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What is the Weather Like in Gran Canaria in February?

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February is one of the coldest months in Gran Canaria and we actually have snow 1600 metres up right now! This month has been strange weather-wise. We’ve had rain and strong winds. The wind last Thursday and Friday night was about 60 kmph and there were boat covers, papers and all sorts blowing all over the harbour in Puerto Rico! Needless to say I didn’t sell much fishing that day!

Today is beautiful. :-) Hang on, I’ll just go outside and get a photo…

Not the most exciting photo but at least you can see the blue sky! The weather in Gran Canaria is pretty reliable, for example during May and September you rarely see a cloud, but February is changeable so if you are have booked a holiday in Gran Canaria for later in the month, bring something with sleeves and something with long legs.

Saying that, I can sit at my desk in the harbour wearing a fleece, jeans, boots and still shivering and people walk past me in trunks and bikinis! I guess 20ºC might feel on the cold side to me (well I have been here for 10 years!) but not to everybody :-D Just bring clothes for all seasons and you’ll be fine!

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  • 1 Leo (Healthy Tips For A Healthy Lifestyle) // Feb 16, 2009 at 2:30 am

    Heyhey :)
    I’m leaving early March to Gran Canaria. I read it will be 20-25 celsius? Is that true?
    Be honest! :D
    And, any other tips regarding the weather/clothes when I arrive? :)

  • 2 Victoria // Feb 16, 2009 at 4:39 am

    Hi Leo! March can be changeable because it’s still the springtime not the summer but it should be warm anyway. Bring a couple of warm things just in case but you will probably spend the week in shorts, t shirt and sandals! Last March was nice and warm. Perhaps you will get one or two cloudy days but it’s normally a nice time of year to come and not too hot!

    Victoria :-)

  • 3 Leo (Healthy Tips For A Healthy Lifestyle) // Feb 16, 2009 at 5:03 pm

    Thank you!!
    Sounds good :) Yes, I like that it won’t be TOO hot! :)
    You don’t happen to know if there are any health food stores in Playa del Ingles?:P Or maybe the supermarket covers it all. :)

  • 4 Victoria // Feb 16, 2009 at 5:04 pm

    There used to be one in San Fernando but it disappeared :-( I used to go there all the time. There is a good one in Arguineguín an dthere are health foods in some of the bigger supermarkets around the resort too but if there’s anything in particular you want, you might be better to bring it with you.

  • 5 Leo (Healthy Tips For A Healthy Lifestyle) // Feb 16, 2009 at 5:09 pm

    Victoria, thanks again!
    I will look up Arguineguín.
    Yes, I’m planning to bring some “unusual” foods, so I will do more of a “normal” food shopping while there (potatoes, veggies and the kind of food that I can’t bring:)). But it would be cool to visit some place that sells healthy stuff, maybe in Arguineguín then… :)

    Thanks again, and good blog you have!! :)

  • 6 Victoria // Feb 16, 2009 at 5:12 pm

    You can get the bus to Arguineguín from Playa del Inglés. There is usually a “diet aisle” in the supermarkets as well with various sugar free, gluten free, whole wheat products etc and vitamin supplements. The Canarians aren’t really into healthy food (there are NO vegetarian restaurants here for example and the health shops and holistic shops seem to all be closing down).

    I like your website too!

    Victoria :-)

  • 7 Leo (Healthy Tips For A Healthy Lifestyle) // Feb 16, 2009 at 5:17 pm

    Oh, thank you, thank you!
    I love sugar free stuff ;) and whole wheat products. :) Thank you for sharing, this is the information I want prior to going there! :D
    Hmmm…interesting with the vegetarian restaurant and the health shops… Good at least that I’m not a vegetarian… ;) )

  • 8 Victoria // Feb 16, 2009 at 5:19 pm

    Yep, all that stuff is easy to find. If you are self-catering, which I assume you are, you will have a reasonably equipped kitchen with a small pan or two and a double hob to make dinner with. And you can get whole wheat pasta, brown rice etc.

    I usually stock up when I go to the health food shop because there isn’t one near me in Puerto Rico. My mum sends me stuff like goji berries which they’ve never heard of here! You can get sunflower seeds, linseeds etc from supermarkets/health shops.

    Just let me know if you think of any other questions! I’ve lived here about 10 years so I know quite a bit of info about the place :-)

  • 9 Leo (Healthy Tips For A Healthy Lifestyle) // Feb 16, 2009 at 5:28 pm

    Yes, self-catering. I will have a kitchenette at the hotel – a hob and a fridge is all I need! :)
    Good to know with the whole wheat pasta and the brown rice! That type of food is what I will be eating too. :)

    I always come across goji berries, but at home I have mullberries (they’re suppose to be a “superfruit” as well!).

    Thanks, I will probably ask more questions! :D
    Good that you entered my blog and left a comment! :)

  • 10 ofrage // Mar 20, 2009 at 4:51 am

    basically im going on holiday on the 13th of april and i was just wondering how hot it will be and do you think i might get a light tan??

  • 11 Victoria // Mar 20, 2009 at 5:31 am

    Hi Ofrage,

    April is usually pleasantly warm. This week (again) we’ve had a mixture of sun, rain and wind but April is usually much hotter. I should think you’ll get a good tan but don’t forget to use a high factor sunscreen because the April sun in the Canaries is very strong.

    Victoria

  • 12 lisa // Apr 5, 2009 at 6:04 am

    hi people am so looking forward to my first trip out there in need of a tan! is may going to be hot! I am praying x

  • 13 Victoria // Apr 6, 2009 at 2:55 am

    May is usually baking hot, so you’re in luck! Look out for a “What is the weather like in May” post in a while! x

  • 14 reurceKeN // May 4, 2009 at 11:19 pm

    any updates coming ?

  • 15 Victoria // May 6, 2009 at 3:07 am

    Well there was this one about April: http://www.cunningcanary.com/520/what-is-the-weather-like-in-april-in-gran-canaria/ and if you want to know about May… it’s been baking hot since the beginning of the month!! :-D

  • 16 tasha // Jan 29, 2010 at 5:15 am

    hii what is the wether like up ther

  • 17 Victoria // Jan 29, 2010 at 2:04 pm

    It’s been really good weather in Gran Canaria recently, Tasha, lots of sun and an average of 21ºC this week during the week. About 18ºC at night.

  • 18 Maria // Jan 29, 2010 at 4:35 pm

    Hi, we’re over for 2 weeks on 16th Feb & my son’s itching to get into the swimming pool – we’ve tried to tell him it’ll be a bit chilly but he’s too little to understand!! Is there anywhere we can take him to swim indoors? don’t mind paying.

  • 19 Victoria // Jan 29, 2010 at 4:39 pm

    Hi Maria, actually the pools might not be all that chilly in February. Some hotels have heated outdoor pools in the winter months. Not all of them do though.

    Are you staying in the Puerto Rico area? If so, there is a pool area just behind the beach. It’s all enclosed and there are sun loungers, a pool and lots of families use that instead of going to the beach.

    If you’re in Maspalomas or Playa del Ingles there is a heated swimming pool in San Fernando and there is another one in the complex just down from the Kasbah. It’s all enclosed and it’s nice because the walls are all glass and you have a nice view over the beach and sea.

    The best thing to do is check the pool when you arrive. It might be warmer than you expected. Else you can ask for recommendations for indoor pools at the reception.

    I just thought of another – Gloria Palace has a thalassotherapy and indoor pools. There is a Gloria Palace in Amadores and one in San Agustin.

    Hope that helps :-)

    Victoria

  • 20 Nicole // Feb 3, 2010 at 7:46 am

    Me and my boyfriend leve for Gran Canaria on Monday the 8th of Feb. Any Idea what the weather has to be like?

  • 21 Victoria // Feb 3, 2010 at 8:13 am

    Hi Nicole,

    We’ve had flooding for most of this week (lots of rain!!) but today it seems to be clearing up a bit so next week ought to be fine. When it rains here it rains hard but it doesn’t last too long.

    Victoria

  • 22 Victoria // Feb 3, 2010 at 8:13 am

    At least I hope not!! :-)

  • 23 Becky // Feb 3, 2010 at 9:19 am

    Hi, We have booked a last minute break to Playa del ingles for a week from 21st Feb. Do you think the weather will be warm enough for a bit of sunbathing and does it get quite cold in the evening and night? Also is ther usually a high chance of rain (just so we know whether to pack an unbrella or not)

    Kind regards,

  • 24 Victoria // Feb 3, 2010 at 2:21 pm

    Hi Becky,

    I’ve been sunbathing every month of the year in GC. February CAN be hit or miss though. You are unlikely to have a whole week without at least a few hot sunny days though. At night you’ll need a light jacket. Don’t bother with an umbrella or just bring a light foldaway one. It doesn’t rain much,

    Victoria

  • 25 Courtney // Feb 6, 2010 at 10:09 am

    Hi,
    I Am Going Grancanaria Next Monday In February (15th,) What Would The Weather Be Like In That Tinme Because I Have Heard There Have Been bad floods Out There Hopefully Where I’m Going I Will Be Fine And iT Will be Sunny But This Message Is Just To Double check!! :D

  • 26 Victoria // Feb 6, 2010 at 3:06 pm

    Courtney, it’s been really nice for a while and I hope it continues :-) There have been floods but it seems to have stopped raining now. Bring some long sleeved things just in case but… the temp is in the mid 20ºs so you ought to go home with a suntan x

  • 27 Simona // Feb 12, 2010 at 2:02 pm

    Hello!I want to book a holiday for Easter in Gran Canaria and I would like to know how is the weather like.we are looking for a bit of tanning and swimming.How is the beginning of April?Thanks

  • 28 Victoria // Feb 13, 2010 at 7:07 am

    Hi Simona, usually it’s pretty warm by Easter. Tanning is certainly possible and swimming is good by then too. Easter in Gran Canaria tends to be hot and sunny, almost without exception.

    Enjoy! :-)

    Victoria

  • 29 Simona // Mar 31, 2010 at 1:30 pm

    Hi Victoria!This monday me and my husband will arrive in Gran canaria–Playa del Ingles.I would like to ask u if u know any nice restaurants with traditional spanish food—we would like to have a taste of Spain.Or maybe u can suggest me some traditional dishes.Thank U!!!

  • 30 Victoria // Apr 1, 2010 at 10:02 am

    You can get Canarian food at any of the Canarian restaurants. Try papas con mojo (potatoes in mojo sauce), cazuela (Canarian stew) or some tapas. Alternatively ask the waiter what they recommend if you fancy a real taste of Gran Canaria. Also look out for blackboards saying “menú” which is a set meal (very Canarian!) I like El Gaucho in the Kasbah Centre (very nice steaks) and some of the ones along the beach front (a lot of the restaurants do similar dishes). Sardines are very popular, as is pescado a la plancha, which is fish cooked on a plancha (an indoor grill thing). Have fun!

  • 31 Simona // Apr 2, 2010 at 6:54 pm

    Thanks!By the way -how is the weather like?I don’t know witch kind of clothes to take with me..
    Thank You again for everything and have a “HAPPY EASTER!”

  • 32 Victoria // Apr 3, 2010 at 5:30 am

    Right now it’s about 21 deg C and overcast. The temperature is in the low 20′s right now but it feels hotter when the sun is out. It’s been about 17 deg C at night so bring a light jacket, but you won’t need cold weather type clothes. Short sleeves for the daytimes and something light for night should be fine.

  • 33 natasha // Jul 29, 2010 at 9:41 am

    hey ther im looking to book for january could u tell me wts the weather is like? thnks

  • 34 Victoria // Aug 9, 2010 at 1:00 am

    It depends. January can be changeable but it shouldn’t go below about 16 deg C anytime. You might be lucky and get a week of sun.

  • 35 Ian // Oct 29, 2010 at 1:46 pm

    Hi Victoria,
    We are coming out to Taurito on 13th November, what are the chances of temps 25deg and above? I came over last year right at the start of November and we had almost 30degs most days. I can’t wait,…………………….

    Kind regards
    Ian- manchester UK

  • 36 Victoria // Oct 30, 2010 at 3:19 am

    Hi Ian,

    You answered your own question :-) The weather in November is usually around 20 or 25 degrees but you might be lucky and get more. Remember to bring a jacket because it can be chilly at night.

    All the best,
    Victoria

  • 37 kalin // Dec 16, 2010 at 8:35 am

    Hi,

    I would like to book a vacation in Gran Canaria from 21.02-25.02. Could you tell me please where is the best climate in the island that time? And also what is the weather like that time of the year?
    thanks in advance

  • 38 Victoria // Dec 16, 2010 at 10:53 am

    Kalin,

    The island is small but tends to be warmer in the south (where the resorts are). If you read the above article and comments it tells you what the February weather is like.

    Victoria

  • 39 kurtis // Mar 5, 2011 at 4:18 pm

    how hot is it in late july to the very start of august will it alweays be in 30 degrees or above please HELP because iam abit of a sun-freak xxxxx

  • 40 kurtis // Mar 5, 2011 at 4:21 pm

    how hot is it in late july to the very start of august will it always be 30 degrees or above please HELP because Iam abit of a sun-freak xxxxx

  • 41 Victoria // Mar 5, 2011 at 5:04 pm

    Nearly always around 30 degrees Kurtis, summer is always hot!

  • 42 Felix // Oct 23, 2011 at 11:00 am

    Hi , does anybody know if it’s possible to buy whole oat groats or steel cut oats in Gran Canaria. They’re only in health food stores in the UK. I’m wondering whether I’m gonna have to bring loads with me when I move to Gran Canaria. :-) Many thanks,

  • 43 Victoria // Oct 25, 2011 at 11:17 am

    There are health food stores so I’m assuming you can. Check out this website: http://www.herbolarioaguamar.com/health-food-shop/index.html – this shop is in Arguineguin

  • 44 Felix // Oct 25, 2011 at 5:30 pm

    Thank you Victoria :-)

  • 45 sarah // Dec 14, 2011 at 5:22 am

    Hello Victoria ,
    Im arriving at Gran Canaria (play de ingles) on monday 19th dec for a week. Please can you tell me what kind of clothes to pack?
    I was thinking maxi dresses, light cardis, and leggins? or is that too cold. (bikini being too adeventurous~?

  • 46 Victoria // Dec 14, 2011 at 5:24 am

    It’s 26 degrees C right now so you can bring summer stuff, but also bring a sweater/cardigan in case it cools down in the evening. December is changeable. I’ve been sunbathing on the beach some Xmas’s and been wearing a sweater others. So bring a selection. It could be anything from 18C to 28C but you will get some sunny days (maybe every day).

  • 47 Michelle // Dec 17, 2011 at 6:48 pm

    Hi Victoria, We have booked tickets for 21st Jan. I wonder do you need to use sun cream in January in GC. I need more vitamin D and using sun cream would prevent the body producing the vit. D. On the other hand sun burn is the last thing you need for a good holiday. What will be your advice? Thanks a lot in advance!

  • 48 Victoria // Dec 18, 2011 at 2:38 pm

    You can burn at any time, so yes you should use sun cream. Unless you use total sunblock you aren’t going to block all the vitamin D so you will get more than in the UK, even if you are using sun cream.

    If you have a medical requirement for extra vit D I assume you’re already taking supplements/eating vit D rich food.

    So see what the weather is like but if you don’t have a base tan already and the sky is sunny then yes for sure use sun cream. Sunburn is never fun and you can burn in the coolest months in GC.

  • 49 Michelle // Dec 19, 2011 at 8:01 pm

    Thanks for the advise! Take care

  • 50 mary stonebridge // Jan 1, 2012 at 7:47 am

    hI Victoria my computer as just lost its connection just as I was about to send another mail to you . anyway, we usually hire cycles for a week but as we are staying for18 days I wondered would be possible
    to buy two second hand cycles and leave them in gran canaria, as to hire them for that period would cost us nearly £300 and we wouldn’t be able to afford that. thanks mary

  • 51 mary stonebridge // Jan 1, 2012 at 7:56 am

    Hi! Victoria were staying at oasis bungalows and was wondering is it possible to hire mattress toppers
    in Gran canaria. I cant find a email address for the hotel also havent been able to find one for tourist information. to ask them. if you can find one could you let me know . Thanks Mary

  • 52 Victoria // Jan 3, 2012 at 8:21 am

    Hi Mary, I can’t find an address for Oasis either. This company hires disabled aids: http://www.solmobility.com/UK-home.html You could email them and ask if they also rent out other items or if they know where you can rent a mattress topper. This is the tourist info site: http://www.grancanaria.com/patronato_turismo/283.0.html but they’re not very good at responding to queries (at least not mine!) I’ll ask around, see if I can find out anything else for you. But do email the first company. They’ll know the other hire companies.

  • 53 Victoria // Jan 3, 2012 at 8:22 am

    As for the bikes have a look here: http://canaryforum.com/forums/showthread.php?109524-How-to-buy-a-used-bicycle-in-Gran-Canaria and email this place http://www.free-motion.net/en/mountainbike-rental asking for a good price for a long-term rental. They might do you a special offer if you’re in GC off-season. Better to rent it to you for a discounted rate than just have the bikes sitting in there shop after all.

  • 54 Reema // Jan 24, 2012 at 2:16 pm

    Hiya

    A few of my friends and myself have booked a holiday to masploamas for mid feb… Looking at the comments above has got me Abit worried on the weather. Would you happen to know what the weather is going to be like? And what has the weather been like recently…So I know what to bring ?

    Thank you

  • 55 Victoria // Jan 25, 2012 at 5:41 am

    Reema don’t panic, it’s not going to be “cold” like in the UK or Europe! February’s weather can be changeable. It isn’t guaranteed to be “hot” but it will be “warm” if you see what I mean. If 20 or 21 degrees C is warm to you, then that’s about the average for the month. Saying that sometimes you get hot days in February, and other times you get cooler days. Coming to Gran Canaria off-season, that’s the risk you take. It’s been warm recently. Right now it’s 20 or 21C during the day (and sunny most days) and 15C at night.

  • 56 charlotte // Feb 21, 2012 at 3:06 am

    Hiiyaa Victoria

    Me and my partner are booked for the 26th of march to Puerto Rico, i was just wondering what the weather has been like and what you think it will be like around that time? As i would like to know what clothes to bring as its my first time ever on holiday! :) Also do you know how much its cost from the airport to Puerto Rico in a taxi and does it have good nightlife there?
    Many Thanks

  • 57 Victoria // Feb 28, 2012 at 10:32 am

    Hi Charlotte, late March is usually really nice, sun every day (or most days) and warmer evenings. You should bring summer clothes but perhaps also one cardigan or sweater just in case. Open shoes (sandals, flip flips etc) are suitable, plus at least 1 swimming costume or bikini. A taxi from the airport to Puerto Rico is anything from 40 to 60 euros depending on the time of day/night and the exact location. A bus is about a tenth of that price. The nightlife is pretty good :)

  • 58 kelly // Aug 26, 2013 at 5:28 am

    hiya ive booked my holiday for 4th september and was wondering what the weather will be like? i love te aun! and badly want a tan:)

  • 59 kelly // Aug 26, 2013 at 5:30 am

    love the sun*

  • 60 Maxine // Aug 27, 2013 at 2:32 pm

    Hi I’ve booked a holiday to Puerto Rico gran canaria on the 12th September,could you tell me what the weather will be like then …hope it’s hot

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