The island of Gran Canaria is the third largest of Spain’s Canary Islands. Gran Canaria weather is like an eternal spring throughout the year. The island enjoys all year round warmth and sunshine with little seasonal variation. Summers are hot and dry while winters are cooler with a few showers. Generally Canarias weather is bright with plenty of sunshine throughout the year.

The Canaries sit far south of mainland Spain, close to the west coast of Northern Africa. The islands’ southerly location is on the same latitude as the Sahara dessert, which should mean the temperature should be hotter than mainland Spain in the winter. However, they are generally much cooler than might be expected at this latitude due to the surrounding sea, the cool Canary island wáter current and northeast trade winds. All of the Canary islands weather thus is moderate and spring like almost throughout the year. Around the year Gran Canaria has a spring like condition having an average temperature of  26-28°C in Summer and 22-24°C in Winter. At the highest peaks of Gran Canaria you can see snowfalls sometimes in the Winter. The whole mix makes Gran Canaria a perfect holiday destination for both your winter and summer holidays.

Gran Canaria Climate (Chart courtesy Wikipidia)


About 80% of the volume of the island was formed during the Miocene period, between 14 and 9 million years ago through volcanic activity. This is estimated to have lasted some 200,000 years and have emitted about 1000 km3, mostly of fissural alkali basalt. This cycle continued with the emission of lava with trachytes, phonolites and peralkaline rocks. This period was followed by a long period of erosion, for some 4 million years. A second cycle of volcanic eruptions,was known as the Roque Nublo cycle (same name as the tallest peak of the island) took place between 4.5 and 3.4 million years ago. This shorter cycle emitted about 100 km3. Most of the inland peaks were formed by erosion from these materials. This period also started with fissural basalts, but ended with violent eruptions of pyroclastic flows. Some phonolitic features, like the Risco Blanco, were also formed in its last stages. The third or recent cycle is held to have started some 2.8 million years ago and is considered to be still active. The last eruptions are held to have occurred some 3500 years ago. The changes in volume and, therefore, weight of the island have also caused the island to rise above the previous sea level during erosive periods and to sink during eruptive periods. Some of these fossil beaches can be seen in the cliff faces of the more eroded northern coast of the island.