Maspalomas Weather January Averages, Canary Islands
What's the weather like in Maspalomas in January
Maspalomas is a resort that attracts tourists year round, with a climate that offers warm and sunny weather throughout the year.
Whilst the hottest weather is seen during the summer, Maspalomas is a very popular destination with tourists in the winter, as it offers winter sun and warm weather that is a welcome escape from the less pleasant winter weather that can be experienced at home in Britain and most of Northern Europe.
At this time of the year, Maspalomas sees plenty of warm and sunny days with very little wet weather. If a beach holiday is what you're after for your January break, Maspalomas in Gran Canaria will more than cater for this.
Even though January is right in the middle of the winter, the month is characterized by constant daily high temperatures with the average daily temperature in Maspalomas at 17°C (63°F), which can reach highs of 20°C (68°F) or drop to lows of 14°C (57°F).
Average Sea Temperature
The average temperature of the sea during this month is 19°C. That's only a couple of degrees cooler compared to the height of summer in August where the sea temperature is expected to reach 22°C to 23°C.
Maspalomas experiences very little rainfall and only sees an average of 34 mm over 6 days of rain during this month. Throughout the year rainfall is usually very uncommon, however, if you want to visit Maspalomas where little to no rainfall is expected June may be your best bet. Furthermore, the average probability that some form of precipitation will be observed during this given month is only 28% with little variation. The most common forms of rainfall expected are moderate rain, drizzle and light rain.
During January there is an average humidity of 61%. The relative humidity at this time of year typically ranges from a mildly humid 52% to 85%, rarely dropping below a comfortable 36% or reaching as high as an unbearable 100%. The air is predicted to be driest around January 28th, when the humidity levels are expected to drop below 60% three days out of four. However, in contrast, the air is expected to be most humid around January 1st, rising above 77% three days out of four.
Average Sunshine Hours
There is an average of eight hours of sunshine per day in Maspalomas at this time of the year. During January, the length of day is essentially constant, but if you're looking for a month which boasts more sunshine hours you may want to visit in May or June when the sunshine hours are up to 11 hours per day. On average, the shortest day of the month is January 3rd with 10:25 hours of daylight whilst the longest day is January 31st with 10:51 hours of daylight.
You also won't have to worry too much about cloud cover affecting your holiday at this time of year as the median cloud cover is only a partly cloudy 49% and is unlikely to vary over the course of the month. Gran Canaria boasts some of the clearest skies on earth and is actually one of the best spots in the world for stargazing.
If you are worried whether it will be too windy at the beach you don't have to worry as typical wind speeds vary from just 2 mph to 19 mph, rarely exceeding 28 mph. The highest average wind speed of 12 mph is likely to occur around January 31st at which time the average daily maximum is 19 mph.
Furthermore, Maspalomas offers some stunning natural scenery, with the spectacular sand dunes a popular tourist attraction. One way to find your way around them and enjoy the scenery is on a camel ride.
As with any beach resort, water sports are an ever popular option in Maspalomas. Take your pick from a wide variety, including windsurfing, sailing, fishing and scuba diving.
Maspalomas Hotels in January
If you plan on visiting Gran Canaria for a golf holiday you may be interested in staying at the Bungalows Cordial Sandy Golf, situated next to Maspalomas Golf Course and is only a short distance away from the Dunes of Maspalomas. The resort also features an outdoor swimming pool and poolside snack bar.
Vista Bonita is an exclusive LGBT resort situated in Maspalomas. This is an attractive nudist-friendly complex which offers an outdoor pool, hot tub and is only 3km away from Maspalomas Dunes. The resort also offers self-catering apartments that feature kitchenettes and free Wi-Fi.
However, if you want your own holiday home whilst staying in Maspalomas why not try Urb.Salobre I. This luxurious house offers a living room, kitchen, two bathrooms, one twin bedroom, one double bedroom and even your very own outdoor swimming pool. The residence also boasts spectacular mountain views and is just 6.2km from Maspalomas Golf Course.
On the other hand, the five-star Seaside Palm Beach resort offers a lagoon-style swimming pool, a spa and even tropical gardens to enjoy. Each room boasts a colourful, contemporary style décor and comes with a balcony overlooking the rest of the resort as well as free Wi-Fi.
Maspalomas Beach for January
Maspalomas Beach may not appeal to everyone, as it is renowned as Europe's unofficial nudist capital. This golden sand beach is vast, stretching all the way from Maspalomas lighthouse to Playa del Ingles, covering over 6km and is 2km wide, so there's definitely plenty of room for everyone. The nudist part of the beach can be found exactly in the middle, situated just in front the sand dunes.
On the other hand, if you are looking for a more child friendly beach you may want to try Playa del Ingles, located just next to Maspalomas. This place offers protected areas for the little ones, plus there are a wide range of shops and water sports available in the local area.
Bars and Restaurants
Rias Bajas is one of the most popular restaurants in Maspalomas and southern Gran Canaria. This delightful eatery has been open in the area for over 20 years and serves a delicious array of fresh seafood. Some of the most delicious dishes include the Galician broth and the succulent prawns from Huelva.
Another restaurant you should definitely try is Los Jose's La Tapita. This Spanish and Canarian eatery offers an ever-changing menu that includes anything from delicious calamari to fresh salads. A favourite with locals, this tapas restaurant is not only affordable but also offers an authentic and unforgettable atmosphere!
Hemmingways is another popular eatery that can be reached along Maspalomas promenade. This restaurant serves a variety of tapas classics as well as Northern European favourites such as steak and chips. The restaurant also serves a variety of coffees and ice cream sundaes which can enjoyed outdoors on the terrace.
If you're looking for a lively night out you should definitely try Paddy's Irish Bar located on the beachfront in Maspalomas. They serve all the popular beers you would find back home in Britain, they even show the latest live sporting events on the TV at the bar such as the Premier League and the World Cup.
Things to do in Maspalomas in January
On a sunny day you may want to visit the Maspalomas Golf Course, which is surrounded by the famous Maspalomas Dunes Nature Reserve. This 18-hole, par 73 course is mainly flat making it suitable for all abilities. The course also includes a putting green, practice course, driving range, professional instructors, a golf shop and even a restaurant and snack bar.
Did you know the Canary Islands offer some of the best conditions in the world to observe the northern hemisphere at night? If you're into star gazing you will be pleased to know there are companies in Gran Canaria and the other Canary Islands that offer organized walks to the best locations to view the stars through telescopes.
Parque Natural de Tamadaba is a stunning natural park situated in the north of Gran Canaria. The park is the perfect place to visit throughout the year and offers an extensive array of flora and fauna, including a number of natural lakes and pine forests to explore, just remember to bring along some suitable shoes to wear and plenty of water.
When staying in Maspalomas you must spend at least one evening at the Moonlight Cinema, which is Europe's only permanent outdoor cinema. Enjoy the magic of the movies on a cosy sofa with your partner or friend. But don't worry if it's a cool evening as blankets are also provided at no extra charge.