The sunniest places in Gran Canaria – 3 tips

Where in Gran Canaria is the sun surest?

The Canary Islands are known as one of the few places in Europe where you can spend a sun holiday in the darkest months of winter. However, there are differences between islands and destinations: in certain places, the weather favors vacationers more than in others.

In the Canary Islands, the actual winter months are Christmas, January and February. Even then, the weather will probably be pleasantly warm, but there will be more clouds and rain than in other months.

The warmest climate is found in Gran Canaria and Tenerife. However, both islands have their own microclimates. In Gran Canaria, the sunniest area can be found on the coast between Arguineguín and Puerto de Mogán.

Even if there are plenty of clouds hovering over the Atlantic, the southern part of Gran Canaria is almost always cloudless. Gran Canaria Info website explain what causes the phenomenon.

Trade winds blow clouds from the north towards the Canary Islands. However, when winds and clouds hit Gran Canaria, they tend to go around the island instead of staying over it. The clouds also evaporate easily due to the hot air rising from the southern part of the island. The mountains protect certain beach spots and keep them comfortably warm.

Sometimes cloudy days also happen in the southern part of Gran Canaria. According to Gran Canaria Info, the reason is the clouds covering the entire island, which drift exceptionally high and cannot evaporate.

In Gran Canaria, there are a few that stand out among the holiday destinations, where the sun shines more than 320 days a year. Even in winter, it is likely that you will be able to enjoy the sun at least during most of the vacation days.

Read below for quick introductions to Gran Canaria’s sunniest winter destinations!

1.Puerto Rico

Puerto Rico, which is one of the island’s most traditional holiday destinations, is almost always named as the sunniest destination in Gran Canaria. In addition to the beaches, Puerto Rico also has fun for children and some nightlife. All of Finland’s biggest tour operators make trips to Puerto Rico.

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Puerto Rico is a classic and sunny holiday town in Gran Canaria.

Compared to Playa de las Inglés, quiet Puerto Rico is well suited for families with children and couples. However, when booking a trip, you should note that there are many differences in height in the area. People with reduced mobility should pay special attention when choosing a hotel.

2. Port of Mogan

Perhaps the most idyllic holiday destination in all of Gran Canaria, Puerto de Mogán is known for its canals, flower vines and atmospheric alleys. The lively port area is the heart of Mogán. Romantic Puerto de Mogán is particularly suitable for couples.

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The picturesque town of Puerto de Mogán pampers you with a wonderful atmosphere.

The location of Puerto de Mogán on the west side of Gran Canaria means that you can also enjoy particularly good sunsets. It is easiest to travel to Puerto de Mogán from Finland with a package tour, which is offered by numerous different operators.

3. Arguineguin

The location in a sheltered cove makes the resort village of Arguineguín the place where you can enjoy the winter sun the most. Arguineguín is a good choice for travelers who want a peaceful environment and focus on swimming and sunbathing on vacation.

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The city of Arguineguín offers sun almost every day of the year.

One of Arguineguín’s attractions is the Anfi beach, located about a kilometer from the village, which is like straight out of the Caribbean. The white sand is explained by the fact that it has been brought to the island all the way from the Bahamas.

Read also: You too are thinking about these questions before your first trip to the Canary Islands – 15 quick answers

Text: Maria Hietala
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