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Weather

Gran Canaria enjoys a spring climate all year round with average annual temperatures that fluctuate between 18 and 25 degrees centigrade. Indeed, the international scientific community recognises this as one of the cities with the best climate in the world.

People often mistakenly think that if the winter is so warm on the islands then the summer must be people often mistakenly think that if the winter is so warm on the islands then the summer must be overwhelming, but this couldn't be further from the truth. The summer in the Canary Islands is softened by the trade winds that refresh the archipelago serving it with pleasant mild summers with an average temperature of 24 ºC.

Temperaturas Averages a la sombra durante el año:
January
Max. 22,5
Min. 15
Average 19,5
February
Max. 23
Min. 15
Average 19,5
March
Máax. 26
Min. 14,7
Average 18,6
April
Max. 22,3
Min. 16,2
Average 19,6
May
Max. 24,7
Min. 17,5
Average 20,6
Junio
Max. 25,8
Min. 18,2
Average 21,2
Julio
Max. 25,8
Min. 20
Average 23,5
Agosto
Max. 28,5
Min. 20,5
Average 24,2
Septiembre
Max. 26
Min. 19,5
Average 24
Octubre
Max. 25,7
Min. 20,2
Average 24,6
Noviembre
Max. 23,8
Min. 18,1
Average 226
Diciembre
Max. 22,7
Min. 15,5
Average 19

Trade winds that refresh the archipelago serving it with pleasant mild summers with a temperature.

The sea is equally as warm with temperatures fluctuating between 18 ºC in the winter months and 22 ºC during the rest of the year. This, together with the estimated annual rate of 2,700 hours of sunlight in Gran Canaria allow you to make the most of the day, whether you are on the beach, playing a sport, on a day trip or enjoying an outdoor activity.

ENJOY BEACH AND SUNSHINE

Gran Canaria is blessed with a wealth of natural resources, the most notable of these being the numerous and exquisite beaches of the island. Most of these beaches have white sand and some are completely unique in the world. Almost 60 of the 236 kilometres of Gran Canaria´s coastline consist of beaches of various descriptions, ranging from the impressive Maspalomas beach, where you can find 250 hectares of sand dunes right next to the sea, to the concealed and unspoilt beach of Güigüi, as well as the lively beach in the capital, namely the Las Canteras beach.

The main beaches are located along the southern part of the island, between Tarajalillo and Mogán, which is the sunniest and driest part of the island. The mountains of the interior act as a barrier against the clouds that come from the North, with the result that the skies in the South remain clear practically all year round, which makes it possible to enjoy the sun and bathe in the sea in summer as well as winter.

Gran Canaria possesses many natural resources in addition to its beaches, which is why this is the perfect place for getting in touch with nature, there being a wide variety of possibilities and activities in which one can participate. 

In Gran Canaria one can do anything, from hiking through the most beautiful nature areas to taking part in adventure sports, or merely contemplating the hundreds of indigenous species that are unique in the world. In Gran Canaria, anything is possible for those who want to satisfy their need to get in touch with Mother Nature.

Due to the geological formation of the interior of the island, the landscapes of the interior are very different from those of the coast, originating many and varied ecosystems on the island. Being of volcanic origin, the island's orography has a conical shape that is split in two by the ravines of Tirajana and Agaete representing the main line of division that separates the enormousrcontrasts of the North and the South. Numerous ravines gouge their way accross the centre of the island in the direction of descent. This feature, together with the complicated relief and the massif (known as Los Pechos) that runs from the north-west to the south-west, are the main architects of the great variety of climatic conditions that exist on this island and, therefore, the great variety of ecosystems to which the island is host. That runs from the north-west to the south-west, are the main architects of the great variety of climatic conditions that exist on this island and, therefore, the great variety of ecosystems to which the island is host. 

SPORTS

The variety of sports that can be practiced in Gran Canaria is closely linked to the mildness of the island's climate. The absence of extreme temperature variations makes it possible to practice practically any type of outdoor sport during any time of the year.

Trekking:
The landscape and climate assets that have earned the nickname of  "continent in miniature", make Gran Canaria a real paradise for nature lovers, especially for trekkers. This is undoubtedly the ideal way of discovering the natural and historic treasures hidden within the island's 32 protected natural areas, trekking the extensive network of trails.
The island terrain is criss-crossed by an intricate network of foot paths ranging from easy forest paths and bridle paths to tracks and trails that are strictly for expert hikers.
The size of the island and its rugged relief, have created short, but very steep routes. Depending on their layout, these trails can go from "coast to highlands" with very gentle slopes and almost in a straight line when they run along a gorge, or concentric or transversal, which tend to be more circuitous and steeper, as they cross these features of the land.
 
Golf:
When it comes to golf tourism, Gran Canaria has a distinct competitive advantage over other destinations in the world on account of the climate and the fact that it is possible to practise this sport 365 days of the year.
The island played a pioneering role with regard to golf in Spain, as the first golf course in the country was built at Escaleritas in 1891.
At present, there are six golf courses throughout Gran Canaria, although they are all situated within a maximum radius of 50 kilometres. Thus you can always try different courses within short distances. Four new golf courses are currently under construction. The golf courses have been designed by the most prestigious international golf course designers and they all boast exceptional features. There is no doubt why national and international tournaments are held throughout the year.
The golf courses on Gran Canaria have another important competitive advantage, namely their price, which is well below the average in other areas. The 18-hole courses on the island charge a green fee of around Euros 50 during off-season (from May to September) and around Euros 70 during the rest of the year, which make them even more appealing when you take into account the quality of the facilities and installations they offer.
 
Sea:
Gran Canaria is a veritable paradise for lovers of the sea and of all the activities that are linked to the sea.
The water temperature (which varies between 18ºC in winter and 22ºC during the rest of the year), the harbour infrastructure for yachting and the optimal sea and wind conditions make this island the ideal place for practicing sailing and other water sports all year round. In fact, water sports is the most important leisure activity on offer on the island.
The 236 kilometres of coastline provide the best conditions for practicing every kind of water sports. Winds that are ideal for sailing, sea currents that attract large schools of fish to the proximity of the coast and the exquisite sea bottom are the natural conditions that have created one uninterrupted sporting season on Gran Canaria, while, in the rest of Europe, all activities related to the sea come to a complete standstill in winter.
 
Deep Sea Fishing:
The richness of the waters of Gran Canaria is evident in the great seafaring tradition of its people and the enormous love of fishing, in both the shallows and the deep sea. Within the various categories of fishing, the superb conditions for deep sea fishing in Gran Canaria´s waters have become known internationally as a result of the establishment of various records in our waters. These records have been ratified by the International Game Fish Association (IGFA). The large variety of species that are caught in the island´s waters is evident from the fact that these fishing records have covered many divergent fish species, such as the blue marlin, swordfish, yellowfin tuna, bigeye tuna, Atlantic bonito, barracuda and albacore, among others.
The possibilities for deep sea fishing in Gran Canaria have given rise to a flourishing sub-industry in tourism during recent years, with the result that the visitor will find all the facilities that he/she may require for the enjoyment of this wonderful sport. In the island´s marinas (mainly the ones that are situated in the southern part of the island), the visitor will find a large variety of boats on offer. These boats are manned by expert crews and are specially equipped for deep sea fishing.
As with the other types of water sports, the island´s pleasant climate plays a very important role in the enjoyment of deep sea fishing and it is possible to practise this sport during all twelve months of the year, although the best time for catching barracudas and tuna is between the months of May and November. The best area for deep sea fishing, both in terms of the quantity of fish and the variety of species, lies between the Point at Maspalomas to the Point of "El Descojonado" (La Aldea).
Scuba-diving:
Gran Canaria offers a never-ending range of possibilities when it comes to underwater activities. Visitors to the island, which is of volcanic origin, are amazed by the biological and ecological richness of its seabed, as well as the beauty and variety of its underwater scenery.
There are numerous interesting places for scuba diving, which are spread out along the entire length of the coast of Gran Canaria. Some of these places are situated in parts of the coast that are still completely pristine. Lovers of this sport will find numerous scuba diving schools and clubs on the island, where you can take courses in scuba diving throughout the year. It is also possible to take part in organised scuba dives without being necessary to supply your own equipment.There are also hyperbaric chambers on the island, which are situated in strategic positions in the North and South of the island.

FAMILY

Gran Canaria has given special thought to family visits, providing a varied range of complementary services for the little ones, including centres that are specially designed for the entertainment of children, where they can enjoy and get in touch with nature.

The island boasts numerous sheltered beaches, where it is safe to swim and where there is an infrastructure for children's games, which can entertain the little ones for many days. There are also many specific centres where the tastes of all age groups can be satisfied, such as water parks, theme parks and fairgrounds, games centres, internet entertainment centres and public parks that have facilities for children. 

PARTIES

Gran Canaria is one big festival all year round. The excellent climate of the island makes it possible to hold festivals during any part of the year. During festival time, the plazas, streets and beaches provide the setting where the people of Gran Canaria and visitors alike give free reign to the more joyful and fun-loving sides of their natures. The rich history of the island is also evident in its popular festivals, some of which date back to the times of the native inhabitants, while others have more universal roots. Nevertheless, the festive nature of the Canarian people has given a unique flavour to these festivals, with a calendar of special events that sets the pace for the exciting rhythm of Gran Canaria.

Carnival is the biggest of the island's festivals, which incites the interest of all the inhabitants of Gran Canaria. Thousands of people start making preparations a whole year in advance and they do this with only one aim -to have fun. 

There are no limits on the imaginations of the people who participate in this festival and any personage or thing can serve as a pretext for a masquerade or change of identity. Carnival in Gran Canaria is celebrated in the streets, with several hundred thousand people converging on the streets at the same moment, all in their variegated costumes and disguises, dancing to Latin strains and creating an atmosphere in which it is impossible not to be infected by the merriment, which is known as "mogollones". 

CULTURE

Gran canaria is worldwide known for its excellent climate, its magnificent beaches and its astonishing landscape.

However in the inland it keeps some treasures yet undiscovered for the visitor and are related to their inhabitants, their culture and their way of life. 

Culturally speaking, Gran Canaria is synonymous with the blending of cultures. This attribute of the island is the legacy of its long history as a port of call for travellers, having been a society that is open to everything that arrives to its shores from beyond the seas. The march of time through the islands has left behind an extremely valuable archaeological, artistic, architectural and ethnographic heritage, which bears witness to the cultural evolvement of our island community. This historic heritage, the legacy of the island's own identity, has been enriched and accompanied by multifarious manifestations of art and culture, which has endowed the island with certain unique traits that would be difficult to find in any other territory of such a limited extent. 

Most of the monuments that can be seen in Gran Canaria date from after the period of conquest, although certain archaeological sites and areas relating to the early inhabitants of the islands have been successfully preserved (such as the painted caves named Cuevas Pintadas de Gáldar and the Cenobio or convent de Valerón). 

In addition to the archaeological and artistic manifestations that date from the various early and contemporary moments in the history of this island, which are spread out across the entire length and breadth of the island, Gran Canaria also boasts a broad and varied calendar of cultural activities that take place throughout the year. Even the most discerning public will be delighted by the current cultural life of the islands, which includes concerts, international music and cinema festivals, exhibitions and conference cycles that feature speakers of international renown. One such cultural event that deserves special mention is the internationally famed Canary Islands Music Festival, which takes place at the start of each year, this being the only music festival in the whole of Europe that is held in winter. Practically all the main figures in the music world have participated in this festival, this being the arena for many a debut.

Among the cultural treasures, its gastronomy has been ellaborated along several centuries with excellent raw materials (meat, fish, fruits and vegetables) combined in original and tasty recipes. 

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