The island of Gran Canaria is the second most populous of the Canary Islands, with approximately 40% of the population of the islands living there. It is the third largest of the Canary Islands. The wide variety of landscapes and natural environments that can be found on the island have earned Gran Canaria the nickname “Miniature Continent.”
Gran Canaria is known for its microclimates. These microclimates are caused by the many landforms and large range of elevations that the island contains. In general, though, this island has slightly higher temperatures in the summer, with an average high of 79 degrees Fahrenheit, and slighly cooler temperatures in the winter, with an average high of 68 degrees Fahrenheit.
The majority of tourism to Gran Canaria occurs in the summer months of June, July and August. This is when the temperatures are reliably warm. Tourists are spared excessively high temperatures in the summer months by trade winds.
While winter on the island is cooler, tourists are likely to only feel the air cool off after dark in the months of November, December and January. Winter is also the month with the most rain in Gran Canaria. Rain patterns usually appear over a span of two to three days, with sun in between showers.