations of traditional Spanish rituals and dancing.
Another event to look out for in early August is the Festival Internacional de Folclore. This festival can be found close to the Villa de Ingenio, located in the south east of Gran Canaria. This is an international folk festival which includes local music and dancing from countries all over the world.
A great way to cool off on a hot summers day is to visit the Traida del Agua (Water Fight) located in the city of Telde. This highly popular event features firework displays, parades and of course a gigantic water fight!