What's the weather like in Maspalomas in December
If the only concession to a white Christmas you want to make is the white of a sandy beach, then Maspalomas is an ideal place for you to travel on your winter holiday.
While the area enjoys warm and pleasant weather year round, the winter sun often proves to be a powerful incentive for visiting tourists, making it a top beach resort in the winter months.
At this time of the year you are unlikely to see anything other than warm and pleasant days with plenty of sunshine.
Wet spells should be infrequent and clear quickly, ensuring you can spend as much time on the beach as possible.
Even though it is still warm at this time of year compared to most of Europe it's still best to bring along a jacket as the breeze will make it feel rather cool during the evenings.
The average daily temperature in Maspalomas is 19°C (66°F), which can reach highs of 21°C (70°F) or drop to lows of 16°C (61°F). Overall, the month of December is characterized by gradually falling daily high temperatures.
Average Sea Temperature
The average temperature of the sea during this month is a staggering 20°C that's still warm enough to go swimming. Throughout the year, the sea temperature stays relatively constant around the 20°C mark.
Maspalomas sees an average of 31 mm over 5 days of rain during this month. The average probability that some form of precipitation will be observed in December is only 31%, with little variation over the course of the month. Throughout this month the most common forms of precipitation are moderate rain, drizzle and light rain.
There is an average humidity of 64% during December. At this time of year the relative humidity typically fluctuates between a mildly humid 54% and very humid 86%, rarely dropping below 37% or reaching as high as 100%.
On average, the air is driest around December 1st, at which time the relative humidity drops below 62% three days out of four. On the other hand, the air is most humid around December 19th, where humidity levels can rise above 79% three days out of four.
Average Sunshine Hours
There is an average of 8 hours of sunshine per day in Maspalomas at this time of the year. Over the course of December the length of day is essentially constant compared to November and January. As expected the shortest day of the month is December 19th with 10:22 hours of daylight, whilst the longest is December 1st with 10:39 hours of daylight.
The median cloud cover during December, is at its highest during this time of year. The cloud cover usually stays around a partly cloudy 50% and does not vary substantially over the course of the month, but you needn't worry as it will definitely not affect your holiday.
During December the typical wind speeds vary from 1 mph to 18 mph, which is considered as a light to fresh breeze, rarely exceeding 26 mph. The highest average of wind speed of 10 mph is likely to occur around December 12th, at which time the average daily maximum wind speed is a moderate 18 mph. At this time of year the wind is often coming from the north followed by the north east.
Maspalomas is a favourite holiday location with both families and couples, with plenty going on to keep people of all ages entertained.
The beautiful beaches, that boast white sand next to the warm water, are divided into four sections: family and children friendly areas; nudist zones, for those who want to tan without the tan lines; and a fourth that is populated by the gay community. In other words, finding the right space of sand for you should not be difficult!
Maspalomas Hotels in December
The four-star Siesta Suites are located right next to Maspalomas Golf Course. The holiday complex offers a heated swimming pool throughout the year, as well as a sauna, squash court and putting green. Furthermore, all of the suites come with a luxurious hydro massage shower and free Wi-Fi.
Another option to look into is the two-star Club Vistaflor, also situated next to the Maspalomas Golf Course. This holiday complex offers two outdoor swimming pools and a restaurant and bar. All villas here feature air-conditioning and private balconies.
As mentioned before Maspalomas is a very gay friendly resort. The Rainbow Golf Bungalows, Gay Men-Only Resort is a three-star complex located in a quiet and secluded area of Maspalomas. The resort offers a number of fully equipped and comfortable bungalows as well as an outdoor swimming pool, hot tub and refreshing sauna.
Dunas Mirador Maspalomas is located in the Sonnenland area of Maspalomas. This three-star hotel offers two outdoor swimming pools, sun loungers and a hot tub. The hotel also offers a restaurant that serves a variety of Spanish and International cuisine, as well as a poolside bar.
Maspalomas Beach for December
Maspalomas boasts one of the most stunning beaches on the whole island of Gran Canaria. The beach offers something for everyone, including restuarants, bars, cafes, watersports, sand dunes and even a lighthouse! The beach also features isolated and solitary sections where nudism is very popular. The nudist area can be found between beach bars three and four, which is more or less in the center of the beach. However, this beach is definitely welcome to everyone, it is not uncommon for walkers, surfers and nudists to mix freely on Maspalomas Beach.
Bars and Restaurants
If you're planning on staying in Maspalomas during December you may want to eat at one of the local restaurants to either enjoy a delicious full roast or traditional Gran Canarian meal.
Rustico is a Canarian restaurant which is usually open over the Christmas period. Often making sure to get out all the Christmas decorations every year, this lovely little eatery serves a wide array of Spanish and Canarian dishes, plus, their desserts are to die for!
Another place worth a try in Maspalomas is Samsara. Located at the Centro Comerical La Charca, this place offers international and Asian fusion cuisine. The restaurant boasts a contemporary and Far East décor and features an outdoor-seated area.
If you're looking for a memorable night out you may want to try La Bodega del Sur in Maspalomas. This lively tapas bar offers a wide array of mouthwatering cocktails for a very affordable price. They also show a wide variety of live sports shown at the bar including La Liga and the Barclays Premier League.
If you're here for New Year's Eve 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.
Things to do in Maspalomas in December
During December Maspalomas is neither too hot nor too cold, which makes it a great time of year to play golf. The Salobre Golf and Resort offers two courses to choose from, offering breathtaking views over the neighbouring mountains and Atlantic Ocean. The resort features a number of facilities including a putting green and Pro shop.
On the other hand, if you're here with the little ones you may want to take them to Holiday World in Maspalomas for at least one afternoon. This amusement park boasts a whole host of different rides and activities including a Ferris wheel, bumper cars, playgrounds, bowling alleys and even a 4D cinema.
Another place you may also want to take them to is Minigolf Yumbo, located at the entrance of Yumbo Shopping Centre in Playa del Ingles. The course features a series of entertaining and challenging holes. This miniature course is highly popular and is open seven days a week, from 10am until late.
A great way to explore the natural beauty of Gran Canaria is by horse. El Salobre Horse Riding offers a variety of horse riding treks out into the local countryside. The riding stables caters for all riding abilities and can be found just 10 minutes away from Playa del Ingles and Maspalomas.
Or if you're feeling adventurous, why not try sanboarding down the dunes!
Dates for the diary
Celebrate the festive season at Fiesta de Santa Lucia (Santa Lucia Festival) around mid-December at Las Palmas, the capital of Gran Canaria. There are plenty of Christmas themed festivities happening around the city and across the island throughout the month.
The Canarians definitely love to party. On December 31st (New Year's Ever) there will be plenty of parties and events taking place across the island to celebrate the arrival of New Year. Make sure to also check out how your hotel is celebrating or if there are any public fireworks displays nearby.