Gran Canaria, also known as the “miniature continent”, is calling you to enjoy an experience that goes far beyond its stunning beaches. February is a very special time to travel to Gran Canaria, as the weather is still nice and there’s a wide array of activities and events to enjoy. Explore the rich culture, jaw-dropping scenery and activities that make Gran Canaria an unbeatable destination at this time of year.
The weather in Gran Canaria in February
If you’re planning a trip to Gran Canaria in February, you’ll need to know what the weather will be like to make your stay as comfortable as possible. In February, temperatures range between 17°C and 19°C. As such, you’ll be able to explore the island in the best conditions: neither too hot and nor too cold.
This moderate temperature makes February the perfect time to enjoy the diversity of Gran Canaria’s stunning landscapes. Whether on the beaches or in the mountains, the island unleashes all its splendour during this season – with no shortage of outdoor activities.
Although in February the weather in Gran Canaria is generally mild, bear in mind that some days could be warmer or it might even rain. So be sure to pack the right clothes and plan your activities with these possibilities in mind.
What to Visit in Gran Canaria in February
The island offers up a huge variety of activities to suit all tastes, so you can be sure to enjoy an unforgettable experience. From walks along the beach of Las Canteras to hikes across the Roque Nublo, this island has something for everyone.
Basilica of Our Lady of the Pine
The town of Teror is home to the Basilica of Our Lady of the Pine, a place of pilgrimage that will blow you away with its neoclassical and Gothic architecture. This sacred site houses the image of the Virgen of the Pine, the island’s patron saint.
The capital, Las Palmas, is perfect to visit in February. Here, you can catch some winter sun on Playa de Las Canteras before immersing yourself in the city’s cultural richness by exploring its museums and marvelling at its historic architecture.
Los Tilos de Moya
Los Tilos de Moya, a laurel and lime tree forest, stands out for its great wealth of biodiversity and the sharp contrast with the arid ravines of the south of Gran Canaria. This destination is a paradise for nature lovers and those looking to escape the hustle and bustle.
In the south of Gran Canaria, Maspalomas is renowned for being an oasis of long beaches and majestic dunes. The Maspalomas Dunes, a unique 400-hectare nature reserve, are home to a jaw-dropping landscape that looks like something from another planet.
Alongside the dunes, the Maspalomas lighthouse stands as an iconic element of the island, offering a panoramic view of the Atlantic Ocean.
Mogán is located in the south-western part of the island, although it’s also known as the “Little Venice” of Gran Canaria. This charming town captivates visitors with its canals and bridges that evoke the romantic vibe of the Italian city. Mogán’s port is renowned for its vibrantly coloured houses and buildings that perfectly reflect the true essence of the Canary Islands.
Worth highlighting in Mogán is the weekly Friday market, where locals and visitors come together to shop for fresh produce and local crafts. Golden sandy beaches and crystal-clear waters perfectly round off this coastal landscape.
Playa del Inglés
Playa del Inglés is an iconic destination in the south of Gran Canaria. Much appreciated for its long, golden-sand beach with crystal-clear waters, this area is renowned for its nightlife, shopping centres and wide range of water activities. It’s perfect for those looking for sun, fun and entertainment, as it is a coastal paradise that visitors from all over the world flock to in droves. Using our exclusive villas on Calle Swing as your base, you’ll be able to explore this popular enclave of Gran Canaria and immerse yourself in a one-of-a-kind vibe.
Agaete, a charming fishing village located in the north of Gran Canaria, immediately enchants everyone who steps foot in it. As well as its appeal as a culinary destination (don’t forget to try the mouthwatering papas arrugás!), Agaete stands out for its jaw-dropping landscapes that strike the perfect balance between the majesty of the coastal cliffs and the exuberance of the island’s inland valleys.
Events in Gran Canaria in February
There are two events worth highlighting in February in Las Palmas: the renowned Carnival, dating back to 1521, and the Transgrancanaria, a challenging ultra-marathon competition that attracts mountain runners from all over the world.
Las Palmas Carnival
In February, Las Palmas is all about Carnival, a celebration that dates back to 1521 and was declared a festival of tourist interest in 2017. For this event, the streets fill with street musicians who, as well as getting the party started, are sure to make you laugh – not forgetting the rhythm of the batucadas (percussion music) that turn the city into a non-stop party.
The Carnival celebrations culminate when the Carnival Queen is chosen, after the candidates parade around in stunning costumes. Make the most of the opportunity by securing a good spot to watch the parade. We recommend arriving at the venue in good time to get the front row experience.
The Drag Queen Gala, an event in which extravagance and creativity take centre stage, is held afterwards. Participants compete to be crowned Drag Queen of the Year with dazzling costumes and performances. To enjoy this event to the max, we recommend getting your tickets ahead of time, as this is a very popular show and tickets tend to sell out quickly.
Las Palmas Carnival is more than just an event, it is the very essence of the island in February. The events attracts a wide range of people, from locals to tourists looking to soak up the island’s tradition and modernity. The music, explosion of colours and infectious joy will surround you throughout a celebration that captures the essence of Canarian culture and hospitality. To sum up, get ready for a February with no shortage of authenticity and fun in Las Palmas.
Transgrancanaria is another stand-out event in February, attracting trail-running enthusiasts from all over the world to the island. This ultra-marathon challenges participants to cover distances ranging from marathons (42 km) all the way up 120 km across breathtaking and varied landscapes. From arid peaks to lush forests, runners take on various different types of terrain that put their endurance and technical skills to the test. This is not just a sporting event; it’s an opportunity to explore the island’s breathtaking nature. Transgrancanaria is a must for any extreme adventure-sport lover.
Still unsure about visiting Gran Canaria in February?
Gran Canaria in February is an incredible choice for those looking to escape the cold and make the most of the island’s pleasant climate. From immersing yourself in the island’s fascinating history to relaxing on its beaches, there’s a little something for everyone. Don’t miss out on the chance to be part of Carnival in Las Palmas or run along one of its peaks in Transgrancanaria. Start planning your trip and book one of our Gran Canaria Stays villas!