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Although March marks the beginning of spring, in most places in Europe it's still a cold month, with low temperatures and even snowfall.
But this is not the case in Gran Canaria.
The temperatures are slowly rising and the number of sunshine hours as well. You'll be able to sunbathe on most days and the weather is also ideal for hiking and exploring since the temperatures are just right to walk the trails of this beautiful Canary Island.
Gran Canaria is a great destination if you're looking for a warm holiday at the beginning of spring without having to travel too far from continental Europe. Where else so close by can you comfortably walk wearing just a T-shirt when the winter is barely out the door in most countries? You can get a head start on spring by visiting the island in March, while it's not as hot and crowded as during the summer months.
The numbers mentioned in this article (temperatures, sunshine hours, water temperature, etc.) are from the GRAN CANARIA AIRPORT WEATHER STATION, but you can find info about other parts of the island in the table below.
The end of February and the month of March are sorts of transition periods, while the weather changes from winter to spring. Although winter in Gran Canaria is very different from winter in most places in Europe and the weather stays fairly warm, by the time March is here the temperatures are again on the rise and the amount of rain falls considerably.
February and March are usually the months when the carnival in Gran Canaria happens, so it is a festive time all over the island, with the largest celebrations happening in Las Palmas and Maspalomas. So if you're looking for a spring holiday to a fun destination, that's also sunny and warm, Gran Canaria should be at top of your list.
The average high temperature in March in Gran Canaria is 22.2°C, while at night you can expect temperatures of around 15-16°C (average low temperature is 15.6°C).
In Gran Canaria, the daily mean temperature is 19°C in January, which is calculated as a mean between the average high temperature of 22.3°C and the average low of 15.7°C.
Record low & record high temperatures
The highest temperature ever recorded in Gran Canaria in March (at Airport station) was 34°C and the lowest was 6.5°C.
March gets an average rainfall of 12mm over the course of 2 days, which means that March sees a lot less rain compared to the previous months of the year.
Gran Canaria gets an average of 7.2 hours of sunshine per day in March. The days are getting considerably longer compared to February, which means a lot more time to spend on the beach during your holiday.
The average surface sea temperature in March at the Gran Canaria Airport station is approximately 19°C / 66.5 F, which is the lowest temperature of the year. From here on the water temperature will start to improve, but if will only reach its highest point in September - October.
With an average temperature of 19°C / 66.5 F, the sea is will still be too cold for some visitors, but many people will be able to swim comfortably. In any case, if the ocean is too cold for you and you haven't booked a place with a heated pool, you can always look for a nearby hotel that has one and ask at the reception if you can pay to use the facilities for the day.
Although you might choose Gran Canaria as a destination in March due to the beautiful and warm weather, we recommend that you don't spend all your time at the beach and also take some time to travel around the island. You can do organized tours, which are great if you don't want to drive and plan everything yourself, or you can just rent a car or take a bus and do things on your own (see more recommendations).
Boat trip to see dolphins and whales
Explore the ocean around Gran Canaria with a boat or catamaran trip, which will take you to the best spots where you can see whales and dolphins. You can book excursions online or buy directly from the harbors or excursion shops.
Go to the market in Puerto Mogan
There are many weekly markets in Gran Canaria, but the one in Puerto Mogan organized on Fridays is quite large and many people come for the day just to go to this market. You can buy some souvenirs and then explore the town, have a relaxed lunch and wander through the colorful streets.
The 2021 edition of the carnival in Gran Canaria is suspended due to Covid-19.
March is usually carnival month in the Canaries and in Spain in general.
If you're in Gran Canaria and the carnival is on during this time, make sure to go there at least for a day, to see how the atmosphere is, party with the locals and enjoy the good music, drinks and overall experience. Each year the carnival has another theme, so no two years are the same.
GRAN CANARIA WEATHER - MONTHLY REPORTS
You can expect high temperatures around 22.2°Cin Gran Canaria in March, but when the sun is out it feels much hotter than this.
Yes, you can definitely sunbathe in March, and even swim, especially in the south of Gran Canaria, where it's warmer than in the north.
March is not a very windy month in Gran Canaria. Some areas of the island are more prone to winds, but if you are staying in the south, the wind should not be a problem in March.