The climate is ideal all year round with sunny days and mild nights. That is one of the reasons why many families, adventurers, sun worshipers, nature lovers and cultural enthusiasts decide to spend their holidays and to find accommodation on Gran Canaria. The island is the third largest of the Canary Islands in size after Tenerife and Fuerteventura. The island as a whole is the second most densely populated of the 7 islands with about 840,000 inhabitants. The capital, Las Palmas de Gran Canaria, is one of the highest densely populated cities in Spain and the 9th according to the number of inhabitants in 2017 with 378,998 citizens.
Las Palmas de Gran Canaria is located in the north of the island. It stands as the administrative capital for the eastern Canary Islands of Fuerteventura, Lanzarote, and it is the largest city of the archipelago. Almost 50 percent of Gran Canaria’s population lives there, therefore it is one of the best cities to spend you holidays in the Canary Islands. The most important port of the island, called Puerto de la Luz, is also found in Las Palmas. It’s not only the main hub for goods, but also the docking station for cruise ships.
Due to its nature variety, climatic diversity and ocean breeze it has developed 14 microclimate zones. Gran Canaria’s literal name translation would mean ‘Big Canarian’ which often confuses foreigners because they think it’s the biggest island when it is not. No matter where you stay on Gran Canaria with just a half hour drive the landscape will completely change from beach to countryside, although we recommend you to stay in our of our luxury villas to rent on Gran Canaria. While the golden dunes of Maspalomas stretch for miles in the south, lush green mountainous regions with pine forests and picturesque small villages lure in the center. Over a third of the island's total area is declared UNESCO’s Biosphere Reserve and there are 33 nature reserves of various categories.
The island is home to 236 kilometers of coastline, stretching 60 kilometers of beautiful sandy beaches making Gran Canaria’s private rentals one of the most popular destinations for beach holidays all over Europe. In the south you will find the world-famous dunes of Maspalomas. There are numerous souvenir shops, restaurants and bars on the lively promenade. The old lighthouse Faro de Maspalomas, which was built in 1890, welcomed the first tourists of the island and still portrays its long shadow at the southernmost point of Europe.
Gran Canaria is a piece of earth that is seemingly kissed forever by the sunshine. The fact that the islands have the nickname ‘islands of eternal spring' is not a coincidence in the Canaries. Its ideal geographical location combined with the influence of the trade winds from the North East and the Gulf Stream have created a climate on Gran Canaria that makes the island a popular destination for beach holidays all year round, especially in our Gran Canaria villas to rent.
The average daily temperature is 26 ° C in summer and mild 22 ° C in winter. The average annual rainfall on the island is 230 millimeters. The time between April and August is almost rain free. July is the sunniest month of the year with over 300 hours of sunshine.