Gran Canaria Weather in March - What Temperatures To Expect?

Published on December 12, 2019
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Perfect weather for sightseeing in March in Gran Canaria

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.

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What's the weather like in Gran Canaria in March

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 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. 

Average temperatures in Gran Canaria in March

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).

  • Average high temperature: 22.3°C  (72.1°F)
  • Average low temperature: 15.7°C  (60.3°F)
  • Daily mean temperature: 19°C  (66.2°F)

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.


  • Average rainfall (mm): 12 mm
  • Average rainy days (>=1mm): 2

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.

Sunshine hours

  • Sunshine hours pers month in March: 229
  • Sunshine hours per day: 7.2

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.

Sea temperature

  • Average sea temperature in March: 19°C / 66.5 F

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.

Can you swim in Gran Canaria in March?

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.

Things to do in March

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.

  • Break for a refreshing swim after approximately 1 hour.
  • Soft drinks included
  • Free cancellation up to 24 hours before activity starts

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.

Events in March

Las Palmas de Gran Canaria Carnival 2020

7 Feb. - 1 March 2020

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. 


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